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Welcome to the The National Centre of Australian Children's Literature (formerly Lu Rees Archives).

Dr Belle Alderman, AM, at the door to the Lu Rees Archives.

Dr Belle Alderman, AM, at the door to the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature (formerly Lu Rees Archives).

This series of videos about the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature Inc was created in 2016. The Centre is deeply grateful to the Producer, Nalini Haynes, and the Editor, Edward Haynes, of Dark Matter Zine, who created these to promote the Centre and its collection. We are deeply grateful for their interest and support.

Collections like ours are always growing and developing. We invite you to visit our website and, if you are in Canberra, come visit us to find out more about our latest additions and activities.

In this short video Dr Belle Alderman gives us the backstory for the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature. This is the first in a series of videos that showcase a little known literary collection started by one volunteer whose work has been carried on by Belle and other volunteers.

Dr Belle Alderman and her team of volunteers at the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature perform vital work collecting Australia's literary culture culture. In this, part 2 of our series following Dr Alderman around the Centre, we see more of the collection.

Dr Belle Alderman of the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature talks about the NCACL's rare book collection and the history of one book in particular, Little Miss Anzac.

Dr Belle Alderman and her team of volunteers at the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature perform vital work collecting Australia's literary culture culture. In this, part 2 of our series following Dr Alderman around the Centre, we see more of the collection.

Dr Belle Alderman shows us the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature's research materials available onsite in this, the 5th part of our series on the Centre.

Dr Belle Alderman shows us some of the Centre's art collection and how it's stored. She hopes one day to have a permanent exhibition space where the Centre can display a series of exhibitions featuring the glorious artwork associated with Australian children's literature.

Dinosaurs Love Cheese is an adorable book by Jackie French for which the Centre has original artwork demonstrating the process of developing art for a children's book. This segment will be continued next week.

Dr Belle Alderman continues the creative process by showing us more of the artwork developed for Dinosaurs Love Cheese.

Dinosaurs Love Cheese is an adorable book by Jackie French for which the Centre has original artwork demonstrating the process of developing art for a children's book. This segment will be continued next week.

Dr Belle Alderman tells us about the references, journals, magazines and catalogues held at the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature and the process of acquisition and cataloguing.

In this, the final in our series on the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature, Dr Belle Alderman shows us more of the book collection.


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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.