WA Branch Newsletter
June Issue 2021
President's Piece
Dear Members,

It is an honour to represent the Western Australian Branch as your new President. I would firstly like to acknowledge Jan Nicholls for her efforts as past President. Jan continues as part of our committee and supports me as I step into this role. I also would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone we are a not-for-profit group run entirely by volunteers. At the heart of us we aim to engage the community with literature for young Australians. We also present annual awards to books for literary merit and for outstanding contribution to Australian children's literature. Basically, we love books. We want to see a love of literature in the hands of all young Australians. If this is you, please join our branch and become part of the dedicated team. We continue to be in a more fortunate position and can still hold face to face meetings and host our annual events. Our next meeting is 16 June 2021. Find out for yourself what makes our branch a highly successful team. 

We will be looking for a replacement for the position of WA Branch Board Director as sadly Tania Longman has resigned from the temporary position. The WA Branch is also looking for a Vice President to join our executive team. If you know anyone who would be interested in either of these positions, please let them know about the wonderful team they will work with. Expressions of interest can be emailed to

We held the WA Branch AGM in April and the 2020 Annual Report is available
here. We warmly welcome our newest member Jen McKay to the committee.

The CBCA National held their AGM and we are awaiting the news of the new Chair and Deputy Chair following their Board Meeting.

There is a wonderful opportunity from NSW Branch. An anthology of stories, plays, poetry and illustrations by CBCA NSW member authors and illustrators for CBCA Book Week 2021 has been created. The title is Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds.  You will find plenty of stories, poetry, plays and illustrations to support the CBCA Book Week theme, and it is hoped that it will be used by schools and libraries to prepare for and celebrate CBCA Book Week across Australia. The book is illustrated in black and white and about 196 pages. You can order from the
CBCA NSW Branch. An outstanding achievement and well worth supporting.

I leave you with this thought. What is the name of the book that made you a reader? I ask young Australians this wherever I go. If you see me, have this conversation with me. Quality Australian literature needs to be in the hands of all young individuals. There are many Australian authors and illustrators we need to celebrate. Their tireless efforts bringing stories to life facilitate the discussions we need to have with children and young adults. 

Tireless efforts also represent those on my team and as always I truly thank you. 

Happy reading!

Natalya Hawrylak
CBCA WA Branch President
L-R: Sheena Matthews, Treasurer, Jan Nicholls, Past President, me, and Kris Williams, Secretary, at the CBCA WA Branch AGM.
CBCA Book Week Opening and Dinner 2021
Book Tickets Here!
CBCA Book Week 2021
We hope you are looking forward to CBCA Book Week and encourage you to use the hashtags #CBCA2021 and #OWNWOW in all your social media posts in the lead-up to this exciting time in the literary calendar.

Here are the 2021 login details for the CBCA National Website. Please store these details securely. 

Username: mycbca
Password: &cbca21*

CBCA Members can download social media tiles and banners to promote CBCA Book Week 2021 and can access the 2021 Shortlist PowerPoint presentation which gives judges comments on all the titles. This will be extremely helpful for those of you who were unable to attend one of our WA Branch Judges Talks.
CBCA Book Week 2021
Merchandise Order Form
Please click here for the CBCA Book Week 2021 Merchandise Order Form and place your order with the WA Branch rather than the national e-store. Members are eligible for discount on purchases when ordering this way and are directly supporting the WA Branch in its work.
The Anthology
Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds
Order Here
CBCA WA BOTY Judges Talks 2021
Saturday Photo Gallery
Sunday Photo Gallery
The 2021 CBCA WA Book of the Year Award Judges Talks held on the weekend of 22 and 23 May were a resounding success.

Judges Sandi Parsons, Younger Readers, and Jan Pocock, Older Readers, gave passionate, insightful, and informative reviews of all categories in this year’s awards. The presentations flew by and both Judges Talks were followed by an interesting discussion on the books, judging and the awards.

Thank you to all 31 attendees on Saturday and Sunday for your support, we hoped you enjoyed the lovely catering, the opportunity to look at all Shortlisted books, and view this year’s merchandise.  It was particularly wonderful to have old friend and staunch CBCA WA Branch supporter Peter Williams in attendance all the way from NSW at the Saturday event.

It was wonderful to welcome Claire Kierath, the 2022/23 Younger Readers Judge, to the CBCA WA Committee members who attended the Sundays Judges Talk.  We look forward to Claire’s Judges Talks in 2022.

A big thank you goes to Tracey Willis and Cottesloe Primary School for hosting the North of the River event on Saturday, and to Principal Cathy Baron and Lakeland Senior High School for hosting the South of the River event on Sunday.

We were very fortunate to have a tour of the only Indigenous Serviceperson Garden at Lakeland SHS after the Talk on Sunday.

Both libraries were beautifully decorated with the CBCA Book Week merchandise which is available to order through the CBCA WA Branch – details and order forms can be found on the
CBCA WA website.

Although all attendees scrutinized both Sandi and Jan’s presentations to look for any give away clues as to who the 2021 Winners and Honour books, none were forthcoming, and we wait in anticipation until Friday 20 August when the 2021 Book of the Year announcements are made.

Thank you very much to the many CBCA WA Committee members who contributed to make this year’s Judges Talks a success. Thanks especially to the Book of the Year Awards Judges Talks sub-committee of Felicia Harris, Tracey Willis, Chloe Maugher, and Sue Stopher.

Felicia Harris
Make Your Own Story Book 2021
The competition is open to all students from Pre-primary to Year 8 in Western Australia.
It is an opportunity for students to showcase their narrative writing and illustrative talents through the creation of a picture or story book. Students can enter through their school or send individual entries from their home address.

Our 2021 CBCA WA Book Week artist, Shaun Tan, won second place in 1983 for his story The Land Beneath the Sea in the Story Book Category Years 4-5!

Competition closing date: Friday June 11th
Prizes include book vouchers, Healthway Go for 2 & 5 bags and CBCA Book Week merchandise.
Please click
here to find the 2021 Make Your Own Story Book Competition flyer as well as hints pages and guiding videos made by WA author and illustrator Sean E Avery.
For enquiries please email Denise Robins at

Denise Robins
CBCA Book of the Year Collection
Only Ten Books to Go!

Many thanks to Kris Williams for her sterling efforts in obtaining books from publishers to complete the WA Branch Collection of Book of the Year Award Winners. Walker Books Australia can now be added to the long list of publishers thanked in the last newsletter.

Two of our WA winners, Norman Jorgensen and Elaine Forrestal, have donated pristine copies of their books, In Flanders Fields (illustrated by Brian Harrison-Lever) and Someone Like Me.
Norman Jorgensen’s inscription in In Flanders Fields.
Michael Gerard Bauer generously donated copies of Running Man and Rodney Loses It! (illustrated by Chrissie Krebs).
Michael Gerard Bauer’s inscription in Rodney Loses It!
Our quest for winning books prompted Committee Member, Tracey Willis, to weed her library at Cottesloe Primary School and as a result we were delighted to receive five books for our collection. Thank you, Tracey.
Tracey Willis with her donation of five ex-library books.
Thanks to Jan Nicholls for advertising on WAIN. Deb Connell responded with a donation of two books.
Jan Nicholls with Deb Connell and her two book donations.
If you have any of the books listed below and would like to donate them then please contact me at
Books needed to complete the WA Branch Collection of the
CBCA Book of the Year Award winners
BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 9 out of 36 needed
Year Author/Illustrator Title Publisher
1948 HURLEY, Frank  Shackleton's Argonauts  Angus & Robertson
1951 WILLIAMS, Ruth C
Illus. Rhys Williams
Verity of Sydney Town  Angus & Robertson
1953 MARTIN, J.H. & W.D. Aircraft of Today and Tomorrow  Angus & Robertson
1954 PARKER, K.A. edited by Henrietta Drake-Brockman
Illus. Elizabeth Durack
Australian Legendary Tales  Angus & Robertson
1957 MOODIE-HEDDLE, Enid (ed.) Illus. Nancy Parkes  The Boomerang Book of Legendary Tales   Longmans Green
1959 GUNN, John Sea Menace   Constable
1962 WOODBERRY, Joan Rafferty Rides a Winner  Parrish
1964 SPENCE, Eleanor
Illus. Geraldine Spence 
The Green Laurel Oxford University Press
1969 BALDERSON, Margaret
Illus. Victor Ambrus
When Jays Fly to Barbmo                    Oxford University Press
1997 GLEESON, Libby
Illus. Ann James
Hannah Plus One Penguin
1956 HAWKINS, Sheila
Text: Peggy Barnard
Wish and the Magic Nut  John Sands
1975 HOLE, Quentin
Text: A.B. Paterson 
The Man from Ironbark Collins
1989 TANNER, Jane
Text: Allan Baillie
Drac and the Gremlin Viking Kestral
2000 SPUDVILAS, Anne
Text: Margaret Wild
Jenny Angel Penguin
2002 GREDER, Armin
Text: Libby Gleeson
An Ordinary Day Scholastic
2011 GREENBERG, Nicki Hamlet  Allen & Unwin
EVE POWNALL AWARD  6 out of 29 Needed
1996 NICHOLSON, John The First Fleet: A New Beginning in an Old Land Allen & Unwin
1997 CHEERS, Gordon and Julie SILK Illus. Marjorie Crosby-Fairall  Killer Plants and How to Grow Them Penguin
1999 EDWARDS, Yvonne and Brenda DAY Going for Kalta  IAD Press
2008 WATTS, Frances
Illus. David Legge
Parsley Rabbit’s Book About Books       ABC
2009 HALL, Lincoln Alive in the Death Zone  Random House
2017 NEWTON, Gina M Amazing Animals of Australia’s National Parks National Library of Australia
Gail Spiers
Reading for the Heart and Mind
With a growing need for positive mental health messages for children and teenagers, the Children’s Book Council of Australia WA Branch has created a series of five videos to highlight how books and reading can play an important role in helping young people feel better about themselves and their place in the world.

Reading for the Heart and Mind explores the topics of: Reading to Children, Imagination, Curiosity, Resilience and Self-Acceptance. The series highlights incredible Western Australian children and YA authors and their books, including titles from the CBCA Notables and Shortlist.

Under each video you'll find a list of books featured and links to further reading and more resources. 

Reading for the Heart and Mind is an initiative by the Children’s Book Council of Australia WA Branch, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest and Healthway with the message Go for 2 & 5.

Kris Williams
Book Discussion Group
Meetings will continue to be held at Oasis Lotteries House, Hampden Rd Nedlands at 7.00pm on the fourth Wednesday of the month until further notice.

If you would like to join our group, please email:

The 2021 CBCA Book of the Year Shortlist Discussion planned for April 28 at Oasis Lotteries House morphed into a Zoom meeting following the COVID lockdown in the Perth and Peel regions. Thank you to the 16 people who provided excellent three-minute reviews on all of the shortlisted titles. It was an enjoyable way of getting an overview of the 2021 Book of the Year Shortlist shortly after its release.
23 June

The Gaps
by Leanne Hall

Text Publishing

'A powerful, compelling read about the fragility, resilience and fierceness of girlhood. Unputdownable.’ - Lili Wilkinson
28 July

The True Colour of a Little White Lie
by Gabriel Bergmoser

Harper Collins

Gabriel Bergmoser is an award-winning Melbourne-based author and playwright.  He won the prestigious Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award in 2015 and was nominated for the 2017 Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing.
25 August

Waking Romeo
by Kathryn Barker

Allen & Unwin

'Original, ambitious, powerful ... Barker's ability to challenge the boundaries of genre and find light in the darkness is a gift.' Melina Marchetta
Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program
CBCA NSW Branch Inc is pleased to announce that the Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program is being re-launched in 2021 with sponsorship by Cathie Tasker who will mentor the winner.  Fremantle Press will provide 2 runners-up with access to their online writing course plus the text How to be an author by Georgia Richter & Deborah Hunn.

For more information and entry details, please click
Rachel Bin Salleh, publisher at Magabala Books, has been named as a finalist in the 2021 Western Australian of the Year Awards under the Arts & Culture category.
Meg McKinlay is having lots of success with How to Make a Bird (illustrated by Matt Ottley) winning the Australian/New Zealand category of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards for 2021, and her novel Catch a Falling Sky has been included on the longlist of the Book Links Award For Children's Historical Fiction.
Mark Greenwood has also made the Book Links Award for Children's Historical Fiction longlist for Moonwalkers (co-created with Terry Denton).
James Foley has been included on The Ledgers 2021 Comic Arts Award of Australia shortlist for Chickensaurus.
Beloved children's author and illustrator, Eric Carle, has passed away age 91. The Very Hungry Caterpillar continues to delight children since its publication in 1969. Please read an obituary here.
Perform! Education
Recent Book Launches from WA Authors and Illustrators
Happy as a Hog out of Mud
by Sean E. Avery
Larrikin House

Charlesworth Oinkington, sophisticated gentle-hog, made his social debut at Paper Bird on 22 May when Briony Stewart poetically launched Sean E. Avery's new book Happy as a Hog out of Mud. Unlike other hogs, Charlesworth doesn't like to play in the mud. He feels he is too sophisticated, too clean and too well-groomed so goes in search of new friends.  This is a fun book about appreciating what is right under your snout! After a reading by Sean that had everyone laughing, children played a game of pin the bow-tie on Charlesworth. A fun time was had by all.

Kris Williams
Photo Gallery
Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows
by Cristy Burne and Denis Knight

It was such a thrill to be asked by Cristy Burne and Denis Knight to be the Launch Legend for their book Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows in front of a packed crowd at the Moores Gallery in Fremantle on Saturday 15 May. Top marks for all the thought and effort they (and their families and Jen and the Paper Bird team) had put into the event with themed food, a giant pink slug photo booth, silly slug races, a hair colouring station and of course an awe-inspiring series of experiments. Cristy and Denis demonstrated an amazing blend of magic and science accompanied by a keen horde of young apprentices. The spectacular experiments culminated in the impressive remote extinguishing of birthday candles on the giant pink slug book cake – appropriately hygienic for these Covid times – and great fun was had by young and old alike. The book is a rip-roaring romp through various magical realms where Wednesday and Alfie must keep their wits about them and use science to save the day. Better still, this exciting adventure is the first of a series so there is lots to look forward to. Grab your copy from Paper Bird now!

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
Cristy Burne & Denis Knight
Wednesday Weeks and the
Tower of Shadows

April 2021
Helen Milroy
The Emu Who Ran Through the Sky
Magabala Books
April 2021
Katie Stewart
Where do the Stars Go?
Fremantle Press
May 2021
Meg McKinlay
Bella and the Voyaging House
Fremantle Press
July 2021
Julia Lawrinson
Mel and Shell
Fremantle Press
September 2021
Jessica Walton
Illustrated by
Stars in their Eyes
Fremantle Press
September 2021
James Foley
Fremantle Press
November 2021
Dates for Your Diary
Please check our social media - Facebook and Instagram - for the most current information about these events.

CBCA WA and AISWA Sundowner

Meet Australian Children Laureate

Ursula Dubosarsky

Thursday 2 September 2021

5.00 - 7.00pm
Please click here for more information including registration.
Please see the full conference program
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 - Position Vacant,
Liz Allen, Nola Allen, Beck Borona, Sharon Coppin, Mary Gimondo,
Felicia Harris, Lorraine Horsley, Sarah Klass, Tania Longman,
Sheena Matthews, Chloe Mauger, Tyshana McEwen, Jen McKay,
Trish Montgomery, Jan Nicholls, Denise Robins, Gail Spiers, Jane Stanton, Sue Stopher, Kris Williams, Tracey Willis, Sally Woffenden.
National Board Director: Position Vacant
Newsletter Editor: Beck Borona
Website Manager: Sarah Klass
WA Book of the Year Judges: Sandi Parsons, Jan Pocock
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