CBCA ACT Branch eNews 2020 Issue 4
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CBCA ACT Branch eNews:
2020 Issue 4
November 2020

Welcome to issue 4 of the CBCA ACT Branch eNewsletter for 2020. 

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President’s Report November 2020

Hello everyone,

Book Week 2020 has been a huge success with the build up to the virtual announcement and then the big online reveal. The National Board should be justifiably proud of the adjustments that were made to cope with the implications of COVID. It was also a thrill to see that a local ACT author, Lisa Fuller, won an Honour Book award for her Older Reader novel “Ghost Bird”. She was congratulated on behalf of the Branch and presented with some 2020 Children’s Book Week merchandise to mark the occasion.

Our Children’s Book Week dinner at the Carlton Room at Olims enabled attendees to browse the Shortlisted, Winning and Honour books, as well as enjoy a delicious meal. At the dinner we were pleased to see and hear an explanation from Gina Newton about her two newest titles - "Hold On! Saving the Spotted Handfish" and "Combat Wombat to the Rescue". Both books were launched by Tim the Yowie Man the following week during Children's Book Week at The Artist's Shed in Fyshwick. Maura Dand won the raffle of a box of picture books and novels. Thank you to Rosemary Thomas for bringing the display of books and to Maura Pierlot who planned and organised the venue. 
Another exciting event that occurred on the Awards Announcement day was the official opening of the Macgregor Primary School Street Library, which was donated by the Little Street Library organisation. The students who won the design competition were on hand to explain the significance of their paintings and the school leaders talked about the importance of the Street Library to the school community. Norma John managed the ceremony beautifully and I was thrilled to be asked to cut the ribbon to officially open the Library.
The 20 teams that took part in our ACT inaugural Reader’s Cup competition enjoyed the experience and all had read the 5 chosen novels carefully. The winning school was Hughes Primary and they have been presented with the engraved Cup and individual medallions. Mother Theresa School came second and a Radford team came third. Huge thanks to Rachael Hind who organised this event.
The Christmas Book Appeal was scaled down this year and we were able to make use of books that we had in storage to fill requests from The Canberra Hospital, Doris Women’s shelter, Beryl Women’s, Louisa Domestic Violence service (Queanbeyan). The stock was boosted by a huge donation of 352 children’s books from Tania McCartney and 373 from Rosemary Thomas via the Book of the Year Awards entries this year.
Please take time to view our website as it has been upgraded by new Committee member Catherine Morgans and Kirrin Sampson. There are Institutional and Individual membership forms there for 2021. The Committee is in the process of compiling the Branch calendar for 2021 and it will be uploaded when complete.

Happy reading everyone, 

Julie Long 
CBCA ACT Branch President

2020 Book Week Winners

2020 Book Week Winners
Congratulations to all the winners and those on the Shortlist this year.
To see the announcement, go to the CBCA YouTube channel.
For a full list of winners, go to the CBCA website.

Book Week 2020

As in previous years, we welcome your feedback on the merchandise.  Please complete the survey at

The 2020 CBCA Judges Report has been loaded on to the Shortlist 2020 page of the national website -
Please use #inthewild as well as the #cbca2020 and #cbcabookweek2020 hashtags on social media to promote your Book Week activities. Also photos of people wearing/using the Book Week merchandise, including the Curious minds logo t-shirts available on Red Bubble.
Book Week Theme 2021
The theme for next year has been announced: 
"Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds"
If you would like to see the unveiling, click here.
Reader's Cup 2020


Hughes Primary School - Winners of the 2020 Reader's Cup

Radford College - Third Place 2020 Reader's Cup
The Christmas Book Appeal
Rosemary Thomas and Julie Long OAM packing books for the Christmas Book Appeal
Macgregor Primary School Street Library
Officially opened by Julie Long OAM
 Book Week Dinner 

Gina Newton and her new books

Go to the NCACL website for the latest on:
  • Donation of artworks from Holy Spirit Nicholls and Gold Creek Primary Schools - 10 artworks from Australian illustrators
  • Updates the Cultural Diversity Database
  • Report on NCACL's Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander resource
For the NACAL database of books by and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, click here.
For NAIDOC learning resources, click here. For general NAIDOC resources, click here.
The day she stole the sun

When bushfires ripped through Cobargo in the early hours of the morning on New Year’s Eve, some lost houses, others lost family members and all have a story to tell about that day. 

Together, along with the help of their teacher Campbell Kerr, Cobargo Public’s Year Five and Six class have told their story – writing and illustrating a book titled ‘The Day She Stole the Sun.’  

The book is $22, of which $10 goes to the School.  To purchase, go to the Little Scribe website.

CBCA Social Media Statistics

CBCA has many different ways of getting the message out.  These include social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. 

CBCA  Facebook followers: 18, 500
Page reach: 201, 800 (increased by 756%).
Instagram followers: 4,400
Page reach: 12, 900 (up by 144%).
Twitter: 5,431.

2021 CBCA Book Week Theme announcement
Facebook post: 96, 086 people reached, 11, 061 engagements
Instagram post: 2427 reached, 71 engagements

Book Week is obviously harder to track being a week long celebration, where we featured countless post and stories from across Australia, but by way of example one post featuring Gwynn's fabulous Book Week artwork reached 14, 084 people and had 72 shares.

CBCA 2020 Book of the Year announcement (stats from 19/10/2020)
YouTube (307 subscribers to the CBCA channel):
  • 3 dislikes 
  • 11 comments (samples below)
    • Hello from the Clarence Valley and Bellingen Shire. We're excited! 
    • Brilliant, absolutely brilliant! Let's do it like that every year! (Margaret Hamilton)
    • Great Day Today,  loved the presentation, well done, Congratulations to all winners! 
    • Loved the video!!! Congratulations to all the winners and honourables.Thank you CBCA for an outstanding website this year. In being shifted to teach literature in the library for Term 4 this was my first port of call! 
Facebook (19,429 followers)
  • '2020 Winners' post has reached 59,000+ people, had 4800+ engagements, 360 likes, 63 comments and over 300 shares
  • Sample of comments:
    • This strange year has created lovely moments...the broadcast on YouTube was one today. Thank you to all involved, and congratulations to all the winners, honour books and nominated books.
    • Dull, uninteresting selection. Nothing to inspire a child to want to even pick it up. Muddy colours, uninspiring drawings. As usual they will probably be the least borrowed books in the school library. Good luck school librarians trying to encourage children to borrow them.
    • Congratulations to all the winners of CBCA 2020 Short Listed categories and to the recipients' of the CBCA Honour Awards. Special mention to all the shortlisted books. I enjoyed reading them and being taking on a journey by exceptional Australian authors and illustrators. Congratulations to all at CBCA and the judges for an excellent job with the 2020 awards processes. The video announcing the award was very well done and much appreciated, especially during these COVID restrictions.
    • Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful choices!
  • 'Happy 2020 CBCA Book Week' post reached 8600+ people, had 682 engagements, 229 likes, 2 comments and 55 shares
Instagram (4131 followers)
  • '2020 Winners' post reached 3319 people, had 412 likes, 17 comments, 90 shares and resulted in 102 profile visits
  • Sample of comments:
    • Congratulations all and what a wonderful video presentation, starring great books and their creators, Australian children sharing their thoughts, and the Australian landscape. Thanks CBCA for doing such a great job.
    • The most beautiful celebration and announcement, team. Loved it. Congrats.
    • Such great books. I Need a Parrot and My Friend Fred is my favourite.
  • 'Happy CBCA Book Week post' reached 1615 people, had 136 likes, and 11 shares
  • The Picture Book of the Year post reached 2060 people, had 259 likes, 9 comments, and 20 shares
Twitter (5397 followers)
  • '2020 Winners' post was seen by 14,224 people and received 970 interactions, including 146 likes and 105 retweets.
  • Older Reader Winner post was seen by 4607 people and received 174 interactions
  • Eve Pownall Winner post was seen by 4597 people and received 248 interactions
National website 
In the period 12 to 18 October our website had:
  • 159,000+ page views
  • Our most visited pages were:
    • CBCA Book Week (29,000+ views)
    • CBCA 2020 Shortlist (24,000+ views)
    • CBCA Book Week Resources (15,000+ views)
  • Of the 46,900 users of our website last week, 38,600 or around 70% were new to the website

From South Australia

"Book Bubbles" is a campaign to promote SA children's authors and illustrators. "Book Bubbles" is a collection of book trailers and slides of the 2020 books that were to be part of "The Creative Connection" (Cancelled due to COVID).  Go to the CBCASA FaceBook page and look under videos to see some of the Book Bubbles videos. 

"A Mixed Bag of Arts Ideas", a collection of ppt slides that give great ideas for connecting children's literature to arts and literacy programs in the classroom. It is based on the 2020 Notable and Shortlisted books but the ideas are transferable. It is selling for $20 and is available through their website

The November topic from Judy is Wishes. You will find information on how to subscribe to her email newsletter here.
Judy is launching a new website (including a new shop focusing on prints) very soon.  However there is still lots to see on her website.

Have you seen these emails?
Julie Long has been busy keeping everyone up to date until we get the enews happening on a regular basis.  The following are links for information from the emails that went out:

  • Story Scoop - authors and illustrators sneak peeks into their inspiration, creative choices, artwork and the story behind their stories
  • NCACL newsletter - see above for further information
The Committee:

Julie Long OAM - President      
Dawn Shield - Vice President, Playfest  
Kirrin Sampson - Vice President, Website
Vacant - Minutes Secretary
Vacant -  Archivist

Justine Power - Membership
Vacant - Treasurer
Catherine Morgans - Website
Norma John - Public Officer, Schools Contact
Heather Wilkinson - enews
Colleen Caddey - Committe Member
Maura Pierlot -   Committe Member
Veronica Melville - Committe Member, TL Contact    

We are still looking for a Treasurer, Minutes Secretary and an Archivist.  If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Julie Long at          

Megalo Archive Exhibition, Canberra

Recently the massive Megalo/Studio One Archive featuring prints made there over the decades has been returned to Megalo. And what better way to commemorate this than with a group exhibition featuring selected work from the archive by lots of artists, including Julian Laffan and Judy Horacek.

The exhibition is on until November 30 2020. Megalo Print Studio is at 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

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 #CBCA2020 when promoting any events.

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