Christmas Book Appeal

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September 2017: 2 boxes of books received from Hardie Grant Egmont for the Appeal.

2 September 2017: 1062 books received.

20 August 2017: A box of books received from Allen & Unwin Book Publishers for the Appeal.

11 August 2017: 365 books received.

7 August 2017: Canberra Girls Grammar School join the Appeal.

7 August 2017: A great start to the Appeal with 262 books already received.

7 August 2017: Official Launch of the Christmas Book Appeal at Civic Library


Photo: Julie Long OAM  (CBCA ACT Branch President), Sarah Steed (Libraries ACT) and Veronica Melville (CBCA ACT Branch Appeal Coordinator)

7 August 2017: A delivery of books from Penguin Random House Australia received for the Appeal.

5 August 2017: A generous donation of books by Tania McCartney.

4 August 2017: A box of books received from Scholastic Australia for the Appeal.

3 August 2017: Garran Primary School join the Appeal.

2 August 2017: Bonython Primary School join the Appeal.

31July 2017: Forrest Primary School and Turner Primary School join the Appeal.

30July 2017: Great start to the Christmas Book Appeal with 31 books already donated at Harry Hartog, Woden.


Photo: Julie Long OAM  (CBCA ACT Branch President), James Redden (Harry Hartog, Woden) and Veronica Melville (CBCA ACT Branch Appeal Coordinator)

13 July 2017: Thank you to the National Library of Australia Publishing for your generous donation of 50 books.

6 July 2017: The following locations will be collection sites for the 2017 Christmas Book Appeal

  • ALIA House
  • Dymocks, Canberra, Belconnen and Tuggeranong
  • Harry Hartog Booksellers, Woden
  • Little Sprout, Phillip
  • Queanbeyan City Council Library, Queanbeyan

June 2017: Libraries ACT will be collecting books for the 2017 Christmas Book Appeal.

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Christmas Book Appeal

The 2017 Christmas Book Appeal is on once again.  BooksSml

The ACT Branch of the CBCA will be collecting books at a number of sites during August to donate to local charities and refuges as Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children.

Our 2017 donation target is 1600+ books.

These book shelves show what approximately 800 books looks like.

1285 books collected in 2016.

How can you help?

Take your new book donations to any of the collection sites listed below. and place them into the Christmas Book Appeal collection box. Please note boxes are wrapped in Christmas paper.


Ask your teacher or teacher librarian if your school can be a collection site.
If your school  is interested in collecting donations for the Christmas Book Appeal please fill in Schools Registration Form pdf or contact


Encourage your work collegues to donate books. If your business or place of work would like to participate in collecting donations for the Christmas Book Appeal please contact

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Collection Sites 2017

Collection sites are only open during the month of August.

  • Libraries ACT branches: Belconnen, Civic, Dickson, Erindale, Gungahlin, Kingston, Kippax, Tuggeranong and Woden
  • ALIA: ALIA House 9-11 Napier Close Deakin
  • Dymocks Belconnen, Canberra Centre and Tuggeranong
  • Harry Hartog Woden
  • Little Sprout Phillip
  • Queanbeyan City Library

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Participating Schools 2017

  • Bonython Primary School
  • Canberra Girls Grammar School
  • Forrest Primary School
  • Garran Primary School
  • Turner Primary School

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 Promotional Resources

All artwork and downloads are for use only in conjunction with the Christmas Book Appeal activities and publicity to do with the appeal. For any other use of the images in conjunction with Christmas Book Appeal contact the Coordinator.

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List of previous recipientsDSC_0190

2015 2014 2013
1613 books 1000+ books 960 books
Anglicare Goulburn CanFaCS Beryl Women
Beryl Women Care and Protection Services CanFaCS
CanFaCS Doris Women's Refuge Care Orders Team
Care and Protection Services Inanna Doris Women's Refuge
Communities @ Work Marymead Care and Protection Services
Doris Women's Refuge Ronald McDonald House Gungahlin Children and Family Centre
Inanna Premier Youthworks Inanna
Louisa Women's Centre Marymead
Office for Children Youth and Family Support (Kinship) Ronald McDonald House
Premier Youthworks Tuggeranong Child and Family Centre
Your Place Housing Support West Belconnen Care and Protection

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Previous donors have included:

  • ACT Children’s Week Committee
  • ACT judges for The Children’s Book Council of Australia
  • ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association)
  • Canberra Girls Grammar School, Grey Street Deakin
  • Dymocks Belconnen, Canberra Centre and Tuggeranong
  • Harry Hartog Bookseller, Woden
  • Kids Book Review staff
  • Members of Libraries ACT and Queanbeyan City Library
  • Members of the community
  • Merici College, Braddon
  • Monash Primary School
  • National Library of Australia Publishing
  • Sacred Heart Primary School, Pearce
  • St Clare of Assisi Primary, Conder
  • Turner School

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In the 1960s six small children were orphaned in a road accident near Canberra. Provision was made for them to be cared for in a home just out of the city. Towards Christmas a small group of women, headed by Mrs Tom Corrigan, approached Mrs Lu Rees, Manager of Cheshire’s Bookshop, with the idea of sending each of these children a book as a gift for Christmas.

The following year the home had been expanded. Other children were involved and there were eleven being cared for there. Again book gifts were sent, Cheshires contributing to the cost. This continued for several years.

The Children’s Book Council (as it was known at the time) came into the picture in 1964-5. Mrs Eve Byrne, of the Welfare Section of the Dept. of the Interior, made it plain that there were many more children in Canberra whose family circumstance were such that they would be unlikely to receive Christmas presents. She thought that the gift of a book with a personal greeting would mean something.

For many years CBCA ACT members braved the winter cold at the open air markets at Fyshwick. They sold items to make money for new Christmas books to give to a range of disadvantaged children.

In recent years the CBCA ACT, along with generous individuals, donated funds or new books. They have met in people’s houses and individually selected for children’s specific needs and interests.

For information and photos from previous years please follow one of these links

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Feedback from recipients

“My two year old daughter has completely fallen in love with a book called ‘10 Play Hide and Seek’ that was donated to Inanna at Christmas. She has almost memorised the whole story and reads it to me, instead of me to her.”
Mary from Inanna Crisis Service

“Many (children) asked how much the books were and when they were told they were free to anyone who liked stories, we saw their little faces light up and hands were busy flicking through the chosen book!”
Patricia (Case Manager)

“Everyone I gave a book to really loved it.”
Rachel (Case Manager)

“I have found that books are a fabulous bonding tool for families and a wonderful distraction for when things aren’t going well.”
Patricia (Case Manager)

“A little girl in one family I support has been taking her book everywhere she has been. She is normally quite boisterous, but when she is reading she has become very focused and settled.”
Heidi (Case Manager)

Contact the Christmas Book Appeal Coordinator

Please direct all enquiries to Veronica Melville at

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