It’s Book Week!

This week is the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book Week.

Book Week is held every year and this year it is from August 20th – 26th.

Book week

During Book Week many schools and public libraries celebrate fantastic books, authors and illustrators.

In 2KM and 2KJ we love reading so we are excited to be a part of Book Week.

This year the theme of Book Week is One World, Many Stories.



In Grade Two, we are celebrating Book Week by having a Blogging Book Day.

We are  passing around some of the short listed books in the Picture Book of the Year awards.

Each class is writing a blog post about one of the books and the other classes will be commenting.

Book Week 24.08.11


2KM and 2KJ read two books to start the day…

Two Peas in a Pod by Chris McKimmie

Marvin and Violet have been friends since they were babies. They are like two peas in a pod. But then Violet moves away…

Two Peas in a Pod

Family Forest by Kim Kane

While some kids have a family tree, WE have a family forest! Do you have half-sisters, big brothers, step-parents? The modern family comes in all shapes and sizes…

Family Forest

What did you think of Two Peas in a Pod and Family Forest?

Which one did you like best?

Write a review for the books!

What is your favourite book?

Check out 1/2W, 2JS and 2MK’s blogs to find more Book Week posts!

79 thoughts on “It’s Book Week!

  1. Dear 2KM and 2KJ, 😆

    I love this post Mrs Morris!!

    I love to read books so I am very happy that it is book week!

    I have four people living at my house, those people are my mum, Roddy (my mums boyfriend), Jacob (my big brother), and of course me. I have three pets so I inclued them in my family. 🙂

    I gave Family Forest a rate out of ten, the rate was six out of ten.

    Lots Of Love,

    Haille. 😯

    • Dear Mrs Rayson, 😆

      Seeing as you can’t wait to read about all of the books we read, I can’t wait to read the books!

      I think it is a great idea to have book week to.

      Keep on reading,

      Haille. 😯

  2. Hi 2KM and 2KJ,

    Great post, Mrs Morris.

    I have five people living in my house. They are, Sarah my mum, Craig my dad and Lilly and Maggie my two sisters. Maggie is a teenager. She goes to Saint Ignatius.

    My other sister, Lilly, goes to this school, Leopold Primary School.

    My mum works as a gardener. She has a dog as a buddy.

    My dad builds hotels and other stuff.

    I rate the book Family Forest 6/10.

    My favourite book is a non-fiction book. It is called Horses. It is all facts and it explains how to strap their legs when there is cuts and grazes.


    • Dear Jordi,

      I wanted to reply to you becaue you have a big family like they had in the book and like I have.

      In my family I have my Brother Ethan my Sister Taite my Mum AND MY Dad. I also have 3 step sisters and 1 step brother my family is pretty normal. My step brothers and sisters go to Leopold Primary.

      Do you have a nother favourite book

  3. Dear 2KM and 2KJ, 😯

    I love the book because some of the words had double meanings. I also thought the pictures were really good.

    I will give the Family Forest 6 out of 10.

    I am reading a book called Hoozles the Magic Penguin. 😎

    2KM and 2KJ have only read Family Forest. Two Peas in a Pod sounds interesting. 😆

    I have got a half brother and a half sister. There names are Leah and Jai. Leah is 22 and Jai is 18.

    I have not got step parents.

    Have you got any half sisters or half brothers?

    My half sister works at the Geelong Hospital.

    My dad has got five kids and my mum has got three.

    Keep up the great work 2KM and 2KJ.

    Best wishes love from
    Keira your friend. 😆

    • @ Kiera,

      Awesome comment.

      I agree With you. The illustrations are great.

      I would rate Family Forest 6/10 too. :mrgreen:

      No I haven’t got any half brothers or sisters.

      Great comment again.

      Talk to you soon,
      Ava 🙄

      • Dear Ava,

        Thanks Ava.

        You are luky not to have half brothers and sisters.

        I give Two peas in a Pod 4/10.

        Would you like to have half brothers and sisters?

        See you on Monday.

        Love from
        Keira. 😆

  4. Dear 2KM and 2KJ, :mrgreen:

    I love this blog post and my favourite
    book is Two peas in a pod I would give that 3/10.

    My favourite book is Dairy of the wimpy kid

    from Mitchell 😮

      • @ Robert,

        Thank you for your comment Robert! My favourite book is Two Peas in a Pod too I would give it out of 8/10. What would give it out of ?

        Your BFF
        Conner 😆

    • Dear Mitchell,

      I love your comment!

      I will give Two Peas in a Pod 4/10.

      What will you give the Family Forest?

      My big brother Declan has got Diary of Wimpy Kid.

      Keep up the graet commenting Mitchell.

      Warm wishes,
      Keira 😆

  5. @ 2KJ and 2KM,

    Two peas in a pod was about two best friends but Violet moves away.

    I really liked the illustration and the fonts.


  6. Dear Miss Jordan, 😛

    I can not decide wich book I like the most.

    I liked the book Two peas in a Pod because Chris McKimmie (the author) made up words that made the book sound more interesting.

    The pictures in the story were very very good, I Like them a lot!

    Love From,

    Haille. 😯

  7. @ 2KM and 2KJ,

    I love the post so much:!:

    If I rated Two Peas in a pod I would give it 7/10::lol:

    If I would have to tell some one what happend in the book. I would say it is about two kids that are like a pea in a pod because the are best friends.

    My favourite book of all time would have to be Love Notes it is by Magaret Clark and it it is not a short listed book.

    What is your favourite book and who is it by:?:

    Is your favourite book a short listed book:?:

    What a great comment again.


  8. Hello 2KM and 2KJ

    2JS have allready read 3 books the one that we read first was My Uncle’s Donkey. Second we read Family Forest.

    From Cooper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Dear Cooper,

      We read the Family Forest first and My Uncles Donkey 2nd or 3rd.

      Thank you for leaving a blog comment.

      See you Cooper,


  9. To 2KM and 2KJ,

    I’m Eloise from 2JS.
    Cool post!
    I liked reading Family Forest.I Liked it because the pictures were weird.My family doesn’t live in a tree!My favourite book is called My Big Blue Sofa.
    My class hasn’t read Two peas in a pod.We have read Family Forest and My Uncles Donkey.

    I hope you enjoy reading the rest of the books.
    From Eloise 🙂

    • Dear Eloise,
      I lik the post too. I found the post entertaining because the book was hilarious.The funny parts were when the step mum turned into real steps.
      whats your favourie auther?
      From Heather

    • Dear cousie,
      I love the post too because it is fancy!

      I found the book amusing because the picture’s were funny.

      Who is your favourite auther?

      From Caitlin

  10. To 2KJ and 2KM
    I’m Mitchell from 2JS.
    I liked Family Forest.We haven’t read Two Peas in a Pod in our grade. We have read Famliy Forest and My Uncles Donky.
    I give Family Forest 8 out of 10. Because it was funny. It had funny pitcures.

    From Mitchell

  11. Dear 2km and 2kj

    We read family forest and I would give it 10/10 because I love my family.I liked the drawings very much. I liked how the main character called his half sister as she had half a body and her step mum as a steps.

    From logan from 2js

    • @ Logan,
      Your blog is great! I would give family
      forest a 8/10. I thought the drawings were hilarious. What was your favorite
      part of the book?

      The people in my family are jane (Mum), Leon (Dad), Jamie (Brother), Jilly my dog and me.

      Whos in your family?

      From Zoe. (2mk)

      • Dear Zoe

        My Favourite part of the book was thinking that his half sister that she had half a body.

        In my family I have my mum Vanessa my dad Justin my little brother Gabriel and me.
        From Logan. 2js

    • Dear Logan,

      I loved your comment.I have 6 peaple in my famly called debbie{my mum} craig{my dad} aiden {my brother] Jacob{my other brother}and Maddie{my sister
      From Mitchell

  12. Dear 2KJ and 2KM

    We have just finished Family Forest .My favourite book is Fly Guy Fly. I will give it a 9 out of 10 because I don’t like family books. I also like it a bit because I like my family!!! In my family I have my poppy, my grampy and there names are both John. I also have 2 sisters called Lily and Chloe. I also have a dad and a mum, there names are Joanna and David. Also a godfather and a godmother. My godfathers name is Rhys and my godmothers name is Kylie. I also have some pets.

    From Cooper

    From Cooper!!!!!!!!!

    • @ Cooper,
      I liked family forest.I’d give it a 7/10 becouse the characters were hilarious and I think the author is too!

      The people in my family are my Mum,Dad and I.
      I’m also getting a baby brother.I also have two dogs named Jasper and Pirate.

      From Charlotte (2mk)

  13. Hi 2KM and 2KJ,

    Great post.

    I do not have a favourite fairy tale. (Fiction book.) Last year when I was in 1/2W we made gingerbread men. They were yum!

    I think book week is very fun because you get to listen to lots of fiction books and some are very interesting and some are just fine.

    What I thought of the Two Peas in a Pod was 8/10.

    The best book that I chose was ‘Two Peas in a Pod’ because it was more interesting and fun to listen to. It is about a girl and a boy and one moves away.

    I have lots of people in my family, but I can’t count them all.

    I have two dogs, two cats and a horse.

    What book are you reading now and what is about?


    • @ Jordi,

      Great comment.

      Last year it was lots of fun making ginger bread men.

      I agree book week is a lot of fun.

      My two favourite books that we read are ‘My Uncles Donkey’ and ‘Two Peas in a Pod.’

      My book that I’m reading at the moment is Morgan the Midnight Fairy. It is about two girls called Rachel and Kirsty. They save the fairy’s special magic Because Jack Frost stole the magic bags and give them to the silly goblins. Eventualy Rachel and Kirsty get the bags back. It’s an interesting book. I borrowed it from the Library.

      Great comment again.

      Talk to you soon,
      Ava 🙄

  14. @ 2KM and 2KJ,

    Great post Mrs Morris.

    I did like two peas in a pod but I like exciting things and mystery stories.

    Did anyone like Two Peas In a Pod and why, or if not still tell me why.

    It was about two people that were similar but one day one of them moved to the beach
    and they flew their kites.

    Great post again Mrs Morris.

    Happy reading,
    Amelie (2KM)

    • Dear Amelie,
      I liked Two Peas In a Pod because the first part was funny. When it said Violet was going to the moon I thought Violet was going to the moon. I think its 9/10 because I really liked it and it was funny and good. What part of the book did you like?
      From Dayna (2MK)

  15. Dear 2KM amd 2KJ,

    I love the post Mrs Morris.

    Book week has been a lot of fun even though we just started it today. It’s great listening to a story every hour.

    Two Peas in a pod was a great book because it was really exciting.

    There were two best friends a girl called Violet and a boy called Marven. Violet left to somewhere far away from Marven. Violet said she moved to the moon but she actually moved somewhere near the beach.

    I don’t have a favourite book I like lots of different ones.

    Great post again.

    Bye for now,
    Ava 😯

  16. Hi 2KM and 2KJ,

    I am Madison(Madi) from 2JS.Two Peas In A Pod was great!Out of ten I would rate it 9 (nine) because of its joke about the T.rex in the picture.My favourite charicter is T.rex(chiken) and Vilot.

    well done on your blog.

    from Madi:}

  17. Dear 2KM and 2KJ,

    Happy Book Week! This is one of my favourite week’s of the school year.

    This week, my prep class are also exploring some of the Shortlisted Books – from this year and previous years, as well. So far, we have been reading “Noni the Pony” and “The Deep End” from the 2011 Shortlist, and “Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House,” “Bear and Chook by the Sea” and “Isabella’s Garden” from the 2010 Shortlist.

    My favourite book this year, is “Family Forest” – because I love the way it presents the modern family.

    Enjoy the rest of book week, Grade 2s!

    Your friend,
    Stef Galvin

    • @ Stef,

      Thank you for your comment!!!

      I have read Bear and Chook too.

      Who is the author of Isabella’s Garden?

      Do you have a blog and could you give us the link?

      Molly (2KJ)

      • @ Molly,

        Hi, Molly – thank you for the reply!

        The author of Isabella’s Garden is Glenda Millard, and it’s a very beautiful book. The words are very poetic and the illustrations are stunning.

        I do have a blog, which you can find here – it’s my ‘teaching’ blog.


  18. Hi 2KJ and 2KM,

    My name is Anneliese and I am from 2JS. I like Book Week because I have heaps of books and I like reading them. We have just finished reading Two Peas In A Pod. I rate Two Peas In A Pod 9/10. I like Two Peas In A Pod because I like my best friend Jemma.

    In Two Peas In A Pod Marvin’s best friend Violet moves far away. When Marvin’s Mum gives Marvin a plane ticket he is excited that he can go and visit Violet. Violet is also happy to see Marvin.

    From Anneliese[2JS] 😆 😆

  19. Hi 2KM and 2KJ,
    My name is Rochelle from 2JS.Two Peas In Pod
    was really good I would rate it 10 (ten)out of ten.
    I liked it because it was raelly funny.
    I like your blog.

    from rochelle

  20. Dear 2KM and 2KJ,

    My name is Jemma from 2JS.I would give Two Peas In A Pod 7 out of 10.I gave it a 7 because it was a bit funny when he could see cauliflowers in the sky.

    Your bloging buddies

    Jemma 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  21. Dear 2KM/2KJ,

    I loved the book Family Forest.
    In my family there are five people. My Mum, my Dad and my two little sisters and myself. Did you know I am the eldest child?

    Did you like the Family Forest book and how many people are there in your family?

    From your blogging buddy Brodie 🙂

  22. Dear 2KM and 2KJ,

    I loved the book Family Forest. There are five people in my family. My Mum, my Dad, my two little sisters and myself. Did you know that I am the eldest child in my family.
    Did you like this book or do you like a different book?
    From your blogging buddy Brodie 🙂

    • @ Brodie,

      Great comment.

      I have four people in my family, My mum, my dad, my brother and myself.

      The book I liked was My Uncles Donkey and Two Peas in a Pod.

      Bye for now,
      Ava 😯

  23. dear 2mk and 2kj I have four people in my family. I have one brother and a mum and a dad. How many people?. FROM LACHALN

  24. @ 2Km and 2KJ,`

    I liked both books the same, I give them 7/10 beacause they weren’t as exciting as I thought they would be.

    I think Two Peas in a Pod was more of a story then the family forest, because in family forest it just told us the names of the people in the boys family and told us how some families are big and some families are small.

    from your friend,

  25. @ Stef,

    Thank you for your comment. We always like to hear from you.

    My favouite book was Two peas in a pod.

    We liked hearing about how you read the books at your school too.

    Can you give us a link to your blog?

    Your friend in 2KM,

  26. Dear 2KM and 2KJ,
    I give Two peas in a pod 10/10 and I give family forest a 8/10.
    In my family I have my mum, dad and my little brother and me.

  27. Hi 2KM and 2KJ,
    I think it is great that you are reading the Picture Book nominations this year. Our school celebrated book week last week as we started swimming lessons on Monday.

    We have now read all of the books and have had some really good discussions about what we liked and disliked about each of them. One thing we did agree on however was that all the authors deserve praise for the terrific effort they put into their stories and ilustrations. In an interview we watched between Nicki Greenberg (HAMLET) and Shaun Tan, she mentioned that she had been working on her book for 6 years. That is certainly a labour of love.

    My favourite book this year was Mirror. I won’t give anything away as I’m sure your teachers will share it with you.

    My all time favourite picture book is ‘Felix and Alexander’ by Terry Denton. I love its message of friendship and how he uses colour throughout the book to capture the mood of the story. Hopefully Mrs Morris will be able to read it too you in the future.

    Be good.
    Mr Phipps

    • Dear Mr Phipps,

      I have not heard of the book ‘Felix and Alexander’ for a long time. It reminds me of when I was a child. It is a great story and its message about friendship is lovely. I love the faces on the buildings and the small details through out the book.

      Thank you for reminding me of that story. I am going to see if it is on my book shelf. If not I may get it at the library.

      From Mrs Milton 2MK

    • @ Mr Phipps,

      Thank you for leaving a comment on the blog, it’s great .

      Hi, Mr Phipps, my name is Alana and I am in 2KM. 2KM and 2KJ do lots of things together.

      It sounds like fun to do swimming this week, we did swimmng last team. 😆

      What was your favouurite book last week?

      Where are you from and what grade do you teach? :mrgreen:

      I love your comment again.

      Best wishes,

  28. @ 2KM and 2KJ,

    WOW! There are so many comments! 😆

    I love book week! I love book week because you can listen to people read, when you follow with your eyes you can learn new words, you can get better at spelling and you can look at new books that you have never seen because then it might be very intresting .

    My favourite thing about Family Forest is that it is telling you that some people have big families have some of the people little families.

    My favourite book was Family Forest. My review About Family Forest is 6-10. I can’t tell you my review about two peas in a pod because I didn’t get to listen to the teacher read it, because I was leaving a blog comment.

    I’m not sure what my favourite book is because there are so many in the world and all of them are great.

    I love the post again.

    Best Wishes,

    • @ Alana,

      Thank you for your great comment.

      I rated the family forest 5-10.

      Why did you rate family forest 6-10?

      From your blogging buddy
      Liam 👿

  29. Hi 2KJ and 2KM,

    I loved reading all your comments. We have tried to reply to some of your thoughts but we couldn’t get to all of them.

    Thanks so much for being part of the book week blogging story day. It was lots of fun.

    We have put a blog poll on our blog. Have a look and vote which book you thought was the best.

    From Mrs Milton

    • @ Mrs Milton,

      Thank you so much for your AWESOME comment.

      Mrs Morris told the whole class and I that you made up Book day. Thanks for sharing book day with everyone.

      My favourite book was My Uncles Donkey and Two Peas in a Pod. I like those books because they are really interesting and exciting.

      What was your favourite book that you read to your class?

      great comment again.

      Talk to you soon,
      Ava 😯 :roll

  30. Dear 2KM and 2KJ,

    Wow wat a graet post Miss Morrs and Miss Jorden But i dont get it who put the post on Miss Morrs and Miss Jorden.

    From Jacob

  31. Dear 2KM and 2KJ,
    Most of the children in our grade liked Two Peas in a pod best. We liked the friendship story and thought it was good. We would rate it seven out of ten.
    From Mrs Barnes and 2H

    • @ Mrs Barnes and 2H,

      Thanks for your great comment. We liked Two Peas in a Pod as well. A lot of us gave it 7/10. We can’t wait to find out who the winner is!

      Your friends in 2KM and 2KJ

  32. @ 2KM and 2KJ,

    book week is a great week.

    I liked the family forest book.

    I rate the family forest book 6/10

    From your blogging pal
    Liam 👿

  33. Hi 2KM and 2KJ!
    I’ve really enjoyed looking at your blog.
    This week our school has also been involved in many fun book week activities. On Tuesday everyone dressed up as their favourite book character and we had a school parade.
    On Wednesday my grade 1/2D and 3/4N read Two Peas in a Pod. We liked the part in the story when Marvin and Violet went to the beach and flew kites. We made our own kites. You can check out all of our book week fun on our jazzy junior blog at
    From Miss Dickson

    • @ Miss Dickson,

      Hello my name is Kayla, I am in 2KJ and I go to Leopold Primary School.

      What school go you go to ❓

      Thank you for leaving a comment on our blog; it is a great way to communicate with other people and teachers. :mrgreen:

      I have looked at your blog and my friend Alana has left you a comment I hope you like it.

      It is quality and very long!! 😆

      I soar that you like using Kizoa.
      Do you ❓ well I have not even heard of it!

      I would give Two peas in a pod 7/10 I found it was very interesting. Did you ❓

      You where lucky to have a parade. On Tuesday we had a special lunch order. It was very very yummy! 😎

      I liked your kites, they were very colourful in deed.

      Thank you for your comment again.

      Kind Regards,

      • Hi Kayla!
        I teach Year 1/2D at Holy Family, Mount Waverley. I have only been learning blogging this term. I think your class blog is fantastic and I really enjoy reading what you have been learning and investigating.
        Kizoa is a program we use to post our photos into a slideshow.
        The Children in my grade loved making their kites.
        Thank you for visiting our class blog.
        From Miss Dickson

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  35. Dear 2KJ and 2KM,

    I like Family Forest because it was funny about when they said half sister as… she is in half and lots more about the mum, dad and the other sisters and brothers.

    I love reading and looking at the pictures.
    I love books!

    Do you like books with pictures or no pictures?
    I love the books with the pictures.

    I love blogging with mum, dad, step dad, sister and sometimes brother.

    I sometimes go on to Skype and call Ben my brother and then show him the picture that I’m on like if I want to Skype with Kayla I would go on to the the square and click it.
    When I do that but with Ben in America he checks over it!

    Can you do that on Skype?

    Best wishes,
    Georgia. :mrgreen:

  36. Dear 2KM and 2KJ,

    I love this post.

    I love book week.

    What other book have you read this week?

    If you have what are they called?

    See you Monday.

    Love from
    Keira your friend. 😆

    • Dear Keira,

      Thank you for your comment it is great.

      I love this post and book week as well.

      Another book we read was called My uncle’s donkey I found it was very interesting.

      Kayla 😆

  37. Dear 2KM & 2KJ,

    I think this is a great blog.
    As part of book week, we had stop and read,which means another teacher from another class will come and read to you. The teacher we had read us Two Peas in a Pod.I personally think that it is a great book. Also for book week, we swapped classes and a teacher would read us a book and we would do an activity. So one of the teachers read us Family Forest. I really like how it is kind of explained with meanings of words. Please have a look at our blog:


    • @ Zeph♥ra,

      My name is Meg, and I am in grade 2. I am 7 years old, My teacher is Miss Jordan.

      Thank you for your comment, it`s really good!

      Witch book did you like best Two Peas in a Pod or Family Forest?

      Where do you live and what grade are you in?

      Meg (2KJ)

      • Dear Meg,

        I live in Perth,WA.
        I go to Bletchley Park Primary School in a Grade 3 classroom.I liked Family Forest the best.
        Thank You for replying to my comment.


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