National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature

Located at The Hub, University of Canberra

The NCACL’s mission is to collect, document and preserve Australian children’s books and literature. It aims to share the collection with all Australians through outreach activities. In order to reach national and international audiences, resources are available online.

Barbie visited the Centre to talk to Director Belle Alderman, Emeritus Professor of Children’s Literature at University of Canberra.

Originally called the Lu Rees Archives, the NCACL collection began in 1974. The archive is housed at the University of Canberra and now has a comprehensive collection of children’s books along with artwork, ephemera and author and illustrator research files. The collection is currently valued at over ten million dollars.

The NCACL holds a unique part of Australia’s cultural and literary heritage.  Publishers, authors and illustrators,  foreign dignitaries and ambassadorial staff, researchers, teachers, students, and the members of the Australian community visit.

NCACL is a volunteer run organisation with a Board of Directors. New volunteers are welcome.

Lots of information:

Picture: Belle Alderman with material donated to the Centre by children’s book illustrator, Bob Graham