Our Patron and Partners

Our Patron

The Children's Book Council of Australia is delighted that the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), graciously agreed to become our Patron in September 2015.

In 2016 the Governor-General, accompanied by Lady Cosgrove, presented the CBCA’s 70th Book of the Year Awards at an event in Sydney hosted by the CBCA NSW Branch.

You can read more about the Governor General and his role 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 -enquiries@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 2018 CBCA Book Week production titled Treasure Hunt.

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Goodstart Early Learning

Goodstart Early Learning, a not-for profit organisation, is Australia’s largest provider of early learning and childcare services with over 645 centres around Australia attended by around 70,000 children. Goodstart Early Learning provides three types of care: Early Learning and childcare, kindergarten and preschool, and vacation and before/after school care.

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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 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 recently announced Spotlight as exclusive costume partner for CBCA Book Week 2018. 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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The Indigenous Literacy Foundation

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation working to improve the lives of Indigenous families by closing the literacy gap in remote communities. The ILF provides new culturally appropriate books and literacy programs to over 230 communities with a focus on first language and early literacy.

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The 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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Woolworths is Australia's largest supermarket chain with over 900 stores employing approximately 115,000 staff. With 96% of their fresh fruit and vegetables and 100% of their fresh meat sourced from Australian growers and farmers, Woolworths stands by its slogan 'Australia's Fresh Food People'.

CBCA was delighted to see CBCA Children's Book Week 2017 posters on display in Woolworths stores proudly displaying Freya Blackwood's beautiful artwork to Woolworths customers around Australia.

"Woolworths is proud to partner with The Children’s Book Council of Australia in celebrating 2017 Children’s Book Week with a special coin collection themed around Australia’s best-selling book of all time, Possum Magic, written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Julie Vivas. Created by the Royal Australian Mint, this limited edition collection depicts iconic moments from the Possum Magic tale as Hush goes from invisible to visible again." Rachael White, Assistant Marketing Manager - Programs, Woolworths Supermarkets.

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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! 

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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