Upcoming Events

From 2022 all CBCA ACT events will be scheduled in our new membership system called Hello Club. This means that to attend a CBCA ACT event both members and non-members will need to have a Hello Club account to register for events. For more information about becoming a member go to Membership Information.

Readers Cup

School teams come together to challenge their knowledge of books. More details coming soon.

When:

Wednesday 19 October 2022

Where:

Radford Collage

Organiser:

Rachael Hind

Past Events

National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature Showcase

in partnership with the ACT Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia 

The  National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature Inc (NCACL) has a comprehensive collection of material about Australian children’s literature. The collection includes books, artwork, ephemera and author  and illustrator research files. 

Now valued at over ten million dollars, the collection includes over 46,000 books.  Some 4,300 of these books are in overseas translations in 66 languages.

Come along to see a showcase of its precious treasures, and learn how the NCACL volunteers manage such an important Australian cultural and literary resource.

Learn more about NCACL and its work here:  https://www.ncacl.org.au

When:

Tuesday 17 May 2022, Session 1 at 4.30-5.40pm or Session 2 at 5.10-6.30pm

Where:

The Hub, University of Canberra, Kirinari Street Bruce ACT

Cost:

Free - CBCA ACT member

$5.00 - CBCA State member

$10.00 - Non-member

Refreshments will be provided on arrival.

Register:


Register for either Session 1 at 4.30-5.40pm or Session 2 at 5.10-6.30pmRegistrations close 15 May or when session reaches capacity.

Both members and non-members must register via their Hello Club account. If you don't have an account yet, you can create one here.

Numbers in each session strictly limited due to University COVID restrictions, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

PLEASE NOTE: The University of Canberra requires that all visitors to its campus must be fully vaccinated. 

Organiser:

Kirrin Sampson

Judge's Talk - Younger Readers

Have you ever wondered about the CBCA Book of the Year judging process?

Not sure how to incorporate the CBCA Book of the Year Short List books in your classroom or library.

Log on and hear from our local Young Readers judge Colleen Caddey as she talks about this year's Younger Reader Short List. Get a behind the scenes look at the Shortlisted books.

When:

Wednesday 27 April 2022, 4.00-6.00pm

Where:

Online via Zoom. Once you have signed up you will receive the zoom meeting link for the session.

Cost:

Free - CBCA ACT member

$5.00 - Non-member

Register:

Register here.

Both members and non-members must register via their Hello Club account. If you don't have an account yet, you can create one here.

Organiser:

Colleen Caddey

AGM & Short List Celebration 

Come join us for a celebration of ACT Branch’s 2021 all while enjoying a two-course meal at the Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club.

We’ll also hold the CBCA ACT AGM, hear from our guest speaker Sam Rutter and then chat about the 2022 CBCA Book of the Year Short List. 

AGM:

Link to Notice Meeting and Agenda

Members wishing to nominate for a position on the CBCA ACT Branch committee can complete the position and nominee details on the nomination form and submit by 22 March 2022. We can arrange for forms to be nominated and seconded.

Only current financial and life members are eligible to nominate for a position on the 2022 committee and vote at the AGM.

Guest Speaker:

We are delighted to have Sam Rutter, publishing director of Storytorch share her story and vision for 2022.

When:

Tuesday 29 March 2022, 6.00pm to 10.00pm

Where:

Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club Mariner Place, Yarralumla

Cost:

Members $55.00       - For a two-course meal, with alternative servings of main (with bread roll and butter) and dessert.

Drinks will be available at the bar for individual purchase.

Teachers:

A certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees for 2 hours of teacher identified PL.

Register:

By 26 March 2022, for us to confirm dinner numbers. All must register via their Hello Club account. Bookings will be confirmed by email when payments are processed. 

Please indicate dietary restrictions when you register to ensure you receive an alternative meal. Bookings are essential as spaces are limited.

Cancellation Policy:

CBCA ACT reserves the right to cancel this event due to insufficient numbers and refund full payment. Registrations cancelled up to 3 weeks prior will receive a full refund. Registrations cancelled between 1-2 weeks prior will receive a 50% refund. Registrations cancelled 1 week prior receive no refund. Registrations can be transferred to other individuals at no cost (in the same registration category). Email info@cbcaact.org.au for more information.

Organiser:

Justine Power

Sam has had a long career in books. The journey has been the real reward, but only recently did she realise that Storytorch Press was always the destination. Sam is passionate about intelligent marketing and great design - giving books a strong and long place in the market. Sam was a proud finalist in the Rubik3 Canberra Women in Business Lerida Estate Social Impact Business Woman of the Year category, for publishing Our Bush Capital. Sam is now using her marketing and publishing experience to grow Storytorch as a trade publisher that shines a light on the stories and voices that need to be found.

Night of the Notables

Share the excitement of the release of the CBCA BOTYA Notables list. Raise your glass to those on the list and discuss the chosen books.

When: Tuesday 22 February 2022, 6:30pm
Where: The Book Cow 47 Jardine Street, Kingston
Cost: Members $10.00       Non-members $25.00
Teachers: 
A certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees for 2 hours of teacher identified PL.
Register: By 18 February 2022. All attendees must register via their Hello Club account. Members will have an account. Non-members who don't have an acccount will need to create one. 
Organiser: Julie Long OAM
 
Bookings will be confirmed by email when payments are processed. Cancellation Policy: CBCA ACT reserves the right to cancel this event due to insufficient numbers and refund full payment. Registrations cancelled up to 3 weeks prior will receive a full refund. Registrations cancelled between 1-2 weeks prior will receive a 50% refund. Registrations cancelled 1 week prior receive no refund. Registrations can be transferred to other individuals at no cost (in the same registration category). Email info@cbcaact.org.au for more information.

2021 Readers Cup - Year 5/6 Competition

Teams of four students together read a set of books, and then compete with other school teams to answer quiz questions from the books. Readers Cup competitions challenge students to read widely, work collaboratively in a team and continue developing a love of reading.

More details are available on the 2021 Readers Cup Entry Form. 

Registration closes:          30 August 2021                  

Register schools:               Register and pay via TRYBOOKING or complete and submit the 2021 Readers Cup Entry Form.

                                          CBCA ACT Members - Free

                                          Non-members - $44 per team

Readers Cup

Students start reading:     6 September 2021

When:                               20 October 2021 5-8pm (please arrive 15 minutes early)

Where:                              Radford College, Mulford Junior School, RA Young Hall

CBCA 2021 Book of the Year Announcement Ceremony - COVID CANCELLED

Due to Canberra going into lockdown, sadly we've had to cancel this event. Please see our home page for details of CBCA NSW's online event on the same date.

Watch children perform, meet local authors and illustrators, while perusing the display of Shortlisted books.

Announcement at midday.

When: Friday 20 August 11.30am-12.30pm 

Where: Theatre, National Library 

And the Winner could Be...

Come and learn about the possible Winners and Honour Books for the 2021 CBCA Book of the Year Awards.

Speakers: 
Older Readers - Peter Arnaud
Younger Readers - Norma John
Eve Pownall - Justine Power
Early Childhood - Kellie Nissen
Picture Books - Jaimie Lee Hudson and Meghan Scougall
New Illustrator  - Alice Perry
 

When:               Wednesday 16 June 2021, 6.30pm-9.00pm

Where:              ALIA House, Napier Close, Deakin

Teachers:         Certificates provided for teacher identified Professional Development

Register:          All attending must register via Trybooking here.

CBCA members - $5

Non-members   - Early bird by 1 June $15 or by 15 June $20 (or join here before the event and register at the member rate)

Due to COVID-19 Safety Plan, bookings can only be accepted through TryBooking. If you need your school or workplace to purchase your ticket via invoice please contact treasurer@cbcaact.org.au

CBCA ACT Branch AGM & 2021 Laurie Copping Award Announcement

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

During the meeting, all positions are declared vacant, and a 2021 committee is appointed.

Honored to have Emeritus Professor Belle Alderman as our special guest speaker.

We will also announce the recipient of the 2021 Laurie Copping Award.

Between all this excitement we will be treated to a 3-Course set dinner. 

The CIT Restaurant was chosen in support of culinary students studying at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT).

When: Thursday, 22 April 2021 at 6.30pm

Where:

CIT Restaurant, Canberra Institute of Technology,

Level 1, K Block, 37 Constitution Ave, Reid ACT 2612

Cost:

$35 for 3-courses (link to set menu)
Register:  

Please ensure you include any dietary requirements when you book and pay through Trybooking by 14 April 2021

CBCA 2021 Book of the Year Award Shortlist Announcement

Come celebrate the announcement of the CBCA Shortlist!

Special guest speaker Rosemary Thomas will share her passion and knowledge as the past CBCA Book of the Year Awards coordinator.

We also have local author Lisa Fuller to talk about her Honour Book Ghost Bird for the 2020 CBCA Awards in the Older Readers category.

Entry includes drinks (wine/champagne and non-alcoholic beverages) and nibbles.

Books will, of course, be available to purchase on the night.

When: Tuesday. 30 March 2021 at 6pm
Where: The Book Cow - Bookshop, 47 Jardine St, Kingston (opp Green Square)
Teachers: Counts for 2 hours of Teacher Identified Professional Development
Register: All attending must register via Trybooking here.
CBCA members - Free
Non-members   - $15 (or join here before the event and register for free)

Night of the Notables - Notables Announcement and Professional Discussion

Share the excitement of the release of the 2021 CBCA BOTYA Notables list. Raise your glass to those on the list and discuss the chosen books. Register for the event using the form here or via Trybooking.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees, for 2 hours of teacher identified PL.

When: Tuesday 23rd February 2021 6.30 pm

Where: ALIA House

Event media:

Announcing the CBCA Notables List for 2021

The Children’s Book Council of Australia today kicked off its quest for Book of the Year by announcing the Notables List.

At the CBCA ACT Notables Night there was cheering and clinking of glasses to celebrate and congratulate listed creators and publishers.

We are particularly proud of our local Canberra Notables: Nicole Godwin, Tania McCartney, Gina Newton, Stephanie Owen Reeder and Rhian Williams.