The Beaconsfield Child and Family Centre will welcome a special guest next week when renowned Australian children’s author Jackie French visits.
Appearing as part of National Children’s Week, French will share some of her stories with children while also speaking about the importance of reading.
CFC Centre leader Stewart Bell said the author had a wide-reaching appeal.
“It’s a unique opportunity for children and families in our community,” Mr Bell said.
“Our families are really looking forward to meeting Jackie and listening to her read stories that are now much loved across generations.”
French’s career spans 25 years, 148 wombats, over 140 books, 36 languages, 3,721 bush rats, and over 60 awards in Australia and overseas.
Her works include Diary of a Wombat, Josephine Wants to Dance, The Secret World of Wombats, Pete the Sheep, and Dinosaurs Love Cheese.
In 2016, she became a Member of the Order of Australia for "significant service to literature as an author of children's books, and as an advocate for improved youth literacy".
At the time, she said she became an advocate by accident, having struggled her entire life with severe dyslexia.
"I've never made a secret of the fact that I am dyslexic,” she said.
“It would be pretty difficult to keep it a secret.”
Children’s Week is a national celebration of children’s rights, talents and citizenship, with events held across the country each year.
This year the focus for Children’s Week is developing each child’s personality and talents to the fullest potential through education,.
Children aged five and under in the West Tamar community are welcome to attend this free event with their families.
People can register by calling 6383 1742 or through emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
French will also speak to students at Beaconsfield Primary school following her presentation at the Child and Family Centre.
The Child and Family Centre is on Grubb Street.