The Centre for Children’s Literature

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Our Patrons

Government House

In 2022, Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM, Governor of Queensland became the Patron of Book Links.

Read more about the Governor on the Government House Wesbite.

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Previous Governors who have been our Patron are:

The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO from 2006 – 2008
and The Honourable Penelope Wensley AC from 2008 – 2014





Jackie French by Kelly Sturgiss
Book Links is proud to have Jackie French as our Vice Patron from 2022.  She was our Patron 2014 – 2022.

“Humans are the story telling species.  If you want  adults with empathy, give our children stories, because with every story they become each character. 

If you want  intelligent adults, give our children stories, because each story increase the neurons in a child’s brain. If you want creative adults who can mine the asteroids or find   three million ways to cope with drought, pollution or global warming, give them stories now.

If you want kids to read, no matter how difficult it is to learn, give them books that are so fascinating they cannot bear to put them down.

Blessed are the book givers, because they make our future good.  

Joining with other book givers like Book Links gives us the support, laughter, insight and strength for one of the most important missions of humanity: to give our children stories, and to make those stories good. ” 

Jackie French

Book Links has a Travelling Suitcase featuring Jackie French as part of their series of Travelling Suitcases.

Book Links’ Travelling Suitcases are filled with interesting and curious keepsakes from five of Queensland’s top children’s book authors and illustrators as well as a new case for Australian Children’s Laureate Jackie French. They include their books; edited manuscripts and a DVD of the artists at works. Activities to use in the classroom and in public libraries are included to extend Literature and Arts learning. The Travelling Suitcases will be of particular use to regional, rural and remote schools, and public libraries who have limited or no access to visiting authors and illustrators.

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