United Way Australia’s book selection committee is comprised of independent experts in the field of children’s education. They are responsible for reviewing the current range of books provided by our program partner, Penguin Books Australia, and for recommending new titles to refresh the library from time to time, ensuring that children and particularly younger siblings receive a range of titles over their time with the library.
Current members of the committee include:
Jane Godwin (Committee Chair)
Author and Children and Young Adult Books Publisher, Penguin Books Australia.
Jane is an Australian author who has sole-authored fifteen books which have been published internationally. She has earned many recommendations, with her novel The Family Tree winning the 2000 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award, and Sebby, Stee, The Garbos and Me being shortlisted for the 1999 New South Wales State Literary Award (Patricia Wrightson Prize).
Professor Bridie Raban
Honorary Professorial Research Fellow (Early Childhood), Melbourne Graduate School of Education.
Bridie conducts research and development in the field of Early Childhood Education, and is also a Senior Research Fellow in the Australian Council for Educational Research’s (ACER) Teaching, Learning and Leadership research program. “Reading books to babies, in and out of the womb is the stuff of lived imagination, creativity and successful development.”
Marketing Manager – Education, Penguin Books Australia
Tye’s current work involves assisting schools and teachers with novel selections and books for their students, classrooms and libraries. She also develops teaching notes, and liaises with Authors and Illustrators and other education professionals.
Child Librarian, Doveton Library
“United Way’s Kids’ Book Club has a fantastic range of books that will be loved by all children and will lay a great foundation for reading.”
HIPPY Dandenong Coordinator, SERMRC
HIPPY Dandenong is a partnership between South Eastern Region Migrant Resource Centre (SERMRC) and the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Its Coordinators facilitate the two-year home-based program for parents of pre-school children, promoting early learning and school readiness.
Aboriginal Best Start Facilitator, Dandenong and District Aborigines Co-operative
Narelle is an Education Management Professional, currently working to deliver Aboriginal Best Start projects, which are designed to empower communities and families and develop broad cross-sectoral partnerships across all early years services to improve outcomes for Aboriginal children and their families.
Assistant Principal, Doveton College Early Learning Centre
penny van der sluys & sandy roberts
Secretariat – United Way Australia representatives