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 and Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
Karen is PETAA's Literacy Leader, based in Victoria. Her passion for enabling agency through literacy has guided her time as a classroom teacher and led her to complement her M.Teach with a M.Ed (Literacy Education) from the University of Melbourne. She has worked in initial teacher education and finds joy in sharing her enthusiasm for literacy teaching with other educators. Karen also holds qualifications in Medical Science from the University of Canberra as well as a M.Info.Sci (Children’s Librarianship) from CSU.
The PETAA Teaching units of work based on the 2022 CBCA Book of the Year Awards