WA Branch Newsletter
February Issue 2022
President's Piece
Dear Members,

Happy New Year to you all and welcome to 2022. I hope the festive season has treated you well. We continue to be thankful in WA that the terrible restrictions caused by Covid have not impacted us greatly and we can meet face to face, although masked, to attend book launches and events.
By now you will have received your Membership renewal for this year. Prompt renewal allows you to take advantage of the member discount available on your ticket for A Night with Our Stars (ANWOS) on 18 March at the Bendat Parent and Community Centre. Tickets go on sale on 1 February and once again we will present a list of amazing, talented local authors and illustrators who will show us what is available in the coming year. You will be able to pre-order your books through Westbooks with a generous discount. 

Please note that Covid protocols will apply at the Bendat Centre. From 31 January 2022, there is the requirement that the venue hirers (CBCA WA) must keep appropriate records to show that ANWOS guests are fully vaccinated. Face masks are mandatory unless eating and drinking, and guests not wearing masks will be refused entry. QR codes will also be used. 

We have an exciting twelve months ahead at CBCA on a National level. 
I would like to acknowledge the work performed by Shannon King during her time at CBCA as Communications and Merchandise officer. Shannon has resigned from her role and we wish her all the best in her future endeavours.
2022 will see the implementation of the Sun Project: Shadow Judging. This is a wonderful initiative that gives the readers of children’s literature a chance to have a say in The Book of the Year Awards.  A Mailchimp message was forwarded prior to this newsletter and is included for your information.
We have included two From the Desk messages in this newsletter.
As outlined in the December From the Desk, received after the last CBCA WA committee meeting and after the final newsletter for 2021 had gone out to members, the National Board has decided that merchandise will only be sold via the national e-store. 

From 2022 all CBCA merchandise is to be purchased directly from the 

CBCA E-Store and the WA Branch will not take orders, a major departure from previous years. A range of merchandise will be produced annually by the National body of CBCA to assist with the celebration of CBCA Book Week and CBCA Book of the Year Awards. You can browse the e-store at the link provided or at where you can download the catalogue. We will keep you up to date with things as they unfold. 

Continuing Board news, we would like to welcome Marjorie Johnson-Mwenda to CBCA WA as our new Board Director. We look forward to working with you, Marjorie. 

In other news we welcome the safe arrival of Jocelyn Borona to Beck and her husband Nathan. On behalf of the committee I wish them many joyous, safe and healthy times ahead. There are many books that we will share with Jocelyn on her journey. 
A huge thank you to all contributors to our newsletter. We look forward to seeing you at upcoming events or at any of our committee meetings. Please refer to our website for upcoming meeting dates. We would love to see you there. 
Happy reading!

Natalya Hawrylak
CBCA WA Branch President
National News from Wendy Rapee, CBCA Chair
2022 CBCA Book Week

Important Dates

Tuesday 22 February CBCA Book of the Year Notables announced 7pm AEDT

Tuesday 29 March CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist announced 12 noon AEDT

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

2022 CBCA Merchandise
To see the 2022 Merchandise catalogue, as well as a video 'flick through' of the 2022 CBCA Yearly Planner, please click here.
2022 A Night With Our Stars
We are very excited about our 19th A Night with Our Stars event (ANWOS) planned for Friday 18 March 2022 and we need you to be fully aware of the COVID requirements before you book a ticket.
In accordance with State Health Regulations and the policies of the Bendat Parent & Community Centre, as from Jan 31, 2022 all persons (aged 16 years and over) entering the venue must be fully vaccinated and CBCA WA are obliged to check proof of double vaccination on arrival. Face masks are mandatory except for eating and drinking. Any guest not wearing a mask will be refused entry. QR check in codes must also be used. 
 Acceptable proof of vaccination includes:
  • ServiceWA app,
  • COVID-19 digital certificate from myGov or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app
  • certificate stored in a smartphone wallet
  • hardcopy of your certificate
  • digital or hardcopy of your immunisation history statement.
Book Here
CBCA National Website Login
Here are the login details for members for the Sign In section of the CBCA National Website. Information will be uploaded throughout the year. 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
Booklinks Travelling Suitcase
The Book Links Travelling Suitcase is available for loan from CBCA WA Branch with a preference to 2022 member schools/libraries. There is no cost however borrowing schools/libraries are responsible for the transport of the case to their school/library.

The content focuses on the work of Jackie French, who was the Australian Children’s Laureate in 2014-2015. It is suitable for primary and lower secondary students.
It contains:
  • laminated newspaper articles and information about Jackie French
  • A3 posters promoting series such as Phredde the phaery and individual titles including A Rose for the ANZAC boys
  • a collection of Jackie’s books – both picture books and novels
  • magazines with author articles
  • a USB and DVD with ideas and author information
  • roughs and final copies of artwork by Sue de Gennaro, who illustrates some of Jackie’s texts
  • folders containing display and activity ideas, rough drafts and storyboards
  • realia such as cards, postcards and bookmarks
  • a soft toy hairy-nosed wombat.
The Travelling Suitcase can be used as:
  • a display to showcase the works of a great Australian author
  • an encouragement for students to read high quality Australian literature
  • a resource for an extension group studying an Australian author
  • a resource for individual classes by interested teachers using the teaching ideas
  • a resource for a lunchtime club.
The opportunities are many.
To borrow the Travelling Suitcase for your library or school please contact the coordinator Sue Stopher via or 0417 990 031.

Sue Stopher
Book Discussion Group
Welcome to another year of entertaining, thought-provoking, Young Adult books. Please 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.
23 February

How to Repaint a Life
by Steven Herrick

University of Queensland Press
23 March

Social Queue
by Kay Kerr

Text Publishing

27 April

The 2022 Book of the Year Shortlist Discussion
CBCA Sun Project: Shadow Judging: Fostering young readers’ opinions and engagement through the illumination of children’s literature

Children’s literature plays a unique role in our culture. It has the power to shine a light on our world, speaking directly to our young.  Young people absorb culture best while in groups sharing the experience.

The project builds literary aesthetic appreciation and knowledge in a community context, connecting kids, books and creatives, while strengthening young voices and developing a greater self-concept and empathy for diverse opinion.

Shadow Judging establishes a new landmark on the calendar offering young readers the opportunity to be involved in choosing the reading that they feel deserves recognition.  Young voices will award their winners from the CBCA Shortlist.

A group facilitator will guide discussion around the CBCA Book of the Year Awards criteria (shadowing) enabling our young voices to form their own choice of winners, while CBCA judges work through the same process.

The Shadowers’ Choice Awards will be announced and celebrated at a new event at the end of 2022 Book Week.

Shadow Judging will consist of 115 funded discussion groups in schools, early childhood centres, public libraries and community groups, drawn from suburban, regional and remote areas, including young people from diverse ethnic backgrounds and inclusive of all genders and abilities from across Australia. There will be 15 groups across WA with one creative per group to workshop and inspire our young to respond creatively.

Children who experience an author visit are more likely to enjoy reading more widely and are twice as likely to read above the level for their age.
Each group receives the Shadow Judging Kit: a shortlist books voucher (redeemable at their local bookshop), a voucher for the creative workshop and digital resources via a purpose-built website which will also be the hub for sharing creative responses and community discussion. The website will also allow additional self- funded groups the opportunity to participate.
CBCA WA is seeking an interested person to appoint as a SHADOW JUDGING COORDINATOR.  This is a wonderful opportunity to:
  • liaise within the national committee and with national staff
  • manage a state committee that;
    • distributes and manages EOI for reading groups, and submit groups to national office
    • compile/coordinates a list of volunteers to be mentors for reading groups. Mentors will be trained (through the National office) and available to support each group’s Facilitator
    • directs Facilitators to the support on the purpose-built website and resources
    • assists with suggestions for creatives suitable for their reading group workshop
    • promotes & publicises the program.

2022 CBCA National Conference
Thank a Volunteer Day
Where would we be without volunteers who give generously of their time and expertise to ensure the successful operation of the Children’s Book Council of Australia WA Branch?

To celebrate World Volunteer Day in December 2021, 49 WA Volunteer Certificates of Recognition provided through the Department of Communities were made available to members of our hard-working committee as well as friends and family members who assisted throughout the year.

Major events such as A Night With Our Stars (ANWOS), the Make Your Own Story Book Competition (MYOSB), the CBCA Book Week Dinner and Opening Event and the Book of the Year Judges’ Talks would not have been possible without volunteers.
Volunteers also worked behind the scenes to:
  • pack and deliver CBCA Book Week merchandise to schools and libraries
  • apply for and disseminate funding to public libraries to enable them to employ authors and illustrators during CBCA Book Week celebrations
  • keep WA Branch membership details up-to-date
  • keep WA Branch archives in order and up-to-date
  • produce 6 newsletters a year
  • keep the WA Branch Website, Facebook and Instagram feeds relevant and engaging
  • provide a forum for people to engage with Young Adult literature in monthly Book Discussion Group meetings
  • ensure strong governance of the WA Branch.
The list goes on…….   Thank you one and all.
The 2022 merchandise for the West Australian Young Readers' Book Award is available now. The merchandise was designed by local author and illustrator, Michael Speechley. Please click here to find out more.
Australian Children's Laureate
Bindi by Kirli Saunders, published by Magabala Books, was shortlisted in the Children’s Literature Award category for the 2022 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature.
Congratulations to Frané Lessac and Traci Sorell for We Are Still Here! winning the Sibert Honor Award and the American Indian Youth Award categories in the American Library Association Awards.
WA has done spectacularly in the shortlist for the West Australian Young Readers' Book Award 2022. 
Congratulations to 
Sean E. Avery, Gabriel Evans and Michael Speechley for being included on the Picture Book Shortlist with their books Happy As a Hog Out of Mud, Norton and the Borrowing Bear and The Gift, respectively. While on the Younger Readers Shortlist, Cristy Burne and Kylie Howarth have been included with their books Off The Track and Fish Kid and the Turtle Torpedo, respectively.
Recent Book Launches from WA Authors and Illustrators
You've Got This
by Lorraine Horsley
Dixi Books

It was a pleasure to attend CBCA WA committee member Lorraine’s first book launch on 25th November 2021 at  A.H. Bracks Library, Melville. The launch was presented in the form of an 'in conversation' between Lorraine and Tim McDonald, a Doctor of Education who has worked at Curtin and ECU and is currently CEO of the YMCA. Lorraine is currently the Library Programs Officer for the City of Melville and also presents as a tutor to the Uni Ready Course students at Curtin University. Her writing journey has spanned 26 years and it is most exciting that the publisher who accepted her upcoming fiction story has also picked up this nonfiction study guide. Having worked with students intending to go on to higher education, Lorraine could see that so many students do not believe in themselves. One third to one half of these students believed that they would fail and not proceed to university courses. Lorraine wanted to provide the students with strategies where they could acknowledge their fear, learn to live beside it and move forward. Lorraine uses the saying “fear becomes a hurdle” and addresses dealing with the hurdle by becoming engaged and resilient. There are many study books on the market so Lorraine had to find ways to appeal to the student cohort. She has developed content within 15 chapters that is short, sharp, has relatable quotes and is supported by visuals via fun cartoons. There are exercises where students can set themselves up with the right tools and the final chapter includes some take away tips. Congratulations Lorraine!

Liz Allen
Photo Gallery
One Thousand Snapshots
by Steve Heron
Shawline Publishing

Congratulations Steve Heron on an awesome book launch at Paper Bird. So much fun! Great to hang out and chat and eat pumpky scones with apricot jam. Congratulations to HM Waugh on being such an awesome MC and launcher!

Cristy Burne
Photo Gallery
Frané Lessac Retrospective The Art of the Story

Our Country, Ancient Wonders
by Mark Greenwood & Frané Lessac
Walker Books

Supporters packed the Moore’s Building Contemporary Art Gallery on a hot January night for the opening of Frané Lessac’s retrospective exhibition The Art of the Story which traces the history of her vibrant paintings over the past 40 years, and the launch of her latest book collaboration with Mark Greenwood, Our Country, Ancient Wonders published by Walker Books. Special guest, Kate Walsh officially launched the book and a delightful video tribute from interstate creators and friends was played for Frané. Good news for those of you who missed the exhibition is that it is moving to the Margaret River HEART Gallery in May and will be at the State Library of WA in June. Don’t miss it!

Jan Nicholls
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
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
Dates for Your Diary
Please check our social media - Facebook and Instagram - for the most current information about these events.
2022 Literature & Ideas
Please click here for more information including Writers Weekend and Family Day brochures.
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.
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 
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 - Natalya Hawrylak, Vice President - Kris Williams,
Liz Allen, Nola Allen, Beck Borona, Sharon Coppin, Mary Gimondo,
Felicia Harris, Lorraine Horsley, Marjorie Johnson-Mwenda, 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: Marjorie Johnson-Mwenda
Newsletter Editor: Beck Borona
Website Manager: Sarah Klass
WA Book of the Year Judge: Claire Kierath
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