The Children's Book Council of Australia South Australian Branch
"Papa Sky" Breakfast
A wonderful breakfast meeting was enjoyed by over 30 people on Saturday 28th of October, at The Caledonian Hotel in North Adelaide. We were gathered to listen to Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich discuss their new picture book "Papa Sky". It was fascinating to hear the creative process behind the book, where the ideas came from, how they were tweaked and the problems they needed to overcome. Some of the young winners of our recently held "Champion Pics" competition also attended the breakfast and talk as their prize. St Georges Books were present for attendees to obtain signed copies of the book. Thank you to Jane and Sally for an interesting insight into their creativity and to The Caledonian Hotel for a delicious breakfast.
Book Week Dinner
To celebrate the theme for Book Week 2017, "Escape to Everywhere" the CBCA SA Branch held a dinner to escape to the fantasy world of Disconia, where disco never died and Eurovision is hailed by all. The dinner was held at "The Maylands Hotel" on Friday, August 25th. SA Older Readers judge, Katharine England talked to the audience about the new judging processes. Our hosts for the night were Disconians, "Sacha and Maurice" (Lisa and Ben from "Little Big Parrots") who gave us a wonderful night of activities. Each table had to invent a National Anthem and flag for Disconia using 3 random words handed out by the hosts. There was a "Guess the country that belonged to the Eurovision song" competition, highlighting a very poor knowledge of Eurovision in the audience! Thank you to all our sponsors ( Scholastic and Australian Standing Orders ) for donating the wonderful books and prizes for the raffles and competition winners.
St Peter's Library was the venue for the "Picture This" art event. The focus was on the Book Week theme "Escape to Everywhere" and well known art teacher Maxine Cavaggion gave a keen audience the opportunity to think artistically about both the theme and the picture book and early childhood shortlisted books. Maxine had hands on activities and demonstrated art ideas through her informative talk. Attendees designed their own "Escape to Everywhere" logos, made a mini trioramas and had examples of student work to inspire. Everyone left with their minds full and a booklet of ideas to use in their classrooms and libraries.
Shortlist Announcement 2017
On the 27th March at 12:00, the 2017 shortlisted books were announced. Lucky students and teachers were able to be present at the SA event at St Peter's Public Library. It was an exciting time waiting for the books to be selected from the excellent notables list. Present were Professor Margot Hillel OAM, SA judges Katherine England, Dyan Blacklock & Linda Guthrie. Students were able to listen to two well known South Australian authors, Mike Dumbleton (reading Eve and Elly)and Roseanne Hawke (Daughter of Nomads) discuss their latest books and how they prepare their notes for their stories and where they get their ideas. "Behind the News" reporters interviewed several students about their responses to Book Week, reading and the short listed books. Book sellers and food were also present. What more can you ask for!
And the Winner is...
The venue for this years "And the Winner is..." was Trinity Gardens Primary School ( Thank you to Kathryn Beilby (TL @ Trinity Gardens). The event, held on the 27th of March ( 6.30-9.00 pm ) is a chance for teachers, teacher librarians and librarians to listen to several speakers predict the short listed books for 2017. The focus was on the Notable books in their categories. This list came out on 27th February so the presenters had a month to read as many books as possible. The presenters were Sue van der Veer & Sharon Stratton, Events and Marketing, Port Adelaide/Enfield Libraries, Alana Ojeda and Jasmine Pugh, Library Officers, Children Services from Playford Libraries along with, Emma Phillips, Head of Library & Information Services at Wilderness School and Jane Moore, Teacher Librarian, Ardtornish Primary. It was excellent having both school librarians and local library staff as presenters for the evening. Response from the audience was excellent with many positive comments about the range and expertise of the presenters. Having both local library staff and school library staff as presenters also meant that we certainly broadened our audience from last year.
AGMThe AGM was held on Monday 20th February, 2017 at 6.30 pm at Blackfriars Priory School, 17 Prospect Rd Prospect. The special guest speaker was Mary Wilson – Patron, May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust.