From The CBCA National Board

Well, here we are at the final Board Bulletin for the year. And what a year it has been as we celebrated the 70th year of the Awards throughout the year. What an achievement for a volunteer organisation to have been going for so long and to have achieved so much.

It’s been another busy and exciting year for the Board and, I know, for the Branches too.

Some national highlights were the presentation of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards in Sydney by His Excellency the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove and the wonderful conference held in Sydney in May.

Congratulations to the Tasmanian Branch for their successful renewal strategy. We were all delighted to see that that branch will continue to promote the work of the CBCA in that state and the Board looks forward to working with the new team there.

Some exciting new partnerships are being developed and one of particular note is that with the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature. This is formalising our long-standing cooperative ventures with the Centre and we have always been grateful for their report. Among other things, they provide storage and curation for the artwork from the CBCA Children’s Book Week merchandise.

Reading Time has also had a busy and exciting year and we have all enjoyed reading the myriad reviews on the site. Coming up from now on, you’ll see a great new segment on ‘the best of 2016’ where reviewers list some of the books they have most enjoyed in 2016. These can be picture books, YA, fiction, Information books, adult - they are all going to be there. So have a look - and if you haven’t signed up to receive the weekly newsletter, do so - and you’ll no doubt find something new that you would like to read over the summer break. Great idea, Tina!

Thank you to everyone for their work this year. It’s been busy, exciting and productive.

With my very best wishes to you and your families for a safe and happy Christmas and a relaxing, bookish break. I look forward to working with you all again in 2017 as we continue our goal of ‘engaging the community with literature for young Australians’.

Margot Hillel

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