The Australian Children’s Literature Alliance is a relatively new organisation that aims to promote all things reading.
From their website comes the following information:
The Australian Children’s Literature Alliance is an independent, not-for-profit organisation founded in 2008 to champion and promote the transformational power of reading in the lives of young Australians. ACLA is a collegial and inclusive organisation with representation from all children’s and young adult literature industry and community sectors.
ACLA’s mission is to:
- promote the value, importance and transformational nature of reading
- influence the reading habits of Australian families
- raise the profile of books in the lives of children and young adults
- champion the cause of young Australians’ reading in a consultative, collegial and inclusive way.
ACLA is currently in the process of establishing a Children’s Laureate for Australia. Read more about the Children’s Laureate project here.
The current ACLA Board members are:
- Bronwen Bennett (VIC) Chair
- Malcolm Neil (VIC) CEO, Australian Booksellers Association
- Paula Kelly (VIC) State Library of Victoria, representing the Centre for Youth Literature
- Damian Morgan (TAS) Independent Bookseller, Stories Bookshop Launceston
- Dyan Blacklock (SA) Convenor, Children’s Publishing Committee, Australian Publishers’ Association
- Libby O’Donnell (NSW) Australian Publishers’ Association
- Fiona Lange (SA) The Little Big Book Club
- Ann James (VIC) Australian Society of Authors
- Marj Kirkland (QLD) National President, Children’s Book Council of Australia
- Val Noake (NSW) e:lit – the Primary English Teaching Association
- Lesley Reece (WA) Director, Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre
ACLA and its projects are managed by Tina Lehnert, Project Officer.
A wonderful development and a useful resource for anyone interested in the power and value of reading.