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 -admin@cbca.org.au-.

More about our Valued Corporate Partners


Booktopia is an Australian-owned online book retailer founded in 2004. It was voted Best National Book Retailer at the Australian Book Industry Awards in 2016 and 2017 and won the Medium and Making Waves Award (NSW) and People's Choice Award (National) at the 2018 Telstra Business Awards. Booktopia supports literacy programs including the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and has sponsored book awards, writers' festivals and reader conferences.

Booktopia supports the CBCA by donating to us a percentage of every book purchased from Booktopia via the links in our Reading Time website which contains book reviews, author interviews, reports from CBCA judges, booklists and more.

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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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National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)

NIDA is Australia’s leading centre for education and training in the performing arts, with expertise across the full range of dramatic disciplines including acting, writing, scenic construction, technical theatre, movement, voice, costume and production design.

During CBCA Book Week NIDA runs an event for pre-school to prep aged children (3 to 6 years) in NSW titled Play Date. This is an immersive workshop combining storytelling, creative play and design activities inspired by the CBCA Book of the Year Awards shortlisted books. Children can attend Play Date at NIDA in Kensington, NSW or at their early learning centre or school. 

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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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