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KIDS Book of the Year Event


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Celebrate the announcement of the winners and honour books in the Book of the Year Awards.

Date                  |  Friday August 17 2018
Venue               |  NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre
                          | 37 Reservoir St, Surry Hills 

Guest speaker |  Dianne Wolfer | Sponsored by Fremantle Press

Kids Book of the Year Event
A unique opportunity for your students to be part of 400 students celebrating Book Week

Schools Booking Form

37 Reservoir St, Surry Hills (short walk from Central Station)

Guest Speaker Dianne Wolfer will be joined by students from schools across Sydney who will review the books in the Younger and Older Reader Book of the Year categories.

All attending students will participate in a competition and will take home a book and bookmark generously donated by Publishers. Book signing and Bookshop operating.

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Dianne Wolfer is the acclaimed author of books spanning multiple genres for teenagers and young readers. Her book Lighthouse Girl served as inspiration for PIAF’s The Giants, featured in events commemorating the centenary of the departure of the first AIF from Albany and has recently been adapted for the stage by Black Swan State Theatre Company.
One of Dianne’s picture books, Photographs in the Mud (set along the Kokoda Track), is used as an international peace reference and has been published in Japanese. It is also a recommended resource for the National History Curriculum. Her young adult title Choices has been translated into Polish.

Students will review the books in the Younger Readers and Older Readers category.


Dianne Wolfer | Author

DIANNE WOLFER | Guest Speaker

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The very first Kids event to celebrate the CBCA Book of the Year Awards was a great success. The auditorium of the NSW Teachers’ Federation was buzzing with excitement generated from so many students eagerly waiting to hear from our guest creators – WAI CHIM and DALE NEWMAN.




 WAI CHIM spoke about her passion for words and love of reading which inspired her to write. It was fascinating to hear the story behind her stories.

All were amazed at the talented artistry shown by DALE NEWMAN and budding illustrators learnt lots of tips. It sure takes a long time and a lot of skill to create a graphic novel!




Congratulations to all the student reviewers!  YOU ROCK!  I am sure that many students will seek out one of the titles or maybe even more, to get their hands on and to start reading. Thank you to:

Older Readers category: Vlad. Lara, Oscar, Vicky, Stephanie and Julie

Younger Readers category:Katya, Amy, Skye, Saxon, Riddhi and Olivia

A school media team enabled us to record parts of the program.

Thanks team Marcus, Finley, and Mia.