CBCA What is it?


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In 1946 the CBCA established annual book awards to promote books of high literary and artistic quality. These awards are now the most influential and highly respected in Australia.

Their aim is to promote quality Australian literature for children.

This year, judges considered 444 books from a variety of Australian authors and illustrators.

The categories are:

CBCA Book of the Year : Older Readers

CBCA Book of the Year: Younger Readers    

CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood

CBCA Book of the Year: Picture Book of the Year.                                

CBCA Book of the Year : The Eve Pownall Award                                      


Over the next week, I will share the books that made the Shortlist this year in each category.

The winners will be announced on Friday 17th August.

There will also be an award for new illustrators called “The Crichton Award” announced at this time.

STEM Solves Fairytales

STEM Solves Fairytales: A new series in our library by Jasmine Brooke.

Fix fairytale problems using STEM Thinking (Science ,Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ).


Help Rapunzel escape from her high tower using a zip wire and a bit of gravity or work out how science and technology can help Little Red Riding Hood fix that wolf once and for all! This fun and quirky approach takes stories that young readers already know and love, but with the added twist of learning about STEM subjects along the way.

Read the story, try out the fun experiments and use your STEM skills to work out innovative ways to solve fairytale problems!

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For children aged 7+.

Movie Week

Many students from Kindergarten to Year 9 were involved in The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge earlier this year.

The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.
The Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) is available for all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9, in government, independent, Catholic and home schools. 

As a reward, all students in Kindy-Year 6 who completed the Challenge will be invited to the Library next week( Week 5) for a movie, a drink and popcorn. We call it “Movie Week” in the Library.

Parents you would have received a note about this. Please return it if you have any concerns or questions.

Recently all High School students who completed the Challenge received a free Canteen lunch from Mrs Smith.



In the next few weeks, all students who completed the Challenge will also receive their certificates from The Premier’s Office.

Congratulations to all who took up the Challenge and completed it!


More from Anh Do

Hot Dog!

A new series from comedian Anh Do, the author of the “Weirdo” series.

This is a great series for young readers. The text is easy, the illustrations add interest and the stories are funny!

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Meet Hotdog , the sausage dog, and his friends!

Theres Kev, the goofy cat, whos always dressed up in some silly costume, and Lizzie, the gutsy lizard, who eats bug burgers for breakfast!

Together theyre going on a mad adventure to help a baby bird find its missing mum!

Hotdog and his friends will go to any lengths, and dizzying heights, to find her!

But can they handle dirty nappies and karate-chopping roosters along the way?

For ages 6+


Meet Henrietta

9781760290245.jpgHello everybody, it’s me. Henrietta the Great Go-Getter, and I’m having a big think. Right now I’m thinking I’d like a baby sister, so I can dress her up in different sorts of hats. But Mum says we’ll have to wait and see. I’m terrible at waiting.

Meanwhile, I’m an explorer of life, and that includes trees, bugs, animals and all mysteries. I’m going to school for the very first time, which means I might have to go as a spy so that I can have a secret peep inside…

When Henrietta sees Olive Higgie crying in the classroom, she goes on a rescue mission and finds that you only need one friend in a room full of strangers to feel perfectly happy.

Henrietta’s stories are full of funny thoughts and discoveries, and maybe the best are the ones that take a long time to come.

Other books in this series:


Suitable for newly independent readers ages 6+

Meet Coco Banjo- a series by N.J. Gemmell

Coco Banjo to the rescue! Coco Banjo loves her life. She sleeps in a tiger onesie, wears her mum’s diamonds just because she can, and has dolphins and penguins for friends. She also happens to live on her own private island!

Coco’s big character defect (according to some) is that when someone she loves is in trouble or the world seems horribly unfair, she acts quickly to help . . . without properly thinking it through.

This hilarious illustrated series is perfect for emerging readers who are ready for slightly longer chapter books. Coco Banjo will appeal to fans of the Wimpy Kid, Tom Gates and Dork Diaries series.











For readers aged 7-10 years.