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The Children's Book Council of Australia NSW Branch Inc.

Enriching young lives through Australian stories.

In the spirit of reconciliation, CBCA NSW Branch acknowledges the Traditional custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea, and community. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today. We acknowledge their culture of storytelling and honour this tradition through the work of CBCA NSW Branch.

Welcome to our community

as a member of CBCA:

We strive to achieve a thriving, creative world embracing the transformational power of stories across generations.

Our mission is to connect, communicate, celebrate and advocate for the value of stories.

We are a registered charity, a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation.

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Night of the Notables event  2024

We will celebrate the 2024 CBCA Book of the Year Notables at our Night of the Notables Event which will be held at Writing NSW, Callan Park Rozelle, 6-8.30pm on Tuesday February 27.(downstairs from our office)

This will be a member only event, with no charge to members, so make sure your membership for 2024 is paid, or join CBCA NSW.

Celebrate the 2024 Notables list, listen to Aura Parker, enjoy refreshments and browse the titles at the bookshop provided by  Gleebooks, one of our member bookshops, Launch COLLIDE!

Register via Hello Club

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February Kid's Corner 

A graphic novel by our guest illustrator, Australia Day Awards, Alison Tait, caring for Country with Victor Steffensen, and all about change in an Australian Country town from local author Isolde Martyn, Robyn Ridgeway and Louise Hogan.

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We trust you have enjoyed being a member in 2023. Renew for 2024 now via Hello Club.  


Not a member? click on this link now.


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Fabulous merchandise is coming for 2024 using the Children's Book Week® theme  Reading is Magic 

To get your free planner and check out the goods at the CBCA estore click here

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We are continually updating our events calendar as details come in about region events - so always check here.

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Shortlist announcement - new date for 2024

CBCA has had to move the Shortlist Announcement Day to 19th March. 

The usual week (26th) was just too close to Easter, given the announcement is on a Tuesday and the media usually happens the following weekend... this was not going to work. 

Click here for the 2024 dates

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2024 theme is, Reading is Magic, and 'we’re celebrating reading stories and their amazing power to transport minds. We are encouraging kids to be curious about the wonders in our world. It is a positive and affirming message for our young people. The magic of reading also lies in its power of enticement— a good story provokes conversations.' Wendy Rapee Chair National Board


Check out  CBCA National website

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It is time to submit your nomination of an outstanding NSW person who has made a distinguished contribution to Australian Children's Literature. Submissions are open until April 30, 2024.

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Aspiring Writers Mentorship 2023 winners and runners-up


The Collide competition requires children to create a unique and original book trailer featuring a book from the 2023 CBCA Notables list. They have a chance to win some great prizes. All the details here.​

Teachers: Introduce students to the best of Australia Literature whilst improving their literacy skills by producing a unique and original book trailer that features a book from the 2023 CBCA Notables list.

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We celebrated! Everyone who came had a marvellous time. Thank you to the insights provided by Craig Silvey and Chemutai Glasheen. The long-listed aspiring authors pitches were tempting  and we cheered the announcement of the Aspiring Writers Mentorship Award winner.s - yes 2 this year. Click here for more information

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Vale Margaret Hamilton

Continue her legacy with a Camelia Margaret Hamilton.

CBCA NSW Branch have organised a camelia to be created in her memory. Orders will be taken soon on this website.

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