Children’s Laureate: Australia has two. What about it Canada?

It seems that everyone is doing it, that is everyone except us!

Britain, the U.S.A and now Australia have each appointed Children’s Laureates to promote literacy and reading.  Australia recently appointed Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor to a two year stint as Children’s Laureates.

 

Here’s a very cool book trailer I found based on Boori Monty Pryor’s collaborative book about cultural sharing.

The idea of a Children’s Laureate is to inspire children to read, to open up a rich and diverse world of story and literature to them, and to ensure that our children’s future is a literate one.  Isn’t this something we all want?  So when is Canada going to wake up? I can think of a few well-loved Canadian writers that would be perfect for the job.  Watch out Harper…children’s literature advocates might be on your doorstep sooner than you think.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sherylbooks
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 14:09:43

    I’ve been thinking about this for quite a while and have posted on it on more than one occasion. I think it needs to be attacked on a number of fronts, including lobbying of MPs.

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  2. elizabethannewrites
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 13:43:41

    So true — we need a Children’s Laureate! Promoting literacy and reading are so important. Where do we start? Letters to MPs (after the holiday break)?

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