More than 60 people attended our first Book Shop Blitz for 2018 followed by a short AGM at Pegi Williams Bookshop on Monday 12 February 2018 to hear Rebecca Bird from Pegi Williams talk about "What's new and hot in children's books".
Guests also had the opportunity to network, browse and purchase over light refreshments. Inaugural Life Memberships were presented to Valerie van Putten and Anna Angelakis for outstanding long service to the Branch. Following presentation of reports the 2018 committee was elected with a wonderful response of 27 committee members.
We are pleased to announce that Emma Phillips from South Australia will be one of the judges for the Book of the Year Awards - Older Readers category for 2019/20.
The annual CBCA Book of the Year Awards affirm the quality of some of Australia’s most creative people and provides a boost to their capacity to devote time to their craft.
Entries in the Older Readers category are for outstanding books for young people aged between 13 and 18 years (secondary school level). Readers require a degree of maturity to appreciate the themes and scope of emotional involvement. Books in this category may be fiction, drama, illustrated text, poetry or graphic novels. Judging takes into account the literary qualities of the text, editing and book production.
Check out all the great CBCA products by Bob Graham and Freya Blackwood, at the Redbubble store. Here are just a few for you to enjoy but there are also posters artwork, journals and t shirts, as well as many others.
As another busy and productive year at the CBCA comes to a close and we enter the festive season, I want to give my special thanks to you, your Branch committees and all your volunteers for your efforts and the countless hours that you’ve put into the CBCA this year. It has been wonderful to see your Branches connecting with members and local communities and promoting literature and literacy through a calendar of informative and engaging events. The work you do at this grassroots level brings to life the CBCA vision of nurturing a literate, educated and creative society.
The National Board and its various sub-committees have also had a big year and I have a few final updates to share with you.
Following the meeting in Canberra last month of the Structural Review Working Party I attended the final branch meeting in this stage of the process, in NSW. The Working Party and Board are now working on the next steps which, in summary, will:
Identify Taskforces needed to report to the integration team; prepare the Integration Proposal for branches to consider; prepare a draft budget and document budget processes; identify required legal and constitutional steps; and complete a review of best practice national processes.
Many of you will be involved in these working parties and the Board will keep you all informed of progress. The Board will continue to work with NSW and Victoria to try to resolve the outstanding concerns they have.
Evergreen Merchandise Launch
Thank you for your support of our evergreen merchandise collection on Redbubble. Freya Blackwood’s Escape to Everywhere artwork and Bob Graham’s 1992 Windows into Worlds are now live on this print-on-demand website at this link.
Through this initiative we hope to share beautiful CBCA Children’s Book Week artwork from our archives with a broader audience and also generate an additional income stream. Redbubble offers us an easy, low-cost platform.
Sales from our first few weeks have been encouraging and we’ve received some positive feedback from Branches regarding the product quality. Keep an eye out for Shaun Tan’s Australia, Story Country! artwork in the New Year!
BOYA 2019 theme – voting open now!
Don' t forget to cast your vote for the 2019 CBCA Book Week theme at this link. Voting will close on February 5, 2018. There are lots of themes to choose from!
Awards Process Review Working Party
Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey by the Awards Process Review Working Party. The exercise has provided the Board with valuable insights and extensive data about the Awards processes. This is now being analysed and I will report back to you about it in the New Year.
Australian Authors Nominated for International Literary Awards
Recently, several Australian authors and illustrators were nominated for the 2018 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals. Zana Fraillon’s The Ones That Disappeared and Garth Nix’s Goldenhand and Frogkisser have been nominated for the 2018 Carnegie Medal. Philip Bunting’s Mopoke, Bob Graham’s Home in the Rain, Stephen Michael King’s Pea Pod Lullaby (text by Glenda Millard) and Jane Tanner’s Storm Whale (text by Sarah Brennan) have been nominated for the 2018 Kate Greenaway Medal. It is wonderful to see these talented creators recognised internationally.
Board Member Resignation
Debbie Hatswell, Director for Victoria, has resigned from the National Board to focus on her family and business. Debbie’s industry experience and expertise over the past three years have been invaluable. We will miss her very much but wish her the very best for her future.
Please forward this email to your Executive committees and members.
With best wishes to you all for a safe and happy holiday,
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.
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.
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.
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!