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Events and Activities

You are invited to take part in our lively program of events and activities.

Aspire and Celebrate

Celebrate another year of books for young readers in Australia.

Think aspirational - hear great success stories. 

Be inspired while listening to the pitches of this years Aspiring Writers.

 Hear Cathie Tasker and the previous year's winners reflect on their mentorship.

Cheer the winner of the Aspiring Writers Award.

Come to the event on November 11, 2023

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Kids Corner

A monthly magazine highlighting our author and illustrator creatives and linked to what's happening now in Australian books and writing. Featuring guest illustrators, there is a bounty of information for kids and those who work with kids. 

Published on this website 11 times a year.

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Commencing April 5, 2023 we Read, Grow, Inspire through Australian Children's literature. Starting with Illuminating Children's Literature we explore how Shadow Judging perfectly fits into the Information Fluency Framework.

The Book Club shall return later in 2024.

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The Sun Project: illuminating  Children's Literature

CBCA Sun Project/Shadow Judging, aims to engage students to 'shadow judge' the CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist alongside our esteemed judging panel.

This project is open to interested groups from schools, libraries or wherever children join together to read the shortlisted books.

Special funding was provided in 2023 by CBCA NSW Branch for remote participants.

The announcement to the Sun Project choices occurs at the end of CBCA Book Week®. Check it out on the National CBCA website. Young voices are welcome here.

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Collide!  a competition for students

Collide! is a competition challenging students to create a unique and original book trailer featuring a book from the CBCA Notables list. 

By introducing students to the best of Australia Literature, teachers can improving student literacy skills whilst producing a unique and original book trailer.

This year prizes have been generously donated by the Rotary Club of North Sydney.

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Night of the Notables

On the night that the CBCA releases the Notable list - the long list of books selected to be judged for the Book of the Year Awards -  we hold a special event just to to celebrate these wonderful books and their creatives.

The Night of the Notables event is held on the final Tuesday of February.

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Lady Cutler Award

The Lady Cutler Award is a bi-ennial award, administered by the CBCA NSW Branch, for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature.  Click here for submission criteria

The 2022-23 recipient is Gail Erskine.

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Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program


Calling all budding writers for children! Are you a yet to be published writer? Then this is for you.

Submit your manuscript. You may win the Cottesloe Mentorship by Cathy Tasker. They will also receive the Charlotte Waring Certificate. Fremantle Press are providing access to their writing course for the runners-up. This program is open to all Australian citizens residing in Australia. 

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Come along and celebrate the announcement of the

 CBCA Book of the Year ®Award Winner and Honour books


The highlight of this event is the students and their reviews the Shortlisted books!

Always many authors and illustrators on hand to celebrate with. Bring a class or just come along. All members welcome.

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