WA Branch Newsletter
June Issue 2022
From the President
Dear Members,
At the AGM held on Wednesday 18 May, I had the privilege of being elected as the new CBCA WA Branch President. Also elected were Jen McKay as Vice President and Louise Moore as Secretary with Sheena Matthews re-elected as Treasurer. Jan Nicholls and Tracey Willis complete the WA Branch Executive in their capacity as Ex-Officio members.
Left to Right: Sheena Matthews, Kris Williams, Louise Moore, Jen McKay
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I look forward to working with our tireless committee, including new members Jenny Botje, Bianca Breen, Sharon Giltrow, Louise Moore and Julie Muir, to advance and celebrate all that is Australian children’s literature and to promote our wonderful WA creatives.
Left to Right: Bianca Breen, Julie Muir, Jenny Botje, Louise Moore
Thank you to The Literature Centre for hosting the AGM and to those members who attended. A copy of the Annual Report can be accessed here.  It has been a busy time for all state Branches as they hold their own AGMs. The National AGM was held on 19 May and the report from Wendy Rapee is included in this newsletter. Wendy was re-elected unopposed as National Board Chair and Jane Moore as Deputy Chair. 
CBCA WA Branch is run entirely by volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. Earlier this month we had the opportunity to celebrate the wonderful volunteers who have each given more than 25 years to the Branch – 240 plus years in total.
Our social media profile continues to gain more followers and we are able to promote not only what the Branch and our WA creatives are doing, but what is happening in the world of Young Adult and children’s books.There are so many shortlists coming out at the moment with a plethora of incredible writing to be read. I know my TBR pile is steadily growing. We invite you to like or comment on our Facebook and Instagram posts.
This member newsletter is a way of keeping you up to date with what has been happening with the WA Branch. Thank you for your continued support of CBCA WA. Your membership is what enables us to present our program of events throughout the year. If you have let your membership payment slip through the cracks at this busy time, a gentle reminder to get in touch so we can fix this for you.
I will leave you with a bit of trivia.  Published in December 1841, Mother’s Offering to her Children by A Lady long-time resident in NSW, was the first children’s book to be published in Australia. Research has since revealed that lady to be Charlotte Waring.

Kris Williams
WA Branch President
National News from Wendy Rapee, CBCA Chair
2022 CBCA Book Week

Friday 19 August CBCA Book of the Year Winners
announced 12 noon AEST.

2022 CBCA WA Book Week Opening Dinner
WA Branch CBCA Book Week Opening and Dinner


Friday 19 August
7pm Ambrose Estate, Wembley
2022 CBCA WA Book of the Year
Judges Talk
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The Judges Talk held on Saturday 28th May at Cottesloe Primary School library was well attended with quite a few new faces in the audience. Claire Kierath, the WA Branch Judge, shared her thoughts and opinions, along with those from the other state judges and treated us to an afternoon of literature delights. Claire gave us a detailed insight into the Older Readers and Younger Readers shortlisted books and a great overview of the Early Childhood, Picture Book and Eve Pownall books. Everyone left feeling well-informed about the shortlisted books. The afternoon was rounded off with some delicious food. Thanks to Claire for sharing her love of these books, the Judges Talk sub committee members for their help in organising the afternoon, Jan for her delicious cake and to all those who came along to enjoy the afternoon. See you all next year.

Tracey Willis
2022 CBCA Book Week
e-Store Merchandise
The e-Store opened for business on Monday 21 March. Please note that Merchandise orders will no longer be taken through the WA Branch. All your favourite items for CBCA Book Week are there as well as many new products. One of the exciting new products is Book Week in a Tube. It contains all you will need to create a display and is available in two sizes.
What you need to know about the e-Store and ordering your merchandise:
  • a full catalogue is available on-line at
  • do not order merchandise through the WA Branch
  • all orders must go through the e-Store
  • a credit card is required to purchase your orders
  • purchase orders will not be accepted
  • orders will be mailed directly to you
  • all items are available to order now
Please remember to renew your 2022 CBCA WA membership, which will allow you to access member only downloadable products from the e-Store valued at approximately $50.

Follow the link to the password protected page for your downloads - 
The password for entry to the page is: CBCA.wa! 
Please do not share the password to non-members.
If you have any questions regarding the e-Store and ordering your merchandise please contact the Merchandise team on

Kris Williams
2023 CBCA Book of the Year
Entries for the 2023 CBCA Book of the Year Awards are now open!
Head to the
Entry Information page for more details, or head straight to the online Entry Form to enter your title/s.

Entries close Wednesday, 30 November 2022.
CBCA National Website Login
Here are the login details for members for the Sign In section of the CBCA National Website. The Notables critiques from the BOYA Judges have recently been uploaded. Access to this information is intended as a benefit of CBCA membership so please store these details safely and do not share via social media or other networks.
Username: mycbca
Password: #cbca22#
2022 Make Your Own Story Book Competition
Entries to the 2022 Make Your Own Story Book Competition are flowing in. We thank Rose and Michelle at Westbooks for their ongoing support and for acting as the entry collection point. The judges are looking forward to getting their hands on the entries and settling down for an interesting read. Best wishes to all the budding authors and illustrators who have entered the competition.
The entry form, tips, hints and fabulous videos from Sean E Avery are available on the website using this

Closing date: Friday 10 June 2022
The Muriel Barwell Award 2022
Nominations Close on 30 June

Nominations for the 2022 Muriel Barwell Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature close on 30 June.

Previous winners include Mary Gimondo, Peter Williams, Elaine Forrestal, Jenni Woodroffe, Frané Lessac, Celia Cole, Jan Nicholls and Jennifer Jackson.

If you know of someone whose contribution in WA has been outstanding, then please consider writing a nomination for this prestigious award and submitting it to Gail Spiers at

For further information, go to the
CBCA WA website.

Gail Spiers
Just James
Book Tickets Here
Book Discussion Group
Join us to discuss titles by Australian authors at Oasis Lotteries House, Hampden Rd Nedlands on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7.00pm.
22 June

That Thing I Did
by Allayne Webster

Wakefield Press

'If you do only one thing this year, read That Thing I Did. I loved this book.’ – Erin Gough
27 July

by Carly Nugent

Text Publishing

‘Sugar is dark, hopeful, mesmerising—an extraordinary novel that builds and breaks like a perfect storm.’ - Vikki Wakefield
24 August

The Cult of Romance
by Sarah Ayoub

An enjoyable time was had by all at the 2022 Book of the Year Shortlist Discussion at Oasis Lotteries House on 27 April. 17 people wrote and/or presented 3-minute reviews of each of the 36 books on this year’s shortlist, providing an entertaining overview within weeks of the shortlist announcement. Jan Nicholls kept everyone to time à la ANWOS with her bells and whistles. The WA Judge of the Book of the Year: Younger Readers, Claire Kierath, presented reviews of all the books in that category, a rehearsal for her Coffee, Cake and Claire talk on 28 May.

Gail Spiers

Thank you for making me feel so welcome on Wednesday night. I loved the way the night was run so tightly. (Jan is a demon on the bell.) It was excellent to get an overview of all the books, some of which I hadn’t read, and to get other insights into those I had read.

Dave Caddy
National Volunteer Week
Congratulations to the groups who applied to be part of this exciting initiative.  Shadow Judging is off and running.  Seventeen groups of children from libraries, primary and secondary schools (one as far away as Leonora), home schooling and community groups, are now reading up a storm in their chosen CBCA Shortlist category.
As we count down to the announcement of the CBCA Book of the Year awards these groups will be reading, discussing, debating and judging before deciding which book will receive their vote.  In the lead up to the announcement they will be using all the resources of our dedicated website, which went live this week, to download their creative responses to the shortlisted books. 
Kris Williams
YA for WA presents AJ Betts
YA for WA, the brainchild of our newest committee member Bianca Breen, is launching a new book club.  The book club will discuss a new release Australian YA title each month. It will officially open at The Literature Centre on Thursday 9 June, with a conversation between YA for WA host Bianca Breen and YA author AJ Betts. There will be plenty of bookish conversation and even some trivia as we also celebrate Love to Read Local Week. This is a free event but please register here.

Kris Williams
2022 IBBY Appeal

2022 IBBY Appeal for Funds to support Books for Ukranian Children in Poland

As we watch the atrocities unfolding in Ukraine, we feel quite helpless as we try to find a way to help the millions of refugees – of which more than half are children. Over two million have fled to Poland and no one knows how long these families will need to stay in there. The Universal Reading Foundation is a collective of around 20 Polish publishers and distributers based in Warsaw that is leading an effort to supply books to the Ukrainian refugee children in Poland.

The Foundation has contact with Ukrainian publishers and has received printing files of picture books and story books. The Foundation is printing and distributing the books to local shelters, individuals and larger reception centres around the country. If you would like to help this project please donate through the IBBY website or directly to:

IBBY is supporting projects that will get books into children’s hands when they most need them. Please share their initiatives widely.  Thank you for your support.
Foundation for Literacy and Learning Symposium partnership
Thirteen Australian professional associations, organisations, foundations and councils, together representing thousands of English and literacy educators, authors, artists and community members, have collaborated to develop a series of online presentations that celebrate the power of literature to form a free Literature Symposium for 2022. The series begins in June 8 and concludes in mid-November. 

This is an important initiative for CBCA and we encourage you to get behind it. The symposium comprises 13 like-minded associations under one umbrella because #wealllikeagoodstory.  With sessions on everything from conversations with authors, artists, educators and young learners, to short keynotes to panel discussions, the symposium explores literature from all angles – and highlights how story should be incorporated into learning and development across the curriculum.
Starting June 8, then every couple of weeks during term time, this is a series of free online presentations.  Each free, online event will be useful for teachers, librarians, school leaders, early years educators, parents and carers, and all interested in ensuring there is rich literature in every home, preschool, classroom and library.  CBCA will be presenting on October 19 focusing on The Sun Project: Shadow Judging results and reflections with young voices affirming the values of quality literature.  Click
here for program dates, details and registration.
Littlescribe Mini-Writing Festival
CBCA is a proud partner of the Littlescribe Mini-Writing Festival, Australia’s largest online writing festival for schools. The Festival kicks off on May 30th in Reconciliation Week and is the perfect lead-up to CBCA Book Week, sharing the 2022 theme ‘Dreaming with eyes open… ‘

This year’s line-up is truly impressive, featuring 20 of Australia’s best-loved children’s authors as well as emerging talent. Jump across to Littlescribe's Festival webpage to find out more!
2022 CBCA National Conference
Register Now
Congratulations to the following for making the shortlist for the 2022 Australian Book Industry Awards:
  • Briony Stewart, illustrator of Bedtime Sorted by Jimmy Rees in the Children’s Book of the Year category.
  • Magabala Books has two books in the Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year category - Albert Namatjira by Vincent Namatjira and Kunyi by Kunyi June Anne McInerney.
The River by Sally Morgan and Johnny Warrakatja Malibirr has been shortlisted for the Chief Minister's NT Book Award in the children's and/or young adult category.
Recent Book Launches from WA Authors and Illustrators
Get Ready, Mama!
by Sharon Giltrow
EK Press

The thickest, fluffiest dressing gown and Vegemite-smeared pyjamas are not what most authors would choose to wear to their own book launch but then Sharon Giltrow is not most authors.

Get Ready, Mama! is Sharon’s second book published by EK Press. It was launched at The Literature Centre on Saturday 30 April with the help of three young volunteers from the audience who took part in a hotly-contested Get Ready race. An equal number of confetti cannons added a lot of sparkle to the finale; and Dianne Prior, an Auslan performance interpreter made sure that everyone in the audience could participate fully in the event.
Congratulations, Sharon!

Elaine Forrestal
Gail Spiers
Bush Magic
by Kylie Howarth
Walker Books

Bush Magic is a wonderful, magical new picture book by Kylie Howarth and I was lucky enough to be at Open Book in Mosman Park on 30 April for a launch and reading by Kylie.  We sat in the lovely children’s area of the bookshop, while Kylie read her new book and explained how she made some of the illustrations. It is a story made for the times of quarantine and isolation, a story of imagination and magic, of being able to travel without leaving your home, whatever the reason. After the reading, the children were able to make lovely bush crowns in the courtyard. A truly special morning.

Tracey Willis
Slipping the Noose
by Meg Caddy
Text Publishing

A sea of pirates greeted everyone's arrival at the fabulous book launch of Slipping the Noose by Meg Caddy on Saturday 30 April. In conversation with Meg McKinlay we learnt all about Meg’s passion for research and pirates. The infamous pirate Anne Bonny returns in Slipping the Noose, an action-packed historical fiction read. History abandoned the story of Anne Bonny, so through Slipping the Noose we see Meg Caddy put her perspective on the unfinished story. YoHoHo…

Jen McKay
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Wombat Can't Sing
by Katie Stewart
Fremantle Press

Many of us know the delights and joy that a child’s birthday party can bring. The fun, the laughter, the stories, music and dancing; and of course all that sugary wickedness to eat, but nonetheless, delicious chocolates, yummy biscuits and decadent cupcakes to celebrate the special occasion. All of this was shared with us on Sunday 15 May at the gorgeous Paper Bird Bookshop and the wonderful book launch by Jan Nicholls of Katie Stewart’s latest lovely picture book, Wombat Can’t Sing

Jan had all the audience singing, prancing and dancing. We were laughing kookaburras, snapping crocodiles and galumphing frogs. 

Katie Stewart held us all entranced with the story of her resilient Wombat who realises that we’re all good at something and that kindness is like a lullaby hummed in the dark. 

A very special book launch that really catered for all the thrilled children in the room and for all of us who are still young at heart.

Julie Muir

Little Book Bites
If you have a picture of a child, family member, pet or any other interesting reader you'd like to feature in our electronic newsletter, we'd love to see it! Please email it to
New Releases from WA Authors, Illustrators and Publishers
Kyle Hughes-Odgers
Everything You Want To See
Fremantle Press
April 2022
Katie Stewart
Wombat Can't Sing
Fremantle Press
May 2022
Meg Caddy
Slipping the Noose
Text Publishing
May 2022
HM Waugh
Mars Awakens
Allen & Unwin
May 2022
Kathryn Lefroy
Alex and the Alpacas Ride Again
Fremantle Press
June 2022
Paula Hayes
Illustrated by Katy Jiang

The Vexatious Haunting of Lily Griffin
Fremantle Press
July 2022
Holden Sheppard
The Brink
Text Publishing
August 2022
Dates for Your Diary
Please check our social media - Facebook and Instagram - for the most current information about book launches and events.
Love To Read Local Week 2022
3-12 June

Please head to the Love To Read Local website for more information.
During Love To Read Local Week 2022
7-12 June
Book Here
The Literature Centre
Storytellers Festival 

26 June
Buy Tickets Here
The Literature Centre
Celebrate Reading Conference

28 - 29 October

Early Bird Registration now open
WA Branch Supporting Bookstores
Buy your books from the experts at these stores and receive the discount offered to all CBCA members. 
Beaufort Street Books
567 Beaufort Street Mt Lawley WA 6050
T: (08) 6142 7996
Child Education Services
96 Royal Street, East Perth WA 6004
T: (08) 9225 6516 
Dymocks Busselton
48 Prince Street, Busselton WA 6280
T: (08) 9754 4410
Millpoint Caffe Bookshop
254 Mill Point Road South Perth WA 6151
T: (08) 6117 5603 
My Little Bookshop
10/5-7 Railway Terrace Rockingham WA 6168
T: 0430 283 581
Paper Bird, Children’s Books & Arts
42 Henry St Fremantle WA 6160
T: (08) 9430 7038
Rabble Books & Games
2/46 Eighth Avenue
T: (08) 6244 1841
Typeface Books
37 Ardross Street, Applecross WA 6153
T: (08) 9316 9822
152 Burswood Road, Burswood WA 6100
T: (08) 9361 4211
CBCA Awards Foundation
CBCA WA Branch Information
CBCA WA Branch Committee Members
President - Kris Williams, Vice President - Jen McKay,
Liz Allen, Nola Allen, Beck Borona, Jenny Botje, Bianca Breen, Sharon Coppin, Lindsay Fletcher, Sharon Giltrow, Mary Gimondo, Felicia Harris,
Lorraine Horsley, Sarah Klass, Sheena Matthews, Chloe Mauger,
Tyshana McEwen, Trish Montgomery, Julie Muir, Jan Nicholls, Denise Robins, Gail Spiers, Jane Stanton, Sue Stopher, Tracey Willis, Sally Woffenden.

National Board Director: Position Available
Newsletter Editor: Beck Borona
Website Manager: Sarah Klass
WA Book of the Year Judge: Claire Kierath
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