United Way are passionate about all children being able to reach their individual potential and encourage all South Australians to Read Aloud to children every day.

South Australian children’s author Mem Fox is the ambassador for United We Read, a program designed to get more children school ready particularly in vulnerable areas. The key strategy promoted for pre-schoolers to develop pre-literacy skills is to Read Aloud to them.

Research shows that reading aloud to children is beneficial to children from birth and is critical to future success in education.

On Sunday the 3rd of April 2016 the Children’s Book Council of Australia (SA Branch) was invited to join United Way SA’s Disadvantaged Children’s Zoo Day to celebrate their 10th year by providing a free family fun day at the Zoo for children and their families.

Karen Mutton (President) and Linda Guthrie (Vice President) joined Peter Goers, Mem Fox and Education Minister Susan Close in reading to children at the zoo. It was a fabulous morning highlighting the importance of reading and books.


President's Report May 2016

Friday’s announcement of the 2016 Short List caused me to look back to our “And the Winner Is!” event that was held at St. Mary’s College earlier this year.  After each of our presenters had completed their talk the audience had the opportunity to nominate their choice of winner in each of the 4 categories spoken about.  This weekend, as I took the opportunity to review the entries I was delighted to notice that 9 people had nominated a short listed book in 3 different categories – this, I think, is a reflection of the high quality of work done by each of our presenters.  I wonder who will win the competition when the winners are announced.

In April I had the privilege of attending The CBCA AGM in Melbourne as a delegate representing our state.  It was a pleasure to meet with both the CBCA Board and the Branch Presidents from each state. The Branch Presidents held a meeting on Sunday morning, after the AGM, to share their ideas about engaging with their community and discuss issues that we all face.

As we lead up to Book Week our committee is finalising plans for our annual “Picture This – Art Ideas for Book Week.”  This well attended event will be held at Unley Library Community Hall, off Oxford St. Unley on Friday 24th June.  Make sure you book your place through the Try Booking link by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a place for yourself and then pay on the night.

Karen Mutton

President CBCA (SA)

Picture This! Art ideas for Book Week 2016

Once again the very talented Evelynne Richardson will demonstrate and workshop her ideas for Book Week. The theme this year is Australia! Story Country.

This evening is very popular with teacher-librarians / librarians / teachers so book in early to save your place.

24th June is the date.  6pm is the time. Unley Library Community Hall is the venue.

For more information on how to book please go to our events page.



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