Here are some sites I visit regularly. I believe they are reliable and reputable sources of information.
Databases and Depositories
- National Library of Australia—a collection of over 10 million items including ‘books, journals, newspapers, music scores, maps, e-resources, websites, manuscripts (personal papers and organisational archives), documentary pictures, oral history and folklore recordings’ (‘Facts an Figures’). Also, a legal deposit library.
- Trove—a composite site providing access to resources about Australia. Trove describes itself as ‘a community, a set of services, an aggregation of metadata, and a growing repository of fulltext digital resources’ (‘Getting to Know Us’).
- AustLit—a database about Australian literature and storytelling.
- Australian Dictionary of Biography—carefully researched and concise accounts of the lives of ‘significant and representative persons in Australian history’ (‘About Us’).
Language and Grammar
- Macquarie Dictionary—widely recognised as the standard reference on Australian English.
- Oxford Dictionaries—the online site of the Oxford English Dictionary.
- Australian National Dictionary Centre—‘conducts research into Australian English, and provides Oxford University Press with editorial expertise for their Australian dictionaries’ (‘Welcome’).
- Australian Society of Authors—‘the professional association for Australia’s literary creators’ (‘About’).
- Australian Writers’ Centre—founded by Valerie Khoo to help ‘people achieve their writing goals’ (‘About Valerie Khoo’).
- Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA)—a volunteer organisation that aims to ‘engage the community with literature for young Australians’. The Council presents the annual CBCA Book of the Year Awards ‘to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature’ (‘About Us’).
- Australian Children’s Laureate—a non-profit organisation promoting ‘the transformational power of reading in the lives of young Australians’ (‘About’).
- National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature (formerly the Lu Rees Archives)—’a comprehensive collection of books and other resources about authors, illustrators, publishers and their creative works’.
- Centre for Youth Literature (CYL)—connects ‘Australian teenagers with books, stories, writing—and each other’. CYL runs the Reading Matters conferences, manages the Inside a Dog website (a peer book-reviewing site for young people) and administers the annual Inky Awards for youth literature.
- Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award—an international award, founded by the Swedish Government to honour the memory of Astrid Lindgren. The award’s prizemoney makes it the ‘largest international children’s and young adult literature award in the world’ (‘About the Award’).
- International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)—an international network ‘committed to bringing books and children together’ (‘What Is IBBY?’).
- Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators—a professional, non-profit organisation supporting those who write and illustrate for children and young adults ‘in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia’ (‘About SCBWI’). Australia is represented by two regional chapters—Australia East/New Zealand and Australia West.
- Anita Silvey’s Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac—a former editor of the prestigious US Horn Book journal, Anita Silvey provides the background to children’s literature classics in her daily recommendations.
- Guardian Children’s Books—home of the UK Guardian newspaper’s reviews, articles and other content about children’s literature. (Note: as of July 2016, this site ceased adding new content. Content uploaded prior to this date remains on the site.)
- Australian Curriculum—the national curriculum for Australian students from Foundation to Year 12.
- Education Services Australia (ESA)— a non-profit company ‘owned by all Australian education ministers … established to support delivery of national priorities and initiatives in the schools, training and Higher Education sectors’ (‘Introduction’).
- Scootle—a professional learning network for Australian educators.
- ABC Splash—‘high-quality digital educational content from across the ABC and around the world’ (‘About’).
- My Place for Teachers—resources supporting ‘primary and lower-secondary teachers using the My Place TV series in the classroom’ (‘Welcome’).
- Indigenous Literacy Foundation—‘aims to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous children living in remote and isolated regions’ (‘Who We Are’).
- Aboriginal Literacy Foundation—‘seeks to transform the lives of Indigenous children by focusing on literacy and numeracy education’ (‘About’).
- Room to Read—works ‘in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa’ to achieve literacy and gender equality in education (‘About Us’).