About the writers of the units of work
Book of the Year: Younger Readers
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 has written 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.
Book of the Year: Early Childhood
Sophie Honeybourne is a primary school teacher, leader, freelance educational writer and mum, 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. She is currently employed as the Coordinator of Talent Development at Matthew Flinders Anglican College on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. 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.
Picture Book of the Year
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 was the writer for the PETAA CBCA Guide Information Books category from 2015–2020.
Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
Melita Godson is a teacher at Cowandilla Primary School, Adelaide. For many years, she was a literacy consultant in the Literacy Secretariat, SA Department of Education. Melita has worked with students of all year levels, predominantly from low socio-economic backgrounds, and she has been lucky enough to work in remote, rural and metropolitan settings. Melita has a Master of Education in TESOL and a Graduate Certificate in Accelerated Literacy. In her spare time, Melita likes to relax with her two children, read about reading, pull weeds and walk other people’s dogs.
Julie Hayes is a senior educator who has been closely following the science of climate change since the mid-1990s. With the support of the teachers and the Governing Council, her school, Cowandilla Primary School, became a Climate Change Focus School nearly 20 years ago. Throughout her career as an EAL/D teacher and literacy leader, Julie has foregrounded the role of language in learning. She is the lead author in PETAA's first publication for 2021: Teaching the Language of Climate Change Science. Involvement in this book has been a coming together of both passions.
Dr Bronwyn Parkin is an adjunct lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Adelaide and a literacy consultant with a long history of working in the area of literacy with Aboriginal and low socio-economic students. For many years, she was a Literacy Development project officer in the Literacy Secretariat, SA Department of Education. Along with Dr Helen Harper, Bronwyn was a recipient of the 2016 PETAA research grant, with a project entitled Scaffolding Academic Language with Educationally Marginalised Students. Together, they have published with PETAA Teaching with Intent: scaffolding academic language with marginalised students and Teaching with intent 2: literature-based literacy teaching and learning. Her current project (and most recent book) is the Teaching Language of Climate Change Science with colleague Julie Hayes. Bronwyn is a PETAA board member.
The PETAA Teachers’ Guide to the 2021 CBCA Book of the Year Awards