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National Centre for Australian Children's Literature

Japanese anime characters, Lief and Barda, based on Emily Rodda's Deltora Quest series

Lu Rees Archives

From the Shaun Tan collection

Lu Rees Archives

Rare book, Little Miss Anzac : the true story of an Australian doll written by Ada A Holman, T.C. & E.C. Jack, 1917

Lu Rees Archives

Quartet of rare books written by Irene Wilkinson and illustrated by Edith Grieve, Georgian House, 1945

Lu Rees Archives

Reference material about Australian children's literature

Lu Rees Archives

Research files with material about Shaun Tan

Lu Rees Archives

Author's notes, manuscripts, storyboard and published book, Going Home written by Margaret Wild & illustrated by Wayne Harris, Walker Books, 2009

Lu Rees Archives

Original artwork by Pixie O'Harris for The Wind in the Willows written by Kenneth Grahame, Rigby, 1983

Lu Rees Archives

Original artwork by Ron Brooks for Rosie and Tortoise written by Margaret Wild, Allen & Unwin,1998

Lu Rees Archives

Original artwork by Kim Gamble for Bunyips Don't! written by Sally Odgers, Scholastic, 1996

Lu Rees Archives

The National Centre for Australian Children's Literature (formerly Lu Rees Archives) is a comprehensive collection of  books and other resources about authors, illustrators, publishers and their creative works. The collection includes over 28,000 books, with some 3,800 of these in overseas translations in 53 languages, over 450 research files, and significant collections of authors', illustrators' and publishers' papers, manuscripts and artwork. The resources are publicly available, and visitors are welcome during opening hours.

The mission of the Centre is to enhance the appreciation of Australian children's literature by collecting, preserving and making available wide-ranging resources through programs, events and exhibitions. Lu Rees, the founding President of the ACT Branch of The Children's Book Council of Australia proposed in 1974 that there should be a collection of research files about Australian children's authors and illustrators together with a collection of their books. In 1980 this collection was deposited at the University of Canberra Library so it could be publicly available. The Centre is an incorporated body in the ACT, with a Board which includes the Management Subcommittee and the Foundation Subcommittee.

The ACT Branch provides a small donation annually and volunteer support. The University of Canberra Library houses the collection, catalogues the books, and provides materials to support the collection. The University has designated the Centre as an Affliate, and provides insurance coverage. Australian publishers donate their children's books as they are published.


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The National Centre for Australian Children's Literature is proudly supported by The Children's Book Council of Australia, ACT Branch and the University of Canberra.