Polyglot celebrates Children’s Book Week!

From 19-26 August, Children’s Book Week, created by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, was celebrated in schools and libraries across Australia. The theme for 2017 was ‘Escape to Everywhere’.

Polyglot Theatre is Australia’s leading creator of interactive and participatory theatre for children and families. We place children at the heart of our art. Our vision is of a future where children are powerful: artistically, socially and culturally. We think that kids reading books is a great thing!

Our office is a little too small for a Book Week parade, so we celebrated by sharing some of our favourite children’s books.

Sue Giles, Artistic Director and co-CEO
I was an obsessive reader but I remember the extraordinary moment when I stumbled across Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when I was 8 – I had no idea such fiction existed. Before this I was deep into every fairy tale ever written. I also adored Sword in the Stone by T.H White and all the Narnia books. I still read children’s books in between everything else. 

My son read all the Deltora Quest books, the Eoin Colfer Artemis Fowl series, anything by Garth Nix. My daughter all the Tamora Pierce Song of the Lioness series. She too is an obsessive reader. All grown up now but still hooked them out of the bookshelf when she came home recently!

Viv Rosman, Executive Director and co-CEO
I was a massive reader as a child and always got into trouble for reading “just one more chapter” and not going to sleep. Enid Blyton was a firm favourite – first the Magic Faraway Tree books, and then all the Secret Seven and Famous Five books. These stories transported me into vivid worlds where kids were intelligent, resourceful and had amazing adventures.  

Gail Southwell, General Manager
As a young teenager I was completely blown away by A Separate Peace and Swallows and Amazons – war and adventure. Maybe at the time I didn’t like what I thought was the only route to adulthood.

My son Ethan’s favourite book was The Darwin Awards – an annual book of the 100 stupidest ways to kill yourself- hilarious and gave us hours of near-undie wetting joy.|

Stella’s was The Midnight Zoo by the extremely talented and daring Sonya Hartnet. She goes where many childrens’ authors will not.

Simone Ruggiero, Project Producer – First On The Ladder
My favourite books were the Donna Parker series by Marcia Martin. The series was written in 1957, and was handed down to me by my mum. She used to read it to me at bedtime, with her soft voice. I remember Donna being one of the first formidable, independent, female characters I looked up to. She was always paving her own path, solving mysteries and crafting adventures.

Erica Heller-Wagner, Acting Communications Coordinator
I absolutely adored The Wizard of Oz series by L. Frank Baum. I read all 14 books over and over again, wishing that one day I could shut my eyes like Dorothy and be whisked away to the Emerald City.

I learnt to read at age 7 (the school system was different where we were living), and I vividly remember my triumph at reading Little Bear books (from the school library) to myself.

But the book that followed me into adulthood, and is still my ‘comfort reading’, is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. My Mum read this to me when I was six years old, and I’ve never really put it down…

We hope that you had a happy 2017 Children’s Book Week!