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Events and Activities

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

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 was held on 28/02/23

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In its place we have a series of events, commencing with a Celebration of the CBCA Shortlist on the evening of the 28th March. Our speakers will provide teachers, teacher-librarians, librarians and the general public with up-to-date knowledge and industry insights for promoting literature, by identifying good quality Australian books to use with all ages. 

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Commencing April 5, 2023 we plan to 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.

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Aspire and Celebrate

Celebrate with our very special  Lady Cutler Award winner Gail Erskine.

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 winner reflect on the  mentorship.

Cheer the winner of the Aspiring Writers Award.

Come to the event on November 11, 2023

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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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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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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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The Sun Project: illuminating  Children's Literature

The 2023 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 is provided in 2023 by CBCA NSW Branch for remote participants.

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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