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Congratulations!!

Leigh Hobbs has just been named Australian Children’s Laureate. he is the fantastic author and illustrator of many books including favourites such as Old Tom, Mr Chicken, and Mr Badger.

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Jackie French – Australian Children’s Laureate

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Every two years a new Children’s Laureate is announced and for the next two years we have the wonderful Jackie French filling that role.

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Jackie may be known best for her Diary of a Wombat books, but her back catalogue is one of great variety coving many ages and many genres. She has some wonderful historical books for middle grade readers.

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Other picture books,

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And a fun series about Phreddie the Fairy who is much more my sort of fairy than the usual ones we get to read about.

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She also has some wonderful YA titles.

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“This is a chance to give back,” she said of the high-profile appointment. “When I was a very, very scared teenager my wonderful teacher gave me books and also offered me a bed to sleep in. And if it hadn’t been for her, and her courage, I would not be a writer and I might not even be here today.

“In a little way over the next two years I want to give back what I have been given…Every child in Australia needs a book to go to bed with, and a bed to read that book in,” she said. “Every child in Australia can learn to read and for kids like me who are dyslexic, with spelling that you might call ‘original’, and whose work always looks like a wombat has sat on it, never feel that you are dumb, never feel that you have failed.”

This can only be a good thing for children’s literature.

Reading With Your Child

A new clip from our Children’s Laureate Alison Lester. Reading with your kids can be fun and stories are a wonderful thing to share with children.

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.

 

Julia Donaldson New Children’s Laureate UK

Author of best selling children’s picture books Julia Donaldson has been appointed the new Children’s Laureate. She is taking over from illustrator Anthony Browne for a two year term. 

Some of her most well known books are; The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, The Snail and the Whale and Sharing a Shell.

She is the seventh to hold this position and previous laureate’s include; Quentin Blake, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson.

During her term she isn’t planning on sitting back and relaxing, according to the Guardian UK report she is ‘planning to have quite an active two years. I’m hoping to bring some drama and music to the job. I always act out my own stories with lots of audience participation so I’m planning to do lots more of that. I hope to encourage and inspire children to act stories out’.

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