Book Week MakerFaire

What a wonderful week!

This year in our Junior Library we created a MakerFaire where parents and students could visit and ‘Make’! During the weeks leading up to Book Week our students in their Library lessons have been enjoying the many shortlisted books and then responding to them in different ways.

 Book Week MakerFair

Year 1 students created interactives using ScratchJr to program their stories about piranhas stimulated from ‘Piranhas Don’t eat Bananas’, others used air clay and LED’s to make piranhas!



Our middle primary students created ‘small worlds’ portraying different books. The props could then be used to retell each story…..very clever and delightful!






Year 6 students challenged themselves to make bicycles after listening to ‘Ride, Ricardo, Ride’.

Some designed and 3D printed elephant legs after listening to the beautiful and moving story of how Mali loses a leg after stepping on a landmine in the book ‘One Step at a Time’.


Year 3 students enjoyed ‘The Cleo Stories ‘ and drew their favourite pet or the pet they would like to own……then added LED’s after making a circuit using a bulldog clip as the switch.

Another group of students created melting bead artefacts which would make their day perfect after listening to the book with the same name.


During Book Week we were also fortunate to have a Scholastic Book Fair, so when parents and students visited the ‘Book Week MakerFaire’ to enjoy the many wonderful activities set up, they could also browse and purchase books.



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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!


  1. Your library space is so awesome!
    My book loving kids would die and go to heaven to have such an amazing school library. Sadly, we are a small rural school and we don’t have enough buildings for a proper library.

    • Hi Kate, yes we are fortunate. But pedagogy comes before space or ‘things’, your students are blessed to have such a passionate teacher 🙂