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Vale Margaret Hamilton

From the Children's Book Council of Australia Chair, Wendy Rapee
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On November 24, 2022 we lost one the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s foundation stones—Margaret Hamilton AM. Margaret has been our guiding light, our fiercest advocate, our cheer leader, and our intellectual powerhouse. Both the Book of the Year Awards and the CBCA Awards Foundation have grown in stature because of her dedication and unwavering service. The Australian publishing community, and specifically our children’s literature creatives, have been nurtured, mentored and inspired by her razor-sharp mind and focus on producing quality stories for our young Australians. Her legacy is enormous and the CBCA is mindful and dedicated to our responsibility in ensuring its care. Margaret will be missed by us all.

The wait is OVER!

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The 2023 Children's Book Council of Australia's annual catalogue is officially out!

2023 CBCA Sun Project Shadow Judging 

The CBCA Shadow Judging Project is an important way school libraries can support students in increasing their engagement with a wider range of Australian literature. Students feel a sense of agency as they are supported to critically evaluate the literary merit of books against established CBCA judging criteria.

 

The CBCA Shadow Judging Project fits neatly into the Literature strand of the English curriculum. During the project, students engage with 6 shortlisted books that are then “valued and appreciated for their form and style, and contribution to cultural, historical and social understanding”.  

The CBCA Shadow Judging Project is supported through the Shadow Judging website. Here facilitators access resources and upload the creative responses of their groups.

Registrations for the 2023 CBCA Shadow Judging program open in Term 1 2023. Registration is open to all schools and libraries. Book Clubs, reading groups and classes can all be involved. You can register for our Sun Project mailing list here for updates on the Shadow Judging and to hear when registrations open. 

Feedback from facilitators taking part in the 2022 CBCA Sun Project Shadow Judging was that support early in Term One would greatly support schools in being ready to start the project when the CBCA Book of the Year Award Shortlisted books are announced. To provide this support for facilitators, the South Australian Branch of the CBCA is hosting an online Sun Project Shadow Judging Facilitator Workshop.  

This workshop is a free online event that will shine a light on: 

  • Practical suggestions for enhancing your group’s interaction with literature. 

  • Exploring the various roles open to students as a text is explored. 

Bookings are now open for this free online event: 

Thursday 16th February 2023 7 pm until 8 pm. 

Register at https://www.trybooking.com/CECOT. 

We all love a good story!

​13 leading associations join together to advocate for the power and pleasure of literature in the development of literacy. Starting on June 8th.

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Stories enable us to envision alternative possibilities and different ways of knowing, doing, being and becoming. It is well established that literature nurtures empathy and helps us understand ourselves and others. Every learner must have easy access to a rich diversity of literature in their lives and learning.
That’s why thirteen Australian professional associations, organisations, foundations and councils, together representing thousands of English and literacy educators, authors, artists and community members, have collaborated to develop a series of online presentations that celebrate the power of literature and form a free Literature Symposium for 2022. The series begins in June and concludes in mid-November. 
With sessions on everything from conversations with authors, artists, educators and young learners, to short keynotes to panel discussions, the symposium explores literature from all angles – and highlights how story should be incorporated into learning and development across the curriculum.
‘In 2022, it is more important than ever that we all understand and celebrate the power of literature to help us imagine, question, interpret, understand, laugh and heal. We need to see ourselves in stories. Sharing stories enables us to come together as a rich and diverse community,’ said Professor Robyn Ewing.
Each free, online event will be useful for teachers, librarians, school leaders, early years educators, parents and carers, and all interested in ensuring there is rich literature in every home, preschool, classroom and library.
We all love a good story. Let’s share the joy and wonder with future generations.
The organisations are:   

  • Australia Reads 

  • Children’s Book Council of Australia

  • Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation

  • Indigenous Literacy Foundation 

  • Australian Council of TESOL Associations​

  • Primary English Teaching Association Australia 

  • Australian Literacy Educators’ Association 

  • Australian School Libraries Association            

  • Reading Australia      

  • Australian Theatre for Young People 

  • Sydney Theatre Company

  • Foundation for Learning and Literacy 

  • WestWords

Thank you to our sponsors

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