CBCA ACT Branch eNews 2020 Issue 1
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CBCA ACT Branch eNews:
2020 Issue 1
February 3rd 2020

Welcome to issue 1 of the CBCA ACT Branch eNewsletter for 2020. 

In this Issue

  • Membership
  • A word from our President
  • Night of the Notables
  • Bob Graham Silent Auction for Bushfire Appeal
  • NCACL Cultural Diversity Database
  • CBCA Instagram account
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CBCA ACT Branch Membership 2020

President’s Report February 2020

Welcome everyone,

As you read this, I hope it is beginning to cool in Canberra and the fires have dissipated, although the enforced indoor time has provided the opportunity for extra reading!!
You will see that there is a 2020 membership renewal with this enews. Please note that members of PETA, ALIA, SCBWI and ALEA can now be Associate Members at the Concession price of $35.
The National Board requested ideas for the 2021 Book Week slogan. In 2021, the National Simultaneous story is going to be a space theme (ie STEM) and a picture book is being commissioned for it which will be read from the International Space Station. With our links to ALIA in mind, we considered the following and sent them to National as suggestions:
Make space for reading
Make space for books
Satellite stories
Take me to your reader
Star stories
1,2,3, read to me
3,2,1, reading is fun
Triangulate your reading
Blast off into reading
Reading out of this world
Cosmic connections through reading
You can count on books
Make books your Mission
Make stories your Mission
Infinity and beyond in books
Gravitate to books
Gravitate to reading
Gravitate to stories
Stories reach for the stars
So we look forward to the announcement of the 2021 theme to see whether one of our choices is successful.
By now I hope you have all heard that the Notables are staying as Notables and not changing to Longlist. Further news from National is that the Short List poster will be returning in 2020 and that there will be a more manageable 2 book mark designs. The stickers will be printed in rows that are easy to cut and the decals will be made so that when put on windows they can be seen on both sides.
The Judges have had their Conference in Melbourne and we thank Lucy Holliday (EP Judge) and Margaret Bromley (EP Judge) for representing the ACT Branch.
Our first big event this year is the Notables unveiling on February 25th, where you will be able to see the books and chat with colleagues about the chosen books. This is a 2 hour Teacher Identified PL opportunity.
Happy reading,
Julie Long 
CBCA ACT Branch President

SILENT AUCTION - 'Feather' by Bob Graham
Bob Graham has made two generous donations to the CBCA, which he asked be used to raise money for those affected by the bushfires. He is delighted the CBCA will use this money to buy books as part of our Books for Bushfires campaign.
These will be auctioned among CBCA members only. This will be a silent auction.
Winning bid
'Feather' is a beautiful original drawing in pencil and pastel, on parchment. The image is approximately 14cm long, and the parchment A4 size. A watermarked copy is attached.
Second highest bid
The hardback author's copy of Bob's two latest titles, The Underhills and The Poesy Ring, each personally inscribed for the recipient.
Bids are now open to CBCA members. This will not be available to the general public. Bids should be sent by email to the email address quoting:
  • Name and contact details of the bidder, including CBCA membership number
  • Bid amount.
Prizes will be allocated on the basis of the bid amount only. 
Important: Bids will not be considered if a CBCA membership number is not included.
The process will close at 5pm on Friday, February 28.
All funds raised will be donated to the CBCA's Books for Bushfires campaign, which is being used to buy books for children and young adults (through local independent bookstores) in bush-fire-affected areas.
The CBCA National office will advise the winners and branches of the outcome.
Iand set other styles.

NCACL Cultural Diversity Database:
An Australian first 

America has one. Canada has one. And now Australia makes three! NCACL is pleased to virtually launch our Cultural Diversity Database. This was an 18-month long project involving many people at NCACL reading and discussing Australian children's books.  It is aimed at the very youngest through to those of secondary age. All 340 books feature cultural diversity from a broad perspective. You can search on author, illustrator, title, series, publisher, date, key concepts, Australian Curriculum, the Early Years Learning Framework plus a combination of these. There are annotations for each book. 

To read about the background to this project,  Click here. To access this free resource, Click here.  To support the creation of the Aborignal and Torres Strait Islander Database, Click here.

New 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 #CBCA2019 when promoting any events.

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