Morris Gleitzman Announced as Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018-19

Monday, 12 February, 2018

Children’s author Morris Gleitzman has been chosen as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018-19.

The author of nearly 40 books for young people, including Two Weeks with the QueenBoy OverboardBumface and the ‘Felix’ series (all Penguin), will be presented with the laureate’s Magpie Award at a ceremony at the State Library of New South Wales on 15 February. He succeeds 2016-17 laureate Leigh Hobbs, and previous laureates Jackie French (2014-15)Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor (both 2013-14).

The theme of Gleitzman’s two-year term will be ‘Stories make us—stories create our future’.

Gleitzman told Books+Publishing: ‘I think our individual and collective futures are largely the result of our capacity to imagine the best possibilities in our lives and to look bravely at the worst possibilities, and to use all our creativity and empathy and hope and inspiration and grit and honesty and intelligence and curiosity and cheekiness and insight to make a difference.’

Read the full article at Books+Publishing


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