Exploring the 2020 CBCA Shortlist

About the writers of the units of work

Jennifer Asha (Units of work for the Picture books)

Jennifer Asha is a literacy educator with a passion for helping children become literate in technologically and visually rich environments. She works in schools to support teachers in the use of quality literature in best practice literacy education. Jennifer teaches at the Australian Catholic University and University of Sydney in a variety of literacy teaching units. She wrote the units for the Teachers' Guide to the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, Picture Book category 2012-2020 and is the presenter and moderator of face-to-face and online courses for PETAA.

Helen Cozmescu (Units of work for Younger Readers books)

Helen Cozmescu has worked as an educator and consultant, across primary, secondary and tertiary settings. In these roles, she has been able to share the love of language, literacy and literature with students, pre-service teachers and teachers. Helen is currently working as a literacy leader, at a primary school in Melbourne's west, and teaching language and literacy, at the University of Melbourne. Her main area of interest is promoting literacy as empowerment. Helen was involved in writing for past PETAA's past CBCA Guides. She has authored a unit of work for PETAA's Literature Singles and was a writer for the Lest We Forget units. Helen was one of the contributing authors for the online professional resource for teachers The Literacy Teaching Toolkit.

Sophie Honeybourne (Units of work for Early Childhood books)

Sophie Honeybourne is a primary school teacher, leader and freelance educational writer with specialist interests in quality children's literature, gifted and talented education, use of technology for teaching and learning and 21st century skills and capabilities. After recently moving from Sydney to the sunny climes of Queensland, she is working as the Coordinator of Talent Development at Matthew Flinders Anglican School. Sophie is a passionate advocate for the use of quality children’s literature in the classroom, authoring and editing a number of published units of work and educational resources. She has designed and delivered professional learning sessions at school, local, state and national levels to support teachers build their capacity to effectively teach English in primary schools.

Amanda Worlley (Units of work for Information books)

Amanda Worlley is a teacher librarian who is passionate about using quality children’s literature for teaching and learning. In her current role as Head of ICT (Pedagogy) she promotes her special interest in multiliteracies and using information and communication technologies (ICTs). Amanda wrote the Year 4 unit for the English for the Australian Curriculum website; was a writer for PETAA's Lest We Forget, ANZAC project; written units of work for the Reading Australia Project, and has been a writer for PETAA CBCA Guide since 2015.

The PETAA Teachers’ Guide to the 2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards

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