Dr Belle Alderman is Emeritus Professor of Children's Literature at the University of Canberra. She is currently the Director of the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature Inc, an internationally known research collection. Dr Alderman was a teacher librarian in the US for many years. Her academic career at the University of Canberra began in 1973 where she has taught children’s literature, school libraries, archives and related subjects. She has served as a CBCA National Judge, reviewed children’s books for Reading Time, The Canberra Times and ABC radio. Most recently, she served as a judge for the Prime Minister’s Awards for Children’s and Young Adult books. For her services to Australian children’s literature she has been made a Member of the Order of Australia, received the Dromkeen Medal, the Nan Chauncy Award, and the Children’s Book Council Distinguished Services Citation.