Reviews and media coverage for Picture Books for Older Readers (PBOR) database

Reviews and media coverage for Picture Books for Older Readers (PBOR) database

Australian Children’s Television Foundation ACTF News ‘Discover Australian picture books for older readers’ 19 Sept 2023

Seven Little Australians & Counting
Facebook post 12 October 2023

Picture Books for Older Readers: Insights into Endpapers
by Dr Belle Alderman AM Director of the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature Inc.
CBCA Tasmania blog 2 September 2023

Reading Pictures – Drawing Words: A Database of Picture Books for Older Readers
‘One of the best things about this database is that it is AUSTRALIAN!  How many times have you searched for picture books on specific topics, only to discover (usually) American resources, which are not entirely relevant to the Australian context and/or are incredibly expensive to order. The NCACL are providing us with a fabulous and free (although donations are always welcome!) resource that you can be assured is relevant to our Australian context.’

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Anna Davidson
Junior Teacher Librarian, Hutchins School
Tasmanian Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, blog, 4 August 2023

Reading Pictures, Drawing Words: A Database of Picture Books for Older Readers
Tania McCartney’s blog 1 August 2023

‘Adding this database link to any curated Path Finders or LibGuides will ensure that teachers have immediate access to quality selected picture books for older readers and brilliant resources to support the teaching of specific themes and topics.’

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Raffaela Grasso
Primary Teacher Librarian
Primary Creative Technologies (Digi Tech) Teacher
Primary eLearning Leader
M.Ed (Teacher Librarianship)

“I’m such a firm believer that picture books are works of art that can be of immense value to humans of all ages – from babies through to adults. If you are a parent, teacher, librarian, researcher, or just someone who derives joy from the magic of picture books – I urge you to check out this new database and discover a wealth of information right at your fingertips!”

Aussie Kids Books
Sandy Bigna
Writer, reviewer, blogger

‘WOW it is fabulous – congratulations to all involved. I love all the ways you can search (this is sure to be appreciated by Teacher-Librarians). The inclusion of all the book covers make it so easy to identify familiar and unfamiliar titles. I will be “shouting from the top of the mountain” so teachers and Teacher-Librarians know about this fabulous, timesaving, inspirational and comprehensive resource.’ —Margot Lindgren’s blog features a comprehensive overview of the PBOR database

Margot Lindgren
CBCA Book of Year 2021-23 Judge Picture Book and New Illustrator
IBBY Australia National Secretary

“The first stories perhaps were words around a fire. Maybe the next were painted on cave walls. I doubt that humanity’s earliest stories were just for little kids. They were for everyone. The NCACL has brilliantly collected the best of Australia’s innovative and entrancing picture books for ‘older readers’, an invaluable resource for parents, teachers and young people.

Hunt within the database and you will find exactly the picture book you need, to love, laugh with, be fascinated by, and to learn more deeply how to be human.”

Jackie French AM
Adjunct Professor University of Queensland
Author, Historian, Ecologist, Honorary Wombat
Senior Australian of the Year, 2015
Australian Children’s Laureate 2014-15
Ambassador National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature Inc,
Patron Monkey Baa Theatre Company

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See also:
Promoting Picture Books for Older Readers – NCACL
Bibliography of Helpful Resources re Picture Books for Older Readers and their use

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Jackie French says:

“The NCACL is the guardian of Australia’s stories for young people, fiction or non-fiction, prose or verse, illustrated or wordless art.