Exploring the 2013 CBCA Short List

About the writers of the units of work—biographical notes


Jennifer Asha

Picture Book of the Year Short List

Jennifer Asha is an educator with 20 years K–6 classroom experience and 10 years experience teaching pre-service and in-service teachers about effective literacy education. Her interests include critical literacy, digital literacy and visual literacy and she has been involved in a number of research projects and publications in these areas. Jennifer was part of the writing team for the English for the Australian Curriculum project to support the teaching and learning of English and literacy online with a Foundation unit of work Patterns. She currently contributes to the Teaching Guides for the NSW School Magazine. She loves children's literature and sharing picture books with children. Have a look at some of Jennifer's classroom work on her blog Gum Leaf Games & Resources. Jennifer also wrote the units of work for the Picture Book of the Year category in 2012.

Sophie Honeybourne

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books and Book of the Year for Younger Readers Short Lists

Sophie Honeybourne is an Assistant Principal and freelance education writer. She is a passionate advocate for the use of quality children’s literature in the classroom. Sophie has authored more than 60 units of work in PETAA’s ‘Exploring the CBCA Short List’ guides and ‘Literature Singles’ series. Sophie was part of the writing team for the English for the Australian Curriculum project to support the teaching and learning of English and literacy online, with a Year 7 (Primary) unit of work Imagining Ancient Rome. Sophie also writes a monthly teaching guide for the NSW School Magazine. She has delivered professional learning sessions at school, local, state and national levels to further support teachers in the development of quality literacy teaching, and has taught pre-service teachers at the University of Sydney.

Amanda Nicholls

Book of the Year Early Childhood Short List

Amanda Nicholls is a Prep teacher from Melbourne. After working for 15 years in the IT industry, she returned to study primary teaching, graduating with distinction from Deakin University in 2010. Her major elective stream was in children’s literature, and in 2009 was one of the first undergraduates to present a paper at the ACLAR (Australasian Children’s Literature Association for Research) conference. Amanda loves using quality picture books to teach across the curriculum and fostering a love of reading and books with her students. To read more about her team’s Prep program, see her blog The Prep Playground 2013.

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