Vale Dr Maurice Saxby AM – Children’s Literature Champion

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Dr Maurice Saxby AM. Our friend Maurie passed away yesterday.  He was a great champion of children’s literature, serving twice on the Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury of The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and was the first life member of IBBY Australia.  He was the first National President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) and remained associated with the CBCA for more than 60 years. He was Patron of the Aora Children’s Literature Research Centre NSW Inc.

Maurie was honoured with many awards in his lifetime including among them Member in the Order of Australia (AM); the Pixie O’Harris award for distinguished service to children’s books by the Children’s Publishing Committee of the Australian Publishers’ Association; a Doctor of Letters from the University of Sydney for his unwavering dedication to Australian children’s literature; life membership of the Primary English Teaching Association Australia for his influence and contribution to the teaching of English in Australia; the Lady Cutler Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature in New South Wales from the CBCA NSW; a Citation and the Nan Chauncy Award from the CBCA and the Dromkeen Medal.

IBBY Australia at Santiago

A delegation from IBBY Australia attended the 32nd International IBBY Congress in Santiago de Compostela, a beautiful World Heritage Listed city in Spain.

Back Row: John Foster (SA), Joanna Andrew (WA), Heather Foster (SA), Jenni Woodroffe (WA), Tetsuta Watanabe (Vic), Shirley Shepherd (NT).

Front Row: Elizabeth Beck (WA), Joscelyn Leatt-Hayter (WA), Debbie Froome (WA), Kimiko Matsui (formerly of Vic, now JBBY) President Robin Morrow (NSW) and Robyn Sheahan-Bright (Qld).

For more information you may be interested to read an IBBY Santiago 2010 Report by Deb Froome .