CBCA ACT Branch eNews 2023 Issue 3
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CBCA ACT Branch eNews:
2023 Issue 3  :  March 2023

Welcome to Issue   of the CBCA ACT Branch eNewsletter for 2023. 

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President’s Report March 2023

Hello everyone,

Thank you to the 37 people who came to the Night of the Notables. It was a great night of socializing and networking. Our two locals represented in the list are Samantha Tidy for being Publisher of "Naturopolis" in the Eve Pownall category and author Rhian Williams for "Emergency! Emergency! Vehicles to the Rescue" in the Early Childhood category.
Planning is well underway for our Short List exploration on 1 April from 1-4pm. Until then, look out for the Short List announcement at midday on Tuesday 28 March. Not long to wait!!

Happy reading

Julie Long 
CBCA ACT Branch President 


Below is a list of proposed event dates for the year.  More information on events will be sent out closer to the day.

. Thursday 9th March - Australia Reads/Reading Hour
. Monday 20th March - Indie Book Awards Announced
. Tuesday 28th March - CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist Announced
. Saturday 1st April - PD Shortlist Workshop 
. Tuesday 4th April - AGM and Branch Dinner
. Monday 24th April - Shadow Judging Begins

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

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Members Only

If you have not yetreceived an email with the new username and password for the National CBCA Website, please send an email to  There is a members only section on the website that among other things, contains Judge's talks and Book Week Resources.
Notice of CBCA ACT Branch 2023 AGM

When:  Tuesday April 4th at 6:30pm
Where:  Canberra South Cross Yacht Club

For a copy of the notice/Agenda, click here.  For a nomination form, click here.

More information and boking details to follow soon.

Get to know the Shortlist Seminar


Please join us in a celebration of the 2023 CBCA Shortlist, with a deeper dive into three of the categories:
- Picture Book
- Younger Readers
- Older Readers

You’ll hear from the current and past ACT Book of the Year judges, and the ACT Shadow Judging Coordinator.

When:  Saturday 1st April, 1pm-4pm

Where:  CGGS Boathouse, Yarralumla

Cost:  Members $5.00, Non-members $10.00

Bookings:  Through HelloClub

For more information, click here.

Night of the Notables

Once again a wonderful night was had by all.  Starting with drinks and nibblies, then the announcement video, then the hunt was on to see what we could find.




Registrations are now open. To see the flyer, click here.

Important dates:
March 28      Program starts  (CBCA Shortlist announced)
August 14     Voting closes
August 25     Shadowers’ Choice Awards

For more information, click here.  If you have any questions, contact ACT coordinator Rachel Hind

Below is part of a message from Jo Pankridge, the National Shadow Judging Coordinator.

The young voices gained a sense of agency, they felt heard, and they acquired important literary critique language while increasing their reading repertoire. We also heard that the program had wider effects in their community as the participants used their voices to speak out to others and offer new perspectives on the books they read. The 2022 Shadow Judges became advocates for reading for pleasure.

In 2022 our program was seeded by a federal RISE grant. In 2023 the program’s success is in our hands. We thank you sincerely for your support and motivation to grow our impact. As members of your local CBCA branch you may hear of different state-based branch support.

We are confident the website we have created with available funding, offers you quality support in a variety of resources. You will also be offered a mentor from your local CBCA Branch.

Your groups can contribute to the website’s success in the submission of your inspired creative responses. These will be viewed widely. Ultimately, it is the process of reading, discussing and voting that enriches the lives of our young readers.

Meet the members
on our website

We have a section where we have profiles of CBCA ACT creatives (click here) and some of the books they have published (click here) over the past 5years.  If you are a CBCA ACT member and would like your profile included, please email

Our latest profile is Sarah Wallace.

Sarah’s first picture book, Emma’s Freckles is being published this month.
Samantha Tidy and Susannah Crispe Book Launch

More new local books

Congratulations to two more local creatives. Their books are also being published this month.

Emma’s Freckles by Sarah Wallace and Lesley McGee on 19 March
The Perfect Book by Jacinta Froud and Gökçe Yavas Önal on 26 March

Go to the Book Cow site for further information.
Matt Ottley Visit

For those who were lucky enough to get there, Matt Ottley came to the National Portrait Gallery last weekend to talk about his book "The tree of ecstasy and undbearable sadness". 

In February Gabi talks about the Chinese New Year animal, the rabbit. Her book 'The Race for the Chinese Zodiac' (illustrated by Sally Rippin) talks about how the animals were chosen.

Go to Storybox to hear the book being read by Valanga Khoza.

The March book is "The boy from the Mish" by Gary Lonesborough.  Click here to access the book.

Gabrielle was honured to deliver the 2023 Wang Gungwu Lecture. The lecture premiered on 4 February 2023 and is now available to view on demand at ABC iView HERE.

Bologna Children’s Book Fair, March 2023

Children’s Laureate Gabrielle Wang will be taking her ‘Imagine a Story’ message to the world stage in March, attending the International Laureate Summit at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. In a series of private and public sessions, Gabrielle will share her mission and theme ‘Imagine A Story’ and discuss the ongoing work of the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation to enrich the lives of young Australians through the power of story.

Lit Up! Celebrating Children's Literature

This festival is being held by the State Library of NSW on Friday 12th May 2023.  

Gabrielle will be one of the keynote speakers. Jeannie Baker will share her latest book Desert Jungle.  You will be able to get up close to collection items, and immerse yourself in our beautiful exhibition Imagine … the Wonder of Picture Books

For more information, click here.
Aspiring Writers Workshop
For more information, click here.

AAA 2023

Fo program and more information, click here.

2023 Book Week Merchandise

Click here for the estore or here for the catalogue.

IBBY Australia

Hans Christian Andersen Award 2024

We are proud to announce that Gary Crew (Writing) and Matt Ottley (Illustration) have been nominated for the 2024 award.  To see the full list of nominees, click here.

International Children's Book Day - April 2nd

The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) Outstanding International Book List 2023

The list has been announced.  To access it, click here. Katrina Nannestad's "We are wolves" and Sally Morgan and Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr's "Little Bird's Day" is on the list.

Story Tools features Australia’s most visionary book creators, teaching students the best tools and tips for building a great story.

Designed by educators and experts, our lesson plans with dynamic resources will help educators engage even the most reserved learners.

Each video lesson comes with comprehensive educator materials, linked to the Australian curriculum to support literacy, language and learning outcomes for students.

As a new Story Box Library digital product, Story Tools supports educators with tutorials and resources for middle and upper primary students to master the mechanics of storytelling, which can be used separately or alongside Story Box Library’s digital story reads.

Both Story Box Library and Story Tools are ad-free and safe for kids of all ages. Subscribe to one, or both!
For all inquiries, contact our team at

The February edition of From The Desk is now available.  To see the full edition, click here.
Contents include:
The Notables
Sun Project
Nan Chauncy Awards
2023 Merchandise
Something for discussion

This is an article by Frank Cottrell-Boyce in The Guardian "Roald Dahl is the last thing we should worry about on World Book Day".  There is interesting discussion points that are sure to provoke many feelings. In amongst the article are a few good ideas for Book Week Activities.

To read the article, click here.
National Literacy Trust (UK) 

World Book Day

Events include: The Great World Book Day Draw-Along with Dave Pigeon; The Great Big Footy & Booky Quiz; and Being an Ally: Real Talk About Showing Up, Screwing Up, and Trying Again

For more information, resources and access to events, 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.
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 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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