Children’s Literature Laureate
Posted by Lisa Hill on February 17, 2009
Like many others, I have been numbed by the Victorian Bushfires disaster, so I am pleased to have some good news to share. The Australian (16.2.09) reports that there is to be a children’s laureate to promote reading from next year. Funded by the Australia Council and supported by the State Library of Victoria, (SLV) the laureate will tour every state and territory, visiting schools and libraries and popular events which offer the opportunity to champion reading.
The Australian Children’s Literature Alliance comprises publishers, authors, the SLV, the CBCA, teachers’ associations and others. Their aim is to promote Australian children’s literature, which is amongst the best in the world. Alliance Chair Bronwen Bennett noted Colin Thiele and Patricia Wrightson as ‘literary greats’ but is not dismissive of the ‘irreverent humour’ of Andy Griffiths. The idea is
‘to convince children to read books of any type, whether Harry Potter or The Day My Bum Went Psycho. The aim is to encourage young people to …value literature’. (The Australian, 16.2.09 p3)
I think this is a wonderful idea – and somehow I must ensure that Mossgiel Park is on the list of schools the laureate will visit!
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