Members Lounge

Welcome to our Members Lounge. A place where CBCA NSW Branch members can find resources, interviews, podcasts, teachers notes, interesting facts and much, much more that only you, as a member have access to.


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Sneak Peak

Uploaded August 8, 2020

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Early Childhood Term 3 Newsletter

The Early Childhood Pack features 4 titles (new or classic) that will inspire young readers to love books. Suggested Book Talk activities focus on Language, Art& Craft  or related Music & Drama ideas. Members have the chance to go in the draw to win these books.


This edition features Ribbit Rabbit Robot by Victoria Mackinlay, Searching for Cicadas by Lesley Gibbes, Tell'em by Katrina Germein and Rosemary Sullivan with the Children of the Manyallaluk School and Imagine by Alison Lester.

Early Childhood Term 3 Newsletter here.

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Uploaded June 1, 2020


Free 2020 Book Week Activities

Downloadable Colouring Poster

Using Gwyn Perkins' quirky and colourful theme artwork, we've created a free colouring poster to download. You'll notice that there are a few of Gwyn's 'Curious Creatures' missing from the poster. This is to allow children to add their own.

A4 Poster here  or  A3 Poster here


DIY Bookmarks here

Gwyn Perkins has created this fun interactive bookmark activity. Simply print the following sheets (we recommend printing on a slightly heavier stock than regular printer paper) and follow the instructions to create four quirky bookmarks.

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Uploaded April1, 2020


2020 Book Week Theme Ideas

Curious Creatures Wild Minds 

Unpack the CBCA Book Week theme.

Engage your students in a curious and creative way! Shine the spotlight on Reading; Have fun with a Focus on Poetry; Do you understand these Curious Sayings; Get creative and make these Display Ideas.

More information here.

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Uploaded February 28, 2020

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CBCA Notables List & Judges Critique

CBCA Notables list available to everyone here.

Members login to the Members Members only section to read the Judges Critique on the 2020 Notables Books.

2020 - Ugly Animals - Sami Bayly Teacher

Uploaded February 3, 2020

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Sami Bayly - Teachers Notes

Sami Bayly has applied her extraordinary talents as a natural history illustrator, and her carefully researched writing to this topic, in a comprehensive text which will entertain, inform and inspire students to conduct further research into these and other creatures. She encourages readers to look closely at the wonders of nature and to really appreciate that beauty can be found even in the ugliest of animals.

Log in to our Members only area for her book list.

You can meet Sami at our 2020 AAA PD Conference in March.

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Uploaded February 6, 2020


2020 CBCA Book of the Year Entries

We are pleased to be able to share with you the full list of entries for the 2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. This year we received a record number of entries which is a great tribute to publishing for young people in this country.

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Uploaded June 1, 2020

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2020 AAA Professional Picks

AAA PD Conference Delegates and CBCA Members are invited to view the Professional Picks sessions from that would have been heard at our 2020 AAA PD Conference. Hear from Margaret Hamilton, Tristan Bancks, Luke McMaster, Rachel McIntosh and Olivia O'Flynn.

Our AAA PD Conference will now be held on November 2, 2020. This section of the conference will be replaced with exciting new speaker present on the them of the day. 

Click here for more information and to Book now!


Uploaded March 31, 2020


CBCA ShortList

The CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist is announced.


Information available here for members and the general public.

The 2020 CBCA Book of the Year received a record 517 entries and CBCA National Chair Professor Margot Hillel OAM said “the Shortlist paints a vibrant picture of Australia’s wildlife, history, people and Indigenous culture.”


Uploaded February 28, 2020

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Claire Stuckey shares her book list

Did you love hearing Claire speak at our 2020 Night of the Notables however you didn't catch all the titles she mentioned. Log in to our Members only area for her book list.

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Uploaded February 3, 2020


Stories about the Impact of Bushfires

Children often find these events difficult to understand.  The Aust Psychological Society has compiled a fact sheet for parents and caregivers. In addition, we know that reading stories and factual texts can be a way of sharing information and discussing distressing events in a way that may help a child’s understanding. This sharing can help readers see how other people, such as characters in a book, address and deal with similar issues.  Above all, we want to leave readers with a sense of hope for the future as quality stories continue to enhance and enrich a child’s life.

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Uploaded in October 2019

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2019 CBCA Book of the Year 

Teaching and learning ideas for 2019 Book Week and CBCA Short List.

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Uploaded June 5 2020


Free 2020 Book Week Activities

Downloadable 'Draw Your Own Curious Creature' activity.

Award-winning children's picture book creator Gwyn Perkins shares his tips for drawing wild and curious creatures.

More Book Week resources from our National Office for CBCA Members can be found here

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Uploaded May 5, 2020

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Early Childhood Term 2 Newsletter

This resource will assist Parents/Grandparents of young children, Early Childhood Centres, Family Day Carers and Early stage one classes.


This edition features Goodbye House, Hello House by Margaret Wild, Baby Business by Jasmine Seymour, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and We're Stuck by Sue de Gennaro.


Early Childhood Term 2 Newletter here

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Uploaded February 28, 2020

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Early Childhood Term 1 Newsletter

This resource will assist Parents/Grandparents of young children, Early Childhood Centres, Family Day Carers and Early stage one classes.  

We thank Allen & Unwin, Walker Books Australia and Penguin Random House for copies of these titles.


To be in the running to WIN the books featured in this newsletter, email our office with the subject heading EC Book Pack and tell us which Book Talk activity your children enjoyed the most.   

Early Childhood Term 1 Newletter here

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Uploaded February 28, 2020

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Deb Abela, using fiction for teaching...

Using fiction for teaching about climate change with Deb Abela.

Log in to our Members only area for her book list.


Uploaded February 3, 2020


Bob Graham Silent Auction

SILENT AUCTION - 'Feather' by Bob Graham

Bob Graham has made two generous donations to the CBCA, which he asked be used to raise money for those affected by the bushfires. He is delighted the CBCA will use this money to buy books as part of our Books for Bushfires campaign.

These will be auctioned among CBCA members only. This will be a silent auction.

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Uploaded in August  2019

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CBCA Book Week Theme Ideas

Engage students with the CBCA Notable and Short List titles for the Book of the Year Awards and unpack the theme for 2020.


© 2019 CBCA NSW Branch Inc

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