Exploring the 2014 CBCA Short List

About the writers of the units of work

Jennifer Asha

Picture Book of the Year Short List

Jennifer Asha is a literacy educator with a depth of experience across primary and tertiary settings tutoring and lecturing at the Australian Catholic University and the University of Sydney in a variety of literacy teaching units. Jennifer’s teaching emphasises the use of rich children’s literature as the basis of quality literacy teaching and learning. She has a passion for helping children read for meaning in technologically and visually rich environments and has been involved in several publications and research projects in these areas. Jennifer wrote the Foundation unit of work for the English for the Australian Curriculum website. She currently writes the Blast Off and Orbit Teaching Guides and Insights into Visual Literacy for The School Magazine. Jennifer wrote units in the Picture Books category for the 2012 and 2013 PETAA Teachers’ Guide to the CBCA Book of the Year Awards.

Helen Cozmescu

Book of the Year: Younger Readers short list

Helen Cozmescu has worked as a classroom teacher, university lecturer and education officer. She is currently holds two positions — one as a literacy leader at a primary school in Melbourne’s west, where she shares the love of language and literature with teachers and students. The other position is as an education consultant.  In this role, she explores the way language works, with secondary teachers.

Margo Daly

Book of the Year: Older Readers short list

Margo Daly is the author of four Junior Secondary units for Global Words: English for a Global Education, and has written units for CBCA guides and for PETAA’s Literature singles. She has a BA (Communications) from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), majoring in Literary Theory and Writing, an MA (Writing) from Sheffield Hallam University (UK) and is finalising a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) at Charles Sturt University. Margo has taught narrative writing and creative non-fiction at UTS and travel writing and creative writing at the University of Sydney, Centre for Continuing Education and at the NSW Writers’ Centre. She has taught creative writing in the community, at schools and for home school groups. Margo has published short stories, personal essays and travel writing. She is the co-editor of Wild Ways: New Stories about Women on the Road and Gas and Air: Tales of Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond.

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, authoring units of work in PETAA’s ‘Exploring the CBCA Short List’ and ‘Literature Singles’ series, digitally resourcing the new Australian Curriculum: English via a unit of work for the English for the Australian Curriculum website, and writing a monthly teaching guide for The School Magazine. Sophie has delivered professional learning sessions at school, local, state and national levels to further support teachers in the development of quality literacy teaching.

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.

The PETAA Teachers’ Guide to the CBCA Book of the Year Awards

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