Dr Ursula Dubosarsky

Author Ursula Dubosarsky in the Children's Library of the State Library of NSW

​​B​A DipEd PhD

​Ursula Dubosarsky is the author of over 60 fiction and non-fiction books for children and young adults, and has won several national prizes for literature, including the NSW, Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, as well from the Children’s Book Council of Australia. She has a PhD in English literature from Macquarie University and has been nominated for both the Hans Christian Andersen and Astrid Lindgren international awards for children’s literature.

What inspired you to take this role?

As a writer for children, I’m so impressed by the wonderful things the State Library is doing to welcome children into the Library, and the innovative spaces and programs on offer to encourage and enrich their reading and writing.  I’m particularly excited by opening of the new Children’s Library, which is a great gift to the children of New South Wales and beyond, and I’m sure it will become a very loved and treasured part of the city.  I feel a special closeness to the State Library of NSW, where my mother first worked as a librarian in the Mitchell Library in the 1940s, and where I’ve spent so many hours of my life as a reader, student and writer and I hope can contribute to the future of this remarkable and beautiful institution.

Photo: Ursula Dubosarsky, Australian Children’s Laureate 2020–21, is in the Children’s Library holding a copy of her book Midnight at the Library, illustrated by Ron Brooks.