Ursula Dubosarsky: Do Teens Still Need Books?
'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.
How can secondary teachers support kids to become life-long readers? What hurdles do teachers typically face in terms of access to books, and access to a variety of books, when it comes to supporting reluctant readers? How does reading benefit teenagers - beyond the obvious educational benefits? Have COVID-19 and home-learning changed teens’ attitudes and habits around reading? And how can we present reading as an appealing activity in teens’ limited spare time?
In this conversation and Q&A for teachers, hosted by Bec Kavanagh, Dubosarsky talks about the role schools can play in helping teens build their own reading habits and find their own reading niche.
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.