About us

The society which is based in Wellington, New Zealand is associated with The National Library of New Zealand . It was formed in 1983 to support the work of the Dorothy Neal White Collection.
In 2005 it was extended to support the National Children’s and Susan Price Collections.
How to view the collections supported by Friends of DNW
Through its lectures, meetings, research grant and publications the Society helps to foster interest in the general development of children’s literature.
Membership is by annual subscription, the details are on the membership page.
Address: Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection
P. 0. Box 12 499
WELLINGTON

Jack Lasenby

We are terribly sad that children’s literature hero Jack Lasenby has died.

Jack Lasenby: read more at The Sapling with Jack Lasenby

Reality vs Fiction in Children’s Literature

Eirlys Hunter will speak to the Friends
Tuesday 22 October 2019
5:30pm for drinks & nibbles, 6:00pm talk
Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, cnr Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington.
Eirlys Hunter has published seven books for children, and her most recent book The Mapmaker’s Race was a finalist in the 2019 NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults. She teaches Writing for Children at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington

There is every sort of world to be found in Junior fiction, from Narnia to Hogwarts. Eirlys Hunter will look at some of the worlds of children’s literature and consider what these different settings and ways of being offer their young readers.
Read the Flyer

WILD Imaginings Children’s Writers and Illustrators’ Hui Dunedin 8-10 Nov

We are aiming to attract not only established practitioners in the field of children’s writing and illustrating, but also those individuals who would like to learn how to write and/or illustrate for children and young adults.
Learn more at https://www.storylines.org.nz/Events+and+activities/Wild+Imaginings+-+National+Childrens+Writers+and+Illustrators+Hui+2019.html

See the registration form for Wild Imaginings ..here..

2019 NZ Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards winners announced

The full list of winners is:

Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award
The Bomb, Sacha Cotter, illustrated by Josh Morgan (Huia Publishers)

Picture Book Award
The Bomb

Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction
The Dog Runner, Bren MacDibble (Allen & Unwin)

Young Adult Fiction Award
Legacy, Whiti Hereaka (Huia Publishers)

Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction
Art-tastic, Sarah Pepperle (Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū)

Russell Clark Award for Illustration
Puffin the Architect, written and illustrated by Kimberly Andrews (Penguin Random House)

Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu Award for te reo Māori
Te Haka a Tānerore, Reina Kahukiwa, illustrated by Robyn Kahukiwa, translated by Kiwa Hammond (Mauri Tū)

Best First Book Award
Art-tastic, Sarah Pepperle (Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū)

Featured New Book – ‘FOUND’

This National Childrens Collection book is currently featuring on the new book display in the Reading Room:

Found
By Jeff Newman & Larry Day
Published Simon & Schuster Books, 2018

It is a sweet book which only features illustrations. It tells an emotional story of a little girl who finds a dog. The illustrations contain so many little details which provide more context to the story.

Research Grant

A research grant is offered biennially to applicants who intend to undertake research that will make use of the Dorothy Neal White Collection and / or the National Children’s Collection, and fits other applicant criteria listed on the website.

Next Event

Coming soon

This National Children’s Collection book is currently featuring on the new book display in the Reading Room:

Found
By Jeff Newman & Larry Day
Published Simon & Schuster Books, 2018

It is a sweet book which only features illustrations. It tells an emotional story of a little girl who finds a dog. The illustrations contain so many little details which provide more context

CONTACTS

Your comments or questions about the Society, the Collection, and this website are welcome
Enquiries about membership of the Friends may be directed to the Secretary, Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection
P0 Box 12-499, Thorndon, Wellington 6144.
Membership form

For research enquiries relating to the collection use the webform
http://www.natlib.govt.nz/services/ask-a-librarian

Telephone: 64-4-4704488.
Facsimile:  64-4-474 3035

CHARITABLE STATUS:

New Zealand law allows non-profit organisations to apply for charitable status. This gives advantages over exemptions from some tax returns and allows members to claim tax exempt status for donations.

Our registration number is CC51738

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