CBCA ACT Branch eNews 2022 Issue 11
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CBCA ACT Branch eNews:
2022 Issue 11  :  November 2022

Welcome to Issue 11 of the CBCA ACT Branch eNewsletter for 2022. 

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Our new portal is up and running.  To register or access your account, click here.
(More information in this newsletter)

Membership is due at the end of December

Renewal notices have been sent out by Hello Club. Reminders will be automatically sent until paid or January 2023, whichever comes first.


President’s Report November 2022

Hello everyone,

We did it!!! Another successful Reader’s Cup was held, this year face to face, at Radford College on Wednesday 19 October from 5pm till 8pm. Twelve schools competed with a total of 22 teams of Year 5 and 6 students.

The 5 titles the students read were:

  • The World Between Blinks by Amie Kaufman
  • Fly on the Wall by Remy Lai
  • Aster’s Good Right Things by Kate Gordon
  • The Little Wave by Pip Henry
  • We Are Wolves by Katrina Nanested

The Branch successfully applied for an ACT Children’s Week Grant and was given $300 towards costs of medals, Cup engraving and prizes. Once again Rachael Hind did an awesome job coordinating the event. Thanks this year to Justine Power who helped me put the questions together and to Sally Judd who ably assisted Justine and myself with the judging. It was a busy time on the night!!!!

The other initiative we have started work on is the annual Christmas book appeal where new books are donated to Women’s refuges, hospitals, and other charities that interact with disadvantages children over the festive season.

The National Board strategic meeting was held in Melbourne 4-6 November in Melbourne. All Board members and Branch Presidents were invited. Myself and Kirrin Sampson represented the ACT. The deliberations resulted in a new Purpose statement, Mission, Vision and Core Values.

The Branch Christmas get together is coming up in early December. Details further in this enews. Join in the festive spirit and wear something celebratory.

Happy reading, happy holiday season, stay safe,

Julie Long 
CBCA ACT Branch President 


. December End of year get together 
. Monday 16th January - Planning Meeting
. Tuesday 4th April - CBCA ACT AGM

Book Week 2023 : 19 - 25 August. 2023
  • Notables announced 28 February 2023
  • Shortlist announced 28 March 2023
  • Winners and Honours announced 18 August 2023    
For a full list of events and details, go to the CBCA ACT website Events page.

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Would you like to be a Book Week Judge?
It is with great pleasure that we share with you that the applications for the 2023 – 2025 Book of the Year Judge are now open. 
We would love you to submit an applications to be considered for the next term 2023-25. We are looking for 15 new judges, 3 for each category with the exception of the Picture Book and New Illustration panel.  You can apply even if you are not a member, but you will have to become a member of CBCA.

Every two years, The Children’s Book Council of Australia appoint individuals with outstanding experience and knowledge within the children’s literary field. Judging panels are formed through application with merit-based processes applied. Each Branch will receive the applications in their State or Territory and compile a shortlist, which the State or Territory Branch returns to the Awards Administrator who will forward the shortlists to the Awards Convenor and Awards Committee for final selection. The appointment of judges is endorsed at the next National Board meeting following the selection process. 

It is for 2 ‘Awards years’. You will start receiving books in March/April 2023, that you will read and award for 2024. Then you will receive the new batch in March/April 2024 that you will read and award for 2025.

Please find below, the documents correspondent with the application. You will need to include a Curriculum Vitae.  For more information visit the website or reach out to the Awards Committee at  

To be an ACT Judge, please send your documentation to by Monday 28th November 2022.  Previous experience as a Judge is not necessary as training will be provided.  
Role Description and Selection Criteria
Application Cover Page
Conflict of interest Declaration
Dinner in December

To celebrate the end of the year, we would like to invite you to join us for a casual dinner at the Statesman Hotel in early December.  Further details coming soon.
CBCA ACT Planning Day

On 16th January, CBCA ACT will be holding their planning day for events in 2023.  If you would like to be part of this process, email for further information.
AGM advance notice

We like to be prepared, so add to your calendars Tuesday 4th April as the CBCA ACT AGM.  More information, nomination forms and other papers will be available closer to the date.
Laurie Copping Award

We are seeking nominations for the Laurie Copping Award. The Award is presented at the AGM. Nominations are now open and will close on 7th March 2023. 

The Laurie Copping Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature in the ACT is a biennial award of The Children’s Book Council of Australia ACT Branch, the accent being on Service. A recipient of the award, then, will have given service well beyond his or her professional association with children’s literature.  Past recipients include Rachel Hind, Rosemary Thomas, Stephanie Owen Reeder and Tania McCartney (click here to see past recipients).

For selection criteria and more information, click here. For nomination forms, click here or click on "Laurie Copping Award Nomination" under Nominations.

Sun Project 2023 - Shadow Judging

Are you interested in being part of the Sun Project 2023?  If so, click here to register your interest and receive information early in 2023.

The latest audiobook has arrived!  "Chinese Cinderella" by Adeline Yen Mah.  Click here to access it. Next month will "WeirDo" by Ahn Do.

To access the Gabi creates activities, click here.

Congratulations Peter Arnaudo
Children's Week Award Recipient

Since opening in early December 2020 independent bookshop The Book Cow  has actively supported local schools, preschools, playgroups, childcare centres, authors, illustrators and professional organisations involved in literature and literacy throughout Canberra. The owner, Peter Arnaudo is passionate and knowledgeable about books for children and young adults. He has set up a weekly Tuesday morning storytime for babies and toddlers which is held on the grass at Green Square in good weather or inside the shop in cooler times. He has hosted numerous book launches for Canberra book creators which are live streamed for those who cannot attend face to face. He has also set up a regular after school hours Chat session for teachers, librarians and educators to catch up on the latest children and young adult books and trends, with guest speakers. He produces a monthly newsletter highlighting new releases and a seasonal reading catalogue. He actively supports local book organisations by encouraging them to have events in the shop and works hard to liaise with them to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Peter's commitment to young readers and their adults is outstanding and well deserving of recognition with an ACT Children's Week Award.

Multicultural Festival
Libraries ACT is seeking interested community groups, authors, and artists to join our celebration of the 2023 National Multicultural Festival.
The Festival will be held Friday 17 to Sunday 19 February 2023.
Libraries ACT will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of this much-loved community-led event, returning to the city - Just outside our Civic Branch!
We are looking to program Saturday 18 (10.00 am -4.00 pm) and Sunday 19 February  (12.00 pm - 4.00 pm). Are you a community group, author or artist who can demonstrate your cultural connections as part of the Festival within the Library? Our aim is for the library to be a place to explore and participate in culture. This could include:
                * Cultural art and craft activities
                * Learning about languages or traditions
                * Children's authors or illustrators reading
                * Targeting families
Sessions will be 60 minutes in total and can occur multiple times during the day/days.
We are open to your ideas.
For more information and to apply please contact Laura Shelley before the end of November 2022:
Laura Shelley | Libraries ACT Events and Programming
Phone:  0413 966 162  |  Email:

Christmas Book Appeal - Last call for recipients

The Children's Book Council of Australia ACT Branch supply books for underprivileged children each year as a way for children in the region to have their very own book for Christmas. We acknowledge the many donations that we are dependent upon from the Capital Region Community.
If you are interested in children from your organisation receiving a book from the Children’s Book Council of Australia please complete the following form by 17th November. Books are distributed by a first in, first serve basis, although we try to meet the requests of all organisations. Books will be available to your organisation after the 20th November.
If you would like further information before completing the request form, please contact Julie Long,

It was wonderful to do our first ‘in-person’ Readers Cup event in 2022, after two years of remote competitions. 22 teams from 10 schools participated this year in a very close competition.
The books the teams read were:

    Image Source: Booktopia 2022
Winning teams:
1st place: Hughes Team 1
2nd place: Hughes Team 2
3rd place: Canberra Grammar School Team 1

Thank you to our wonderful judges: Justine Power, Julie Long and Sally Judd.
A big thank you to Gemma Wilson from Radford College for hosting us on the night, as well as Veronica Melville and Terri Robb for their extra support.
We were also lucky recipients of an ACT Children’s Week grant which helps us fund the trophy, medals and a sweet treat on the night for the students.
We were delighted to have Book Passion Belconnen run a book stall on the evening of Readers Cup and it looked like many happy students were able to purchase books. What a treat!

Barrumbi Kids

The ACTF (Australian Children's Television Foundation) and NITV are bringing Leonie Norrington's series to the screen.  Barrumbi Kids screens on NITV on Friday, November 18, at 7.30pm and will be available later on SBS on Demand.

A coming-of-age adventure about two best friends, Tomias and Dahlia, growing up together on Country, dealing with the dreams and challenges of childhood in a remote Northern Territory community.

To see a trailer of this new series, click here.

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
Thecoin is available through the estore, with the other products available through the Mint Shop.


Katrina Nannestad

Katrina will be coming to Canberra 14th-18th August 2023.  For more information or if you would like to book Katrina for your school, go to the Booked Out Speakers Agency or click here.

Recently the important resource above was made available to schools and educational institutions: AIATSIS Guide to evaluating and selecting education resources AIATSIS Guide to evaluating and selecting education resources | AIATSIS Please share this vital document with others.

Following the National Board Strategic meeting in Melbourne held on 4th-6th November, the Children's Book Council of Australia have agreed on a new National Purpose, Vision, Mission and Values statements.  At this stage the ACT Branch differs slightly and will be reviewed in the future.

To enrich young lives through Australian stories.
A thriving creative world embracing the transformational power of stories across generations.
To connect, communicate, celebrate and advocate for the value of stories.
Equity – Open to all through equal voice and opportunity.
Quality – Maintain a high degree of excellence in all that we do.
Integrity – Act in a socially responsible manner with honest, fair
and transparent processes.
Diversity – Seek, welcome and appreciate a diverse range of voices.
Respect – Recognise and acknowledge the contributions of all.

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 has been sent to current members 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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