The children's Literature Digital Repository (CLDR) is a full-text digital repository of Australian children's literature published between 1830 and 1945. Over 500 texts can be read online, complete with their original illustrations and marginalia. While the CLDR is an invaluable tool for researchers of Australian children's literature, it is also an enjoyable resource for readers.
(Image credit: section of the cover from Winifred Law's Rangers of the Universe, represented in the CLDR's full-text collection.)
The Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing project (AACLAP) was developed in partnership with Queensland University of Technology, under the guidance of Professor Kerry Mallan, Martin Borchert, and Associate Professor Deborah Henderson. Covers works published between 1970 and 2013, it covers works with Asian-Australian characters, works that represent Asian-Australian experience, and works that have been translated into Asian languages.
AACLAP is also supported by publications, trails, and interviews with authors.
(Image credit: section from the cover of the Disney-Hyperion edition of Dragon Moon, from Carole Wilkinson's Dragon Keeper series.)
Begun in 2014, Children's Literature & the Environment is a long-running project that identifies works for children and young adults that deal with the environment in imaginative, scientific, educational, and creative ways. Clustered around such topics as climate change and sustainability, the exhibition is not intended to be definitive, but rather a starting point for students, teachers, and researchers.
(Image credit: Thylacine cynocephalus, from John Gould's Mammals of Australia. Reproduced from Wikimedia Commons.)
From the essay:
This paper explores some texts written for young or inexperienced readers. It introduces some useful texts that can be used in teaching or in literacy acquisition. The works discussed here can also be used to share ideas about and discuss matters relating to Indigenous identity in the context of self-identification, self-esteem, and cultural belonging. Students and young people from all cultural backgrounds will be able to relate to the experiences of the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander characters in the stories .
(Image credit: detail from cover of Rusty and JoJo.)
From the essay:
There is far more to Aboriginal authored children’s books than telling the expected Dreaming or creation stories through text and brightly coloured artwork. Rather, for the past decade, books in this genre have raised the bar in terms of the greater worth of children’s literature and literature for young readers in Australia, with Aboriginal titles being increasingly defined by their social, cultural, historical and political value.
(Image credit: detail from cover Stolen Girl.)
From the essay:
This paper addresses stereotypical ideas about living on/in ‘Country’ and explains the complexities and contemporary usages of the term in engaging and understandable ways. The sub-headings map and direct the flow of ideas, themes, issues and dreaming(s) addressed in each location and the texts explore and illustrate the subtleties and layers of usage.
(Image credit: detail from cover of Dingo's Tree, courtesy of Magabala Books.)
The earliest of the Blackwords trails focusing on children's literature, the BlackWords children's trail is a sampling of the information about authors and works related to Indigenous children's literature available in BlackWords. This trail can be used to help find suitable books for the classroom and home.
(Image credit: detail from the cover of My Girragundji, by Meme McDonald and Boori Pryor.)
Developed by Deakin University Library and the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin, this research project comprehensively indexes the contents of the school readers created for Victorian schools from 1928 to 1940. Ranging from the indexing of Australian content to long lists of works by American and British authors, these records offer a fascinating insight into pedagogy past.
(Image credit: top section of the second volume of the Victorian Readers.)
Part of a larger collection of exhibitions produced by AustLit for the centenary of World War I, 'World War I Stories for Children and Young Adults' highlights the key areas around which war stories coalesce: the western front, Gallipoli, the home front, and Anzac Day. It also explores the iconography of the war in picture books and the covers of books for older readers.
(Image credit: the inset illustration from the first edition of Ethel Turner's John of Daunt, one of her war stories for children.)