About us

Illustration from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" drawn by John Tenniel.

The Society

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.
Address: Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection
P. 0. Box 12 499
WELLINGTON

See http://www.thesapling.co.nz for ideas and conversations about children’s books

Next Meeting of the Friends

17:00 – 20:00 5 April 2018 Katherine speaks about Margaret Mahy – book to film
Details soon. Come to hear about NZ’s great children’s story author.

Ursula K. Le Guin dies at age 88

Ursula K. Le Guin dies age 88. She wrote science fiction, women's affairs and young adult fiction amongst others things.
Ursula K. Le Guin dies age 88. She wrote science fiction, women’s affairs and young adult fiction amongst others things.

Ursula K. Le Guin, the award-winning and best-selling science fiction writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, has died at 88.

A family statement posted Tuesday on Le Guin’s verified Twitter account says she passed away peacefully on Monday.

In addition to her fantasy and science fiction novels, Le Guin wrote short stories, poetry and literature for young adults.

She gained fame in 1969 with The Left Hand of Darkness, which involves a radical investigation of gender roles.

Her feminist-themed 1983 “Left-Handed Commencement Address” at Mills College was ranked one of the top 100 speeches of the 20th century by researchers at the University of Wisconsin and Texas A&M University.

The Earthsea books have sold in the millions in 16 languages. In December, she published a collection of essays based on blog posts called No Time to Spare.

Congratulations children’s author Joy Cowley

New Year Honours 2018 – Citation for Member of the Order of New Zealand

To be a Member of the Order of New Zealand:

COLES, Ms Cassia Joy (Joy Cowley), DCNZM, OBE

For services to New Zealand

Ms Joy Cowley has been one of New Zealand’s most prolific and successful writers since the 1960s and has made a strong contribution to both literature and literacy.

Ms Cowley began her career writing novels for adults and published several such novels during the 1970s, following her debut book ‘Nest in a Falling Tree’ (1967). She is best known for her children’s fiction, which includes the books ‘The Silent One’ (1981), ‘Bow Down Shadrach’ (1991) and its sequel ‘Gladly, Here I Come’ (1994). She has written 41 children’s picture books and has emphasised the need for children to see themselves in the books they read, particularly in their early years. She has been heavily involved in teaching early reading skills and helping those with reading difficulties. In this capacity she has written more than 1,000 reading books to assist in teaching reading and associated skills to schoolchildren. Her books are renowned internationally and are used in more than 70 percent of American schools. She is a patron and former Trustee of the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust, which supports and promotes the development of children’s and young adults’ literature in New Zealand. She has been widely recognised with numerous national and international literary awards throughout her career, including the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in fiction in 2010 and the University of Alabama’s Maryann Manning Award for Outstanding Literacy Scholar in 2011. Since being appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005 she has continued to write for publication, the most recent book being ‘Helper and Helper’ in 2017. As Honorary President of the New Zealand Society of Authors Ms Cowley delivered the 2011 Janet Frame Lecture.

Joy’s other honours

Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Queen’s Birthday 2005
Officer of the Order of the British Empire, New Year 1992
New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal 1993
New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal
[Thanks to Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet website]

 

In the Friends’ Display Case: National Library Wellington

Ever since the ‘School journal’ began in 1907, poetry has been an integral part of its content. Individual issues regularly included at least one poem and, in the early years, a poem was often placed on the front cover. Occasional “verse” issues, devoted solely to poetry, have also been produced.

Poems by New Zealand writers have always featured in the ‘Journal’, but overseas poetry was dominant until the 1950s. From then on, New Zealand poets such as Denis Glover, Basil Dowling, Eileen Duggan and James K. Baxter appeared frequently. Poetry by Margaret Mahy first appeared in 1961, the beginning of a trend to include more works by poets who specialised in writing for children.

Poems written by New Zealand school children have also been included in the ‘Journal’. “Children’s numbers” published in the years following World War II included stories, artwork and poems by children and, in later years, children’s poems have sometimes appeared alongside regular content.

These items from the Dorothy Neal White Collection and the National Library’s general lending collection will be on display in the 1st floor foyer of the National Library until the end of March.

Mahy, Margaret. “Alone in the house”. School journal, part 1, number 3, 1965 (Wellington: Ministry of Education) — at National Library of New Zealand.
Mahy, Margaret. “Alone in the house”. School journal, part 1, number 3, 1965 (Wellington: Ministry of Education) — at National Library of New Zealand.
Children’s number. New Zealand school journal, part II, volume 39, number 9, October 1945 (Wellington: New Zealand Education Department)
Children’s number. New Zealand school journal, part II, volume 39, number 9, October 1945 (Wellington: New Zealand Education Department)
Cowie, Wilson. “Rising tides”. School journal, part 2, number 2, 2007 (Wellington: Ministry of Education)
Cowie, Wilson. “Rising tides”. School journal, part 2, number 2, 2007 (Wellington: Ministry of Education)

..

Glover, Denis. “Hark, hark the shark”. School journal, part 2, number 1, 1975 (Wellington : Ministry of Education)
Glover, Denis. “Hark, hark the shark”. School journal, part 2, number 1, 1975 (Wellington : Ministry of Education)
Hunt, Sam. “The first bow-wow poem” and “The second bow-wow poem”. School journal, part 1, number 4, 1972 (Wellington: Ministry of Education)
Hunt, Sam. “The first bow-wow poem” and “The second bow-wow poem”. School journal, part 1, number 4, 1972 (Wellington: Ministry of Education)
Verse issue. New Zealand school journal, part IV, volume 42, number 5, June 1948 (Wellington: New Zealand Education Department)
Verse issue. New Zealand school journal, part IV, volume 42, number 5, June 1948 (Wellington: New Zealand Education Department)
These items from the Dorothy Neal White Collection and the National Library’s general lending collection will be on display in the 1st floor foyer of the National Library until the end of March.
These items from the Dorothy Neal White Collection and the National Library’s general lending collection will be on display in the 1st floor foyer of the National Library until the end of March.


 

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.


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

2 Comments on “About us”

  1. Hello,
    I am writing from Auckland Libraries serials department regarding the latest newsletter for June 2016 no.53. We should be on your mailing list to receive hard copies of the newsletter, but may have dropped off the list.
    Could you please send a hard copy of the newsletter for June 2016 to the following address:

    Serials department
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    Thank you very much in advance,
    Rose Allan

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