Iâ€™m discovering that a children's laureate never stops travelling and never shuts up. Lectures, talks, interviews, and a fair bit of nagging flight attendants about their domestic reading habits. And when the laureate voice gets too croaky to continue, thereâ€™s always the keyboard.
Hereâ€™s a selection of the non-nagging stuff.
- My Mission Statement
"Young people need stories more than ever."
- Morris Gleitzman on why kids need books in a 'dark and uncertain world'. (via ABC News)
"Australian children need stories and books more than ever to help them deal with a "daunting and unsettling world", says newly appointed Children's Laureate Morris Gleitzman."
- An article for Underline Magazine
"Please picture, if you will, the following. A child reading. Curled up comfortably, engrossed in a book. A parent enters, slightly frazzled after a demanding day. Carrying a phone, staring at it, perplexed."
- An article for Magpies magazine
"'Your mission, Morris,' said Ron Gorman, chair of the Australian Children's Literature Alliance, 'if you choose to accept it, is to don the mantle of Australian Children's Laureate for the next two years and go into bat for stories.'"
- Australia's new children's laureate Morris Gleitzman hopes to inspire children in dark, uncertain world. (via the Sydney Morning Herald)
"The author of 40 children's books will use his two-year term to promote the value of stories for young people in developing resilience, empathy, smart thinking, optimism and hope."
- The Hub on Books, Tuesday 13 February 2018 (via Radio National)
"Morris Gleitzman is the acclaimed author of nearly 40 books for kids. Now, he's been named Australia's Childrenâ€™s Laureate. He joins us to speak about the new role, and why he's unafraid to take children's stories to dark places."
- How to get your book-hating kid to read for fun. (via This Glorious Mess)
"This week, a legend of childrenâ€™s literature joined Holly and Andrew on the parenting podcast This Glorious Mess."
- Q&A with Books and Publishing Magazine
"What are you hoping to achieve during your time as laureate?"
- UK author Gleitzman unveiled as Australian childrenâ€™s laureate (via The Bookseller)
"The Lincolnshire-born writer who has published books for 30 years, said he hopes to â€śequip young readers to embrace an often dark and uncertain worldâ€ť during his tenure as the children's laureate."