CBCA ACT Branch eNews 2021 Issue 2
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CBCA ACT Branch eNews:
2021 Issue 2
March 2021

Welcome to issue 2 of the CBCA ACT Branch eNewsletter for 2021. 

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                                                             President’s Report March 2021

Hello everyone,

I hope the year has begun stress free for you all and that you are joyfully anticipating good things for the rest of this year. We had an awesome celebration for the Night of the Notables (23 attendees and 4 apologies). We welcomed Rosemary Thomas (Branch Life Member, past Judge and previous Awards Co-ordinator), Colleen Caddey (incoming Early Childhood Judge), Peter Arnaud (owner of the newly opened Book Cow book store) and local authors Maura Pierlot and Craig Cormick. The National Board had prepared a power point of statistics, judge profiles and covers of all the Notable books and we were pleased that the technology at ALIA House (and Kirrin Sampson) enabled this to work.

There was huge excitement in the room when we got to the Eve Pownall list. Stephanie Reeder (who was present) learned that she had TWO successful entries in this category - Australia’s Wild Weird Wonderful Weather and Will the Wonderkid: Treasure Hunter of the Australian Outback. Needless to say, Stephanie soon had a glass of bubbles in her hand!!! We also congratulate other Canberra book creators who appeared on the list: Tania McCartney (illustrator of Australia’s Wild Weird Wonderful Weather), Gina Newton (author of Hold On! Saving the spotted Handfish – EP category), Nicole Godwin (author of Jelly Boy – Picture Book category) and Rhian Williams (author of Ten Little Figs – Early Childhood category).

Please look at our updated and refreshed Website for details on our Short List event on Tuesday 30 March.  The list will be released at midday on that day.

Happy reading everyone, 

Julie Long 
CBCA ACT Branch President


Tuesday 23rd February - Laurie Copping Award nominations open
Wednesday 17th March - Nominations due for CBCA ACT Committee (send to
Saturday 20th March - World Storytelling Day - New Beginnings (
information here)
Wednesday 30th March - Shortlist Announcement
Tuesday 23rd March - Laurie Copping Award nominations close
Thursday 22nd April - CBCA ACT AGM, 6.30pm CIT Restaurant in Reid
For a full list of events and details, go to the CBCA ACT website Events page.
Laurie Copping Award

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.

For more information, click here.  To nominate, click here.
New Instagram Account

We have a new CBCA ACT Instagram account: 
We would love you to follow us! 

Night of the Notables

Congratulations to all the Authors and Illustrators nominated on the Notables List.  More pictures on the website.
For the full list of Notable books, click here. We were happy to be able to congratulate Stephanie Owen Reeder on the night for her notable books (Australia's wild weird wonderful weather and Will the wonderkid).  Other Canberrans with books on the list were Tania McCartney (Australia's wild weird wonderful weather), Rhian Williams (Ten Little Figs), Nicole Godwin (Jelly-boy), Gina Newton (Hold On!).

Book Week Theme 2021
"Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds"

Important Dates:

Shortlist announcement March 30

Awards announcement August 20

Book Week themes always inspire the imagination.  Do you have any great ideas for a theme for 2023?  If so, send them to by 20th March.

Hashtag for this year is #CBCA2021

Book Week Merchandise
The merchandise has been released.  To order, visit the CBCA store.
Awards Convenor Position Vacant
Expressions of interest are invited for AWARDS CONVENOR to be forwarded to Awards Subcommittee c/o by 10th March. Place AWARDS CONVENOR in the subject line. Duties to commence 29th March. Please include a cover letter expressing your interest, your resume and two supporting letters. Queries may be forwarded to

Role includes:
Coordinates all aspects of the CBCA Awards in consultation with the Awards subcommittee and with national office staff.
Coordinates judging panels including:
   • holding monthly, timetabled panel discussions via zoom with each of the category panels and recording these
   • reviewing content for discussion and critiques on Awards website and the Judges’ Report.
   • Ensuring submission of discussion notes and critiques in a timely and regular manner.
Guides discussions on literary merit of titles, discusses potential changes of category when raised, and checks book content information when required.
Ensures the timetable is met for successful completion of each judging round including the Judge’s Conference, Notables, Shortlist and CBCA Book of the Year announcements.
Updates Awards Policy and Procedures in consultation with Awards subcommittee, national office staff and Board.
Orders medallions for Awards
Compiles regular Board reports
Produces and complies with Awards Subcommittee budget 

This is a matched funding campaign, running from now until 16th March.  Further information, click here.
To donate, click here
Your kind support of the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation and our work will be greatly appreciated.

'The March of the Ants' is Ursula's new book.  It is the story that she wrote especially for the ceremony at the National Library when she was announced as the Australian Children’s Laureate in February last year.  If you go to the Laureate Downloads (under Read, Write & Learn) on the ACLF site you will a lot of resources from Ursula including writing and other fun activities.

To subscribe to the ACLF newsletter, click here then scroll down to the bottom of the page.

One Loud Voice: Second Children’s Laureate Summit
 Tuesday 16 March 2021, 10am–4pm

It’s not too late to book your place at the second Australian Children’s Laureate Summit and make a difference to the world of children’s literacy in Australia. The Summit is being held in partnership with Somerset Storyfest in the grounds of Somerset College near the Gold Coast hinterland of Queensland.
You can participate in person or virtually. Click here for registration/more information.

The Book Cow is a new bookshop that has opened up at 47 Jardine Street, Kingston (opp Green Square).
Check out the website to see what they have to offer, including events and competitions.  Peter joined us for the Night of the Notables.

The State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Government have joined together to create Stories for Little Queenslanders book series.  It is designed especially for 0-5 year olds, and has been created by authors and illustrators connected to Queensland. 

The eBooks and audiobooks can be found online

The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature (formerly Lu Rees Archives) is a comprehensive collection of books and other resources about authors, illustrators, publishers and their creative works.

New titles added to the NCACL Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander database.
Go to the NCACL website for the:
As well as information on their collections, resources and exhibitions.

Libraries ACT - Story Walk

Enjoy walking? Enjoy reading? How about both at the same time?

Both have great health benefits and we’ve combined them to create a walking route with a difference. Enjoy Libraries ACT’s first ever story walk and follow Erin-Claire Barrow’s retelling of Cinderella, with a page to read at each stop. Starting from Belconnen Library, follow the walk to each stop to find out what happens next. Find out more on the Libraries ACT website where you can download a map to follow (or you can scan the QR code at one of the stops to download it).
Karen Blair Art Auction
Karen Blair is one of WA’s most beloved creators, having presented at A Night with Our Stars (ANWOS) many times over the years.
She is also a generous supporter of the CBCA WA Branch and has donated an original art work – a signed charcoal and watercolour sketch based on her winning CBCA Honour Book When Billy was a Dog, written by Kirsty Murray and published by Allen and Unwin for the WA Branch to use as a fundraiser.
This exquisite framed piece measures 43cm x 33cm and will delight dog-lovers and readers alike. It would look equally at home on a child’s bedroom wall, in a library setting or a booklover’s house.
The work is being offered for silent auction with the winning bidder to be announced at ANWOS 2021 on Friday 12 March. The auction is open to all CBCA Branch members and indeed, the wider public. Attendance on the night is not compulsory for the winner but collection and/or delivery will be wholly at the winning bidder’s expense. The reserve price has been set at $200 and bids will be accepted in $10 increments.
Click here to bid:

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 #CBCA2021 when promoting any events.

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