President's Report March / April 2016

President’s Report – March/April 2016

 Welcome to 2016, an important year for The Children’s Book Council of Australia as this is our 70th birthday.

This year, which started with our AGM, saw a number of committee members retire. Thanks must go to Tracy Glover (retiring President) and  Paula Gill (retiring Secretary). Other retiring committee members include Katharine England, Robyn Cations, Sally Bramwell and Valerie Gordge all of whom have given valuable service, with their time, effort and energy.

Katharine England, who has been appointed as one of the CBCA  Book of the Year Judges, continues her service to our organisation.

While this year CBCSA branch continues to find ways to support and engage we are delighted to welcome two new Committee members who joined us at our AGM. We look forward to the involvement of Nola Uzzell and Maria Komninos over the next few years.

Our second event for this year “And the Winner Is” event, generously hosted by Eileen McCabe at St. Mary’s College Library on Thursday 17th March was a wonderful event. 


Our presenters

·      Picture Books - Brodie Evitts, Library Officer, Holdfast Shores Library

·      Older Readers - Linda Guthrie, Teacher Librarian, Modbury High School

·      Early Childhood - Holly Marling representing Julie Gierke Tea Tree Gully Library, Early Learning Officer

·      Younger Reader - Julia Baldwin, Teacher Librarian, Westminster School

did an amazing job of sorting through the enormous number of books entered into the 2016 Book Of The Year Awards to select their own nominations in the category they prepared.  As a committee we are very aware that this is a time consuming task and wish to thank them all publically for the time and effort they put into their presentations.  Their presentations opened up opportunities for much discussion about books published during 2015.  This year, for the first time we asked the audience to predict which of the books they think will be the winner in each of the categories.  We look forward to discovering which of the books the official judges nominate.

Linda Guthrie launched CBCSA’s “Champion Pics” competition.  This is an opportunity for students in our schools to use their artistic talents to respond to this year’s shortlisted Early Childhood or Picture Books.  Full details of the competition can be found here.

Karen Mutton

President CBCA SA Branch

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