Australian Children’s Stories Greet the World

Australian Children’s Stories Greet the World

We are extremely proud to hold one of Australia’s unique collections of Australian children’s books. Amongst our collection of 55,600 books are 5,700 translations from 69 countries worldwide. Just imagine children the world over reading Australian children’s stories!

In 1979 the world celebrated the International Year of the Child. Lu Rees, our founder, began collecting translations. Visitors, creatives and researchers are amazed by this collection. They tell their friends. They donate spare copies. Publishers donate translations when they can. The collection is now one of Australia’s largest. We are committed to its growth and use. We need your help.

Translations require language skills to create the records for our online catalogue. If books are not in our catalogue, they are invisible. Twice before we have asked for your help. Twice before individuals and organisations have donated what funds they could. These specialist cataloguers have provided online records for over 1,500 books. Now these draw visitors and researchers.

Belle Alderman and Carlos Oliveira

Our Centre often holds the only translation of an Australian children’s book that is publicly available. We are committed to making these books known about and accessible. We know this is a big ask but we hope you’ll donate funds to help. We can then make these Australian stories in translation known about, sought after and loved the world over. Let’s work together to make known one of Australia’s biggest assets – its ability to create stories that are loved and shared by all ages.

NCACL is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient (DGR) by the Australian Taxation Office under Subdivision 20-BA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. This entitles donors to make monetary gifts. The Centre acknowledges such gifts, and the monetary value of that gift can be itemised as a deduction on the donor’s income tax returns in the year of donation. All donations to us of $2 and over are tax-deductible.


Here’s the link to our website donation page