Another Book Week down and I tell you, mate, the photos that were sent into me of kiddies dressed up around the country, certainly didn’t disappoint! I loved seeing how much I’m inspiring kids from all over the country to want to learn about agriculture and to hopefully consider an innovative career in agriculture for their future. If you know a teacher, let them know that we have free curriculum-aligned educator’s resources to help teach food and fibre in the classroom.

This year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week theme was ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds.' We certainly have curious creatures on the land!

With the Australian Bureau of Statistics reporting that for 30 years prior to 2011, 300 farmers left the industry per month (equating to approximately 108,000 people no longer farming) together with the fact the United Nations have predicted that by 2050 food production worldwide needs to increase by 60-70% to feed our growing population, we need as many children as possible to consider innovative careers in agriculture. Workforce capacity is the agricultural industry’s largest issue at the present time. For the past ten years, there have been consistently more job openings than qualified candidates. There are so many ripper careers that will be available in the future; in science, robotics, design, engineering, or food waste for example, which will all help contribute to our future food security. Farmers for our future!

I had a beaut’ time checking out all your ripper photos from Book Week, thanks so much to all my mates for sharing! I hope that everyone had a brilliant week learning about some top Aussie books and Authors.