Children's literature

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Overview

Children’s literature explores a wide variety of literary and popular texts – from picture books to novels and films. Discover how these texts imagine and convey ideas, and how stories for young people reflect and challenge the values of their time. Interested in producing children’s texts, or see yourself as a editor or librarian? Well, once upon a time there was a university named Deakin…

I love the way literature compels us to think about every aspect of life from politics and gender to the environment and our deepest fears.

Michelle Smith

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, children's literature

Stellar course reputation

Deakin has an excellent reputation for its units and courses in children's literature. We also provide specialist knowledge to anyone interested in writing for children and young adults.

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Deakin graduates hit the ground running thanks to work integrated learning. All communication courses at Deakin provide opportunities to undertake industry internships, enabling you to network and gain experience in the industry prior to graduating. 

Work experience plays a key role in developing graduates’ employability and students undertaking courses offering placement and internship experiences are highly sought-after by employers.

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Career opportunities

If you’re a current teacher, librarian, writer or other professional who works with children, advance your knowledge, improve your qualifications and get that job promotion. 

Possible career outcomes related to children’s literature include:

  • Archivist
  • Library assistant
  • Library technician
  • Records officer
  • Teacher
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Publisher

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Overview of children’s literature at Deakin.

Clare Bradford talks about our international recognition and our leading scholars who specialise in children’s literature.

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