A celebration of Australian picture books #6 — Jackie French

You’ll all know how much I love sharing a bit of Australia with you. Well, Norah Colvin has saved me some effort and written a wonderful post about one of my favourite Australian children’s author’s Jackie Frech. She is a prolific writer best known for “Diary of a Wombat”. A few years ago I was lucky to do a writer’s workshop with her at the Sydney Writer’s Festival. Enjoy Jackie with a cup of tea and Vegemite toast! xx Rowena

Norah Colvin

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This post is the sixth in a series celebrating picture books by Australian authors. If you missed earlier posts, please follow these links to the introduction, Mem Fox, Kim Michelle Toft, Narelle Oliver and Jeannie Baker.

In this post I reintroduce you to Jackie French, prolific and well-known Australian author and advocate for literacy and the environment. She is currently the Australian Children’s Laureate with the task of promoting the importance and transformational power of reading, creativity and story in the lives of young Australians. In January she received an Australian of the Year Award for her contribution to literacy. Jackie’s words from her acceptance speech “If you want intelligent children, give them a book” resonated with me.

You can listen to Jackie’s acceptance speech in its entirety here:

These are some of my favourite quotes from…

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3 thoughts on “A celebration of Australian picture books #6 — Jackie French

  1. roweeee Post author

    Love her writing and she’s just as good herself. I have a favourite thing she wrote to teach kids how to write and I’ll try to get it to you. I think it referred to a story as a tree and you’re adding and subtracting leaves to the skeleton. It’s been awhile since I read it but it was good. Ring any bells?

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