Welcome to CBCA ACT

Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program is now open

CBCA NSW Branch is pleased to announce that the Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program is being re-launched in 2021 with sponsorship by Cathie Tasker who will mentor the winner. Fremantle Press will provide 2 runners-up with access to their online writing course plus the text How to be an author by Georgia Richter & Deborah Hunn.

The Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program aims to foster the talent of aspiring writers of children's literature across Australia and is open to all Australian citizens residing in Australia.

Entry details are on the CBCA NSW website. Entries close 31 July 2021.

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.

Certificates are provided for teacher identified Professional Development.

Visit our Events for more details. 


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


 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.