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  • Read on for more information about AustLit’s role in recording and supporting research into Australian children's literature.

  • History of Children's and Young-Adult Literature on AustLit

    Australian Children's Literature is an important aspect of AustLit's work in recording Australian literary history.

    As of early 2017, AustLit records details of more than 30,000 works for children, including nearly 1500 full-text works, and an additional 5000 works for young adults.

  • AustLit's early records on children's literature were drawn from a range of resources and institutions.

    The LuRees Archives (now the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature), supported by the University of Canberra and the Children's Book Council of Australia, provided rich data under the guidance of Professor Belle Alderman.

    Deakin University Library and the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin generously contributed collections of data around school magazines and readers.

    From these sources, a collection of biographical and bibliographical records about children's literature and its practitioners was added to AustLit.

  • Then, in 2008, the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) joined AustLit. Together with existing partner Deakin University, they initiated the Children's Literature Digital Resources (CLDR) project, producing a full-text digital repository of children's literature from 1830 to 1945 and related critical resources.

    Researchers subsequently built two additional research projects on Australian children's literature: Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing and Children's Literature and the Environment.

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  • Exhibitions, Information Trails, and Research Projects

    AustLit regularly collates specific subsets of our data and presents them as online exhibitions or information trails. We also support and publish research projects by AustLit staff and external researchers.

    You can find all the exhibitions and trails by checking out AustLit's research page, or explore the tiles below for children's literature exhibitions.

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      Children's Literature Digital Resource

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      Asian-Australian Children's Lit.

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      Children's Literature & the Environment

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      Serious Issues for Young Readers

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      Aboriginal Literature for Children

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      Aboriginal Children's Lit. about Country

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      BlackWords Children's Trail

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      Victorian Readers

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      WWI Stories for Younger Readers

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