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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 with our very special  Lady Cutler Award winner Gail Erskine.

Think aspirational - hear a great success story from newly published author Reece Carter. 

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

 Hear Bryoni Trezise and Cathie Tasker reflect on the 2021 mentorship.

Cheer our 2022 winner of the Aspiring Writers Award.

Come to the event on October 29

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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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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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2022 CBCA Book Week Display Competition

Are you creating your dream display for 2022 CBCA Book Week? 

Take a photo of your 2022 Book Week display and promote via social media to go in the running for a $500 book voucher for your school or library, generously donated by Paul and Beth from The Children's Book Shop. Click here for details.

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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 was on the 22/02/2022. Two much to celebrate!

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AAA Professional Development Conference

In 2022 the AAA! PD Conference is an online event. The conference provides teachers, teacher-librarians, librarians and the general public with up-to-date knowledge and industry insights for promoting literature. It is an inspiring conference that includes speakers from all over Australian. This event has been running for over 25 years. The conference a 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 2022 is identifying good quality Australian books to use with all ages. 

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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 2022 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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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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The Sun Project: illuminating  Children's Literature

The 2022 CBCA Sun Project/Shadow Judging, which aims to engage students to 'shadow judge' the CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist alongside our esteemed judging panel is well underway.

This project is open to both groups funded by the Australian Federal Government RISE grant, and to interested groups from schools, libraries or wherever children join together to read the shortlisted books.

The announcement to the Sun Project choices will occur at the end of CBCA Book Week and will replace the NSW Branch Kids Book of the Year Event. Check it out  on the National CBCA website. Young voices are welcome here.

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