Author Ursula Dubosarsky has been named Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020-21
Dubosarsky is the author of over 60 books for children and young adults. She has won many national prizes, including the NSW, Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award, and has been nominated for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children’s literature.
Her books have been published widely across the world and translated into 14 languages. The theme for her two-year term as Australian Children’s Laureate is Read For Your Life.
The Laureate program was launched in Australia in 2008. Founded in Australia by the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation (ACLF) this esteemed and important role has been held by Australian well known and loved writers including Alison Lester, Boori Monty Pryor, Jackie French, Leigh Hobbs and Morris Gleitzman.
The Laureate is the national ambassador for reading and Australian children’s literature, speaking on behalf of all creators and of the entire industry. The Laureate represents reading advocates, educators, librarians, booksellers and publishers.
Appointed every two years to promote the importance and transformational power of reading, creativity and story in the lives of young Australians, the Children’s Laureate spends extensive time speaking directly with children, education specialists, government ministers and librarians, in both metropolitan and regional communities across the country.
To find out more visit www.childrenslaureate.org.au.