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Northern Sydney Sub-branch

For further details contact Sub-branch Liaison Officer Debra Tidball at

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From the original intention of connecting teacher-librarians and authors together, the Northern Sydney sub-branch has grown and established itself as a wonderfully passionate and dedicated group with bringing kids and books together.


With so many generous and talented creators of children’s books in the group, and the many great events run by the sub-branch during the year, the group is a great way to catch up, share ideas and meet other likeminded authors, illustrators and enthusiasts of children’s books.

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Travelling Suitcase Project

The CBCA Northern Sydney committee have a fantastic resource now available for NSW schools to borrow showcasing some of Australia’s leading authors. ‘Travelling Suitcases’ contain author’s books plus everything you need to know about them, including props, activities, teaching notes, posters … and much more.

• The loan period is approximately 4 weeks.
• Travelling Suitcases are FREE to borrow, you just need to organise and cover the cost of delivery to the next school or library.
• CBCA members schools will be given priority.

Author suitcases available are:

Kate Forsyth who wrote her first novel aged seven and has now sold more than a million copies worldwide. The Impossible Quest, her fantasy adventure series for children, has been optioned for a film.

Jan Latta, intrepid adventurer/photographer, created the True to Life Books. She follows wild animals, taking photographs and writing about them in their natural habitats. She is the ‘voice’ of the animals to help their survival.

Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh, whether it’s on the page writing humour for kids or on stage as a stand-up comedian. Oliver has released seven books starting with Thai-riffic and his latest Don't follow Vee. His books have won
numerous awards and he is proud to be an ambassador and role model for several children's reading initiatives.


Belinda Murrell is the bestselling, internationally published children’s author of more than 30 books including Pippa’s Island series, Lulu Bell series, and The Sun Sword trilogy. Her award-winning historical timeslip novels include The Forgotten Pearl, The Ivory Rose and The Lost Sapphire.

Louise Park draws from a strong background in Education, literacy and publishing to produce blockbuster bestsellers that include Harriet Clare, Zac Power Test Drives and Boy vs Beast.

If you are interested in borrowing one of the suitcases for your school, please email the co-ordinators Wendy Fitzgerald and Anne Donnelly at and your school will be placed on the reservation list.


For more information on a suitcase please click on the following links


Kate Forsyth

Jan Latta

Oliver Phommavanh

Belinda Murrell

Louise Park

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