WA Branch Newsletter
April Issue 2022
From the Vice President
Dear Members,

On 24 February Natalya Hawrylak resigned from her position as President and committee member.  While Natalya has stepped down she remains committed to promoting the best of Australian children’s literature and to the work CBCA WA does to promote Australia’s writers and illustrators. We thank her for her commitment to the WA Branch and wish her all the best.  A new President will be elected at the upcoming AGM. Please consider nominating if you have the passion and time to commit to the role.

On 15 March our Board Member Marjorie Johnson-Mwenda resigned. We shall be advertising for her replacement soon. If you know of anyone who would be interested in the position please ask them to get in touch. 
It was wonderful to see so many guests at ANWOS as we applauded our wonderful WA creators. We were delighted to be so well-represented in the Notables, excited to see four of our stars feature on the 2022 CBCA Shortlist and send our congratulations to Shirley Marr, Gabriel Evans, James Foley and Cindy Lane and very best wishes for the big announcement in August. 
The much-anticipated e-Store opened for business on 21 March after a flood-affected delay. This reflects a major change to the way official CBCA Book Week merchandise is ordered with all sales now centralised via the e-Store rather than handled by the state branches. Your orders will still benefit the WA Branch so please browse the catalogue and place your orders early to avoid disappointment. The e-Store offers all the CBCA Book Week products that you know and love plus some very special items that will make decorating your space easier. 
The Sun Project – Shadow Judging is now under way.  This is an exciting opportunity for young people to read and review the shortlisted books and would make an ideal class project for schools or book groups. Teachers and TLs please check the information in this newsletter if you have groups of young people who would like to judge a category of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards.
The WA Branch AGM will take place on Wednesday 18 May at 6.30pm at The Literature Centre in Fremantle. All members are eligible to attend and to nominate for a position on the committee or Executive but please note that this must be done ahead of the meeting as no nominations are taken from the floor. We would love you to join us as part of our committee of dedicated volunteers as we continue to promote quality Australian children’s literature and celebrate our own vibrant WA cohort of amazing writers and illustrators.
I hope this newsletter finds you well. If you have any enquiries about anything in the newsletter please get in touch through our website.
Kris Williams
CBCA WA Vice-President
National News from Wendy Rapee, CBCA Chair
2022 CBCA Book of the Year Notables
The 2022 CBCA Book of the Year Notables were announced on 22 February. Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators and publishers mentioned. CBCA WA was very proud to see 12 titles by our wonderful West Australian talent, as well as Magabala Books for having several books in the list!

Please see the full list
here or view the Youtube presentation
2022 CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist
The CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist was announced on 29 March. We congratulate all who have been shortlisted with special mention of our Western Australian creators who have been named in the various categories.
  • Shirley Marr for A Glasshouse of Stars (Book of the Year: Younger Readers)
  • Gabriel Evans, illustrator of Blue Flower by Sonya Hartnett (Picture Book of the Year)
  • James Foley for Stellarphant, published by Fremantle Press (Picture Book of the Year)
  • Cindy Lane for Great White Shark written by Claire Saxby (CBCA Award for New Illustrator).
Please click here for more information. 
The Judges critiques can be read here.

CBCA Book of the Year awards will be announced on 19 August and we wish our WA creatives the best of luck.
2022 CBCA Book Week

Important Dates

Friday 19 August CBCA Book of the Year Winners announced 12 noon AEST.
WA Branch CBCA Book Week Opening and Dinner, 7pm Ambrose Estate, Wembley

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2022
Members are cordially invited to attend the AGM.
Wednesday 18 May, 2022

Prompt 6.30pm start.
The Literature Centre, Knutsford Street & Hampton Road, Fremantle
As always formal business will be kept to the strict minimum required by the Constitution and the meeting will be kept brief.  We request that those planning to attend RVSP to by Wednesday 11 May, 2022.

Please view the official notice and a downloadable nomination form on the
CBCA WA home page.
2022 CBCA Book of the Year
Judges Talk
Coffee, Cake and Claire
CBCA Judge Claire Kierath (Younger Readers) will discuss the 2022 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Shortlist.
Saturday 21st May 12.30 for 1-3pm at Cottesloe Primary School Library
530 Stirling Hwy, Peppermint Grove (enter from Keane St)
Please book at
Bookings open now!
Light refreshments provided
Professional Learning certificates are available on request
CBCA Members $5 / Non-members $15
This is a great opportunity to hear directly from our WA Judge about the amazing shortlisted books.

Claire has nurtured a lifelong love of children's literature through her degree in Creative Writing and Children's literature from Edith Cowan University, Honours from Murdoch University and a MPhil in Education (Critical Approaches to Children's Literature) from the University of Cambridge, UK, where she learned about all forms of children's literature from picture book structure, poetry and YA fiction through to apps and graphic novels from some of the world's leading academics. Alongside her current role as a Technical Writer, Claire has worked for over ten years as a competitive swimming coach, mentor and tutor to children, teenagers and adults focusing on academic writing for university, English skills and ATAR preparation. She also has experience with creative writing, including the short story, film and play. 
For further details, please contact Tracey Willis

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 comes 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
A reminder also, to renew your 2022 CBCA WA membership.  Membership entitles you to some ‘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 or give 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.
2022 A Night With Our Stars

A Night with Our Stars is so much more than an opportunity to showcase the new creations of our West Australian children’s book authors and illustrators. It is a complete delight to the senses. 

I’ve been absent from CBCA WA events like this fabulous evening, for nine years and what I came back to on Friday 18 March was an performing arts extravaganza. In some cases it was nothing short of a three-minute Broadway production. 

We had a nom de plume revealed, parenting secrets told, nearly extinct marsupials found, Jaws revisited and pine cones as big as heads, that with one wrong move in Queensland, could be your last. 

We had Abba and the year of excitement, woolly beanies and the aroma of eucalyptus taking us back to camping nights amongst the gum trees, shadow puppets skipping across the stage, the Bernoulli Effect with more toilet paper flying around the room than two desperate customers in Coles during lockdown. 

But, beyond all of these bells and whistles, what was still the same after all this time, was the heart, the passion and the skills of these writers and illustrators to enchant and bring joy to both us and the young readers in our care with their very special books. 

Thank you to the CBCA WA Branch, for sharing this great night with me and so many other children’s book lovers.  
Julie Muir

Thank you so much! It was brilliant! I had never attended ANWOS as an audience member let alone a presenter, so it was all very, very new for this newbie author! I couldn’t have felt more welcomed and supported though. I learnt from other presenters, sold books, met lovely people, and walked away more inspired than ever! Thank you to the CBCA WA team for this incredible event.
Jeanette Stampone

We had such a brilliant night - thank you so much for making it happen despite the odds. The whole evening was a sea of smiling faces; you could feel it, even beneath the masks! It was so wonderful to chat and laugh and catch up and celebrate. Can't wait for the 20th year celebration next year!!!!
Thank you again for all you and the CBCA team do to promote and celebrate and support WA creators. It is hugely appreciated!!!

Cristy Burne

A Night with Our Stars 2022 celebrated nineteen years of this amazing event with fabulous local Western Australian authors fronting up to astound us with their quick-fire illustrations and the case of the flying toilet paper! Science can indeed be very fun and very funny. The catering was amazing and the MC sparkled with her electric chainsaw ready to cut the speakers off at the knees if they dared to exceed their three-minute time limit. Thanks to the WA branch of CBCA for putting on this wonderful event.
Kirsten Cooper
Youth Services Librarian, Subiaco Library

Thanks again for the invitation to present at this year’s ANWOS, I truly appreciate it. ANWOS is fast becoming a highlight for me. The opportunity to present is wonderful but more than that is the sense of community, the night is a true celebration. 

Kitty Black
 ANWOS never ceases to make me happy, with so many people passionate about books and children's literacy all together in one place. This year was fabulous, full of laughs, faces I hadn't seen 'IRL' for quite a while, and - of course - great books. A massive thanks to all the CBCA volunteers who made the night run so smoothly.

HM (Heather) Waugh

It was such a wonderful experience to share a little bit of my illustrating world with such a welcoming crowd. The room was buzzing with energy and I left feeling embraced, inspired and energised at the same time!
Alicia Rogerson

ANWOS was a cracker of a night and I was so chuffed that I was part of the stellar line up. I don't know how many books I signed, but my hand was sore afterwards! Thank you so much for such an awesome opportunity. 
Josh Langley

Thank you so much to the CBCA WA Branch and book-loving community for embracing my books!
I feel so lucky to be able to create books and sharing them with you all at ANWOS is a whole other level! 
I hope to get to see you all at more CBCA WA events in the future.

Jasmine Berry
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.

Password: #cbca22#
2022 Make Your Own Story Book Competition
The 2022 Make Your Own Story Book Competition is up and running for all children in years PP – Year 8. Please encourage your young writers and illustrators to start brainstorming ideas, drafting stories and illustrations for their entries.
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
Remember when Jennifer Jackson, Director of Paper Bird Children’s Books and Arts, received the Muriel Barwell Award in 2020 for her distinguished service to children’s literature? Well, it’s time to think about who might be the recipient of the Award in 2022.

If you would like to nominate a worthy individual, seek further information

Nominations close on 30 June.

Gail Spiers
My Little Bookshop
There is no doubting Kerry Ridley’s passion, energy and enthusiasm for all things books and in three short years she gone from launching her first cute travelling My Little Bookshop to having three vans on the road popping up at Farmers Markets and festivals all over the state.

On February 27 she launched a bricks and mortar shop in Rockingham. My Little Bookshop has joined the CBCA WA Branch as an official supporting bookstore and is featured on our website. It is a very stylish, inviting shop with an authentic Alice in Wonderland vibe, well-stocked with titles by local authors as well as a huge range of other books and a terrific range of gift ideas. Well worth a visit for those of you not in the area and a great excuse for a day out in Rockingham with plenty of dining options on the nearby foreshore.

Kerry says “I’m so thrilled to be able to have an independent bookshop in Rockingham for the community to embrace.  A couple of things I forgot to mention in my excitement on the afternoon of the launch is that I have a working relationship with the navy at HMAS Stirling supplying books to their ships based here and think it is fantastic they have chosen to support a local business. I’m also proud to say that Koorliny Arts Centre in Kwinana has asked us to be the official bookseller for their Stories on Stage series this year”.

Welcome to Kerry and MLB. Very best wishes in your new venture and thank you for your support of CBCA WA.

Jan Nicholls
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.
The 2022 Book of the Year Shortlist Discussion
Wednesday 27 April 6.30pm – 9.00pm

Reviewers are given 3 minutes to talk about a book on the 2022 Shortlist.
WA Judge, Claire Kierath, will be reviewing the six books on the Younger Readers Shortlist.
There will be light refreshments. Book early as seats are limited to 25.

25 May

Fish Out of Water
by Kate Hendrick

Text Publishing

Finn is an elite teen swimmer who is grappling with the pressures of teenage life, and the impact of his abusive father’s disappearance.
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
CBCA Sun Project: Shadow Judging: Fostering young readers’ opinions and engagement through the illumination of children’s literature

The Sun Project is now under way.  This project will enable groups of young people across Australia to judge our CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist alongside our esteemed judging panel.  If you are from school, library, book store or club who has a group of young people who love reading, why not register for Shadow Judging and choose your CBCA Book of the Year. 
There will be 15 funded groups chosen from WA.  Funded groups will receive a book voucher to purchase the CBCA Shortlisted books in your chosen category and a voucher for you to have a creative visit to share insights on how they weave literary techniques into great storytelling. You will need to fill out an Expression of Interest (EOI) form which can be found on our website and sure make you get it back to us by the due date.
The CBCA Shortlist was announced on 29 March.  Your group will choose a category from the CBCA Book of the Year shortlist. They can be books for Older, Younger or Early Childhood readers, Picture Books or Eve Pownall Award books.  Groups may choose any one category they wish.  For example, older readers may choose picture books as their preferred category.  As facilitator you will guide them through a deep reading of the books. They will then judge them according to the same guidelines as the CBCA judges to pick a winner in their category and follow up with a creative response.
CBCA WA will have a mentor to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.  There will be a website dedicated to The Sun Project that will also provide guidance and resources for you.  The judging will be followed by a Shadow Judging Awards event at the end of CBCA Book Week.
For further information and dates, and to download your EOI, follow the link to the
CBCA WA website
Kris Williams
2022 CBCA National Conference
Register Now
Australian Children's Laureate
Melbourne-based author and illustrator Gabrielle Wang has been announced as the 2022–23 Australian Children’s Laureate. Gabrielle’s theme is “Imagine A Story”.
Please read more
Flight Magazine
The first issue of Flight magazine was launched at Paper Bird on 1 February. This quarterly magazine highlights illustration and the power of story through art featuring local and international artists. Subscriptions to the magazine are available through Paper Bird.

Kris Williams
Congratulations to the following for making the longlist 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.
  • Sally Morgan for The River, published by Magabala Books in the Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year category. Magabala Books have two further titles in this category.
Rebecca Higgie and Kate McCaffrey have been shortlisted for Queensland Writers Centre’s Adaptable program.
Margaret Allen, State Librarian
The CBCA WA Branch sends best wishes to Margaret Allen on her retirement from the State Library of WA and congratulates her on receiving the prestigious ALIA HCL Anderson Award for 2022

We offer a warm welcome to the new State Librarian, Catherine Clark. Catherine previously worked as Librarian at Curtin University.
Jan Pieńkowski, illustrator and creator of the Meg and Mog children’s books, has died aged 85. Please read an obituary here.
Shirley Hughes, English children's author and illustrator has passed away at age 94. Please read the full article here.
Recent Book Launches from WA Authors and Illustrators
The Boy Who Hatched Monsters
by T.C. Shelley

Congratulations to T.C. Shelley on The Boy Who Hatched Monsters which was launched in fine style at Paper Bird Children's Books and Arts on 2 April, with werewolf cookies and an amazing cake!

Denis Knight 
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
Claire Saxby
Illustrated by Cindy Lane

Great White Shark
Walker Books
August 2021
Disha Patwardhan and
Paridhi P Apte

Adventures of Jacob & Charlie
Royal Blue Elephant Books
August 2021
Lorraine Horsley
You've Got This:
Tips for the Uncertain Student

Dixi Books
October 2021
James Foley
Fremantle Press
November 2021
Teena Raffa-Mulligan
The Parent Tamer
Dixi Books
November 2021
Steve Heron
One Thousand Snapshots
Shawline Publishing
November 2021
Sally Morgan
This is Me!
Magabala Books
February 2022
Helen Milroy
The Sweetest Egg of All
Magabala Books
February 2022
Helen Milroy
Backyard Beasties
Fremantle Press
February 2022
Mark Greenwood
Illustrated by
Frané Lessac
Our Country, Ancient Wonders
Walker Books
February 2022
Judith Vun Price & Jacqui Vun
Nenek Tata and the
Mangrove Menace

Crotchet Quaver
February 2022
Moira Court
Lion Is That You?
Fremantle Press
March 2022
Jeanette Stampone
Illustrated by Demelsa Haughton

Shadow and the Girl
Red Paper Kite
March 2022
Dianne Wolfer
Illustrated by Brian Simmonds

The Last Light Horse
Fremantle Press
March 2022
T.C. Shelley
The Boy Who Hatched Monsters
March 2022
Katrina McElvey
Illustrated by Jasmine Berry

Mila & Ivy
Wombat Books
March 2022
Edith Wright
Illustrated by Charmaine Ledden-Lewis

Charlie's Swim
Magabala Books
March 2022
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
Dates for Your Diary
Please check our social media - Facebook and Instagram - for the most current information about book launches and events.
Quantum Words Perth 
8 -10 April
Presented in association with Writing NSW.
Western Australia’s only festival dedicated to writing about science, innovation, creativity, and the spaces in which they intersect, will return to the State Theatre Centre.
Book Here
Book Here
Book Here
Love To Read Local Week 2022
3-12 June

Please head to the Love To Read Local website for more information.
The Literature Centre
Celebrate Reading Conference
Save the Date

28 - 29 October
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 -
Position AvailableVice President - Kris Williams,
Liz Allen, Nola Allen, Beck Borona, Sharon Coppin, Mary Gimondo,
Felicia Harris, Lorraine Horsley, Sarah Klass,
Sheena Matthews, Chloe Mauger, Tyshana McEwen, Jen McKay,
Trish Montgomery, 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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