Jackie French tackles youth literacy in her new book 'I Spy a Great Reader' (published by Harper Collins). She is a passionate advocate for literacy and knows first hand what a struggle reading can be. Jackie French is dyslexic, and has spent decades researching and helping kids read and find the books they love. She has written 'I Spy a Great Reader' to help parents and teachers identify and overcome reading difficulties while showing kids how rich the world of books can be.
Jackie is an award-winning writer, wombat negotiator and the Australian Children's Laureate for 2014-2015. She is regarded as one of Australia's most popular children's authors, and writes across all genres - from picture books, history, fantasy, ecology and sci-fi to her much loved historical fiction. In her capacity as Australian Children's Laureate, 'Share a Story' will be the primary philosophy behind Jackie's two-year term.
Jackie French talks to kathryn Ryan during Nine to Noon.