CBCA 2022 National Conference Banner with text that says Dreaming with eyes open... 2022 National CBCA Conference, June 10-12

CBCA 14th National Conference host city, Canberra

Join us to celebrate and explore Australian children’s literature and their makers.

If you are a teacher or librarian who works in schools or public libraries catering for the wide-range of needs of modern Australian families, and wanting to know how to use great literature with children of all ages – then this conference is a must for you.

Registrations are now open!

"People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.”

Neil Gaiman

The Dreamtime is the period in which life was created according to Aboriginal culture. Dreaming is the word used to explain how life came to be; it is the stories and beliefs behind creation.
The Dreaming also commands the rules and ways of being in Aboriginal culture.

Reasons to attend this year’s conference

  • Attending a conference is a professionally rewarding experience and a great opportunity to connect with people in our teaching and creatives industry and learn new insights
  • Be inspired by talented authors, illustrators, publishers, and educators
  • Opportunities to network with other delegates
  • Support the Children’s Book Council of Australia

We look forward to welcoming you to Canberra for The National CBCA Conference 2022 for this major biennial event, 10 - 12 June, 2022.

Our event this year will be a hybrid event, with the opportunity to attend in person or online. You can make this selection when registering online.


COVID-19 and Health and Well-being policy

The National CBCA Conference 2022 will follow the requirements of local, State and Federal COVID-19 policies.
While registrants are not required to show proof of vaccination status under ACT law, we ask all our registrants to have completed double vaccination.


Conference Costs

Registration information

Thanks to the pandemic, this is first CBCA Conference since 2018. We have managed to bring together some amazing speakers, fantastic entertainment and a chance to mingle with the amazing creators and readers of Australian children’s literature.

  • Final Round CBCA Member tickets (after 06 May) - $600
  • One Day Registration: Saturday only or Sunday only - $390
  • Final Round non-Member Registration - $770.00
  • Live Stream Registration - $390.00
  • Conference Dinner (not included in registration) - $160
  • Welcome - $40

There is an option to request an invoice during registration.

Insurance for COVID-19 illness and travel is not included in registration fees. CBCA advise delegates take out appropriare travel insurances prior to travelling. CBCA holds public liability and volunteer insurance for the event.

All membership will be checked with CBCA Branches, if a registration is found to be a non-member, an additional fee will be charged to reflect the correct non-member rate to attend

Need to register extra tickets to the Conference Dinner and Welcome Ceremony?  


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CBCA 2022 National Conference Program

Time (AEST) EVENT In-person/Live Stream
Teacher/Librarian Program Creators Program
Friday, 10 June
4.00 pm

2022 CBCA "Dreaming with eyes open..." Conference Welcome

4.15 pm

Welcome to Country

Wiradjuri Echoes

4.35 pm

Welcome to ACT Authors

Julie Long and Shelley Unwin

4.40 pm

Dreaming and reading with local Authors and Illustrators

Small group Sessions led by Shelley Unwin, Tania McCartney, Susannah Crispe, Harry Laing

5.40 pm

Introduction to the conference theme

6.30 pm

Welcome Reception

Meet and greet at the bar

SCBWI Showcase

This is an opportunity for SCBWI members to pitch their PAL book published in 2021/22 to conference attendees. SCBWI Australia will send out an email with the details to enter this pitch opportunity shortly. There will also be some fireside readings by some local authors and illustrators which has been organised by CBCA.

In person
Saturday, 11 June
7.45 - 8.45 am Registrations In-person
8.45 am

Welcome and housekeeping

9.00 - 9.45 am

Hearing our First Nations voices and sharing their dreaming


What do First Nations want today?


9.45 - 10.30 am Morning Tea In-person (no virtual activities)
10.30 - 11.00 am

Dreaming of sharing the wonders of the animal kingdom

Moderator: Stephanie Owen Reeder

Join our panel of experts as they share their insights of unusual factual characters brought to life through books and find out what new characters are coming soon.

  • Gina Newton
  • Nicole Gill
  • Claire Saxby

Illustrations - Why illustrating your own books isn't enough

Enjoy a robust discussion on the power of illustration in telling the dream story with an engaing panel of illustrators.

11.00 - 12.00 pm

Dreaming of better worlds using environmental advocacy messages in literature

Moderator: Deb Abela

  • Yvette Poshoglian
  • Nat Amoore
  • Sami Bayly

Authors – Getting the dream team, what publishers are dreaming of and how to pitch it

Moderator: Sue Whiting

12.00 - 1.00 pm Lunch - Book launches and Book Signings In-person (no live-stream activities)
1.00 - 1.30 pm

Getting your students dreaming about their own creativity

Hosted by Lian Tanner

Pitch Sessions

Hosted by Susanne Gervay, Briana Melideo

1.30 - 3.00 pm

Opening up the big conversations through books





3.00 - 3.45 pm

Opening up the big conversations through books


Dreaming of sharing the wonders of the environment

Moderator: Stephanie Owen Reeder

  • Nicole Gill
  • Claire Saxby
  • Sami Bayly
3.45 - 4.30 pm Afternoon Tea - Book Launches and Book Signings In-person (no virtual activities)
7.00 - 11.00 pm

Conference Dinner

Announcement of CBCA Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Margaret Hamilton.

This special event is the only opportunity to hear the Lifetime Achievement Awardee.

Tables will be hosted by a variety of authors and illustrators with a chance to get insights into the creative process.

NB: This event is NOT included in the standard registration. Make sure to include the optional dinner when you register.

In person
Sunday, 12 June
8.50 am

Welcome and thank you to Conference Sponsors

9.00 am

Why children deserve high quality literary books

9.30 am

Dreaming of a vibrant Australian children’s literature community

10.00 am

Dreaming of...

10.30 am Morning Tea - Book Launches and Book Signings In-person (no virtual activities)
11.00 am

The Great Debate

Fantasy verses Reality

Hosted by: Lian Tanner and Jane Godwin

12.00 pm

Sharing our First Nations dreaming with all students

12.50 pm

CBCA Awards Foundation Presentation

Find out about a new initiative by the CBCA Awards Foundation.

Find out who has won the amazing silent auction items.

1.00 pm Lunch - Book Launches and Book Signings In-person (no virtual activities)
2.00 pm

Dreaming through a different lens in literature

Keynote Presentation

2.40 pm

Realising your own dream – five years of working on a project

3.10 pm Afternoon Tea - Book Launches and Book Signings In-person (no virtual activities)
3.45 pm

Dreaming of books that change their form - Book Adaptions


4.30 pm

Dreaming of finding, celebrating and preserving Australian Children's Literature

Presentation by Belle Alderman

5.00 pm

Farewell and 2022 Conference Close


Finer details still to come, including specific virtual attendance information.
Please be aware that the current program is still evolving. Bookmark this page to stay up to date with changes.

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Professional Development accreditation is currently being applied for NSW (NESA) and ACT (TQI) all other jurisdictions can use the conference for non-accredited PD hours.

Access to the bookshop will be available for all delegates both on-line and in-person.

On-line delegates will receive a conference satchel, however there is no guarantee that the satchel will arrive prior to the commencement of the conference on Friday, 10 June 2022.

Where permitted, session recordings will be made available in the weeks after the conference for attending and on-line delegates only. Viewing a pre-recorded conference session will count towards your non-verifiable PD hours.

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Conference Banner with text that reads Sponsors and Exhibitors

Curation Partners

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators logo  Australian Publishers Association (APA) Children's Publishers Committee

Gold Sponsor

Booktopia logo

Silver Sponsor

Royal Australian Mintlogo

Bronze Sponsors

Hachette Australia Children's Books logo  HarperCollins Publishers Australia

Session Sponsors

Allen & Unwin logo    Penguin Random House logo   UQP logo


Affirm Press • Allen & Unwin • Allen & Unwin • EK Books / Little Pink • Hachette Children's Books • Hardie Grant Books • HarperCollins Publishers Australia • Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network • PETAA • Raising Literacy Australia • Sound Text Media STM • Story Box Library • Text Publishing • Walker Books Classroom • Zart Education

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