Ursula Dubosarsky: Read For Your Life!

A professional development session for primary school teachers created in partnership with the Primary English Teachers Association Australia (PETAA).


We all want children to become good readers. And the only way to become a good reader is to keep reading. 


In this Webinar, children’s author and current Australian Children’s Laureate Ursula Dubosarsky talks about the importance of children developing a lifelong habit of curious, adventurous reading – and how teachers play a vital role in that development.

The ACLF is proud to have worked in partnership with PETAA, to bring you this special professional development opportunity.


Ursula Dubosarsky: Agents of Choice


A professional development session for secondary-school librarians created in partnership with The Wheeler Centre.

We all want kids and teenagers to be good at reading. Ideally, we'd like to get as many kids as possible hooked on books for life. To do that, librarians need to be able to offer young people reading choices and variety.


At this professional development conversation for secondary-school library staff, Australia’s 2020-21 Children’s Laureate Ursula Dubosarsky shares her thoughts on access and agency. What are the logistical, cultural and funding challenges librarians face in terms of what they can offer young readers? How has COVID-19 changed the landscape? 


This Q&A is hosted by Bec Kavanagh. 

FOR TEACHERS (Secondary)

Ursula Dubosarsky: Do Teens Still Need Books?


A professional development session for secondary-school teachers created in partnership with The Wheeler Centre.

'Read for your life!’ is Ursula Dubosarsky's official theme as the current Australian Children's Laureate. But recent reports have shown that an alarming drop in reading happens after children finish primary school.

In this conversation and Q&A for teachers, hosted by Bec Kavanagh, Ursula talks about the role schools can play in helping teens build their own reading habits and find their own reading niche.


Ursula Dubosarsky: By the Book


Ursula Dubosarsky talks with two avid teen readers from 100 Story Building about her experiences as a reader and writer.

Ursula Dubosarsky knew she wanted to be a writer when she was six years old. Today she's the author of more than 60 books and Australia's 2020–21 Children's Laureate.


For this conversation Ursula is interviewed by teen readers, Caitlin and Yanna from 100 Story Building.


What were the books that got her hooked on reading and writing? What was she reading, and writing as a teenager? What's changed in the reading landscape since then? What's still the same? What can we improve? And why is reading meaningful – maybe even vital – for the wellbeing of teenagers today?