Newsletter Volume 9 Issue 1
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Contact Editor Lynn Fletcher OAM

NCACL Creating Unique Online Resources...

The National Centre is delighted to advise that its two databases, The Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Resource and the Cultural Diversity Database continue to grow and develop and inspire both national and international researchers. 

The Cultural Diversity Database now contains 403 titles and has recently been renovated to match the look and feel of the Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Resource, which holds an incredible 540 titles.  These upgrades and updates have been made possible by generous donations and sponsorship as well as the involvement of many dedicated individuals who have given of their time, effort and expertise.

We wish to thank all those who have taken the time to review the databases and to Maureen Mann, in particular, for reviewing both of these resources in the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Children's Book Council in its blog.  Articles are located on 4 March 2022 entitled Cultural diversity celebrated through stories and 25 February 2022 entitled Step into the lives of others: A database of Australian children’s literature reflecting our diverse culture.  Other reviews and articles about these databases can be located on the NCACL's website. 

Other resources created by the National Centre have also been very well received by commentators and reviewers. Towards the end of a recent interview of Dr Linda Weste by Joy Lawn, Linda talks about the NCACL’s verse novel bibliographies.  We thank Linda and Joy for their advocacy.

Here is a quote from what Linda said:
‘It is the verse novel ‘go-to’ site for teachers, students and librarians, researchers and academic scholars, for the creative and literary industries, and for publishing and marketing sector personnel including booksellers and publisher. I believe other nations will look to the verse novel resource as a model for showcasing their own writers publishing works in this genre.’

We now ask that you help us in getting the word out about these fabulous resources to your networks by sharing our resource links and celebrate and enjoy these titles with colleagues and friends here in Australia and overseas.

The National Centre would like to gratefully acknowledge Publishers, authors and illustrators who have provided titles to the collection.  

NCACL's new premises
The National Centre for Australian Children's Literature volunteers invite you to visit its new shopfront. The new premises for the National Centre is now located in The Hub, below Concourse level between Building 1 and Building 8. We are most grateful to the University of Canberra (UC) for providing us with such a high profile location and providing such eye catching window sized branding.  Susanne Lazaroo, the Communications Manager at UC celebrated our move in a very special article. Visit the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature website to find out more, about the work of the National Centre or call (02) 6201 2062 to arrange for a visit.

Congratulations Gabrielle Wang

The National Centre is delighted to hear that Gabrielle Wang has been appointed Australian Children's Laureate for 2022  - 2023.  Gabrielle has been writing for children for well over 20 years and has an impressive number to titles for her reading public to enjoy.  The National Centre is most grateful Puffin and Penguin Books and Walker Books and Christmas Press for donating her titles to its collection. 

To celebrate this magnificent achievement of Gabrielle's, the National Centre created a very special landing page and a Facebook entry on 8 March 2022.

Can you help the NCACL?

We seek your help and involvement in locating two book jacket images missing from the Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander database. 

We do not have The Littlest Emu by Trevor Brownley, 1992 published by The Aboriginal Education Resources Unit and Legends of our land by Oodgeroo Noonuccal, 1990 published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. A search of a wide range of significant collection catalogues has not been successful.

If you are fortunate to have either of these titles and book jackets in your possession and you can help us with a book jacket image, please email
Significant art donation received
Max Brown, volunteer and the Keeper of the Art at the National Centre, has been happily engaged with describing artwork donated to the National Centre by Liz Anelli for Pamela Freeman's Desert Lake.  The Centre looks forward to Max fully recording the work for inclusion into the Artwork Frameworks.
Lynn Fletcher OAM

As Editor, I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who contributed to me being awarded an OAM in the 2022 Australia Day Honours List. I would particularly like to thank all volunteers I have worked with in various roles over many years in both the NCACL and the Children's Book Council of Australia.  For me the significance of the award is that it highlights the importance of Children's Literature not only in the Arts but for the broader Australian community.  I am looking forward to the investiture ceremony on 5 May 2022 at which I will proudly advocate on behalf of Australian Children's Literature.
Do you remember ... Robin Klein?
The National Centre celebrated Robin Klein's birthday month of February this year with a very special landing page depicting a selection of her books. In the collection are an amazing number of her works, and a quick look at her holdings will take you happily down memory lane. 

We were delighted to be advised that Jon Appleton, who corresponded with Robin over many years as the Editor of Rippa Reading, has recently had published Letters from Robin: A Voyage Around My Author.  

Children's Book Council of Australia


Theme: Dreaming with eyes open...
Dates: August 20-26
Artwork: Jasmine Seymour

Watch the CBCA Book Week 2022 theme announcement on Youtube.

Copyright for all images created for Children's Book Week resides with the
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