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Saturday, 15 February 2020

Australian Children's Laureate: Ursula Dubosarsky

Ursula Dubosarsky (Photo: Sarah Steed)
Congratulations to Ursula Dubosarsky, who was named the Australian Children's Laureate for 2020-21 at a ceremony at the National Library of Australia this week.

As the author of more than sixty books, and winner of multiple awards, Ursula is perfectly placed to advocate for children reading.

Ursula speaking at the announcement of the Laureate (Photo: Tania McCartney)

Ursula has written for a range of ages and genres, with her work including The Terrible Plop, The Word Spy, and The Red Shoe. She's also been nominated for the prestigous international Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and Hans Christian Andersen Award.

As Australian Children's Laureate, Ursula was presented with a special award in the form of the Laureate's mascot, a magpie.

Australian Children's Laureate award and a laurel wreath being used by Ursula to help explain what a laureate is. (Photo: Sarah Steed)

The theme Ursula has chosen for her two years as Laureate is 'Read for your life'. It's grounded in the benefits of reading, and its importance for everyone, whatever their age or background.

Speaking about this, Ursula explained that reading is not something that you learn and then stop. 'Every book you read makes you a better reader. Reading is for your whole life long.'

The theme is also closely connected to another important message. Ursula wants everyone, especially children, to join their local library, borrow books, and read for their whole life.

Ursula reading her book The Terrible Plop to children at a Canberra library (Photo: Sarah Steed)

Ursula Dubosarsky is the sixth Australian Children's Laureate. The previous laureates are: Alison Lester, Boori Monti Pryor, Jackie French, Leigh Hobbs, and Morris Gleitzman.

Click here for Kids' Book Review posts featuring Ursula Dubosarsky, and remember to visit your local library to register for membership, find and borrow books by Ursula, and many other wonderful authors.

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