Celebrating the - IBBY-Asahi 2014 Winners

As supporters of successful reading initiatives nationally and internationally the Australian Children's Laureate would like to congratulate the winners of the IBBY-Asahi 2014 Winners. The information below is c/o: http://www.ibby.org/index.php?id=1379         The IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award, initiated by … READ MORE

Perfect Pete and Monkey Magic by Jackie French

Perfect Pete and Monkey Magic We are sitting in the Darling Harbour Lend Lease Theatre and the sophisticated twelve-year old sitting next to me is not impressed. A play about sheep? For kids? Forty-five seconds later he is giggling so … READ MORE

Ten Days of Magic by Jackie French

Ten Days of Magic It’s like being ten years old again and being given six new books and a whole watermelon – all to myself. No, better than that… Sunday, 23 March, and I have finally met the heroes of … READ MORE

The CBCA Shortlist

The CBCA Shortlist Overjoyed to see some of the books I’ve loved most this year on the CBCA Shortlist! Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton’s Jandamarra; Light Horse Boy by Dianne Wolfer and Brian Simmonds; Yoko's Diary, a Japanese girl’s diary … READ MORE

Teachers as heroes: go the Gruffalo! by Jackie French

Teachers as heroes: go the Gruffalo! Last week Radford College Junior School head Paul Southwell made it from Radford College Canberra to the National Library, dressed as a Gruffalo - all to get kids reading. Paul had made bet his … READ MORE

No Child is Hopeless - by Oz Laureate Jackie French

Once again, last week, I heard the same old phrases from a teacher: ‘They’re hopeless.’ “There’s nothing you can do with kids like these’ ‘There’s no point turning up, really.’ Two years ago I had to bet a headmistress $5,000 … READ MORE

OzLaureate Jackie French Day 40..

OzLaureate Jackie French Day 40.. 6.10 am. Bryan wakes up. Decide to sleep in. 6.12 am. Realise another chapter needed in Everyone Can Read. Get up. 6.30 Eat three of the pile of 1681 tomatoes for breakfast. 6.48. Coffee!!! 7.05 … READ MORE

Jackie French on Reading to Babies

Jackie French on 'Reading to Babies' One of the most wondrous book related thing I’ve done so far this year has been reading to my six-month old grandson, not just because he is the most gorgeous, giggliest baby in all … READ MORE

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