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Where can I find a list of classic Australian children's books?

Early editions of two classic Australian children's books have been digitised and are available online:

Blinky Bill, the Quaint Little Australian by Dorothy Wall

Dot and the Kangaroo by Ethel C. Pedley

You can also find more digitised children's books on the International Children's Digital Library website. Search under 'Books by Country' to find Australian material.

There are also two reference works that might help guide you to other classic Australian works. The first is a series of three volumes by Henry Maurice Saxby.

1. Offered to Children : a History of Australian Children's Literature 1841-1941

2. Images of Australia : a History of Australian Children's Literature 1941-1970 (View Table of contents)

3. The Proof of the Puddin' : Australian Children's Literature 1970-1990

The second is another series of three authored first by Marcie Muir and then Kerry White. The series title is Australian Children's Books: A Bibliography. Volume one contains items published between 1774 and 1972, volume two from 1973 to 1988 and volume three from 1989 to 2000. Although this publication aims to list every work published, each entry has a Notes field where you will find mentions of special prizes etc. for that publication.

The Source is a searchable bibliographic database to children's literature by subject from around the world with an emphasis on Australian and New Zealand books. It includes references to both out of print and current material. It is the work of Kerry White. The Source is available onsite in the National Library building only.

The Children's Book Council of Australia website has a section on Children's Book of the Year Awards. Winners are listed back to 1946.

Finally, Trove is a very useful tool for not only finding the publication details of items you're after, but also finding holding libraries and new and second-hand bookshops that sell a particular work. Use the "Buy a copy" function to be directed to online bookstores such as: Abebooks, Alibris, Amazon or Biblioz.

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Last update: 2012-06-14 11:43
Author: General Reference Enquiry