Jackie French: Senior Australian of the Year
Though at just 61, she is surely too young to be called ‘senior’, Jackie French has today (25/1/15) been named as the very deserving recipient of the Senior Australian of the Year. French has called on fellow ‘seniors’ to volunteer in their own family and the wider community to tell stories of their childhoods to keep spoken history alive. Jackie French is a true champion of story and of children’s literature and her dyslexia has never ever held her back with this – I love that a dyslexic author is one of Australia’s top authors, our Australian Children’s Laureate and now our Senior Australian of the Year. How awesome is that?
At this point, let me gloat and say that I have visited her amazing garden and eaten her amazing food in her amazing house – see here for my tour.
Jackie French deserves every bit of gushing I give her. She deserves bouquets of flowers (native), baskets of organic produce, buckets of compost, hi-fives from wombats, cluck, cluck, CLUCKS from chooks and a standing ovation from parents and teachers for the gift she has given to our young people. Jackie French has given our children (and many an adult) over 140 gorgeous books. Jackie is a masterful storyteller and champion of children’s literature. Her historical fiction is in my opinion her greatest achievement; I have never read historical fiction so powerful. My 85 year old nan is a great reader of historical fiction and a harsh critic…and Jackie French would be one of her favourite authors (trust me, this is high praise indeed!). Jackie French’s writing career has so far spanned 25 years, 248 wombats, over 140 books, 36 languages and more than 60 awards in Australia and overseas. Her books have sold almost 2.5 million copies globally.
If you do not already own at least 20 Jackie French titles – below are a few of my favourites. Click on covers to purchase for your home, school or library collection.
Upper Primary – Secondary – YA
(NB – I really don’t like age categories. Some of these books do contain mature content and are for an older audience so check suitability…and adults will enjoy them as much as teens…just ask my nan!)
I urge every single person IN THE WORLD to read ‘Refuge’. It is SUPERB. My full review is here.
(Age range varies…check individual titles)
Senior Australian of the Year (60 years and over) The Senior Australian of the Year Award recognises those Australians aged 60 and over who continue to achieve and contribute. The award commenced in the International Year of Older Persons in 1999. The Senior Australian of the Year Award is sponsored by the Department of Social Services.
CONGRATULATIONS JACKIE!The titles of each book takes you to the Australian based online bookstore Booktopia. You can also compare prices on Fishpond and Bookworld for Australian purchases.If you live in the US or would prefer to use Amazon click here. If you live in the UK or would prefer to use Book Depository click here. Purchases clicked through from the Children’s Books Daily site result in a small commission. Commission is used in part to maintain Children’s Books Daily and to support community groups which connect children with books.