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
Membership is by annual subscription, the details are on the membership page.
Note that the Friends of Dorothy Neal White Collections are presently unavailable because of earthquake damage in Molesworth Street, Wellington. Please check http://natlib.govt.nz/ for further information.
Death of Dick Bruna 23 August 1927 – Saturday 21 January 2017
REMINISCENCES – MARY HUTTON 11 APRIL 1926 – 5 AUGUST 2016
Mary Hutton was instrumental in the creation of the Dorothy Neal White Collection and of this Society, The Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection. She was life-long advocate for children’s literature and active in the wider community as a driver for Meals on Wheels and weekly volunteer at the Mary Potter Hospice for many years. When she died suddenly but peacefully in August she was still regularly guiding visitors to the Wellington Botanic Gardens.
While most members of the Friends are likely to be aware of her role with this Society, many are unaware of her long and influential career as Co-ordinator of Book Selection for School Library Service. Mary began in this role in 1950 and retired from it in 1990. As well as co-ordinating and managing the budget for all genre, including non-fiction and adult titles of interest to teenagers, Mary selected all the children’s fiction for School Library Service. This includes the National Children’s Collection (NCC), which was initially the repository of headquarters review copies and is now a research collection supported by this Society.
The Sapling – a new online magazine all about children’s books – reached 73% of its target funding goal in a staggering five days. “We always knew there’d be a healthy level of support for the website, but we had no idea just how passionate or how numerous our supporters would be.”
Coming soon: http://www.thesapling.co.nz/
End of Year Function was held 7 December 2016
On Wednesday 7 December 2016 we enjoyed our End of Year Event followed by Chris Szekely who discussed his latest book, Rona, a chapter book for 7-9 year-olds, published by Huia Publishers – and getting excellent reviews.
The Current Display Cabinet
May Gibbs and Avis Acres: Flower Fairies in Australia and New Zealand
Turnbull Librarian Mary Skarott has gathered together some fabulous works by May Gibbs and Avis Acres. These titles were taken from the Dorothy Neal White Collection and the National Children’s Collection and can be viewed outside the Turnbull Library reading rooms. Mary writes– Cecilia May Gibbs, (1877-1969), is one of Australia’s best loved authors and illustrators, famous for her fantasy stories featuring native plants and animals. She was born to English parents and her family emigrated to Australia in 1881, settling first in Adelaide and later moving to Perth. May became a proficient botanical artist while still a teenager, and later studied at several art schools in London. She settled in Sydney in 1913, where she worked on a range of illustrative assignments and developed her ideas for characters based on Australia’s native flora. These appeared on bookmarks, greetings cards and in her wild-flower baby booklets, the first of which was ‘The Gum-nut babies’. Her first major book, ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’, was published in 1918 to great success, and the rest of her career was devoted to writing and illustrating children’s books. She also produced the long-running cartoon strip, ‘Bib and Bub’, which ran in the ‘Sydney Sunday News’ from 1924-1967. Avis Acres (1910-1994) was born in Wellington, but her family moved to Auckland before Avis started school. She was a student at St Cuthbert’s College, and then worked in a variety of jobs which utilised her artistic talents, including drawing a cartoon, ‘The Adventures of Twink and Wink, the Twinkle Twins’, for the ‘Auckland Star’ children’s page. She moved to Taupo in 1950, with her husband Bob, and shortly afterwards she was inspired by May Gibbs’ book, ‘The Gum-nut babies’, to create Hutu and Kawa, two little pohutukawa fairies. Her ‘Hutu and Kawa’ cartoon strip ran in the ‘New Zealand Herald’ from 1950-1960. Between 1955 and 1957 three picture books featuring Hutu and Kawa and their friends were published by A.W. & A.H. Reed. Like May Gibbs, Avis had a great love of the natural world, and her artwork is notable for its accurate depiction of New Zealand’s plants, birds and animals. The Alexander Turnbull Library holds a number of original artworks by Avis Acres, and some personal papers. -Mary Skarott, Research Librarian, Children’s Literature
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The New Zealand Book Council invites you to join us for the 2016 NZ Book Council Lecture:
Tala Tusi: The Teller is the Tale in 4 Tales. Delivered by Selina Tusitala Marsh.
Where: National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth St, Thorndon, Wellington
When: Friday 11 November, 6pm
RSVP: This is a free event, but spaces are limited. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your seat
This event is brought to you in partnership with the National Library of New Zealand.
Applying for DNW Scholarship
Through its lectures, meetings, research grant and publications the Society helps to foster interest in the general development of children’s literature.
Interested? Download the application form.
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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.
For research enquiries relating to the collection use the webform
Facsimile: 64-4-474 3035
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