Liz Derouet

Still talking about books


I have studied and reviewed children’s and young adult (YA) literature for almost 20 years. I currently review for Magpies Magazine and Reading Time. Working in libraries has enabled me keep up to date with what young people read and what makes a good book, for all ages.

While I specialise in all areas of literature for children and teens, my favourite areas include postmodern picturebooks and YA literature. I have written courses for the University of Southern Queensland and taught these courses online.

I was the Queensland Judge for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards in 2007 and 2008. Reading and working alongside such greats in the children’s literature world was inspiring and I learned a great deal.

I have two Masters degrees: Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) and Master of Arts (Children’s Literature), and a Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing. I enjoy studying and would love to complete a PhD one day, although I feel one of my sons may beat me to it!


Derouet, L & Morgan, A. (2013) Graphic novels: Perspectives from two different readers. In Magpies: Talking about books for young children. 28(4), 10-14.

Derouet, L. (2010) Using picture books in middle years classrooms. In Literacy Learning: the Middle Years, 18(1), i-xi.

Derouet, L. (2006) Book talks: engaging the reluctant reader. In Visions of learning: ASLA online II conference proceedings.

Derouet, L. (2004) The power and passion of booktalking. In Access. 18(1). 7-8

Derouet, L. (2004) Handy hints to bring books to life. In Access. 18(1). 9-10

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