Children's Book Council of Australia facts for kids
The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a not for profit organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians. The CBCA presents the annual Children's Book of the Year Awards to books of literary merit, recognising their contribution to Australian children's literature.
The CBCA is a national organisation with branches in every state and territory of Australia. Some branches also have sub-branches. Branches are mostly autonomous, but generally adhere to guidelines set by the National Board. The National Board was established in 2012 and represents every branch of the CBCA. The Board is responsible for the annual Book of the Year Awards, plus the presentation of the prizes as well as Children's Book Week and the annual range of merchandise, as well as the online reviewing journal Reading Time and the biennial National Conferences.
Other CBCA Awards
- Dame Annabelle Rankin Award – presented for distinguished services to children's literature in Queensland.
- Nan Chauncy Award – a national biennial award presented to recognise a person's outstanding contribution to the field of children's literature in Australia.
- Crichton Award for Children's Book Illustration – an award to recognise new talent in the field of Australian children's book illustration (1988–2018).
- Leila St John Award – for services to children's literature in Victoria.
- Lady Cutler Award – presented for distinguished services to children's literature in NSW.
The National Centre for Australian Children's Literature
The National Centre for Australian Children's Literature (previously known as the Lu Rees Archives) is a comprehensive collection of books and other resources about authors, illustrators, publishers and their creative works. The collection includes over 40,000 books, with some 4,000 of these in overseas translations in 58 languages, over 510 research files, and significant collections of authors', illustrators' and publishers' papers, manuscripts and artwork. 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 collection was largely developed with donations from CBCA members. In 1979, in response to the International Year of the Child, Lu Rees initiated a plan to collect overseas translated editions of Australian authors. "...one of the Librarians from the Canberra Public Library Service (CPLS) rang me and asked, 'What are you doing about the International Year of the Child?'... if I could throw in a personal idea, it would be to emphasise the ‘International’ and try to get foreign editions of our own authors' work in the children's field."
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