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Ms Reece, who has been nominated for the award for the second year running, said the recognition would not be possible without the hard work and help of her staff, as well as the authors and illustrators who help the centre grow in popularity among WA schoolchildren.

The Fremantle-based centre caters to upwards of 32,000 children a year from all over WA, helping to foster a love of reading and writing.

Ms Reece said she and the team loved last year�s event and she was humbled to be nominated again.

�It�s a great tribute to the work that I have been able to achieve with my wonderful team and the authors and illustrators at the centre,� she said.

�We�re unique in Australia and around the world and to have us acknowledged at this level is very special.

�It�s just so good for literature because we don�t get the red carpet event, it�s the quiet arts area, and it�s really important that it is profiled in this way.

Ms Reece has been busy in the last 12 months, negotiating new three-year partnerships with BHP Billiton and the Department of Education, collaborating with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and taking the centre�s message on the road to regional places like Geraldton, Broome and Esperance.