The Conference

After 70 years, there are myriad possibilities for the CBCA’s future and the future of reading. This theme is creative, open to interpretation, shows potential and inspires hope in the future – all qualities that we wish to underpin the 2016 National Conference.

Books may not change our suffering, books may not protect us from evil, books may not tell us what is good or what is beautiful, and they will certainly not shield us from the common fate of the grave. But books grant us myriad possibilities: the possibility of change, the possibility of illumination.

It is the aim of the conference committee to provide a stimulating, varied and inspiring program that will feature the best Australian children’s book creators. It will also provide a forum for discussion and debate, especially as Quality Literature is central to the Australian English Curriculum.