Anticipate! Appreciate! Applaud!

The NSW branch of The Children's Book Council held an event on 9 April to celebrate the announcement of this year's notable books and the shortlists for the CBCA awards.

The Children's Book Council of Australia, which began in 1945, is a not-for-profit organisation comprised of individual members who describe themselves as being "passionate about children's and young adult literature". The New South Wales branch annually hosts an event in conjunction with the announcement of the shortlists.

The School Magazine team thanks the organisers for inviting us to share our world of words with the teachers, teacher librarians, librarians, authors, illustrators, booksellers and other lovers of literature who attended.

Karen and Sue at CBC event April 2013

Karen Jameyson and Sue Murray sharing samples of The School Magazine.

Keynote speaker James Roy spoke compellingly and amusingly about the importance of the awards for writers and illustrators. Various panellists then discussed contenders for the shortlists—highlighting the amazing array of books published for young readers. The afternoon sessions explored a range of ideas for using literature in the classroom, inspired by the theme of Book Week 2013—Read across the universe.

We were also delighted to meet one of our newest illustrators, Tony Flowers, who was there for the launch of a series of books he's illustrated.

Sue Tony and Karen CBC event April 2013

Sue Murray, Tony Flowers and Karen Jameyson at the CBCA NSW event.