Maurice Saxby Memorial 19 January 2015

Join The CBCA NSW Branch, IBBY and many others remembering Maurice Saxby in a celebration of his amazing life.

Monday 19 January 2015, The Great Hall, Sydney University

5 for 5.15pm, bookings are essential to assist in accommodating all who wish to attend. There is no cost.

 

Vale Dr Maurice Saxby AM – Children’s Literature Champion

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Dr Maurice Saxby AM. Our friend Maurie passed away yesterday.  He was a great champion of children’s literature, serving twice on the Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury of The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and was the first life member of IBBY Australia.  He was the first National President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) and remained associated with the CBCA for more than 60 years.

Maurie was honoured with many awards in his lifetime including among them Member in the Order of Australia (AM); the Pixie O’Harris award for distinguished service to children’s books by the Children’s Publishing Committee of the Australian Publishers’ Association; a Doctor of Letters from the University of Sydney for his unwavering dedication to Australian children’s literature; life membership of the Primary English Teaching Association Australia for his influence and contribution to the teaching of English in Australia; the Lady Cutler Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature in New South Wales from the CBCA NSW; a Citation and the Nan Chauncy Award from the CBCA and the Dromkeen Medal.

Annual General Meeting – Thursday 6th November 2014

The Annual General Meeting of IBBY Australia Inc will be held on Thursday, 6th November at The Children’s Bookshop, 6 Hannah Street, Beecroft NSW at 7:30pm.


Program: [PDF]

  • 7.00 pm arrive, pre-meeting drinks
  • 7.30 AGM of IBBY Australia, including elections and presentation of the 2014 IBBY Honour List certificate for Writing to Ursula Dubosarsky and her publisher Allen & Unwin
  • 8.00 pm Dr Robyn Sheahan-Bright “What’s Wrong with the Wobbegong? Across Borders: the Inclusive and Multinational Work of Gregory Rogers”
    And
    Dr Robin Morrow “Mixed Messages: Australian picture books about refugees, more hospitable than our political discourse” [both papers first delivered at the Mexico World Congress]

Entry free but RSVP essential, to the bookshop, phone 02 9481 8811 or staff@thechildrensbookshop.com.au
Financial members only are eligible to vote and have already received their formal notice of the AGM and proxy forms if they are unable to attend.

Don’t forget to join in the reading hour this week!

The Reading Hour will take place on Tuesday 19 August 2014 from 6pm–7pm.

PRESS RELEASE – IBBY Australia Announces Ena Noёl Award

Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil, Hardie Grant Egmont is the winner of IBBY Australia’s Ena Noël Encouragement Award in 2014.

unnamedMelissa Keil’s debut novel arrived on the YA scene with a refreshing, individual style which has impressed not only its target audience but also readers across generations.

The narrator, Sam, budding horror-filmmaker, has a tightknit group of high school friends who are anything but cool: disarmingly naïve, their lives focus on movies and gaming. Their ‘nerdy’ lives are turned upside down when new student Camilla befriends them. Her zest for life, her worldliness yet naive, undemanding friendship and her personal warmth, wreak wonderful havoc on Sam, Mike (who has come out as gay only to the close group), Adrian and Allison, forcing them to lurch unprepared into new and disconcerting life experiences. Keil has a superb knack of capturing the teenage ‘cringe’ factor: the beach picnic episode is a laugh-out-loud account of awkwardness and developing confidence.

Keil achieves a successful balance through the novel, interweaving serious issues through the otherwise humorous narrative. Readers are acutely aware from early in the novel that Sam’s family is about to fall apart, and the resulting climax is heartfelt and poignant.

The ingenuous style of this novel makes it highly readable and amusing. The judges unanimously agreed that Life in Outer Space is a worthy winner of IBBY Australia’s Ena Noël Encouragement Award, and congratulate the writer on her success.   Information about the award, and a list of former winners can be found at on the website and further queries can be directed to National President, Dr Robin Morrow AM

 

ICBD Quiz in Perth 2 April 2014

If you can’t make it to Sydney for an afternoon with Robert Ingpen to celebrate International Children’s Book Day, why not come along to the IBBY International Children’s Book Day Quiz in Perth, WA!!

Where: Perth and Tattersalls  Bowling Club  2 Plain St, Perth
When: Wednesday, 2nd April – HC Andersen’s birthday – from 6.30 for 7.00 – 9.30 pm
Quizmaster: Glenn Swift Cost: $10 per person
Book your table of 8 by 31st March.
RSVP Jenni Woodroffe jennij@iinet.net.au
There will be raffles, games and fun galore during the evening.
BYO nibbles etc and drinks available at the bar.

2014 ICBD Perth

Details on the  flyer: IBBY ICBD QUIZ Perth 2014.

An Afternoon with Robert Ingpen

IBBY Australia invites you to celebrate International Children’s Book Day with world-renowned illustrator Robert Ingpen. Robert is the only living Australian to have won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest accolade in the world of children’s literature. This is a rare opportunity to hear Robert speak about the many books he has created, and the experience of winning the HCA.

Robert Ingpen Sydney 2014

  • When: Saturday, 5th April 2014 from 2 pm
  • Where: Santa Maria del Monte School, 59 The Boulevarde (cnr Carrington St), Strathfield NSW
  • Books for sale and signing
  • Gourmet afternoon tea

$30 IBBY member/concession
$35 non-member
Eventbrite - An Afternoon with Robert Ingpen
Details: ICBD with Robert Ingpen (pdf)

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