Getting Started

Shadow Judging is a group activity where young people will...

  1. Group with an adult facilitator.
  2. Read the six books in one category from our 2024 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Shortlist.
  3. Discuss the books and create Creative Responses to share on this site.
  4. Vote collaboratively to nominate a winner in their category. The CBCA Shadowers’ Choice Awards will be announced and celebrated at a brand-new event at the end of 2024 CBCA Book Week.

Groups...

can emerge from a range of areas from all around Australia including early childhood centres, schools, home schools, public libraries, community groups and even families! We recommend a group size of 3-25, but group sizes are not constricted.  

Group Facilitators...

are adults who will lead the group. Each group must have at least one facilitator. A facilitator will…

    • Coordinate the group’s registration and communications with the CBCA.
    • Provide the resources and space for group meetings.
    • Guide the group through discussions of the books and criteria, where needed.
    • Submit the group’s Creative Responses to the books online.
    • Vote on behalf of the group.
    • Distribute completion certificates to their group participants.

Mentors...

are adults who will be connected to a Facilitator through their State/Territory CBCA Branch. They will support group facilitators with information and strategies for eliciting responses to literature from young voices.

Important Tip!

It is recommended that facilitators register as soon as possible, using the time before the Shortlist announcement to organise groups, familiarise themselves with the website and the RESOURCES page and establish a timeline for reading and discussions. It is particularly important for OR and YR categories that as much time as possible is available to ensure a participants read all six books in the Shortlist.

How to register:

1. Register for an account on our website here: Register – CBCA Sun Project: Shadow Judging. Our website has undergone a major update, so you won’t be able to login to account from previous years.  

2. Wait for your account to be approved – this may take 1-2 business days. This is a good time to pay your registration fee and ensure you are a current member of your local CBCA branch. 

3. Once your account has been approved, it is time to add your group. Navigate to the ‘dashboard’ tab and select ‘add group’ to register your first group. From here you can add and pay for additional groups.

And that’s it! Your state coordinator will get in touch to provide you with support and guidance. Time to get reading!

FAQ

Any number up to a class size. We’ve had groups from 3 to 25 in our trials.

Groups can be formed within schools, classrooms, libraries, early childhood centres, and community centres. Your group will choose one Book of the Year category. You will need to provide your group copies of the six shortlisted books in their category of choice. Set up meeting schedules in a safe place. You can provide a valuable opportunity for your group by providing them with a creator’s workshop.

The $50 registration fee contributes to the administration and development of the program and resources. It demonstrates a commitment on behalf of the group to complete the project, and enables groups to be matched to a mentor.

All groups will have a supporting mentor and be given access to our digital resources, as well as technical support for the Shadow Judging website.

The CBCA started the Sun Project: Shadow Judging to amplify the voices of young readers and to spark discussion about Australian children’s books across the nation, as well as to collaborate with the children’s book community to support creatives, bookshops and the publishing industry.

To build personal aesthetic literary appreciation, to develop imagination, to think critically and respond creatively, and develop a greater self-concept, empathy and awareness of diverse opinion. The Shadow Judging program supports the development of reading breadth, depth and a sense that reading is a cultural practice where opinions are shared in a supportive reading community.

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