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Australian Children’s Laureates

A huge congratulations must go out to Australia’s Inaugural Children’s Laureates – Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor.

These wonderful writers will hold the position for 2012-2013 with a new Laureate announced in 2014.

It is wonderful that we have such amazing writers to fill such positions.

Alison Lester has a career spanning over 20 years as both writer and illustrator. For a complete list of her titles go here. She has been shortlisted for and won awards including the CBCA Picture Book of the Year and the Prime Minister’s Awards.

She has been quoted as saying, ‘Every child has a story to tell. I’m looking forward to continuing my work with kids and helping them to turn their stories into books.’

Boori Monty Pryor is a native North Queenslander, a descendant of the Kungganji and Kukuimudji. His books have been highly commended in many ways including the CBCA Awards, various Premier’s Awards and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. A list of his works can be found here. Boori writes about finding strength within to deal with the challenges without.

He has said that throughout his tenure he is looking forward to spreading ‘the write words to make ours a nation of readers!’

Once again a huge congrats to both of these fantastic children’s authors.

Further information on the Australian Children’s Laureate Initiative can be found here.


The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley

By Colin Thompson and Amy Lissiat

Humans live for quite a long time and often aren’t all that happy. We want to be shorter, taller, fatter, thinner, older, younger, with different eye colour, in a different place, doing different things. Rats, by comparison, live for quite a short times and for the most part are very happy.

Meet Riley – he’s happy, his needs are few and he’s a rat. He likes himself and he likes his life. Humans on the other hand…

This is a wonderful book on many levels which is why it was the CBCA Picture Book of the Year in 2006. The text is funny and thought-provoking and the illustrations are varied, fascinating and sometimes a little grotesque (all of which appeal to younger readers). As well as being a great book it can be a good springboard for discussions on topics like; greed, need versus want and being happy.

Highly recommended.

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Published: 01 October 2006

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Life Issues

ISBN 13: 9780733621673

Purchase here


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