Events and Activities

CBCA NSW Branch runs a lively program of events and activities which we invite you to be a part of.

Collide!  a competition for students

Collide! is a competition challenging students to create a unique and original book trailer featuring a book from the 2021 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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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 a mentorship by Cathy Tasker. Fremantle Press is 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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Kids Book of the Year Event

This annual event offers an unique opportunity for students and adults to celebrate the annual CBCA Book of the Year Awards online.

Join us as guest speakers and students from Primary and High Schools across NSW review the Shortlisted titles in the Younger and Older Reader Categories of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards.

Following this program the CBCA Book of the Year winning and honour titles will be announced.


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. 

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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.

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AAA Professional Development Conference

In 2021 the AAA! PD Conference is a fully online event. The conference provides teachers, teacher-librarians, librarians and the general public with up-to-date knowledge and industry insights for promoting literature and literacy. It is an inspiring conference that includes Australian and International Speakers. This event has been running for over 25 years. During these Covid times delegates have the opportunity to view all presentations at their own convenience, either alone or with their peers. The conference also offers an online trade fair featuring supporting publishers and book shop specialising in conference titles.

This Conference will encourage critically reflective thinking and provide a showcase of professional development resources to support educators in their role.

The Curriculum focus for the 2021 is Poetry and that Libby Hathorn is guest Curator and Keynote speaker.

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Celebrating NAIDOC Week PD Event 2021

A special event to celebrate our outstanding Indigenous Australian creatives and prepare you for NAIDOC Week. Up-date your knowledge of current Indigenous resources and how best to share them with your students.

This presentation supports teaching the cross-curriculum priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. When planning and programming content relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, teachers are encouraged to involve local Aboriginal communities and/or appropriate knowledge holders in determining suitable resources.

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Curious Creatures, Wild Minds @ Taronga Zoo 2020
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Leave the ordinary behind and become Curious and Wild!

Our Curious Creatives visited Taronga Zoo Sydney thanks to a grant gratefully received from Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

Children’s authors and illustrators were filmed at Taronga Zoo ‘talking with the animals’.

Fire up your kids’ curiosity and creativity skills, and be amazed by our community of creatives (authors and illustrators) and their publishers.

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