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Anticipate! Appreciate! Applaud! The Short List Professional Development Conference 2019

The CBCA Short List Professional Development Conference
Theme | Connecting Visual Literacy to Literature
Rydges World Square Sydney | 389 Pitt Street
Tuesday 26 March 2019    | 9.00am to 4.30pm  
NESA Accreditation 6.2.2 | 5 hours 45 minutes

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Anticipate! Appreciate! Applaud! The CBCA Shortlist
will contribute 5 hours and 45 minutes of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

This key, one-day Professional Development Conference aims to:

  • Enhance your knowledge of current quality literature
  • Explore the connection between Visual Literacy to Literature
  • Highlight Australian books and their creators
  • Celebrate the 2019 announcement of the CBCA Short List.

Key Note Speaker: Graeme Base
Short list Panel:
Early Childhood    | Laurel Reynolds
Younger Readers | Nathan Luff
Older Readers      | Will Kostakis
Picture Books       | Amanda Gitzel
Eve Pownell         | Tania Villamar

Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award - announcement and launch

The Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award is breaking new ground in the development of Indigenous illustrators bringing fresh and culturally diverse perspectives to children’s literature. With special appearances by those involved, Magabala Books will announce the 2019 Kestin Award winner and launch Little Bird’s Day, an early childhood picture book by Sally Morgan; illustrated by Johnny Malibirr.  Malibirr, from the north-east Arnhem Land community of Gapuwiak won the inaugural Kestin Award in 2017. 
The award was judged by Bronwyn Bancroft, Leigh Hobbs, Ann James and Rachel Bin Salleh.

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  Speaker Bios

Graeme BaseLaurel ReynoldsNathan Luff


Will Kostakis | AuthorAmanda GitzelTania Villamar

Graeme Base has been writing and illustrating for children for over thirty years, with worldwide bestsellers AnimaliaThe Eleventh Hour and The Waterhole known and loved by millions around the world. The recipient of numerous Australian and international publishing awards, and with global sales exceeding six million copies, Base has established himself as one of Australia's pre-eminent creators of imaginative works for children.

A passion for music and theatre has led him to adapt three of his titles for the stage, writing the book, music and lyrics for all three: The Sign of the Seahorse (Melbourne Concert Hall 2002, Kennedy Centre Washington 2009), My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch (Vic Arts Centre 2006) and most recently Jungle Drums (2008). He is currently adapting his 1999 sci-fi epic The Worst Band in the Universe as a concert/stage play and working with acclaimed puppeteer Peter Wilson to create a stage version of The Waterhole.

Graeme collaborated with Ewan Burnett of Burberry Productions to create a 40 x half hour animated television series based on Animalia. To date the series has been sold into approximately 130 territories worldwide and in 2009 won a Daytime Emmy for best musical score.

Graeme was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from Swinburne University in recognition of his achievements in children's book publishing. 

Let's draw with Graeme Base | ABC Splash | Watch Video  

Laurel Reynolds brings more than 20 years’ experience as a Teacher Librarian, in both State and   Independent systems – inspiring many children from Pre-school to Year 6 to love reading. With three grown–up children who keep borrowing her books, and four grandchildren who demand the reading of books, reading is a constant and much-loved part of her life. Currently she is enjoying reading to pre-schools.

She holds an Arts degree, majoring in English Literature, a Dip. Ed., and a Graduate Diploma in Information Studies and Teacher Librarianship, and is an active member of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, NSW.

Nathan Luff children’s author and playwright.

Will Kostakis  is a writer of all things, from celebrity news stories that score "cease and desist" letters, to tweets for professional wrestlers. He is best known for his award-winning YA novels, The Sidekicks and The First Third. His first fantasy novel series Monuments begins in spring 2019.

Amanda Gitzel  | Children and Youth Services Librarian | City of Parramatta Library
A Children’s and Youth Services Librarian at City of Parramatta Library, Amanda made the switch to libraries about five years ago after working in sales and marketing for Harlequin Enterprises Australia, and as the Advertising Manager for Good Reading Magazine. She loves that she can now see first-hand the way a little curiosity and a good supply of books goes hand-in-hand to develop a lifelong love of learning.

Tania Villamar | School Account Manager | Gleebooks
Tania has worked in independent bookselling for more than 20 years. First, as a specialist in foreign languages at Abbey's Language Book Centre, and, since 2016, as a bookseller specialising in school supply at Gleebooks. It is in this role that she has been able to expand and develop her interest in connecting the best in children's and YA publishing to a broader audience. She has always been a passionate reader and advocate for books and reading, and thrilled that as bookseller, and parent, she is able to communicate this passion to her own children, and to the wider community. 

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All inquiries to CBCA NSW Branch Inc 

THANK YOU to our supporting publishers

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CBCA Short List Professional Development Conference 2019

Terms and Conditions of booking:

MEMBERS RATE bookings must be paid for by the member. 
Non-member schools cannot pay for individual members.

LATE BOOKINGS received after March 15, 2019 will incur a late fee:
Members        - $10.00
Non-Members - $15.00

Manual bookings:
Members        - FREE
Non-Members - $10 Admin fee
Early Bird rates are available until December 31, 2018
Bookings CLOSE March 22, 2019

Cancellations must be made via EMAIL [and receive a reply email from the CBCA NSW Branch] to receive a refund
Cancellantion administration fee:
Members        - $10.00
Non-Members - $15.00 

No refunds will be available on cancellations made after March 22, 2019
If you are unable to book online please complete this registration form and return to the CBCA NSW Branch Office