Teacher's Hilarious 'Baby Got Back' Parody In The Name Of Books
Forget outlandish costumes, one Sydney primary Catholic school has stepped it up this Book Week by waxing lyrical over the virtues of reading -- with a little help from 90s rap.
The video posted to the school's Facebook page shows teachers singing and rapping to the tune of Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back" classic -- but the lyrics have been cleverly changed.
Instead of referring to a woman's derriere, a book-loving, flossing kangaroo is the main character as the teachers enthusiastically (but awkwardly) sing "Joey Got Books".
"I like big books and I cannot lie, you other brothers can't deny / When a book comes in to the library bin, it looks so fresh I want to check it out," a cast of teachers from St Joseph's Catholic primary school in Sydney's west sing.
It's a new way to celebrate the literary and costume fever that just swept the country as part of national Book Week.
"I'm hooked on the book I'm reading / I'm deep and its what I'm needing," the song continues.
And some popular children's books got a shout out in the song.
Hey Magical School Bus you wanna get in my bag? Just read me, read me. You'll learn a lot of facts believe me.
While the film clip is dominated by female teachers, a few male colleagues made cameos.
"So fellas, (yeah) fellas (yeah) Have you read that Andy Griffiths? Read it, read it Read that Treehouse series Joey got books."
The only student to feature in the social video has her head in a phone, but is very quickly surrounded by crooning teachers who encourage her to read a book.
"YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram. I think I need a book."
Book Week is an initiative run by The Children's Book Council of Australia, which encourage childcares, schools and libraries to put on celebratory events.
Established in 1945, it was founded at a time when Australian children's books were few, and Australian authors and illustrators were virtually unknown.
Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favourite character from a book or bring a favourite novel to school. This year's theme was 'reading is my superpower'.
READ MORE: The Busy Parents’ Guide To Book Week
The St Joseph's teachers demonstrated that singing could well be their superpower.
And they are doing it to encourage reading at a time that Australian students are falling behind similar OECD countries.
While most Australian children are meeting international benchmarks for reading at Year 4, nearly one in five are failing it.
Australia has one of the largest proportions of students who fall below the “intermediate” benchmark into the “low” or “below low” categories, compared to the US, Canada, and England.