Our Patron and Partners


We were thrilled when His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley agreed to become the Children's Book Council of Australia's official patrons.

More information on the role of Govenor-General can be found here.

Our Corporate Partners

As a not-for-profit volunteer-run organisation, helping to create a literate, educated and creative Australia would not be possible without the invaluable support of our corporate partners.

We would like to sincerely thank our corporate partners for working with us through long-term, strategic and mutually-beneficial partnerships to support children’s book creators and to bring words, images and stories into the hearts and minds of Australian children.

Becoming a Partner

When you partner with us you are directly supporting the work of a highly respected organisation that has had a profound impact on Australian literacy levels across multiple generations.

Partnership will provide your organisation with opportunities to engage and build key relationships with our incredibly diverse network including young readers and their parents, teachers, librarians, early childhood educators, writers, illustrators, publishers and booksellers.

For more information on partnering with the Children’s Book Council of Australia, please contact our National Office on 1300 365 922 or email -admin@cbca.org.au-.

More about our Valued Corporate Partners

Echelon Productions (Trading as Perform! Education Musicals)

Perform! Educational Musicals is a multi award-winning producer of educational theatre for primary schools with 15 years of experience in creating specialty educational musicals, which have been performed for millions of students internationally. Their musical incursions cover topics such as CBCA Book Week, National Science Week, Financial Literacy and Cyber Safety. Visit their website for the Teacher Resource Pack for their 2019 CBCA Book Week production titled Big Dreams.

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National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature

Formerly the Lu Reeves Archives, the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature is a comprehensive collection of books, manuscripts, artwork and other resources about authors, illustrators, publishers and their creative works. The Centre’s mission is to enhance the appreciation of Australian children’s literature by collecting, preserving and making available resources through programs, events and exhibitions.

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Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA)

The PETAA is a national, not-for-profit professional association supporting primary school educators in the teaching and learning of English and literacies across the Australian curriculum.

The CBCA and PETAA both recognise the importance of the continuing development of quality Australian children's literature and acknowledge the critical role it plays in teaching children to read and write. To assist in that endeavour, CBCA and PETAA have identified several opportunities to support each other in their missions, and to help connect their respective members to a wider array of services, resources, and professional learning opportunities.

“This agreement formalises a long term strong relationship between the two associations which augers well for English literacy outcomes in primary schools.”  Associate Professor Robyn Cox, PETAA President.

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Spotlight - Official Costume Partner for CBCA Book Week

Spotlight is Australia's largest chain of craft and DIY superstores. Established in 1973, Spotlight is a family-owned business with over 100 stores in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

The CBCA announced Spotlight as exclusive costume partner for CBCA Book Week 2018 though to 2021. We believe this partnership will help educators, parents and children across Australia celebrate CBCA Book Week in creative and colourful ways.

“CBCA Book Week has become an iconic part of Australian children’s calendar. We’re excited to be working with the CBCA to help bring our favourite stories and characters to life. We know that book parades and dressing up helps to foster a love of Australian literature, and as the exclusive costume partner Spotlight is excited to be help bring to life the imagination of young people.”  Nick Casey, Communications Manager, Spotlight.

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Fondly referred to as 'Vinnies', The St Vincent de Paul Society is an international charitable organisation which assists people experiencing poverty and inequality and works to shape a more just and compassionate society.

The CBCA is proud to support Vinnies through the donation of books from past CBCA Book of the Year Award Notables and Short Lists. These books are distributed by Vinnies to families in need as part of family assistance packs and Christmas hampers.

"It's important for us that we can provide struggling families with more than just food or clothing, this type of donation allows us to do that by helping parents bring a smile to the faces of their children. These books will be given a new life on the bookshelves and in the bedrooms of children in need across our city."  Ray O'Donnell, Executive Officer Brisbane Diocese, St Vincent de Paul QLD.

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Zart Art

At Zart, we believe the arts is vital to the cognitive and creative development of young people, and valuing educators and their role in this process is our priority. Zart Education is firmly committed to delivering relevant, engaging and meaningful learning programs and we have been working closely with teachers for thirty years. Our team includes professional educators, industry experts and contemporary Australian artists. We believe in arts learning, art making and art fun! 

Zart publishes a CBCA Book Week handbook filled with art activities based on the CBCA Book Week theme and shortlisted Early Childhood and Picture Books. This can be purchased via their online store.

For so long now, the Children’s Book Council of Australia and CBCA Children’s Book Week have supported art teachers, classroom teachers and librarians in fostering the love of Australian literature by capturing the imagination of young people. The value is immeasurable. It encourages creative, informed and positive social engagement by highlighting the importance of storytelling. Zart is a very proud partner of the Children’s Book Council of Australia.”  Nic Plowman, Education Manager, Zart Education

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