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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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Announcements

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We are pleased to announce the election of Paul MacDonald as the new President. Many of you will know Paul from his work with The Children's Bookshop and Paul's online presence with his Book Trail. Paul is a popular speaker in the area of Children's Literature. 

We say thank you for your committee service to Kayte Eyre, Wendy Rapee, Tony Field, Vivienne Nicholl-Hatton, Elizabeth Cummings and Kristin Darell who are stepping down. All are continuing their connection with CBCA in various other ways. More details will be emailed directly to members.

Find out more about the CBCA NSW Committee here

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Banning Books in Libraries: A warning to us all: A step towards further Isolation and Intolerance

By Wendy Rapee
Chair, The Children’s Book Council of Australia

The recent decision by Cumberland City Council to ban books on same-sex parenting from its library service is a warning bell about the future of free access to information and stories that reflect a community’s diversity. Continue reading

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Children's Book Week® 2024 and Shadow Judging

Shadow Judging is an excellent way to engage readers with quality Australian literature. This is a benefit to CBCA NSW Branch Members. (Become a member - see below for how)

Click here to view the ALL ABOUT SHADOW JUDGING VIDEO

 

Register to participate in the Sun Project, Shadow Judging  on  CBCA National website

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

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

 

CBCA regrets we can no longer accept school purchase orders (SPO). We are a small not for profit organisation and do not have the administrative support to process PURCHASE ORDERS.

If you have a request for assistance in purchasing large amounts of merchandise ($1000 +) please contact us at admin@cbca.org.au

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May Kid's Corner 

Judges, Stories and the NEWS. 

contributions from the following members: Fran Carson, Toni Cary, Sheryl Cootes, Colleen Caddey, Alex Wharton. Sue Bates, Penny Jaye/ Reeves, Gabrielle Bassett, Emma Boyd, Jacinta Boyd, Trace Balls, Meredith Costain, Dale Baker, Janine Brian, Jackie Case ,Deb Abela, Libby Hathorn, Ashleigh Barton, Aura Parker, MarionSilk

Special thanks to Dub Leffler for the cover illustration.

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The Collide competition requires children to create a unique and original book trailer featuring a book from the 2024 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 2024 CBCA Notables list.

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I. Submissions for 2024 have closed.

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CBCA Shotlist has been released

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CBCA ILLUMINATING CHILDREN'S LITERATURE COURSE 

Book now for this 4 week online course May 16 - June 6 2024 all new content developed in liason with Sudney University

Open to all - community, parents, teachers, book sellers

Full information click here

Booking link

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

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

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Night of the Notables event  2024

We celebrated the 2024 CBCA Book of the Year Notables at our Night of the Notables Event  held at Writing NSW,

This  was member only event with no charge to members. We Celebrate the 2024 Notables list, listed to Aura Parker, enjoyed refreshments and browsed the titles at the bookshop provided by  Gleebooks, one of our member bookshops, Launch COLLIDE!

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Aspiring Writers Mentorship 2023 winners and runners-up

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Membership for 2024 is due now

 

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.

Want to be part of Shadow Judging, become a member.

 

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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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