CBCA SA members had an evening with Australian author Gina Newton. Gina writes entertaining and informative books for children about Australia’s unique biodiversity. She trained as a marine biologist, zoologist and science communicator. Gina is passionate about helping children become excited about, understand, and care for Australian wildlife and the environment.
Gina’s book Amazing Animals of Australia’s National Parks (2016) won three prestigious awards, including the CBCA Eve Pownall Information Book of the Year, in 2017.
She has also written two Blossom Possum picture books, and her most recent releases Combat Wombat to the Rescue and Hold On: Saving the Spotted Handfish.
Thebarton Senior College was selected as the South Australian winner of the ‘Homestead’ Street library donated by Street Library Australia and the Children’s Book Council of Australia.
Thebarton’s submission highlighted how the Street Library would support the Branch objective of putting books in the hands of children and young people from disadvantaged communities. Students come from diverse backgrounds representing more than 70 cultural groups.
Many have come to South Australia under refugee programs. Because a proportion of students are adults and parents, the reach of the Street library will extend into homes and families across the metropolitan area.
Thebarton has an active student voice group who will provide leadership in decorating the Street Library and managing the project after CBCA Book Week in conjunction with the school library.
The Committee took the decision to fund a further Street Library to Naracoorte South Primary School to assist in its push to improve literacy and foster a love of reading across the community.
We look forward to hearing about the progress and needs of both Libraries once they have been launched.
Opportunities will exist in the new year for members to contribute to maintaining a quality collection of used books for both schools.