2021 Calendar                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Welcome to the CBCA ACT

And the Winner could Be...

Come and learn about the possible Winners and Honour Books for the 2021 CBCA Book of the Year Awards on Wednesday 16 June 2021, 6.30pm-9.00pm.

Visit our Events for details and pay by 1 June for the early bird rate. 


Love dogs? Come see Dog Tales, an exhibition of 35 original artworks by much-loved children’s book creators Alison Lester, Bob Graham and Ann James. Artwork, sketches, initial ideas and information about the creators feature. University of Canberra students created the exhibition in association with the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature (NCACL). Featuring Creations by: Bob Graham Alison Lester Ann James. Programs for groups can be arranged by contacting Belle Alderman belle.alderman@canberra.edu.au

Location: Mura Gadi Gallery, the Library, building 8, Level B, University of Canberra

Opening times: May 10th - June 23rd Monday - Friday 10:30am - 4:30pm

Announcing the 2021 Recipient of the 2021 Laurie Copping Award

Last night was a big night for the CBCA ACT as we announced Rachael Hind as the recipient of the 2021 Laurie Copping Award. Read about Rachael's extensive contributions as a professional teacher librarian here. Congratulations Rachael!

We heard Emeritus Professor Belle Alderman Belle update us on the incredible progress NCACL are making with their collections including the introduction of Australia’s first Cultural Diversity Database. She highlighted the upcoming Dog Tales exhibition. Open between 10 May and 23 June 2021. Details here www.ncacl.org.au

The AGM also elected the CBCA ACT committee for 2021 and welcomed new committee member Kellie Nissen. It was a wonderful night at the CIT Restaurant. Pics are in our Gallery.


 Established in 1945, the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a not-for-profit, volunteer run organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians.

The CBCA presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children's literature.

In 2015, the CBCA celebrated 70 years of enjoying and promoting the best of Australian literature for children and young people.