50th Birthday Messages

50th Birthday Messages

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) applauds The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature (NCACL) for their continuing dedication and professionalism. We share an important role in Australia; to build and maintain a national repository of cultural artefacts pertaining to children’s literature. Our Awards encourage the development of quality literature, and consecrate the winning stories, but NCACL protects the incredibly important stories about these stories in their collections. With their team of dedicated volunteers they ensure we all have access to the hearts and minds of creators. Without the full story they provide, our culture would be impoverished. We thank them.

Wendy Rapee
Children’s Book Council of Australia

‘The existence of NCACL gives strength to Australian children’s book creators, knowing their work Is valued and respected beyond the world of publishing. Thank you for all you do to honour the work of Australian children’s authors and illustrators.’

Kirsty Murray, author

‘We take great delight in making books for children, inviting them to discover how the eastern bearded dragon digs a shallow burrow to lay her eggs in or to witness the Spring Festival with Little Brother in rural northern China. Australian children’s authors and illustrators are world-class. There are few greater pleasures than receiving a perfectly simple and perfectly wonderful manuscript for a picture book – a pleasure perhaps only rivalled by glimpsing an illustrator’s first storyboard and roughs. Rhymes that make us smile, description that transports, characters we feel we know: children’s books can be where a lifetime love of reading and learning begins.

Our books can also be a child’s entry point to their National Library. They might not make the connection between that little classical building in our logo and our building in Canberra, but one day they might walk through our doors as an author, academic or researcher, completing the journey that begins with NLA Publishing.

We send our warmest birthday wishes to the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature for their 50th anniversary. As a collecting institution ourselves, we recognise and appreciate the remarkable importance of holding a record of these stories, these artists and writers, this significant legacy. Thank you for your work preserving this part of Australia’s history.’

National Library of Australia

‘Warmest congratulations to the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature Inc
celebrating its 50th birthday. What an incredible milestone you have reached, not only in the
magnification of books and resources you hold but to the many lives you have touched.

Books will always play an important role in our lives and have a special impact for our young
ones. They can make us laugh and cry and help us understand ourselves. They carry the
exceptional power to introduce us to worlds we know and ones we can only imagine. Who
could forget the wonderful lands the magic faraway tree let us escape to.

Books can show us how to develop an appreciation of our own and other cultures and reflect

on what is right and wrong. They are generational and connect us with those near and far.
Books can teach us about anything from history to mathematics to how to follow our dreams.
Books are certainly great companions, and one is never alone when you have a book to read!’
Yvette Berry MLA
Minister for Education and Youth Affairs

‘Congratulations and thank you to the many volunteers who have made NCACL such a wonderful resource.
Nella Pickup
National Executive- International Board of Books for Young People/IBBY Australia Inc
Children’s Book Council of Australia, Tasmanian Branch – Life Member
Book Council of Lutruwita Tasmania (formerly National Book Council Tasmania) – Life Member

“Reading and books play an important role in the lives of all Australians.

For our youngest Australians, it helps them learn to communicate, and to understand about dinosaurs, space and the different cultures that call this planet home.

For many school aged children, it only takes one special book to discover their love of reading. A book that can spark ideas, increase knowledge, or escape into different worlds.

Dr Seuss’ book ‘The Cat in the Hat’ was my favourite book as a young child, I loved the colours and the storyline.

 Congratulations to the National Centre for Australian’s Children Literature on their 50th Birthday. What an achievement, and how important it is that we continue to share our love of reading with future generations, so they can in turn enjoy all the wonderful stories that we did as children.”

Angie Bell MP
Federal Member for Moncrieff
Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education
Shadow Minister for Youth

“Congratulations to you and all our colleagues on this wonderful milestone.
As a publisher of children’s books, it’s so great to know that our books are taking their place at the centre.
We hope you have a beautiful evening celebrating this enormously important milestone, and we look forward to sending you many more children’s picture books in the future.”
Dr. Peter & Kathy Creamer
Little Pink Dog Books

“Congratulations to a most exceptional literary body, NACL – a true intergenerational celebration of the power of story and literature in the lives of us all. As an educator, a parent and a reader, I am thankful for the caretakers of NACL whom I can stand alongside in this celebration and say, “what a marvellous collection and contribution to the social and cultural fabric of Australia”. We are all the richer for having you in our lives, classrooms and communities. ”
Alex Wharton Educator, Literary Critic and Judge

“A thousand congratulations! Or perhaps 1,050.
All the very best,”
Mem Fox xxx

“Congratulations on your 50th celebration. A considerable achievement for the world of children’s literature.
best wishes, ”
Hazel Edwards

“Dear Ruth and Belle – just wanted to drop you a note of congratulations, though I won’t be able to be there on the day.
All the very best,”
Graeme Base

“Dear Friends, of the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature,
On behalf of The School Magazine, I am writing to extend our heartfelt
congratulations to you on your 50th Anniversary. This is a significant
milestone that speaks to the dedication and passion, of everyone involved in
the National Centre of Australian Children’s literature.
We would like to take time to acknowledge the traditional custodians of land,
waterways, skies and culture, the Ngunnawal People, on which this wonderful
collection is housed. Story telling connects the work of the NCACL to the
Ngunnawal People.

Over the past five decades, you have made an indelible impact on the
landscape of children’s literature in Australia. Your commitment to collecting,
preserving, and documenting developments in Australian children’s literature
has not only enriched the lives of countless young readers but also
contributed to the cultural heritage of our nation. The School Magazine is but
one small part of this extensive catalogue, and we are proud to be included in
your preservation efforts and will continue to support your work.

Your work has been instrumental in making the collection available to the
people of Australia. By providing access to a diverse range of literature, you
have opened up new worlds for them to explore, sparking their imagination
and nurturing their intellectual growth. In places where children can feel safe
to wonder and learn, possibilities are endless. NCACL provides this type of
boundless environment.

The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature stands as a beacon of
inspiration for authors, illustrators, and educators alike. Your extensive
collection of books, manuscripts, artwork, serve as a valuable resource for
students, researchers, and others interested in their study and research.

Your efforts provide encouragement and inspiration for current and future
authors and illustrators of children’s literature. You assist in recognising the
contribution of Australian children’s authors and illustrators to children’s
literature around the world. This work is of utmost importance, and reaching
this significant milestone is a testament to your unwavering commitment.

As you celebrate this remarkable achievement, we hope that you continue to
inspire and educate future generations with your invaluable work. Here’s to
many more years of success and innovation in the field of children’s

Congratulations from your friends at The School Magazine
Best Regards,”
Elise Moore (Literacy Advisor: The School Magazine)

“Congratulations on the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature reaching the milestone of 50!
May your organisation grow from strength to strength!
Theresa Fuller (Author)

Happy 50th Birthday to a remarkable Organisation
“From Mem Fox’s “where is the green sheep” to Pamela Allen’s “waddle giggle gargle paddle poodle”, the best of children’s books stick in your mind for many years afterwards. Although our three boys are now in double-digit ages, my wife Gweneth and I still enjoy reading them the occasional bedtime story. Books have marked their growing up, as they moved from May Gibbs to Norman Lindsay to Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton to Morris Gleitzman to Jack Heath. We’re lucky to live in a nation with such remarkable Australian storytellers, where you can almost smell the eucalyptus leaves on the page. Congratulations to the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature on your 50th anniversary, and I look forward to the remarkable achievements to come in the next half century.”
~ Andrew Leigh, Federal Member for Fenner

“The NCACL is a landmark organisation that is an invaluable repository of children’s and YA literature. Thankyou for the first 50 years and looking forward to the next.”
Susanne Gervay OAM

“Fifty years of the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature—what a delightful cause for celebration! It is wonderful to know this is merely the first fifty years and that there are many still to come with the Centre collecting and preserving materials that tell the stories of Australian children’s literature. Thanks for all you do.”
A Visit from the North – NCACL
Professor Gregory Bryan, University of Manitoba, Canada.

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