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Tuesday 6 March 2012

Event: Are We There Yet?

In celebration of the National Year of Reading, Are We There Yet?, an iconic Australian picture book by Alison Lester, is being featured in a touring exhibition, showing both the original illustrations as well as the preliminary and developmental stages in the making of the book.

Audiences will delight in Alison's children's actual travel diaries, through text, illustration and design drafts, to the final published book - including a number of folios of developmental drawings.

From 12 March, the Are We There Yet? exhibition will be showing in Canberra. Class or group bookings can be made by visiting www.library.act.gov.au or by calling 6205 9000. Check the NYR12 website for details on when the exhibition will tour near you. ENTRY IS FREE. Class and group bookings are encouraged.

On the website, you'll also find a number of free downloadable resources are also available including:
· Penguin Educational Notes
· Australian School Library Association associated teaching unity and resources
· Children’s activity sheets
· Are We There Yet? colouring sheet

To view the teaching unit and other resources visit Love2Read wiki.


In conjunction with the exhibition, children 12 years of age and under are invited to enter the Are We There Yet? competition. There is a separate competition for each state and territory and prizes for different ages.

NYR12 want to find out about kids' favourite places. Kids can send in a description as a short story, in 200 words or less, or as a picture (original work). NYR12 judges will choose the ones they like best and the winners' story or picture could be part of our National Year of Reading children’s gallery

There’s a separate competition for each state and territory and there are prizes for different ages, so there are lots of opportunities to win. Kids can enter by themselves, or as part of a school or kinder class entry, and there are $40,000 worth of prizes including author visits, book packs and game.

Age categories are:
Pre-school (for under five-year-olds)
Early primary school (five to eight years)
Later primary school (eight to 12 years)

Learn more here.