CBCA ACT Branch eNews 2022 Issue 8
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CBCA ACT Branch eNews:
2022 Issue 8  :  August 2022

Welcome to Issue 8 of the CBCA ACT Branch eNewsletter for 2022. 

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President’s Report August 2022

Hello everyone,

On Thursday 18 August we are having a Children's Book Week dinner at Olim's Bistro in Braddon.  We now have 2 guest speakers – performance poet Harry Laing and Anna Battese from the Victorian Branch who will share news of the second story in her junior fiction series, PD McPem’s Agency for Mysterious Mysteries. There will be an opportunity to purchase books which Peter from The Book Cow will bring.  Attendees will also be able to donate to the CBCA’s annual Christmas Book Appeal by purchasing one of the books and donating it to the Appeal. There will be a raffle too.

On Friday 19 August - 11.30am - 1.00pm Children's Book Week Awards Announcement at the theatre, National Library. There will be presentations from five schools which participated in the Shadow Judging this year, both Primary and Secondary students. We will cross to the National Award ceremony part way through.

The Branch has applied for 2 Children’s Week Grants – one for Reader’s Cup and one for funds towards the Christmas Book Appeal.

Have a fabulous Children’s Book Week, one and all. Enjoy Dreaming with Your Eyes Open!!!! In the lead up to Children’s Book Week I will be attending the Mint launch of the book and coin which follows on after “Animalia” -  “Diary of a Wombat”. One of my Children’s Book Week activities will be on Monday 22 August to help launch the Street Library at St Monica’s School in Evatt.

Enjoy sharing books,

Julie Long 
CBCA ACT Branch President 


. Thursday 18th August - Dinner at Olims
. Friday 19th August - Announcement of Winners and Honour Books at the National Library
Book Week:  Dreaming with eyes open...  August 20-26
. Wednesday 19th October - Readers Cup

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

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Book Week 2022 Ideas
The Announcement 

Go to the website on Friday 19th August to watch the announcement (if you can't get to our event at NLA).
 Below are the available books.  Click here to access the books.  They also have other resources. Download this year’s CBCA Book Week resources, including:
  • Printable and editable Activity Cards and Story Response Templates
  • Links to our digital collection of shortlisted CBCA Book Week titles
  • Teacher Notes with overview, instructions and links to Australian Curriculum
They are also holding a Book Week Reading Challenge. Or talk about Heroes, Rebels and Innovators.


To introduce myself properly, I'm Lucy Chambers, a local Canberran and founder of an education literacy startup Cleverbean. We provide exceptional lessons and resources to teachers to help with planning and add a whole lot of creativity to classrooms.

We are absolutely obsessed with quality texts and the important place they have in the classroom. With Book Week quickly approaching, we'd love to provide CBCA ACT with 16 lessons that showcase the brilliant shortlisted books as well as the theme 'Dreaming With Eyes Open'. We made these lessons free, so that anyone in your audience can access the brilliant, creative, explicit and open-ended lessons and resources.

Click here to access the Cleverbean Book Week resources.

Don't forget that Spotlight have lots of costumes for Book Week Parades.  Spotlight is a major sponsor of Book Week.
State Library of NSW Virtual Excursions
Every day during Book Week, the State Library is holding FREE virtual excursions.
The events are:
  • Yvette Poshoglian author workshop - Monday 22 August 10 am – 11 am (Stage 2, 3 & 4)
  • Word play: Poetry writing workshop - Monday 22 August  2 pm – 2.45 pm (Stage 3 & 4)
  • Nat Amoore author workshop - Tuesday 23 August 11 am – 12 pm (Stage 2 & 3)
  • Magical story maps - Tuesday 23 August 2 pm – 2.45 pm  (Stage 2 & 3)
  • Teacher Librarian special event - Tuesday 23 August 5pm - 7pm
  • Gabriel Evans author/illustrator workshop - Wednesday 24 August 10 am – 11 am (Stage 1 & 2)
  • Rosie Handley illustrator workshop - Wednesday 24 August 2 pm – 2.45 pm (Primary students)
  • Young Writers Club - Wednesday 24 August 4 pm – 5 pm (All ages welcome)
  • Matt Cosgrove & Eva Amores author workshop - Thursday 25 August 10 am – 11 am (Stage 2 & 3)
  • Book Week Best Cat quiz - Thursday 25 August 2 pm – 2.45 pm (Stage 2 & 3)
  • Danger, drama and action! How to write great adventure stories - Friday 26 August 10 am – 11 am (Stage 2 & 3)
  • Sue de Gennaro author/illustrator workshop - Friday 26 August 2 pm – 3 pm (Primary students)

To access the website, click here
Sites that have more ideas
News Flash! There are specials to be had of 2022

Merchandise - go to the estore to see them while they last!

Book Week Merchandise

Following a review, the CBCA has a new approach to Book Week Merchandise.  There is a whole catalogue!  To see it, click here.
There are the usual pens, bookmarks and stickers, but there is a whole lot more!  Posters, bunting, lanyards, pens, pins wall art to name a few. There will be no more backorders placed for 2022 merchandise (except for the Artisian range), so once it is sold, that's it for this year.  The 2023 theme and artist will be announced at the awards.


Ordering is through the CBCA e-store.

2022 Book Week Coin

Last year there was the 'Animalia' Coin.  This year it is 'Diary of a Wombat'.  The coins will be available from Thursday 18th August.  There are three versions:
  • 2022 20c Coloured Uncirculated Coin in Card - 20th Anniversary of Diary of a Wombat - RRP $15
  • 2022 20c Coloured Uncirculated Coin in Special Edition Book - 20th Anniversary of Diary of a Wombat - RRP $50
  • 2022 20c Gold-Plated Coloured Printed Coin in Deluxe Edition Book - 20th Anniversary of Diary of a Wombat - RRP $85
They will be available through the Mint Shop.
Talking about books

Below are some excellent resources for discussing books by Sydney University. They are videos that Alyson Simpson and the media team have prepared for the Sun Project are now available at:
Talking About Books - Part 1 (9:41)
Talking About Books - Part 2 (10:53)
Alyson has also created a Talking About Books: discussion board on Padlet for users to record their thoughts.
The media team have a couple of small technical updates to make on the videos -  having the Padlet link published in the video description (as well as currently being accessible from the end of the videos) and including the USYD logo watermark in the videos.  These updates won't change the access links.
Please let us know your thoughts on these and/or if you have any queries.
The latest edition of Kids Corner is available hereCELEBRATING CBCA BOOK WEEK 2022.
It includes:  Revisit Aussie characters, Share Kids' Comments and Introduce New Illustrators.
  • FREDA CHIU for A Trip to the Hospital (A&U)
  • NATALA GRAETZ for Everyday Wonders (Everyday Wonders)
  • CINDY LANE for Great White Shark (with Claire Saxby, Walker)
  • EMMA LONG for Walking in Gagudju Country: Exploring the Monsoon Forest (with Diane Lucas & Ben Tyler, A&U)
  • CRISTINA NERI for For Love (Lake Press)
  • MICHELLE PEREIRA for The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name (with Sandhya Parappukkaran, HGCP)
  Cyber Safety 
Dear CBCA friends,

The world is facing a growing number of ‘cyberthreats' right now. (I’m sure you know, but just in case - ‘cyber’ means ’relating to computers or computer networks’.)
As a result, we're asking you to brush up your skills to avoid ‘phishing’. (‘Phishing’ occurs when an attacker sends a fake message designed to trick you into revealing sensitive information.)
Brushing up your cybersecurity skills is likely to be valuable to you. In addition, the CBCA community will benefit because our shared information technology (IT) resources including websites and Sharepoint will be more secure.
The CBCA’s IT expert, Murray Ware, and the Communications Subcommittee recommend that you read the Australian Government’s Cyber Security Centre phishing advice, which is brief and includes a useful interactive quiz. You can find it on this page.
Here is a starter exercise - are you sure this email you're reading is itself legitimate? Did you hover your cursor over the link to this page in the sentence above to make sure it was taking you somewhere legitimate before you clicked to open it? Did you carefully read the address the email was sent from? Verifying an email from the address of its sender is not foolproof but it’s very helpful. For example if the email address on this email was you should be suspicious. You might also like to hit reply and notice if the reply address is the same address you received the email from. 
If you didn’t do these things, don’t worry, lots of people are still learning. Just click on that link when you have 20 minutes to spare.
For those wanting a bit more, here are some points NOT made by the Australian Cyber Security Centre.
1. Understanding domains and subdomains is important to cybersecurity and not difficult. When you know the correct name of the domain, you know when you are dealing with the real organisation. For example, the CBCA’s correct domain name is If you see that in the ‘url’ (the address of a webpage which is shown in your browser’s address bar) you know the site is legitimate. You also know that subdomains are legitimate. A subdomain is indicated by letters IN FRONT of the domain name. Here is a link to the Queensland branch of the CBCA. When you hover over that link with your cursor you’ll see it reads: know that's a subdomain of the official CBCA website because it has the Queensland qualifier qld. before If it was, it would NOT be an official subdomain, and might not be trustworthy. Neither would

Examples of safe links
Examples of unsafe links

2. Keep an eye out for little changes in a domain name that might take you to the wrong place. For example, a scammer might create a new domain called which looks a lot like our domain and could be used to scam you for a while before we caught up with them.
3. Addresses starting with http:// rather than https:// are discouraged these days. They can still be OK but you should never enter any personal information into such a site.
4. AND FINALLY, look for a padlock in your web browser address bar to ensure certificates are valid. It looks like this:


Items from the July editions include:

. The Sun project, including the 2023 partnership with University of Sydney
. Story box partnership
.  2022 and 2023 Merchandise
. The latest coin in partnership with the Mint
.  FFLL Symposium (Foundation for Literacy and Learning)

To read the details, click here.

CBCA ACT Branch has switched to a new system.
Our new member management system, Hello Club, has gone live. This has replaced our existing member registration system and forms.

Through Hello Club, you are able to:
  • Renew and pay for your membership or any other outstanding fees
  • View past transactions and download invoices and receipts
  • Sign up to events (Such as AGM/dinner above).
For any questions or comments, please contact Justine Power via .
We look forward to welcoming you all in Hello Club!
Alternatively you can go directly to the registration page and sign yourself in and update your details.
Supporting Australian Authors and Illustrators 

Help support the Australian Book industry - Authors, Illustrators, Publishers and Booksellers - shop local and read local!
Members Only Access!

There is a new password for the National Website.  It was sent to current members this week and will be sent to new members after they have paid.  If you have not received it within a fortnight of registering, please contact us at
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 #CBCA2022 when promoting any events.

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