CBCA ACT Branch eNews 2021 Issue 5
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CBCA ACT Branch eNews:
2021 Issue 5
June 2021

Welcome to issue 5 of the CBCA ACT Branch eNewsletter for 2021. 

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 President’s Report June 2021

Hello everyone,

We have a winner for this year’s free Street Library!! It is St Monica’s Primary in Evatt. The contact person will be Veronica Melville. Here is part of the school’s proposal:
“St Monica's Primary School in Evatt is happy to set up the Street Library and maintain it on the walkway near our oval that is close to Chomley Court, Evatt. This means that it will be accessed by St Monica's, Miles Franklin Primary and Copeland College communities as well as the public.
Our Year 6 Arts leaders will design the artwork to decorate the street library and paint it.  We will get the community involved by asking for donations to fill the library and invite them to the Launch.  Our Year 6 library leaders will be able to assist with monitoring and maintaining the library.  We will launch the Street library just before Book Week and will have our Year 6 technology leaders make a video of the launch for the St Monica's Facebook page. We will organise for photos to be sent to Street Libraries.”
On 26 May I gave a talk on behalf of our Branch to the Tuggeranong Evening VIEW Club. It was interesting that none of them could describe our logo. They can identify it now!!!! It was a pleasure to talk about our annual activities, the Awards process, show them the 2021 merchandise, explain about the role of NCACL and the Dog Tales exhibition and to end by reading them “Hark It’s Me, Ruby Lee!” while encouraging them to join in.
From the National Board the links have been sent for everyone to view the Judges presenting their comments on each Shortlisted book in every category. They are worth watching to learn more about each book and to hear the judges talk about their experience as a judge. Well done Lucy Long and Margaret Bromley from our Branch, who appear in the Eve Pownall link.
Our Merchandise order has arrived and hopefully we will be able to distribute the free items to members in plenty of time for Children’s Book Week.
The Branch “And The Winner Could Be...” night was held at ALIA House on June 16. Seventeen people attended and enjoyed an informative overview of the Shortlisted books. The presenters were:
Older Readers – Peter Arnaud
Picture Books – Jaimi-Lee Hudson and Meghan Scougall
Early Childhood – Kellie Nissen
New Illustrator – Alice Perry
Eve Pownall – Justine Power

Their choices for the Winning and Honour books in each category were interesting and we will see on 20 August how well their ideas align with the CBCA judges.

There was also an opportunity to purchase some of the Shortlisted books from a selection on display from The Book Cow Bookshop. Thank you Peter for facilitating this. There was also a display of the 2021 CBCA Book Week merchandise and the opportunity to purchase or order items.

Happy reading everyone,

Julie Long 
CBCA ACT Branch President

Congratulations Dr Craig Cormick OAM

Dr Cormick was awarded an Honour in the Queen's Birthday list. He received an OAM for service to Science and to the community. Below are just some of his books.

You can access his website at

10 May - 23 June: Dog Tales Exhibition - UC Library
Friday 20th August: Book Week winners announced - National Library Theatre
Wednesday 20th October: Reader's Cup

For a full list of events and details, go to the CBCA ACT website Events page.

And the winner could be

Thank you to our wonderful presenters, pictured below with their choice for award winners 2021.  Actual winners will be announced on 20th August.

NCACL and UC collaborate to bring an adventurous exhibition showcasing pet dogs in
children’s literature

The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature Inc and the University of Canberra
collaborate to bring well-known dogs to this exciting new exhibition including Bob Graham and
Alison Lester.
The University of Canberra announces an exciting new exhibition opening up in the Mura Gadi
gallery located in the library. The exhibition will showcase pet dogs in children’s literature and
preliminary artwork and sketches by Bob Graham and Alison Lester. It will be free of charge.
The exhibition includes:
- 35 objects ranging from watercolour pieces, preliminary and framed artworks.
- Three different themes including companionship, adventure and ‘a helping hand’.
The exhibition includes unused material, rough sketches and collages plus objects that have
rarely been seen by the public.

The Exhibition has been put together by four UC students, NCACL volunteers and Alex Stalker-Booth (Art Collection Coordinator for UC).

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

Awards announcement August 20

Hashtag for this year is #CBCA2021

Members Only Access!

The 2021 Judges talks are now available on YouTube. The videos are unlisted, meaning you need the URL to access them.  The URLs will be emailed out to members next week.
Book Week Merchandise
The merchandise has been released.  To order, visit the CBCA store.

The exhibition is being held at "The Shop Gallery" in Glebe in the week prior to Book Week.  For further information, go the the ACLF website or email

This month's writing activity is 'Blue Moon', click here for details.

Ursula's new book "The Magnificent Hercules Quick" will be out in September as part of Australia Reads 2021. There are four special books as part of he 2021 event on Tuesday 14th September.

To receive the ACLF newsletter, go to their website and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

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. There have been a variety of walks so far, including 'Say Yes' by Jennifer Castles, 'Trouble in Tune Town' by Maura Pierlot and 'Mamie' by Tania McCartney 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).
The Great Book Swap   

The Great Book Swap is a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally, learn more about Indigenous languages and culture, while raising funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Schools, workplaces, libraries, universities, book clubs, individuals and all kinds of organisations can host a Great Book Swap. The idea is to swap a favourite book in exchange for a gold coin donation.

This year, we are aiming to raise $350,000! By registering to host a Great Book Swap at your school or library, you will be actively helping us gift 35,000 new, carefully chosen books to children in remote communities across the country.

To register, go to

 Aspiring Writers Mentorship   Program

CBCA NSW Branch is pleased to announce that the Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program is being re-launched in 2021 with sponsorship by Cathie Tasker who will mentor the winner.  Fremantle Press will provide 2 runners-up with access to their online writing course plus the text How to be an author by Georgia Richter & Deborah Hunn.

The Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program aims to foster the talent of aspiring writers of children's literature across Australia and is open to all Australian citizens residing in Australia.

For details on how to be part of the program, go to their
website. Entries close on 31 July 2021.

The book is illustrated in black and white, about 196pp and will retail for $20 + gst and P&H to members. Available from 28th May. If you are interested, please email

The latest edition of Story Scoop aired on 1st May.  It featured local author Gina Newton, Tiffanee Daley, Liz Ledden and Dub Leffler. Gina talks about her book 'Combat wombat'.
To see the latest edition, click here.
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.
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 #CBCA2021 when promoting any events.

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