2021 Calendar                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Welcome to the CBCA ACT

Come along to the 2021 AGM & Laurie Copping Award Announcement on 22 April 2021

Join the CBCA ACT committee and members for the 2021 Annual General Meeting at CIT Restaurant.

Emeritus Professor Belle Alderman is our guest speaker and we will announce the recipient of the 2021 Laurie Copping Award, all while enjoying a 3-Course set dinner.

Visit our Events for more details and to pay by 14 April 2021.

Presenting the CBCA 2021 Shortlist

Congratulations to all CBCA Shortlist Authors, Illustrators and Publishers for 2021.

An extra big congratulations to local Dr Gina Newton for her shortlisting on the Eve Pownall list for ‘Hold On! Saving the Spotted Handfish’ illustrated by Rachel Tribout.

Nominations to join the 2021 CBCA ACT Committee are now open

The CBCA ACT Branch welcomes members to nominate to join the CBCA ACT Committee

If your time is limited, members can instead express an interest in joining one of the four subcommittees supporting the committee.

Completed Nomination Form for Committee Positions are due by 14 April 2021.

Nominations for the 2021 Laurie Copping Award are now open

The Laurie Copping Award for Distinguished Service to Children's Literature in the ACT is a biennial award of The Children's Book Council of Australia ACT Branch, the accent being on Service. A recipient of the award, then, will have given service well beyond his or her professional association with children's literature. More information about the award is available here. Read about past Laurie Copping Award recipients.

To nominate please complete the online Laurie Copping Award Nomination form. Nominations close 31 March 2021.


 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.