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What is the Australian Children’s Laureate? The Australian Children’s Laureate initiative was developed by the not-for-profit Australian Children’s Literature Alliance (ACLA). Through the initiative, a children’s or young adult writer who has made a significant contribution to Australian children’s literature is selected to spend two years travelling around the country to promote the importance of literacy […]

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In a few short months, it will be time to bid farewell to the 2016/17 Children’s Laureate, Mr Leigh Hobbs. He delights young readers and adults alike with his unique style of illustration and ironic manner of writing. Leigh has spent his two years as the Laureate travelling the country ‘to champion creative opportunities for children, and to highlight the […]

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Call for English teachers Are you an English teacher? Are you interested in sharing your views about teaching English? Contribute to important national research by completing a short survey about your experience as an English teacher for the Investigating Literary Knowledge in the Making of English Teachers project. The researchers are interested in learning how […]

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What does ‘sustainability’ mean? Sustainability refers to patterns of living that protect the Earth and shape the quality of life that the Earth is able to give. A sustainable world requires individual and collective action in both local and global communities. There are three systems in which attention to sustainability is necessary: environmental, social and economic.  Why […]

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As champions of great Aussie writers, the Reading Australia team are counting down the days until we discover which author will be crowned the 2017 winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award! On 7 September, one of these five dazzling finalists will be presented with the prize: An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire (Pan Macmillan Australia) The […]

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Magabala Books, Australia’s oldest independent Indigenous publisher, is celebrating its 30th anniversary next month. Reading Australia is proud to have partnered with Magabala to create teaching resources for books by Indigenous creators. Click here or on the thumbnail below to access the full feature on Magabala in the Weekend Australian by Rosemarie Milsom.           […]

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Thank you to all the teachers and students who entered our Mad Magpie colouring competition during Reconciliation Week. We received over 550 entries from students all across the country! Congratulations to the winners, who each won a book prize pack. They were: Fellishia, Year 2, Nulsen Primary School, WA Jacob, Year 4, Northfield Primary School, SA […]

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What do you look for when selecting print texts for your high school students to teach them about visual literacy? Appropriate themes, complexity of ideas, rich and beautiful illustrations, evidence of depth and layers of meaning, a variety of text type. The books in the list below meet each of those requirements with the added bonus […]

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Libby Gleeson, author of books such as Amy and Louis, Mahtab’s Story and The Great Bear, delivered the address at Reading Australia’s Third Birthday Party, published below. Catch Libby this July in Hobart at the AATE/ALEA Conference. As introduced, I am a writer. A writer largely of picture books and longer fiction for young people […]

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Reading Asia: Asia’s place in the curriculum Asia, the largest continent, is home to two thirds of the world’s population. The peoples it contains are diverse in ethnicity, culture, language and religion. Its ancient civilisations have had immense influence on the world, and the countries of modern-day Asia continue to play a major global role. […]

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