Australian Children's Laureate
Young readers! We have a new Australian Children’s Laureate!
The Australian Children’s Laureate is an initiative developed by the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation (ACLF). The Laureate’s role is to promote the importance of reading, creativity and story in the lives of young Australians. Announced last week, the new Children’s Laureate is award winning author, Ursula Dubosarsky. She has won nine Premier’s Literary Awards and the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award internationally, has been nominated for both the Astrid Lindgren and Hans Christian Andersen awards.
The theme for 2020 -21 is Read for your life and plans to focus on developing lifelong reading habits to enrich lives. Ursula has already brought attention to the lack of school libraries and encourages all young people to join public libraries.
“Libraries are not just sources of information, they are sources of the imagination,” she said. “A library symbolises a space where you would come in and know that reading is important, and you would hope that in a school that is what they think.”
“Reading is a lifetime project, it’s not something you learn, and that’s it,” she said. “To be a good reader you have to read all the time. It’s like learning to swim but only doing one lap. You won’t be able to save yourself.”