Celebrating the joy of reading

Published on 12 August 2019


Celebrations will be held throughout the Gannawarra from 19 August 2019 to mark Children’s Book Week.

Various events will be held in schools located across the municipality, with two days of performances and children showcasing their talents during two community events to be highlights.

“Children’s Book Week celebrates books, Australian authors and illustrators through events that highlight the importance of reading,” Mayor Lorraine Learmonth said.

“This year’s theme is Reading is My Secret Power, and children will take this message from their schools to towns throughout the Gannawarra as part of a visiting performance and book parades.”

Local celebrations will begin with the performance of The Whale’s Tale, occurring at Cohuna Consolidated School on Tuesday, 20 August and Kerang Memorial Hall on Wednesday, 21 August.

Featuring a nine-metre long inflatable whale, The Whale’s Tale unravels the mystery of a beached humpback whale, a lost navigator and a ridiculous doctor.

The Whale’s Tale is an environmental tale to warm the heart, with reflections about the consequences of our actions. It is highly interactive, full of comedy and extremely playful,” Mayor Learmonth said.

The Whale’s Tale performances have been made possible thanks to the support of Council, Coliban Water, Lower Murray Water and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.”

Festivities will continue on Friday, 23 August with parades occurring at Cohuna and Kerang.

Children from Kerang and district schools will take to the streets for the 42nd Kerang and District Book Parade from 11am, with Cohuna and district schools to participate in a parade at Garden Park, Cohuna from 1pm.

“Both events will coincide with the Gannawarra Library Service presenting its Children’s Book Week Awards, recognising the artistic and literacy skills of our youngest residents,” Mayor Learmonth said.

“Copies of shortlisted works, which will be full of imagination and colour, will be on display at Kerang’s Sir John Gorton Library.”

Details for events occurring as part of Children’s Book Week are available from local schools and Council’s website.

The Whale’s Tale is proudly presented by the following supporters:

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