For the first time Australia has appointed a position of Children’s Laureate to be given to a well-known and loved author of books for children and young adults. Two authors have been appointed in 2012. They are Alison Lester and Borri Monty Pryor. ACLA Board Member and illustrator Ann James says, “Alison and Boori have a lot in common … both are storytellers, and each has generations of storytellers behind them. They share their stories in a myriad of ways – oral, performance, visual, written – and both collaborate with other artists to bring their stories alive. Both place the land as a major character in their work , and importantly, both view children as real partners in their work. They are both inspiring, creative and passionate.