NCRCL Research Talk – Nicola Daily, 10th October

Everyone is welcome to attend this talk:



Developing two picturebook collections in New Zealand: The New Zealand PictureBook Collection and the NZ Pacific PictureBook Collection


Nicola Daly, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

Wednesday, 10th October, 16.00-17.00

 Fincham 001, Fincham Building, Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton, London

Research shows that teachers may not choose picturebooks which represent realities that are not their own (Wolman-Bonilla, 2009), and yet the importance of all children seeing themselves and their lives being reflected in picturebooks is known and has been discussed by many in the field (e.g. Galda & Callinan, 2002). In this presentation I will describe the development of two picturebook collections whose main purpose is to ensure that New Zealand children see their own and their classmates’ realities reflected in the books being read to them. A sample of books and classroom activities from the New Zealand PictureBook Collection (NZPBC) and the New Zealand Pacific PictureBook Collection (PPBC) will be briefly introduced.


Nicola Daly is a senior lecturer in the Department of Arts and Language Education at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. She majored in Japanese and linguistics in her undergraduate degrees and completed her PhD in Human Communication Sciences at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia in 1998. Her current research interests lie in  the use of children’s picture books in education and language teacher education.


About Laura Atkins

I am a children's book author and editor who has worked in the children's book field for over twenty years. My published books include picture book SLED DOG DACHSHUND (illustrated by An Phan), and the middle grade biography FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP (co-written with Stan Yogi, illustrated by Yutaka Houlette). This is the first in the Fighting for Justice series - the next book about Biddy Mason to be co-written with Arisa White will come out in February 2019. I spent seven years in editorial departments in the United States where I helped to produce winners of the Coretta Scott King Award and American Library Association Notable Book selections, among others. I continued to work as a freelance editor and as a Senior Lecturer at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL) at Roehampton University in London. Now based in Berkeley, California, I work with clients all over the world. I have an MA in Children's Literature from Roehampton University, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. My website is

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