Children's literature


Interested in producing children’s books or see yourself as a librarian? Discover how stories for young people reflect and challenge the values of their time. From picture books to novels and films, you’ll explore a wide variety of literary and popular texts.

Integrated learning: incorporate a full or part-time industry work placement
Graduate Diploma of Children's Literature: offered fully online, study anywhere

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
  • editor
  • library assistant
  • library technician
  • publisher
  • records officer
  • teacher
  • writer


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

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.

Research with us

Got a page turner of an idea for a research paper? Share your big idea with the world through a higher degree by research.

Learn more about researching with us

Work experience opportunities

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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Overview of children’s literature at Deakin

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