The Children’s Book Council of Australia – Tasmanian Branch

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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, 28 March 2020

From the blog: Keeping connected

In these challenging times creative and alternative options are needed to ensure children continue to connect with authors and illustrators as excellent role models and mentors in their own creative processes. Victoria Ryle starts a conversation.

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Posted Saturday, 21 March 2020

From the blog: Can You Grow a Love of Reading?

Teacher and Literacy Coach, Emma Nuttall, shares her love of reading to consider how, as adults, we can help children develop similar passions and engage with texts of all sorts.

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Posted Saturday, 14 March 2020

From the blog: Golden Words

Monica Reeve, residing on the north west coast of Tasmania, is an enthusiastic early childhood and art teacher. Her latest endeavours as a children’s author and illustrator have also been inspirational for her students.

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Posted Saturday, 7 March 2020

From the blog: CBCA Notables for 2020

Maureen Mann, a past judge and coordinator of the CBCA Book Awards, shares some personal strategies she employs when selecting titles on the Notables list. Maureen poses some pertinent questions to help you get started to engage with this wonderful array of titles and invites readers to share their own processes.

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Posted Wednesday, 26 February 2020

From the blog: Thoughts from a Book Launch

Lyndon Riggall, a long time contributor to the CBCA Tasmania blog, writes from a new perspective - as an author at his first book launch. Congratulations Lyndon for this heartfelt post and your first forays as a published children's book author.

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Events calendar

Book Week 2020: August 22 - 28


Art work by Gwyn Perkins


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)