'Twas the week before Book Week and reading Super-heroes (and Super-villains) celebrated the 2019 CBCA Book Week theme "Reading is my secret power" with fun and frivolity at the annual Book Week Dinner at the Norwood Function Centre.
Highlights included a Superhero Murder Mystery, the presence of all of our South Australian Notable and Short-listed authors and illustrators as special guests, books on sale with book signings, signature Superhero cocktails, competitions and much fun.
The outstanding highlight of the night was the awarding of Honorary Membership to our special guest Phil Cummings as he enthralled us with the stories that make him such a worthy recipient as a South Australian luminary of children's literature.
Read his citation on the SA Greats page.
On Friday 28th of June, 60 people experienced an arts night with a difference. As they entered St Peters Community Hall, they were greeted with a walk-through visual experience of Book Week art ideas, a great range of books and two artists (Georgina Chadderton and Lauren Mullinder) drawing live.
The room was buzzing with anticipation as the presentations began. Firstly there was an introduction to Padlet, an app where ideas had already been collated and attendees could participate by adding their own suggestions, creating a great resource of ideas to use when Book Week arrives.
Attendees participated enthusiastically in drawing an elephant and avocado and willingly offered their own suggestions for the smashed avocado graphic art story.
Presentations ( by Lauren Mullinder, Brenda George, Kate Jones and Jane Moore) included music, drama, dance, visual arts and media arts ideas. Attendees participated in Kahoots (an online fun quiz), drawing insects, learning how to green screen and much more. They watched with enthusiasm at the variety of art ideas presented which they could easily use in their schools or libraries. People networked with each other and left excited, eagerly anticipating trying the different activities presented, making their own Book Week come alive.
Vale Christobel Mattingley OAM a Children's Book Council of Australia (South Australian Branch) Luminary and Honorary Member.
The Branch was pleased to award our second Honorary Membership in February 2019 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to children's literature over an extended period of time.
Christobel passed away 1 June 2019 aged 87. The Branch extends its condolences to her family and friends. Her works will continue to delight, inform and resonate with generations ahead.
A tribute to her from the Adelaide Advertiser Saturday July 13 is attached here.
Congratulations Katharine England OAM. Katharine was awarded this honour in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours for "services to literature".
Katharine has not only been a long term member and supporter of The Children's Book Council of Australia (SA Branch), but has also held committee positions and acted as a a judge for the CBCA Book of The Year Awards, most recently in 2017-2018.
She is a regular contributor and reviewer of children's books for the Adelaide Advertiser, bringing children's literature into equal prominence with adult literature.
Monday 25 March 2019 - The night before the announcement of the CBCA BOTYA Shortlists. A sellout crowd of more than 70 people gathered in the Burnside Library over wine and food to explore the CBCA Notables list.
Presenters identified their favourite books not from the perspective of the judges, but through their experience in selecting books that children and young adults in schools and libraries relate to and want to read.
Emma Phillips, 2019 judge in the Older Readers category, added the judges perspective, and Notables Books were available on sale on the night from Silver Sponsor Harry Hartogs.
Becky Lucas from Gold Sponsor Becky's Literary Bookings provided the group with insights into accessing authors and illustrators for school and library visits and both new sponsors were presented with certificates acknowledging their support for CBCA(SA).
The winners have been announced!
Congratulations to the students who were announced as winners of our Book Week art competition illustrating the 'Reading is my Secret Power' CBCA Book Week theme.
Trinity Gardens Primary School
Winner Years 3-5
St Mary's College
Winner Year 6/7
Hendon Primary School
A full house of nearly 60 teacher-librarians, teachers and school leaders gathered at Ardtornish Primary School on a Saturday morning to explore ways of improving literacy outcomes through literature based reading programs through the school library.
Jane Moore, (teacher librarian and CBCA (SA) vice president) shared her strategies for successfully making sure students continually develop as readers after reaching decoding independence and are inspired to be “readers for life”?
Topics covered were
For the second time we combined our AGM with an event showcasing the latest and best in children’s books. The concept clearly works as more than 60 people were present during the event at Trinity Gardens School.
Four of our 5 new sponsors not only gave us lively and interesting perspectives on what is new and hot in children’ s books but also had product available for attendees to view, purchase and ask questions about.
Dan McGuiness from Greenlight Comics introduced us to some of the best and newest graphic novels for schools from a huge range and introduced his monthly subscription plan tailored to school needs; Pat Pledger from ReadPlus not only demonstrated how to get the best out of the ReadPlus website (and provided attendees with a free one-week trial), but also showcased some outstanding new books for YA readers fresh onto the database; Linda Hanlan from Dymocks Adelaide introduced books for younger readers and picture books to wet our appetites and inspired us to visit her in store; and Anne Cameron from Scholastic Australia introduced us to the concept of Classroom Libraries where students are exposed to a minimum of 300 quality books that are diverse, organised, current in their classroom literacy program based on research by Donalyn Miller in her Game-changer book.
Our sponsors had many giveaways as well as donating books for a free raffle at the end of the night.
Many connections were made for the future.
John Moore was awarded Life Membership of the CBCA(SA) Branch at the 2019 AGM for his services as a committee member over an extended period of time.
John was an active member of the Branch from 1958 until his retirement in 2006 - nearly 50 years. He is still a member. 2019 marks his 60th year of membership.
In his time John has filled the positions of Committee Member, Vice President, President and Treasurer. When the National Executive was based in South Australia, he was a National Committee Member and filled the position of National Treasurer twice.
He also filled the role of archivist for the South Australian Branch, co-authored the history of the South Australian Branch for the book 'The Children's Book Council in Australia 1945-1980', and for a number of years ordered and posted out Book Week merchandise to schools, individuals and libraries.
John was one of those committee members who quietly supported the work, role and success of the CBCA in South Australia.
His daughter and granddaughter accepted the award on his behalf.
Christobel Mattingley was awarded Honorary Membership of the CBCA(SA) Branch at the 2019 AGM as a luminary of South Australian children's literature because of her quality body of work over an extended period of time, current relevance, and instant recognition by the wider South Australian children's literature community.
Christobel has been a prominent, prolific and awarded South Australian author of children’s literature in a range of genres, addressing a range of issues and catering for a range of age groups for more than 40 years.
Whilst her books often reflect her passions for conservation and the environment, rural life, issues and culture of Aboriginal Peoples, and the impact of war and forced migration on children, (often based on her personal connections and experiences with real people), they also address and resonate with daily social issues for children and young adolescents including overcoming fears (The windmill at Magpie Creek), friendships, (First friend) and starting school (Black dog).
Her Bibliography includes more than 50 titles, many of which have been translated in more than 6 languages, and also into Braille and as audio-books to support children with visual disabilities. She has also written and published short stories, poetry, articles and film scripts.
She has been recognized in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. In 1982 winning the CBCA Junior Book of the Year Award for Rummage. Other award-winning books include Windmill at Magpie Creek; The Miracle Tree; The Angel with a Mouth Organ; No Gun for Asmir; and The Race (an Honour Book in the 1996 CBCA Picture Book of the Year awards) and Cockawun and Cockatoo. The Magic Saddle is widely regarded as a children's classic. Her stories still have relevance today and are found in school and public libraries across Australia.
She has been awarded the Pheme Tanner Award for services to children’s literature (1999), Advance Australia Award for Service to Literature (1990), an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia for service to literature (1995), and Member of the Order of Australia for service to literature and social justice (1996).
Christobel is already recognized as a Luminary of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (South Australian Branch) on the SA Greats page of its website, and her recognition with Honorary Membership would complement and formalize this honour.