The Children’s Book Council of Australia – Tasmanian Branch

Welcome to the CBCA (Tasmanian Branch) Inc. website

2019 Executive elected on October 27, 2018

Your 2019 executive are:
President - Leanne Rands
Vice President - Renee Chettle
Secretary - Pennii Purton
Treasurer - Felicity Sly

We welcome enquiries. Please go to our contacts page.

Membership for 2019

Early membership for 2019 includes the remainder of 2018. Join or renew now to support the volunteer operations of CBCA Tas branch.

Personal or institution membership forms can be accessed here.

Announcement of the Notable and Shortlists for the Book of the Year Awards

Notables: Feb 26, 2019 7pm

Short List: Mar 26, 2019  Noon

Winner and Honour Books: August 16, 2019 Noon

Latest news (please scroll)

Posted Monday, 20 May 2019

From the blog: Why you should meet your heroes

The Book Week Committee of CBCA Tasmania is currently administering a 3 year grant which focuses on different programs including the promotion of our talented Tasmanian authors and illustrators. These creators will be visiting primary and secondary schools throughout the state to conduct talks and workshops. This article by Karys McEwen discusses why school visits are important for students.

Karys is the library manager across both Prahran and Richmond High Schools in Melbourne, as well as the vice president of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (Victorian Branch) and the treasurer of the School Library Association of Victoria

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Posted Monday, 13 May 2019

From the blog: National Simultaneous Storytime - Be Prepared!

The Friends' School annually participate in National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) and have a long history of involving and entertaining students and staff in across three campuses - primary, secondary and senior secondary grades get involved.

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Posted Monday, 6 May 2019

From the blog: Previewing Story Time: Australian Children’s Literature Exhibition

Dr Belle Alderman AM, Director, National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature Inc, provides us with a preview of a new exhibition soon to be launched at the National Library of Australia. The Story Time: Australian Children’s Literature exhibition showcases some wonderful children's literature collections.

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Posted Sunday, 28 April 2019

From the blog: Celebrating Hans Christian Andersen’s Birthday in Launceston

IBBY celebrates International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) on the anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday – April 2. How fitting that some keen IBBY members, who are also active in CBCA Tasmania, chose this day to bring lovers of children’s books together and test their knowledge whilst having fun and raising money for to support children affected by war, disorder and natural disasters.

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Posted Sunday, 14 April 2019

From the blog: Jilda's Ark - A voyage of discovery

Join local Tasmanian author, Verity Croker, as she talks about her most recent young adult novel, Jilda’s Ark and a cruise that sails you into adventure and danger. Another gem that draws on the Tasmanian landscape in its setting.

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Events calendar

Book Week 2019: Merchandise is now available for ordering. Visit our Merchandise page

We have special offers for current Institutional and Personal/Concession members

Readers Cup 2019: Entries are open and close April 8

Southern Events:

Secondary: Tuesday June 18 @ Dominic College

Primary: Wednesday June 19 @ The Friends' School

Special Offer: Each school that registers for Readers Cup is entitled to a set of the titles (1 of each picture book; 2 of each novel) purchased via Hobart Bookshop.

This is as a result of Federal Government and Department of Education Grant

Readers Cup Information Booklet


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