CBCA ACT Branch eNews 2021 Issue 8
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CBCA ACT Branch eNews:
2021 Issue 8
September 2021

Welcome to Issue 8 of the CBCA ACT Branch eNewsletter for 2021. 

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President’s Report September 2021

Hello everyone,

I hope you all celebrated the Awards announcement in some way. The online announcement was put together by the South Australian Branch and it was entertaining and engaging. I particularly liked the way that children were involved and that features of the landscape were woven into the presentation. With all the paper aeroplanes whizzing around, I was prompted to look more carefully at the Book Week poster and all the flying images on it.

Further on in this enews is information about the production of an Australia Post coin based on Lazy Lions Lounging in the Local Library image from “Animalia” by Graeme Base. This is a partnership initiative between CBCA National and Australia Post, so please show your support by purchasing from our National estore. There are also packs of postcards of the Lazy Lions lounging to purchase.

The Children’s Book Week theme for 2022 is also revealed in this enews. It will form the theme for the 2022 National Conference as well.

Did you purchase a copy of “Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds stories, poetry and plays for children”? I have a copy and it is a wonderful resource to delve in to. Contact Justine to purchase a copy for $22.00 or use the estore. It is an initiative of the NSW Eastern Suburbs Sub – Branch.

Hopefully we will have some restrictions lifted soon and can go browsing to buy books or borrow from a Library in real time. Always more fun than ordering online and waiting for delivery.

Happy reading everyone,

Julie Long 
CBCA ACT Branch President


20th August - 10th October:  Graeme Base Exhibition - Belconnen Arts Centre
Tuesday 14th September: The Reading Hour
Wednesday 20th October: Reader's Cup

For a full list of events and details, go to the CBCA ACT website Events page.

Australia Reads - 14 September 2021

The theme this year is 'STORIES THAT MATTER'

Australian Children’s Laureate Ursula Dubosarsky is an Australia Reads Ambassador in 2021. The  Australian Reading Hour returns for its tenth year on Tuesday 14 September 2021.
Ursula is thrilled to share her Australia Reads Special Edition book, “The Magnificent Hercules Quick”, illustrated by Andrew Joyner.

Join the conversation:  @australiareads #StoriesThatMatter #AustralianReadingHour

For more information go to

Book Week 2021
Congratulations to the 2021 Winners:

Older Readers: The End of the World is Bigger than Love – Davina Bell
Younger Readers: Aster’s Good Right Things – Kate Gordon
Picture Book: How to Make a Bird – Meg Mckinlay, illustrated by Matt Ottley
Early Childhood: No! Never! – Libby Hathorn & Lisa Hathorn-Jarman, illustrated by Mel Pearce
Eve Pownall Award: Dry to Dry – Pamela Freeman and Liz Anelli
New Illustrator Award: This Small Blue Dot – Zeno Sworder
For Honurs Books and other information, go to the CBCA website.
As we say goodbye to another Book Week, there have been lots of things happening around Australia to promote books and reading:

The Book Fairy in Victoria -
Jimmy Rees' new eBook - through Gumtree
Wally has been found in Canberra -
Animalia Book Week Coin Competition

As part of the new five-year partnership with The Royal Australian Mint a competition is being run until 20 November 2021.  Enter here  To see a video of Graeme Base talking about Animalia and the competition, go to
The prize is a bag and coin, for each winning class or family. Two for each State.

We have generously received permission from Graeme Base and Penguin Random House to print a postcard with the “lazy lions lounging in the local library” image. These are available from our CBCA e-store in packs of 10 for $10.00 - please support this fund-raising for your national organisation.  The CBCA estore also have a limited number of the gold-plated coin and book, and the coin available for sale. 


Otherwise, to purchase the coin, go to the Royal Australian Mint site:
CBCA National Conference - Save the Date!
The next CBCA Conference will be held in Canberra, June 10-12 2022.

More information will be added to the CBCA webpage.
Book Week 2022

The 2022 Theme has been announced.  It is "Dreaming with eyes open...". The artwork has been created by Jasmine Seymour, winner of the 2020 CBCA Award for New Illustrator for 'Baby Business' (Magabala Books).

Supporting Australian Authors and Illustrators 

Help support the Australian Book industry - Authors, Illustrators, Publishers and Booksellers - shop local and read local!
Jimmy Rees and Gumtree

As part of a potential sponsorship deal, Gumtree launched Jimmy Rees' (from ABC Giggle & Hoot) eBook "Ollie and the Spectral Spectacles".  For more information and to see the book, click here.  The book is about how buying and/or selling pre-loved or unused items is a smart way of being money savvy while also taking care of the environment and reducing their impact on the planet.
Graeme Base Exhibition

The Belconnen Arts Centre is making NCACL Graeme Base artworks their star attraction in their latest Exhibition. It Opens August 20th and runs until 10th October.  There will be activities and events based on "The Worst Band in the Universe". Click here for more information. Entry is free!

*School Special*
Special Music, Writing and Visual Art afternoons are available for schools, $5 per student.  Contact Ann McMahon, (02) 6173 3320 or for more information.

Draw a Magpie is still happening.  If you would like your picture to be part of the gallery, then draw, do a painting, a model or even make a puppet of  a magpie, take a photo of it and then send it to can use Andrew Joyner’s brilliant guide “How to Draw a Magpie” if you like. 

For past writing ideas and resources go to the Laureate Resources page.  This month it is a Spoonerisms activity.

Join the "One Loud Voice Network" conversation. We would love to hear why reading is important to you. Post it on Twitter @OzLaureate, on Facebook @childrenslaureate, or on Instagram @ozchildrenslaureate alongside the hashtag #readforyourlife OR email your video or ideas for other campaigns to  To see some that have already been done, click here.

ACLF is supporting the "Hook into Books" campaign run by Life Without Barriers.  They are spreading the word about the joy of books and storytelling and how this helps to give children a good start with literacy and learning.

 To receive the ACLF newsletter, go to their website and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Aleesah Darlison is a Queensland author.  Her latest books is 'Poppy the Punk Turtle' - talking about the Mary River Turtle. Aleesah has also written the "League of Llamas" series. On her website she has a variety of resources that can be used in classrooms.

Eligibility for the Stella Prize has changed to include single-authored poetry collections. Entries for 2022 have now opened.  For further information, go to the Stella website.
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ACT Instagram Account

We have a new CBCA ACT Instagram account: 
We would love you to follow us! 

CBCA Instagram Account

The Communications Subcommittee recently launched a new CBCA National Instagram account @cbcaustralia (@cbca was unavailable). This, along with our Facebook and Twitter accounts, will be used to communicate our key announcements and to share interesting and relevant content with our members and followers. Just a reminder to use the hashtag #CBCA2021 when promoting any events.

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