The Children’s Book Council of Australia – Tasmanian Branch

Welcome to the CBCA (Tasmanian Branch) Inc. website

CBCA Tasmania and COVID-19

Activities of CBCA Tas Branch have been interrupted by the COVID-19 virus. At this stage, we are still accepting Institutional Memberships and requests for access to the Author/Illustrator Workshops in schools.

Due to the declared state of emergency in Tasmania (declared March 19 2020), no Workshops will be occurring for at least 12 weeks.

We will provide links to resources that can be used at home.

2020 Executive elected on November 2, 2019

Your 2020 executive are:
President - Leanne Rands
Vice President - Victoria Ryle
Secretary - Steve Martin
Treasurer - Felicity Sly

We welcome enquiries. Please go to our contacts page.

Membership for 2020

Join or renew now to support the volunteer operations of CBCA Tas branch.

Personal or institution membership forms can be accessed here.

Book of the Year Awards 2020

Activities to support the lead up to Book Week (Notables Events, Shortlist Events and Judges' Talks) are currently suspended.

Merchandise packages will be sent to schools with Institutional Memberships (free merchandise and postage)

We'll advertise events as they can be scheduled.

Latest news (please scroll)

Posted Saturday, 23 May 2020

From the blog: Run on Empty or Adapt: Part 2 Authors and Illustrators

Paul Collins continues his insightful discussions on the book industry during the COVID 19 pandemic to explore the issues and challenges facing authors and illustrators. This perspective compliments the contributions of a number of local authors and illustrators throughout this challenging year.

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Posted Saturday, 16 May 2020

From the blog: The Importance of Being Productive

Daniel Gray-Barnett, last year’s winner of the CBCA Award for New Illustration, reflects on how the current pandemic creates expectations but also affects work flow and creativity. Join Daniel as he shares some exciting new projects arising from enforced stay-at-home requirements and also acknowledges the importance of some down-time.

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Posted Monday, 11 May 2020

From the blog: Run on Empty or Adapt: Part 1 Publisher and Book Seller

This is the first of two posts that provide insights into the impact of COVID 19 on some of the stakeholders in the publishing industry. Living in the moment as an independent publisher, bookseller and author – Paul Collins returns to share insights and windows into the children’s book trade.

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Posted Saturday, 18 April 2020

From the blog: Australian Heroes, Pioneers and Adventurers Rediscovered: The Bounty of Australian Biographies

The focus of this week's blog is biographies and the important part they play in the reading diet of young adults. This week Leanne shares the story of an extraordinary young Australian woman - Alice Anderson.  

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Posted Saturday, 11 April 2020

From the blog: Help! I need a book. Now! #1

Join Nella Pickup and Jennie Bales over the next two weeks and tap into their collective wisdom to discover some great resources to build your virtual reading libraries and expand literature options in the household. This week the focus is on some general sites plus reading material for younger readers.

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Events calendar

Book Week 2020: October 17 - 23


Art work by Gwyn Perkins


April 2020

Book Week 2019 Special Edition

September 2019

June 2019

March 2019

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Online Resources

Visit the CBCA website to access Reading Time for children's book news and reviews.

Links to book related activities from the Kid Lit blog

Audible resources free whilst schools closed

Cloudyseas activities (Coral Tulloch facebook)