It’s cold and wet in Sydney at the moment, but we hope that by the time the conference begins on 18 June, our weather will have returned to ‘Sunny Sydney’.

This is to let you know that, with 400 delegates, the conference is totally sold out, with a waiting list. There is also a waiting list for the dinner which will be celebrating the 65th birthday of the Children’s Book Council, founded in Sydney in 1945. Maurice Saxby, the first National President will be our guest of honour at the dinner.

From the beginning we have made it quite clear that this conference is not meant to replace the national conference which was scheduled for this year. This is a ‘no frills’ conference, with no conference satchels, no glamorous ‘Expo’, no razzamatazz – just fabulous speakers and people passionate about children’s books – getting back to the basics, like previous NSW branch conferences. However, we have been overwhelmed with the response and look forward to a wonderful two days.

The committee has done a great job and it’s all coming together beautifully. Our thanks to all who have supported the conference.  We look forward to seeing many of you in two weeks time.



A limited number of registration places are still available. Don’t miss out on the wonderful program. Please note registrations incur a $50 late fee.

Registrations close at the end of May for this two-day conference at the Menzies Hotel in Sydney on 18/19 June – IMAGINE THIS! IMAGINE THAT!

Speakers include Melina Marchetta, Shaun Tan, Markus Zusak, Bob Graham and Libby Gleeson.

For a full program and booking information go to the conference blog:

For information phone the CBCA NSW office: 02 9818 3858 or Margaret Hamilton 02 4787 8492.


PARTNERSHIPS – Picture books are a marriage between story and pictures. This session will highlight some of the most successful collaborations and some of the best-loved, award-winning picture books in Australia. Introduced by Margaret Hamilton, three partnerships will discuss their work on picture books:
LIBBY GLEESON & ARMIN GREDER (The Great Bear, An Ordinary Day, etc)
MARGARET WILD & JULIE VIVAS (The Very Best of Friends, Let the Celebrations Begin, Puffling)
JACKIE FRENCH & BRUCE WHATLEY (Diary of a Wombat, Queen Victoria’s Underpants, etc).


The Official Opening of  the Conference will be by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales.


This session will be presented by Kristin Gill and Andy Griffiths (Ambassador to ILP)

JOY MAYFIELD: Day Two Session 11.15am – 12.00pm

Further information on Joy Mayfield’s session Accelerated Literacy Program can now be viewed here.



2010 is the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Children’s Book Council. So the dinner at the conference will be a birthday celebration. Guest of Honour will be Dr Maurice Saxby AM, First National President. After-dinner speaker will be the witty and entertaining James Roy. Spaces will be limited, so it is advisable to book early.

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