CBCA ACT Branch eNews 2022 Issue 12
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CBCA ACT Branch eNews:
2022 Issue 12  :  December 2022

Welcome to Issue 12 of the CBCA ACT Branch eNewsletter for 2022. 

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Our new portal is up and running.  To register or access your account, click here.
(More information in this newsletter)

Membership is due at the end of December

Renewal notices have been sent out by Hello Club. Reminders will be automatically sent until paid or March 2023, whichever comes first.


We would like to wish all our Members and Subscribers a merry, safe and wonderful holiday season.  Thank you for your support during 2022.We look forward to bringing you many wonderful events in 2023. Read,Grow and Inspire!

. Thursday 12th January - Planning Meeting
. Tuesday 4th April - CBCA ACT AGM

Book Week 2023 : 19 - 25 August. 2023
  • 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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Vale Margaret Hamilton AM

It is with great saddness that we announce the passing of Margaret Hamilton AM.  Margaret was a Champion for Children's Literature.  Over her career, Margaret worked as a Library Assistant, Librarian, Bookshop Children's specialist, Reading Time reviewer, Production Manager (Hodder & Stoughton), Publisher (own Company) and Author.  She has been involved in the CBCA since the1960's, inlcuding being National President among many other roles.

in 1995, along with her good friend June Smith, they set up the Awards Foundation, to provide perpetual funding for prizes for the annual Children's Book of the Year Awards.

Over her lifetime, Margaret received many awards, including the Dromkeen Medal and Nan Chauncy Award.  In 2008 she  received the Order of Australia Medal ‘for service to the arts through the promotion of children’s literature and literacy and through support for authors and illustrators.

In 2010, she opened a centre for children's books in a cottage called Pinerolo at the Blackheath town in the Blue Mountains. Pinerolo is a centre for creation of children's books.

To read the full CBCA tribute, click here.

The $2 Million challenge

Margart Hamilton was a major drivng force for gathering donations to the CBCA Awards Foundation.  It would be fantastic to achieve this milestone in her honour.  To donate, click here for the form or through the eStore (click here).  For more information about the Awards Foundation, click here.

If you would like to join us in honouring Margaret with a vibrant reminder every year in your garden, while supporting the important work of the CBCA Awards Foundation, contact us and reserve a ‘Camellia Margaret Hamilton @ $50.50 each including postage and handling. (150mm pot size, 30cm-40cm tall). 

To place your request for a camellia:
email / subject: camellia / qty required.
Make sure you include: full name, postal address, contact phone number.
An invoice will be sent to you for payment.
Vale Reverend Dr John Cohen OAM

Reverend Dr John Cohen was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to children's literature in 2016, after 28 years as the editor of the Children's Book Council of Australia's journal, Reading Time.

John was a Member of the ACT Branch since 1987 and a member of the Committee of Responsible Persons for the Awards Foundation from 1999-2016 and which he chaired for many years.

Dr Cohen completed a PhD in Children's Literature as well as a Master of Education Literature at the University of Saskatchewan. Upon his return to Australia, Dr Cohen was the only person in the country with such qualifications.
After stints in Armidale and Goulburn, the family moved to Wagga in 1983 when Dr Cohen took a job at the Riverina Murray Institute of Higher Education in the librarian course. It was at this time he enrolled in a Masters of Letters degree, while he was also taking classes at the Australian College of Theology to become an ordained minister.
CBCA ACT Planning Day

On 12th January, CBCA ACT will be holding their planning day for events in 2023.  If you would like to be part of this process, email for further information.
AGM advance notice

We like to be prepared, so add to your calendars Tuesday 4th April as the CBCA ACT AGM.  More information, nomination forms and other papers will be available closer to the date.

The catalogue is out now!  To see it, click here or go to the CBCA website.

Librarian Storyteller of the Year has been announced!

Congratulations Lindsay Evergreen from Mandurah Libraries (WA)
Congratulations also to the finalists:
2nd place: Codie Perris, Sunshine Coast Libraries (QLD)
3rd place: Jenny Barry, Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School (VIC)
Honours: Jonathon Dyer, City of Bunbury Libraries (WA)

For more information, click hereThis event will be held again in 2024.

Story Tools website has gone live!

Story Tools is a story writing series, via short video tutorials and resources to support student creativity and literacy, inspiring and creating confident storytellers. Over 12 short lessons hosted by Australia’s most visionary book creators, Series 1 will cover storytelling foundations. Providing students with practical takeaways for their own creative writing and educators with ready to use resources to engage reluctant learners. For more information and pricing, click here

The latest audiobook has arrived!  "WeirDo" by Ahn Do. Click here to access it. Next month will be 'Zadie Ma and The Dog Who Chased the Moon' by Gabrielle Wang.

In November the Gabi creates activity was 'How to draw a dragon'. To access the Gabi creates activities, click here. Don't forget to add your creations to the gallery

To help with those Christmas gifts, the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation (ACLF) is proud to support the 2022–23 Kids’ Reading Guide produced annually by BookPeople (formerly the Australian Booksellers Association). Click here to access a copy.

The Book Cow Christmas Book Guide is available here.

The Book Cow holds Book Launches, Author Visits and many other events.  Follow them on Facebook  or Instagram. Their website is  

Don't forget their storytime every Tuesday at 11am.

2022 Book Week Coin

Last year there was the 'Animalia' Coin.  This year it is 'Diary of a Wombat'.  The coins will be available from Thursday 18th August.  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
The coin is available through the estore, with the other products available through the Mint Shop.

Following the National Board Strategic meeting in Melbourne held on 4th-6th November, the Children's Book Council of Australia have agreed on a new National Purpose, Vision, Mission and Values statements.  At this stage the ACT Branch differs slightly and will be reviewed in the future.

To enrich young lives through Australian stories.
A thriving creative world embracing the transformational power of stories across generations.
To connect, communicate, celebrate and advocate for the value of stories.
Equity – Open to all through equal voice and opportunity.
Quality – Maintain a high degree of excellence in all that we do.
Integrity – Act in a socially responsible manner with honest, fair
and transparent processes.
Diversity – Seek, welcome and appreciate a diverse range of voices.
Respect – Recognise and acknowledge the contributions of all.

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 has been sent to current members 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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