CBCA Picture Book adaptation for Book Week & Literacy Week
Available term 3
About the show:
Each year, in celebration of Book Week and Literacy Week, we adapt one of the books shortlisted for the Childrens Book Council of Australia’s Picture Book of The Year Award.
We create a 40 minute musical production including original songs and puppetry!
This year’s adaptation:
The chosen book is announced in April / May, however the tour starts to book up from September (over 75% of the tour has already booked out) so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment!
To give you a flavour for the types books we’ve chosen in that past you can see them further down the page and here is an interview we did with Juiced TV last year:
Curriculum Areas: Literacy; Critical & Creative Thinking; Arts
Suitable for: Prep to Grade 6
$8.80 (exc. GST) per student.
Please note there is a minimum of $880 (exc. GST) for up to 100 students
Our previous adaptations:
2021 | YOUR BIRTHDAY WAS THE BEST! | Maggie Hutchings & Felicita Sala
“Great links to theme of being brave and a good amount of silliness for the kids to enjoy!” - Dayboro State School, QLD
“I loved how the final song really brought home the theme of the performance... I also loved the attention to detail and how all parts of the performance were inspired by the illustrations.” - Ryan Catholic College, Kirwan QLD
“Made a connection to real problems that children are dealing with.” - Holy Cross School, Trinity Park QLD
2020 | THREE | Stephen Michael King
“Lots of energy. Content is appropriate and multimodal. Very enjoyable and engaging. Students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the show.” - St William's Grovely Catholic Primary School, QLD
“The cast were very enthusiastic and the story had a great message.” – Dayboro State School, QLD
"The puppetry and the interpretation of the story, the message of 'it's ok to be different'. I also enjoyed the audience participation as well as the musical insert to the play." – Conargo Public School, NSW
2019 | ROOM ON OUR ROCK | Kate & Jol Temple | Terri Rose Baynton
“Love the natural involvement of the children in the production.” – Canberra Grammar ELC, Red Hill ACT
“Interesting to kids of all ages.” – Emmanuel College, Ballina NSW
“Loved it. Very entertaining and captured the message within the book.” – St Stephens College, Coomera QLD
“The students were able to gain the emotions of the story through your interpretation with believable characters.” – Binda Public School, Binda NSW
“A great balance between story and audience participation.” – King’s Baptist Grammar School, Wynn Vale SA
2018 | BOY | Phil Cummings & Shane DeVries
“An intelligent adaptation.” – Virginia Primary School, VIC
“Great use of mixed medium. Puppet
was clever for Boy.” – Mackay Regional Council, QLD
“Fantastic connections to text.” – Dayboro State School, QLD
“The strong messages were highlighted around social behaviour.” – St Catherine’s School, VIC
“Interactive nature – fabulous!” – St Monica’s, Evatt ACT
2017 Gary | Leila Rudge
“Sympathetic handling of the book’s message.” - Newmarket State School, QLD
“Imaginative production.” - Gayndah State School, QLD
2016 | Mr Huff | Anna Walker
St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie, NSW
"Excellent opportunities for all children to participate."
"Age appropriate to help embed learning how to manage emotions."
St Stephen's College, Upper Coomera, QLD
"I have one particular student who often experiences 'the huffs'. You made his day. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!"
Gayndah State School, QLD
"Absolutely fabulous!! Thank you. Super message - great lesson in life."
St Oliver Plunkett School, Cannon Hill, QLD
"It truly was the best shortlisted book performance I have ever seen."
Iona Public School, Woodville, NSW
"The interpretation of the book was fantastic and presented at a level that engaged all students, Prep to Grade 6."
Lightning Reef Primary School, VIC
2015 | The Stone Lion | Margaret Wild | Ritva Voutila
“Delightful” - The Advertiser
“a perfect theatrical experience” - Play & Go
“Fits of laughter...Entertaining...Engaging” - Weekend Notes
“Brilliant performance. Great props Elizabeth. One of the best performances / props we’ve seen.”
Moama Anglican Grammar, Moama NSW
“Students engaged with the different characters and took away with them a powerful message.”
Caulfield Primary School, Caulfield South, VIC
2014 | The Windy Farm | Doug MacLeod | Craig Smith
St Joseph's School, Rosebery, TAS
"Fantastic show, great involvement of the students and catered to the full breadth of students from Playgroup to Grade 6. I felt inspired to get the kids making puppets back at school."
Pyalong Neighbourhood House, VIC
"The performance was excellent! A very topical theme. Children liked it. Liked the theme of resilience and we can overcome any problems with Grandpa saying "Never Mind". Enjoyed the renewable energy theme and the explanation via diagram and song about power, coal, C02!! Top work!!"
Sacred Heart Primary School Coolah, NSW
2013 | Herman and Rosie | Gus Gordon
Highfields PS, Lindfield NSW
"A great performance! Loved the combination of puppets, singing, dancing and acting. Very entertaining and engaging. The students from Primary School all took something away. All the little nuances in Herman and Rosie were explored. One student asked a question about the sets and it was fabulous seeing how lots of the props and sets were made."
Caroline Chisholm College, Chisholm ACT
2012 | No Bears | Meg McKinlay
Harrison School, Harrison, ACT
"So impressed by the whole performance. Loved the way that it was also designed to inspire the students and teachers to use books in other ways. [The students] couldn't stop talking about it afterwards and loved all the funny bits."
St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie, NSW
2011 | Two Peas in a Pod | Chris McKimmie
Queenwood Junior School Medway Library, Mosman, NSW
“All the staff commented that they wanted to re-read it and find all the things they hadn’t noticed and only discovered through your performance. It is a great way for the kids (and teachers!) to learn how to delve into a story and discover the writers intentions and at the same time have fun.”
Pleasant Street P.S., Ballarat, VIC
2010 | Schumann the Shoeman | John Danalis
Kersbrook Primary School, Kersbrook, SA
“The themes of Schumann the Shoeman are quite complex. The finale, with the celebration of Schumann's life, and the songs about following your dreams and being unique, really helped explain them at a child level."
East Maitland Public School, East Maitland, NSW
2009 | Nobody Owns the Moon | Tohby Riddle
“We thought the deep message of the book was a bit beyond the understanding of our kinders when we read it to them. However the play helped convey things more obviously. It was great to see the kids get into reading with a book coming alive.”
Duffy Primary School, ACT
“It's wonderful! Funny, moving and really entertaining. I so appreciate how you "get" my books and pick up on details others might miss. Congratulations to you and your actors. I thought the actors were really good - funny and lively and kid-friendly - and I was impressed with your various solutions for staging: loved the dancing bear, the lights, the dress-circle seating for Humphrey and Clive during the 'play', and the factory scene. I also appreciated that you picked up on things like the Latin phrase and Walt Whitman's poetry - nice touches... Cheers, Tohby.”
Tohby Riddle, Author & illustrator of "Nobody Owns the Moon"
2008 | The Night Garden | Elise Hurst
St Joseph's School, Benalla, VIC
“10/10 Congrats! An excellent production."
Donvale Primary School, VIC
2007 | Water Witcher | Jan Ormerod
Frankston Library, VIC
"Great way to bring the book alive. A lesson in history, literacy and drama. So practical... Discussion afterwards was valuable – just planned my literacy and art lesson for Wednesday... Fantastic show – very educational and enjoyable.”
Glen Katherine Primary School, Eltham, VIC
2006 | Irving The Magician | Tohby Riddle
Dromana Primary School, VIC
"Fabulous, really inspired the children to act using books and things in the environment... a top production."
Maranatha Christian College, VIC
"You've done it again! I really enjoyed it - so did my wife, who watched it with me. The script, the songs and the performances were good and funny. And I liked the way you handled the ideas in the book - keeping a nice balance between lively, witty entertainment and sometimes more reflective narrative and meanings in the book. It must have been a challenge, but I think you nailed it and I thought the result was a rich piece of children's theatre. I also appreciated your presentation of the ideas underpinning the book at the end of the show. Very clear and insightful. It was an education for me too. You're doing a great job - I hope it's all going well for you... Best wishes, Tohby Riddle."
Tohby Riddle - Author & Illustrator "Irving the Magician"
2005 | At The Beach - Postcards From Crabby Spit | Roland Harvey
St Peter Apostle School, Hoppers Crossing, VIC
"More than just an excellent show of entertainment. The discussion of the book and themes gave teachers and children an extended appreciation of the book."
Watsonia Heights PS, VIC
2004 | Milli, Jack & the Dancing Cat | Stephen Michael King
The Peninsula School, VIC
“Thanks for an enjoyable and worthwhile learning experience.”
St Jude PS, Scoresby, VIC
"Best part is that the students have extra enthusiasm to borrow from the library."
Glenroy Specialist School, VIC
2003 | Bear & Chook | Lisa Shanahan
Watsonia Heights PS, VIC
"Great performance once again. Singing was exceptionally good this year. Props were cleverly done... Engaged the children so well. It was great to see them laughing spontaneously... Thanks for an excellent show."
Maranatha Christian College, VIC
"I love seeing children improvise play and this was a great model for this."
Hughesdale PS, VIC
2002 | Horrible Harriet | Leigh Hobbs
Warranwood PS, VIC
"Absolutely Fantastic!! Your performance was not only thoroughly educational - in that children were exposed to the reasons underlying bullying behaviour and how to respond to bullies - but also extremely entertaining from start to finish."
Maranatha School - Doveton Campus, VIC
2001 | The Singing Hat | Tohby Riddle
Tohby Riddle - Author of 'The Singing Hat'
"Yours was the most talked about show of the programme. Everybody commented on it on their way out about how good it was."
Children's Book Council Of Australia - 2001 Victorian Launch of Book Week