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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.



We are pleased to announce the election of Kayte to the position of President of CBCA NSW Branch.

We extend our thanks to Gail Erskine who has provided strong leadership over the past year. A number of committee members have decided not to continue this year and we thank particularly Denise Cramsie who has been on the committee for more than a decade and has served also been President.  We also recognise and thank Carmel Grimmett, Mary Macnally and Leonie Palmer for their contributions over the past year.

CBCA NSW Branch welcomes new committee members as well as those who would like to assist with any of our events or programs. contact us


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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An incredible way to engage your students in quality learning and the CBCA Book of the Year Awards. Register now for 2023.

Be involved in the CBCA Sun Project: Shadow Judging 2023 

click here to read the article Beyond comprehension - the child reader as critic

by Gail Erskine and Viv Nicholl-Hatton, published in SCAN 42, Issue 2 2023

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Join us for our First Wednesday Book Club

June 7 Libby Hathorn The highly acclaimed and award-winning Libby will discuss her new title, Mother Earth, which will be released on June 28. 

Free to members via Hello Club, Non-members $10 book here


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Meet up with many Authors - our Collide!with the Notables judges share their latest. We explore legends and journeys. Looking for story starters? Our member authors show how to  Read Grow Inspire. New books from Sophie Masson, Victor Kelleher, Kate Murphy and Jeanie Baker. Guest Cover illustrator and story behind, Shane Tholen. And more...


2023 Judges Panel Discussion videos

There are now five 2023 Judges Panel Discussion videos available from National CBCA. We have made them available in the Members Lounge.

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Keep up-to date with all the info on the CBCA National website

Read, Grow, Inspire is the theme for CBCA Book Week 2023


Click here for the CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist announcement from 12 noon 28th March

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Foundation for Learning and Literacy

A highly valued partnership/network for us. This year is all about reading for pleasure. It is a valuable opportunity to be part of a strong alliance while learning and listening.  We have our offering on August 16 —August is our month. Find out more

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To improve your member experience we are changed to Hello Club management software in 2023. We will continue with calendar year membership. All members fees fall due at the beginning of the year. You will have received  a Welcome to Hello Club email in early January. All membership fees are due now.

Members are able to book events by logging into their Hello Club profile.

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Night of the Notables event  2023

We Celebrated the 2023 CBCA Book of the Year Notables at our Night of the Notables event held at St Andrew's Cathedral School, Sydney on Tuesday February 28.

Thank you to our speakers Rebecca Young from Scholastic, Kate Foster and Sue Whiting courtesy of Walker Books, Gleebooks for the bookshop. 

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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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Lady Cutler Award winner 2022-23 announced

 The Lady Cutler Award for 2022-23 was presented to Gail Erskine at the Aspire and Celebrate event on October 29, 2022.

Read abut Gail's distinguished contribution to CBCA NSW Branch and Children's literature in NSW.

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