Posted on 10th February, 2018 by
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Morris Gleitzman is the Australian Childrenâ€™s Laureate for 2018â€“2019.
The theme for Morris Gleitzmanâ€™s two-year term will be Stories Make Us â€“ Stories Create Our Future.
â€śYoung people need stories more than ever,â€ť Morris says. â€śStories to delight, stories to beguile, stories to inspire, stories to move deeply. And through these experiences, stories that equip young readers to embrace an often dark and uncertain world with optimism, resolve and creativity.â€ť
For more than 30 years Morris Gleitzman has written celebrated books for young people â€“ sometimes serious, sometimes funnyÂ and sometimes confronting. His titles includeÂ Two Weeks With the Queen,Â Boy Overboard,Â Toad RageÂ and the acclaimed â€śFelixâ€ť series beginning withÂ Once. His books are published in more than 20 countries. In Australia they are published by Penguin Random House.
Ron Gorman, Chair ACLA says "We were delighted when Morris accepted the role of Children's Laureate for 2018â€“19. His impressive body of work is well known by Australians, young and old, who will no doubt celebrate his Laureateship. Increasingly, the research is showing us that reading changes lives â€“ Morris will be a persuasive voice in bringing Australians to value reading and children's literature."
Founded in 2012, the Laureateship is bestowed every two years on an outstanding writer or illustrator of children's books. Its role is to promote the importance and transformational power of reading, creativity and story in the lives of young Australians. Morris Gleitzman succeeds Leigh Hobbs (2016â€“2017), and previous Laureates Alison Lester, Boori Monty Pryor, and Jackie French.
Says Morris, â€śAs Laureate, Iâ€™ll champion stories and everything stories can offer. I aim to be a kind of ambassador for young readers, and for the community of people who write for them.Â An emissary from the place where young imaginations draw strength from stories and grow and engage and become our best hope for the future."
The 2018â€“2019 Australian Childrenâ€™s Laureate is a project of the Australian Childrenâ€™s Literature Alliance. The project is supported by Australia Council for the Arts and the Copyright Agencyâ€™s Cultural Fund.