Children's literature champion Dr Maurice Saxby AM receives Doctor of Letters

8 November 2013

Dr Maurice Saxby
The University of Sydney have honoured Dr Maurice Saxby with a Doctor of Letters for his unwavering dedication to Australian children's literature.

In recognition of his unparalleled and pioneering commitment to the promotion of Australian children's literature, Dr Maurice Saxby AM will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Sydney on Friday 8 November.

As one of the leading authorities on Australian children's literature, Dr Saxby was the first national president of the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA). For decades he has championed the importance of children's literature, and was instrumental in establishing this field of study at all levels of Australian education. He remains a doyen of academic criticism on the subject.

Earlier this year, Dr Saxby, an Honorary Associate of the University of Sydney's Faculty of Education and Social Work, won the Pixie O'Harris award for distinguished service to children's books at the Australian Book Industry Awards.

In an Occasional Address at his alma mater this Friday, Dr Saxby will reflect on a lifetime of teaching and learning, including his career history as a former teacher and army medic in World War II.

"Teaching and Social Work is a two-way street. You get back far more than anything you are asked to give. I have never been a martinet, but no student has ever taken advantage of my friendship forged in and outside the classroom," he said.

"If you enjoy teaching as much as I have; if you care for and serve others, especially the unfit or the deprived, you will not only have a happy and fulfilled life, but you will be immortal, living through the many lives you have enriched."

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