CBCA ACT Branch eNews 2022 Issue 5
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CBCA ACT Branch eNews:
2022 Issue 5  :  May 2022

Welcome to Issue 5 of the CBCA ACT Branch eNewsletter for 2022. 

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(More information in this newsletter)


.  Wednesday May 25th - National Simultaneous Story Time - Family Tree by Josh Pike, illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh
.  June 10-12 - National Conference - Canberra
Book Week:  Dreaming with eyes open...  August 20-26
                      Winners and Honour Books Announced: Friday, August 19
. 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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The countdown is on...

Only 3 weeks to go!

CBCA National Conference 

The next CBCA Conference will be held in Canberra, June 10-12 2022.


Have you registered?

Get ready for three days of dynamic professional development, delivered by exceptional talent, surrounded by peers and professionals driven to build a world of powerful and inspirational children's literature.

You'll hear from the likes of multi-award winner Claire Saxby, professional speakers such as Sue Whiting and Gina Newton, plus new voices including Kate Foster and Jordan Collins, to just name a few. Co-curators SCBWI also have planned pitching and storytelling sessions bringing writers and publishers together providing a window for attendees to see where and how the books we all love begin!

To register and for more information go to the CBCA Conference webpage.


NCACL Showcase
Thank you to Belle Alderman and her team for a wonderful afternoon on Tuesday.  We were treated to a tour of their new premises, spoken to about their projects, how things are acquired and then listed so that they can be accessed.  All of the work is done by volunteers, so if you want to join them, email Belle at

First, some refreshments - well away from the collection!


Then Belle telling us about the collection, including ephemera.


Next, Max and Belinda told us about receiving a collection and listing, conserving and noting all items.


Then onto a tour of the collection



Including more than a bay of Emily Rodda novels in more than one language. 

Thank you Kirrin for your organisation.
Local Author Opportunity

We have been approached by Events ACT to have local children’s authors engaged as part of the National Reconciliation Day 30 May 2022 Reconciliation Day | Events Canberra.
Is there a chance to reach via your networks for the following interested parties:
ACT Events are seeking three local children’s authors to 
  • Read and engage with the public at the National Arboretum Canberra on 30 May 2022.
  • Be paid $300 directly via invoice from ACT Events.
  • Sign and sell copies of books if desired.
  • free parking will be provided.
  • Authors will be scheduled on reading per hour between 12:00 noon – 3:00PM 
  • 12:00pm – 12:45pm: Storytelling Session 1
  • 12:45pm – 1:00pm: Changeover 
  • 1:00pm – 1:45pm: Storytelling Session 2
  • 1:45pm – 2:00pm: Changeover
  • 2:00pm – 2:45pm: Storytelling Session 3
  •   Authors do not need to read or be from first nations groups however authors from this cultural background are encouraged.

Contact Breanna Werner on 02 6205 8539 asap.

Barrumbi Kids Series

NITV & the Australian Children’s Television Foundation are involved in filming a 10 part series for children based on Leonie Norrington’s 3 books about the Barrumbi Kids (mid-primary). Perhaps you know them? Leonie lived much of her childhood in Aboriginal communities and her books demonstrate this affinity.

All three books are included in the NCACL Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Resource here.

NCACL is looking for a Teacher-Librarian who is familiar with the series of books who would like to work with NCACL on the promotion of the series.  For further information, please contact Belle Alderman at

Missing cover images - can you help?

We seek your help and involvement in locating two book jacket images missing from the Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander database. 

We do not have The Littlest Emu by Trevor Brownley, 1992 published by The Aboriginal Education Resources Unit and Legends of our land by Oodgeroo Noonuccal, 1990 published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. A search of a wide range of significant collection catalogues has not been successful.

If you are fortunate to have either of these titles and book jackets in your possession and you can help us with a book jacket image, please email

Imagine a Pet is the latest activity from Gabrielle Wang.  For a copy, click here.

An Illustration gallery has been created and can be accessed here.  To have pictures added, send to

National Simultaneous Storytime is fast approaching.  To register, click here. This year it is 'The Family Tree' by Josh Pyke and Ronojoy Josh.

 This is Gabrielle's new book, due out 31 May 2022.

Would you like to win some books for your library?  Do the ACLF survey. (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.

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.


Ordering will be through the CBCA e-store.

Don't forget the year planner is available now:

Featuring stunning artwork by Jasmine Seymour, the 2022 CBCA Yearly Planner is the document to support Australian children’s literature in your school or public library and classroom.

To read the latest issue, click here.
Topics include:
  • The CBCA website
  • National Conference
  • New Older Readers Judge
  • Sun Project
  • FFLL (Foundation for Learning and Literacy) symposium

UNESCO had declared 2022-2032 the Decade of Indigenous Languages.  ILF has special "Build your library" packs, one of which is three graphic novels by female Aboriginal authors/artists.

These packs will give students an appreciation of Indigenous storytelling by young people in the Northern Territory and Tiwi Islands. 
Sales of book packs help support authors, as well as remote Communities with literacy programs.

Find out more here.

Where Is the Green Sheep - Pitjantjatjara and Kriol versions

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is creating versions of Where is the Green Sheep? in indigenous languages, to be distributed free to communities. The first two, Pitjantjatjara and Kriol, are now done, and other Indigenous languages will follow. 

I am beyond proud that Mem and my Green Sheep book has been chosen by ILF as one of the books for this incredibly important project. 

(Please note, these books in language are being produced for the communities by the ILF and are not currently available commercially).

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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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