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.