CBCA ACT Branch eNews 2022 Issue 9
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CBCA ACT Branch eNews:
2022 Issue 9  : September 2022

Welcome to Issue 9 of the CBCA ACT Branch eNewsletter for 2022. 

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President’s Report September 2022

Hello everyone,

It was with a heavy heart that I shared news of the death of Life Member Rosemary Thomas. She was a great contributor to not only our Branch but also the National Board, the National Awards process and NCACL. In her final months she donated some significant items to NCACL and indeed asked that donations be made to NCACL in lieu of flowers at her funeral. Go to to do this.

This sad event was then followed by the passing of the Queen. I was in Adelaide at the time and went to Government House there to sign a condolence book. Some of you might remember a hilarious small picture book by Tohby Riddle titled The Royal Guest (1993) about the Queen coming to visit and to save on costs a Mrs Jones from Padstow offers to have her stay at her place. She has plenty of room. It is so funny and a clever concept. A moment of joy in remembrance.

The Winners have been announced and our event at the National Library went smoothly, thanks to those Committee members without whom these things not be possible. It was great to see so many of our local member book creatives in attendance too. The presentations by the students were varied, informative and entertaining.

Julie Long 
CBCA ACT Branch President 


Readers Cup : Wednesday 19th October

Book Week 2023 : 19 - 25 August. 2023
  • "Read, Grow, Inspire" 
  • 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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Book of the Year Entry Special

Sun Project
Congratulations to al who took part in the Sun Project this year.  There have been lots of articles published that have mentioned the Shadow Judging.  Below are links to some of the articles. 

. The West Australian newspaper
. Canberra Times - Shadow Judging
. ABC News

To see what the shadow judges said, go to:
To view all the entries, go to:
The ACT participating schools were (links to responses where available, some are still being uploaded):
Book Week 2023

The theme for 2023 has been announced.  Matt Ottley is the wonderful Illustrator for this year. To hear from Matt about his artwork, click here.

The Planner will be back again for 2023.  Details coming soon.

The August create with Gabi is 'Imagine an alphabet story'.  To access the download, click here.
The September create with Gabi is 'Imagine being surprised'. To access the download, click here. Don't forget to check out the Illustration Gallery and to send your work to

The current free audio book (Thank you Borrowbox) is 'My Place' by Sally Morgan.  To access it, click here

Indigenous Literacy Day was on 7th September.  It was initially presented at the Sydney Opera House. To watch the event, click here
The 20 minute video features children in remote Milikapiti and Jilkminggan, in the Northern Territory.  Audiences will delight in this magical story sharing a snippet of life in remote Australia and the richness and diversity of First Nation peoples’ stories, cultures, and languages in song, music and books. 

Also on the ACLF website:

Auslan - Don't forget the Imagine a story in Auslan. Learn some Auslan here, including the word for Magpie.

As part of the Headland Festival in Tathra, Gabi will be conversing with Vanessa Milton about 'Zadie Ma and the dog who chased the moon'. This will be on Saturday 29th October.  More information here.
Book Week Dinner

The Annual Book Week Dinner was held at Olim's Ainslie, on Thursday 18th August.  

We were entertained by Harry Laing and Anna Battese.


As part of the night donations were sought for the Christmas Book Appeal.  Thank you to Peter from the Book Cow for the wonderful display and opportunity to purchase books.


2022 Book Week Coin

Last year there was the 'Animalia' Coin.  This year it is 'Diary of a Wombat'.  The coins are available from our estore or the Mint.  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 are available through the CBCA estore, the Mint Shop or at the Mint.

The Collide! Book Trailer winners have been announced. To see the finalists and who won, click here.

September Kid's Corner

Vale Ruth Starke

1946 - 2022

Author of the 'Nips' series and 'Stella by the sea' amongst many other wonderful titles. CBCA SA has written an article about Ruth Starke.  Click here to read the full article.
 Foundation for Literacy and Learning

The latest session is from PETA about exploring climate fiction.  You can see it at

If you have any feedback on the session, please send it to:

For any questions about the session, click here.

The CBCA session "A conversation: Young readers' engagement in literature: agency and appreciation" will be held on 19th October. Click here to register.

This is a special edition pre Book Week. To read the full article, click here

The second edition is post Book Week.  To read the full article, click here.

The Librarian Storyteller of the Year awards are back for 2022.  For more information click here.

New story: "Your School is the Best" by Maggie Hutchings, illustrated by Felicita Sala and read by Laurence Boxhall.  Click here to access.

Melissa Keil talks about the new Story Tools Project. Click here to read more.

After providing the wonderful Book Week resources, Story Box is looking for feedback. What resources helped you save time, gain confidence and deliver engaging content to your classroom during CBCA Book Week ‘22? Do you have suggestions for us to assist you further? If so, please click here


We love our local booksellers so on Saturday 8 October Follow Your Heart all the way to a bookshop and celebrate a love of books.
On this #LYBD2022 it’s a great opportunity to connect or re-connect with booksellers and books and remember how important reading is for children and adults alike. 

For more information and to take part in the competitions,
click here.
Get involved by sharing and tagging #loveyourbookshopday #LYBD2022

Good night, sleep tight is turning 10 and a special anniversary edition has been published by Scholastic.

City of Literature Walking Map

Produced by the City of Literature and illustrated by me, this gorgeous map of Melbourne's independent bookshops (CBD one side, inner suburbs the other) is now available at selected bookshops - no prizes for working out which one this is.

The map is also available at City of Melbourne Visitor Centres. Grab a copy and get walking and reading!

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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