Exploring the 2017 CBCA Short List

About the writers of the units of work

Jennifer Asha (Units of work for Picture books)

Jennifer Asha is a literacy educator with a passion for helping children become literate in technologically and visually rich environments and has been involved in several publications and research projects in these areas. Jennifer works in schools to support teachers in taking on the Australian Curriculum: English and to promote the use of quality literature to teach all aspects of literacy. Jennifer has tutored and lectured at the Australian Catholic University and University of Sydney in a variety of literacy teaching units. She is an author on the English for the Australian Curriculum website and the Lest We Forget website resource. Jennifer wrote the units for the 2012, 2013, 2014 AND 2015 Teachers' Guide to the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, Picture Book category.

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 University. 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.

Sophie Honeybourne (Units of work for Chrichton Award books)

Sophie Honeybourne is a relieving Deputy Principal at a northern Sydney public school and a freelance educational writer. She 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 for PETAA and developing units of work and educational activities for E4AC and the NSW School Magazine. Sophie 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 Nicholls (Units of work for Early Childhood books)

Amanda Nicholls is the Leader of Learning - Literacy and a Foundation/Prep teacher at an inner-city school in 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. She has written units for the Early Childhood category for 5 years, and this year is organising her school's first Writer's Festival, a whole school celebration of books and writing. Amanda loves using quality picture books as a source of rich teaching and language experiences across the curriculum, and fostering a love of reading and books with her students.

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; has written units of work for the Reading Australia Project, and was a writer for 2015 and 2016 PETAA CBCA Guide.

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

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