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Ursula Dubosarsky: Agents of Choice


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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. 

At this professional development conversation for secondary-school library staff, Australia’s 2020-21 Children’s Laureate Ursula Dubosarsky will talk 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 live-streamed Q&A, hosted by Bec Kavanagh. 

Presented in partnership with the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation.

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Ursula Dubosarsky

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 Q... Read more

Bec Kavanagh

Bec Kavanagh 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. Bec has judged a number of literary prizes, including the V... Read more


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