Australian School Library Association     

The Australian School Library Association (ASLA) is the
national authority, the peak forum in the field of teacher
librarianship and school library resource services.

Its aim is to maximise opportunities for students to obtain independent lifelong learning and decision making skills
through ASLA's commitment to :

  • High professional standards
  • Awareness of advances and changes in technology and
    the competence and ability to teach and use it
  • Effective, cooperative use of school resource services
    by the whole school community
  • Qualified teacher librarians with an image of excellence
  • Optimum use of the dual skills of teaching and librarianship.

ASLA are proud to be partnering with Kate Foster and SLANZA for the DANZ Awards!
"diversity is more than a label."

The Diversity in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand Children's Book Award has been created to recognise, award, and celebrate diverse children’s fiction. This means a children’s book published in Australia or New Zealand which pushes boundaries, challenges stereotypes, and celebrates diverse and marginalised people and communities.

Please visit the below website for more information on:

  • What DANZ celebrates and why
  • Key dates
  • Sponsorship
  • Becoming a judge 
  • Nominating a book

Getting Our Kids to Read More Books

In 2023 children’s authors Kate Foster and Dee White started Author Pen Pals, a new initiative to get kids excited about reading. The programme inspired by UK-based Book PenPals, connects Australian authors and illustrators with Australian schools, especially those whose lack of funds or remote location means they rarely, if ever, get to host authors or illustrators... continue reading.

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Australian School Library Association, Inc. | 416 Magill Rd, Kensington Gardens SA 5068 AUSTRALIA | email: ABN: 13 949 313 604 ARBN: 141 262 866

ASLA acknowledges and pays respect to the past and present Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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