This year's Book Week theme is Connect to Reading ~ Reading to Connect. It's all about enjoying the experience of exploring story and travelling to other worlds. Most of us have a list of those dream stories - good reads, lodged in our minds from childhood.
2014 CBCA shortlisted authors, illustrators and publishers, friends and family at the awards presentation at the National Library of Australia
Book Week starts with the Children's Book Council of Australia's (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards. The awards celebrate the creators of those dreams; the authors, illustrators and publishers. Thanks to them, books come alive in the hands of children across the country.
Australia has a rich history in children's literature preserved in the Library's collection. Two national treasures in the collection are the Marcie Muir Collection and the Kerry White Collection. Between them, they consist of over 10,000 volumes of Australian children's books and ephemera.
But as the White Queen remarks to Alice, 'It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards' (Carroll 1947). The Library itself has published over 40 children's books, including some past CBCA award winners.
Congratulations to the winners, and to the CBCA for their 68 years promoting children’s books and reading for young people.
Carroll, Lewis. & Carroll, Lewis. (1947). Alice's adventures in Wonderland and through the looking-glass. Chapter 5: Wool and Water, p 130, Sydney: Consolidated Press.