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CBCA QLD AGM 2018 with guest speaker

Hunting for the younger reader: Five years of children’s literature awards from the US, UK and Australia.
Join us for our AGM followed by a special talk by Robyn Emerson talking about her research on writing for children aged 8-12. Morning Tea 10am, AGM 10:30am, Talk 11:00am. A planning session for 2019 will continue after lunch for those who wish to be involved.

Hunting for the younger reader: Five years of children’s literature awards from the US, UK and Australia
The children’s literature scholar Jacqueline Rose declared children’s literature “impossible”. “There is…no body of literature which rests so openly on an acknowledged difference, a rupture almost, between writer and addressee.” It’s true that children’s literature is dominated by adults. On the one side are powerful adult writers, publishers, and gatekeepers including teacher-librarians and book award judges. On the other side is that elusive child reader, answering to a modern world and operating at a cognitive level we left behind many years ago. 

Rose has no alternative systems to propose, so in practice we are left to bridge this impossible gap as best we can. Young adults, whose grasp of the world is moving towards ours, are probably the easiest to reach out to. This may explain why YA gets so much attention from the media. But arguably the most significant are the 8-12 year old age group who we hope are busily forming the habit of reading. This talk explains how to get closer to the younger reader using the work of developmental psychologist Jean Piaget and the Simple View of Reading. We will apply this to the last five years of the Newbery, Carnegie and CBCA awards to see how well they are serving younger readers.


State Library Queensland, Room 1b
Stanley Place, South Brisbane, Qld 4101

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