As Children’s Week celebrations draw to a close, a new initiative—Children365: celebrate them every day—will be launched at Melbourne Museum on Sunday 1 November 2009.
The concept for Children365 was developed after the tragic death of Darcey Freeman in early 2009. Following the loss of their precious little girl, Darcey’s mother and her family suggested an annual day to cherish all children. They asked the Alannah and Madeline Foundation to help make it a reality. The Alannah and Madeline Foundation initiative Children365 encourages all of us to cherish our children every single day of the year.
The Victorian State Government is proud to partner this initiative and by hosting a family fun day to launch the beginning of Children365. This day signifies the end of a week of celebrating children and the commitment to cherish and protect our children every day of the year. Melbourne Museum is supporting Children365 by generously offering FREE entry for all adult patrons on Sunday 1 November 2009. Concession and children 16 years and under are free every day.
ACTIVITIES AT THE FAMILY FUN DAY
A wide range of free activities will take place throughout the family fun day including – kite and puppet making workshops, chalk drawing, appearances from Premier’s Reading Challenge Ambassadors, sports and games, arts and crafts, entertainment and lots more!
The museum is open from 10am until 5pm. Most of the free activities will run from 10.30am until approximately 3.30pm (some will finish a little later). Andy will be speaking at 1.00pm. Some activities will be held outside the museum (in marquees such as the kite making), but most will take place inside. A full program of the day will be distributed to patrons attending the event and will also be available on our website from mid October.
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Book 1 in the Our Australian Girl series, Feb 2013
Shortlisted for the 2012 NSW Premier's Awards. CBCA Younger Readers Notable book, 2012.
Angel Creek - UK edition
Published by Egmont UK
Billie B Brown series
"The Secret Message" was selected for the 2011 'Get Reading!' campaign. "The Big Book of Billie" was shortlisted the 2012, Australian Book Industry Awards. "The Little Lie" is shortlisted for the 2012 Speech Pathology Awards. "The Big Sister" is shortlisted for the 2012 YABBA awards and winner of the Family Therapist's Award for children's books.
Hey Jack! series
Billie B Brown's best friend Jack finally gets to tell his side of the story
The Race for the Chinese Zodiac - Feb 2010
A picture book for primary school aged children, written by Gabrielle Wang. CBCA Notable book, 2011. Shortlisted for the 2011 YABBA awards.
Mannie and the Long Brave Day - Oct 2009
A picture book for 3- 6 year olds, written by Martine Murray. Shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Awards and the 2010 Prime Minister's Literary Awards.
Chenxi and the Foreigner - March 2008
For 15 years upwards - CBCA Notable award
Chenxi and the Foreigner - Annick Press March 2009
American & Canadian edition
Chenxi and the Foreigner - Mijade Sept 2010
French language edition
Chenxi and the Foreigner - Random House Germany - April 2011