Posted on 25th May, 2015
Today we are launching a fundraising campaign to secure the future of the Australian Children's Laureate Program. The Laureate Program enriches childrenâ€™s lives by developing a culture of reading in Australia. To ensure that this vital program is realised, we need your financial support.
Laureates are appointed for two-year terms and are Australiaâ€™s ambassadors for childrenâ€™s literature. This great honour has been bestowed on Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor (2012/13), and on our current Laureate, Jackie French. The Laureate Program for 2016/17 is shaping up to be very exciting, and the next Australian Childrenâ€™s Laureate will be announced early in 2016.
If you believe encouraging Australian children to love books and reading is important, please #LoveYourLaureate and make a tax-deductible donation today.
WHAT THE LAUREATE PROGRAM HAS ACHIEVED
In just three short years:
â€¢ ThreeÂ Australian Laureates have been appointed, all of whom are writers and/or illustrators of childrenâ€™s books across all age levels and many genres.
â€¢ The Laureates have spoken directly to 60,000 children at 250 events around Australia, inspiring an appetite for reading and story in every state and territory.
â€¢ The Laureates have toured through regional and remote areas reaching 9000 children over the course of 120 events in 40 communities in every state and territory â€“ from Bruny Island District School in Tasmania to Mount Surpriseâ€™s Bedrock Caravan Park in far North Queensland.
â€¢ The Laureate has become a key spokesperson for childrenâ€™s literature and the importance of reading in the media.
WHAT THE AUSTRALIAN CHILDRENâ€™S LITERATURE ALLIANCE (ACLA) HAS ACHIEVED
As the managing body behind the Laureate Program, in just 3 short years, ACLA has:
â€¢ Established a board and a network of active subcommittees with industry leaders from all aspects of the childrenâ€™s book industry (libraries, schools, publishers, booksellers, children) across Australia.
â€¢ Developed a network with over 110 arts, educational, industry and community creative partnerships.
â€¢ Forged strong connections with international Laureates to benefit the Australian childrenâ€™s book industry in a global context (the UK Laureate program is coming up to its 20th year) and to raise the profile of Australiaâ€™s childrenâ€™s books and their creators.
â€¢ Acted as an umbrella organisation to drive a greater awareness of the vibrant childrenâ€™s book industry and to build a culture of reading in Australia.
â€¢ Actively lobbied to advocate change and promotes a strong focus on story, books and reading in childrenâ€™s lives across Australia.
â€¢ Built a website featuring a variety of resources including the very popular â€˜Share a Storyâ€™ calendar, book lists, activity ideas, and blogs written by the Laureates themselves, for use by families, schools, libraries, publishers, booksellers and the media.
â€¢ Co-convened the International Laureate Summit in Bologna, 2015.
â€¢ Created the Laureate branding including recently launched â€˜Laureateship stickersâ€™ for use on Laureates books by publishers and booksellers.
â€¢ Maintained a small but hard-working office to support the Laureate in their work.
IN THE WORDS OF THE LAUREATES
"The future of Australia lies in imagination. To have a creative economy we need curious children and to have curious children we need children who are not only able to read, but children who WANT to read. To build a culture of reading, we need a nation of story-tellers." â€“ Boori Monty Pryor, Australiaâ€™s Inaugural Laureate
"Reading is like a gold pass to the world. Once a child can read properly they have a window intoÂ another world."Â â€“ Alison Lester, Australia's Inaugural Laureate
"Stories tell us who we are. They teach us empathy so we understand who others are. They give us the power to imagine and create the future." â€“ Jackie French, current Childrenâ€™s Laureate and Senior Australian of the Year 2015
To donate visit givenow.com.au/childrenslaureate
ACLA has DGR status and all donations to the laureate program are tax-deductible.