Meet our Awesome Ambassadors
Andy Griffiths is one of Australia's most popular children's authors. He and illustrator Terry Denton have collaborated on more than 30 bestselling books since their first title, Just Tricking, was published in 1997.
In Australia Andy and Terry's books have sold over 10 million copies, won 80 children's choice awards and 10 Australian Book Industry Awards-including Book of the Year for The 52-Storey Treehouse in 2015.
Their much-loved Treehouse Series has been embraced by children around the world and is now published in more than 35 countries. Five of the books in the series have been adapted for the stage and have all had sell-out seasons at the Sydney Opera house, as well as highly successful seasons in the Netherlands, New Zealand and America.
Andy is a passionate advocate for literacy and in 2015 was awarded the Dromkeen Medal to honour his outstanding contribution to Australian children's literature. He is also an ambassador for both The Indigenous Literacy Foundation and the Pyjama Foundation.
“I’ve always loved a challenge and if that challenge involves bringing kids and books together in order to raise funds to help people with multiple sclerosis then all the better…I can’t imagine a life without reading and I am happy to be an MS Readathon ambassador to encourage as many children as possible to discover the pleasures of reading and imagination for themselves.”
Louise draws from a strong background in Education, literacy and publishing to produce her blockbuster bestsellers that include Zac Power Test Drives and Spy Recruit, and Boy vs Beast.
She has taught primary school children of all ages, trained teachers in literacy education, and has been an Education publisher for an international publishing house.
Louise writes books for children aged 2-12 including the Harriet Clare series, the D-Bot Squad series, the Star Girl series, the Bella Dancerella series and her latest time-slip series for older readers, Grace’s Secrets.
She also writes books for adults including the best-selling title, 7 Steps to Get Your Child Reading.
Louise writes under her own name as well as the hugely successful pseudonyms: H. I. Larry, Mac Park and Poppy Rose.
“Getting lost in other worlds with wonderful characters that you never want to leave is one of life’s most magical things. To be able to help others while you’re doing it takes reading to a sensational new level. I love the idea of bringing kids, reading and raising funds together to help people with multiple sclerosis. It’s something very close to my heart. Having been tested for multiple sclerosis a few times myself, and being an avid reader and writer, I’m super keen to encourage kids to read and help raise funds. I feel very privileged to be an ambassador.”
Australian Children's Laureate 2020-2021
Ursula is an Australian writer for children who was born and lives in Sydney. She decided she wanted to be a writer when she was six years old. She has now written over 60 books for children of all ages, novels, picture books, mysteries, puzzle books, poetry and non-fiction, and she has won many prizes, both in Australia and internationally. She is married to Avi and has three grown up children and a dog called Argus. She is the current Australian Children’s Laureate, for 2020-2021. You can find out more about Ursula at www.ursuladubosarsky.squarespace.com and about what the Australian Children’s Laureate is at www.childrenslaureate.org.au
“I am so thrilled to be an ambassador for the wonderful MS Readathon, which celebrates children and reading, and raises money and awareness for people with multiple sclerosis. Reading is one of the truly great adventures that life has to offer us. As the Australian Children’s Laureate, my job is to encourage children all over Australia to read, and to read for their whole life. The MS Readathon is such a terrific way to bring children and books together with an added purpose of raising funds for those who really need it.”