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Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing
An Australian Children's Literature Project
(Status : Public)
Coordinated by AACLAP & CLDR Editors
  • About AACLAP

    The Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing (AACLAP) project investigated and recorded details of Australian children’s literature published from 1970 to 2013.

    These works were either set in Asia, contained Asian-Australian content or characters, represented Asian-Australian cultures and experiences, and included hundreds of Australian works that have been translated into at least one Asian language.The Asian-Australian Children’s Literature and Publishing (AACLAP) project investigates and records details of Australian children’s literature either set in Asia, works that contain Asian-Australian content or characters, works that represent Asian-Australian cultures and experiences, as well as hundreds of Australian works that have been translated into at least one Asian language.

    AACLAP is a rich, comprehensive bibliographic dataset of literature published during a 43-year period from 1970 to 2013. It comprises agent (authors or organisations) and work records related to ’Asia’, specifically ‘South and East Asia’, including East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and the Bay of Bengal. The collection includes autobiographical works, fiction, criticism, poetry, drama, short stories, film/tv, manga, graphic novels and picture books.

    Led by Professor Kerry Mallan, Martin Borchert and Associate Professor Deborah Henderson, the project provides valuable primary and secondary sources important for developing literature-focused educational programs in line with the Australian government’s push for Asia literacy. The dataset extends beyond school level teaching to tertiary courses and research in children’s literature.

  • The importance of access to a comprehensive dataset of Asian-Australian children’s texts is underscored by the Australian Curriculum, especially in English and History. The Australian Curriculum: English states that the cross-curriculum priority of Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia will ‘enable students to explore and appreciate the diverse range of traditional and contemporary texts from and about the peoples and countries of Asia, including texts written by Australians of Asian heritage’.

  • Data Sources

  • Acknowledgements

    The Asian-Australian Children’s Literature and Publishing (AACLAP) project was funded by the Australian Research Council as part of AustLit’s successful bid for Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Grants in 2011, 2012 and 2013.


    The AACLAP logo was created and provided by artist and illustrator © Kathy Panton.


    Chief Investigators

    Prof. Kerry Mallan (2011-2013)  |  Martin Borchert (2011-2013)  |  Assoc. Prof. Deborah Henderson (2011-2012)

    Project Officer 

    Amy Cross (2011-2013)

    Research Assistants

    Dr Cherie Allan (2011-2013)  |  Dr Michelle Dicinoski (2011-2012)

    AACLAP welcomes further collaboration and partnerships. To provide feedback or to request further information, please email AACLAP or contact Amy Cross.

  • Publication and Citation Details

    Asian-Australian Children’s Literature and Publishing


    Includes index.

    ISBN – 978-0-9806322-5-5

    1. Children’s fiction, Australian – Bibliography.

    2. Children’s fiction, Australian – History and criticism.

    3. Children’s fiction, Australian – Collections.

    4. Asia – In literature – Bibliography.

    I. Mallan, Kerry. II. Borchert, Martin. III. Henderson, Deborah


    Mallan, Kerry, Martin Borchert & Deborah Henderson. (2011-2014). Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing. St Lucia, Qld: AustLit, The University of Queensland.

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