Ursula Dubosarsky: Agents of Choice
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; the opportunity to select their own books, explore their own interests and find their own reading groove.
In this professional development conversation for secondary-school library staff, Australia’s 2020-21 Children’s Laureate Ursula Dubosarsky talks through questions of 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? Can librarians find creative ways around these problems? And what’s the role of parents and publishers here? Join Dubosarsky for this Q&A, hosted by Bec Kavanagh.
Presented in partnership with the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation.
Ursula Dubosarsky is the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020–2021. She was born in Sydney wanted to be a writer from the age of six. She is now 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 Anderson and Astrid Lindgren awards for children’s literature.
Her books have been published widely across the world and translated into fourteen different languages. Among her most well-known books are The Terrible Plop, The Blue Cat, and the non-fiction ‘Word Spy’ books about the English language.
Bec Kavanagh is Schools Programmer at the Wheeler Centre.
She is a Melbourne-based writer and academic whose work examines the representation of women’s bodies in literature. She has appeared at the Melbourne and Sydney Writers Festivals and on Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily.