MACL students are an interdisciplinary pool of talent: some are authors and illustrators of children’s books, actively involved in publishing; others are frequent contributors to children’s literature scholarship, presenting papers and posters at many professional and academic conferences and publishing book reviews and papers in academic and professional journals. Graduates have found work in children’s book publishing and in children’s book selling. Many have gone on to further degrees in education and library and information studies to enter careers as teachers and librarians. Several have entered doctoral programs in areas of children’s literature, culture, media, and Education. Some alumni now teach children’s literature or related courses, some with the MACL degree, some as doctoral students, and others with a Ph.D.
In addition, of the graduates who completed theses by writing works of fiction, poetry and picturebooks through the Creative Writing component of the MACL Program, many have had their MACL theses published by respected trade publishers. One MACL thesis, Wendy Philips’s Fishtailing (Coteau, 2009), won the 2010 Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature.
Several students have been successful in the highly competitive Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada fellowship programs, each earning a fellowship for her thesis work.
Several students have received awards for their children’s literature research: one received the 2005 Eileen Wallace Research Fellowship in Children’s Literature (University of New Brunswick); one was awarded the Frances Russell Research Award in Canadian Children’s Literature from the International Board on Books for Young People in 2006.
Students and alumni hold executive positions with children’s literature and literacy organizations, such as the International Board on Books for Young People (Canadian); the Canadian Children’s Book Centre; the U.S. Board on Books for Young People; the Canadian Writers and Illustrators association; the American Library Association-Association Library Services for Children; the American Library Association Young Adult Services Association Student Interest Group; the Canadian Library Association Children’s Librarians Are Serving Children Network; and the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable. They have worked for, and volunteered with, library literacy programs, such as the Vancouver Public Library Summer Book Camp, the North Vancouver Public Library Reading Buddies, and other similar programs such as the provincial Red Cedar Children’s Choice Awards for children’s literature. They have held positions as Graduate Teaching Assistants with the departments of English, French, Language and Literacy Education and Graduate Research Assistant positions with faculty in LLED and SLAIS.
Students and alumni have been jurors for children’s book prizes: the TD Children’s Literature Award; the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year Award and the Children’s Book of the Year Award; the British Columbia Book Prizes Sheila A. Egoff Prize and the Christie Harris Illustrated Book Prize; the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award; the Chocolate Lily Book Awards; the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Awards. One student brought her knowledge of serving on the prestigious American Library Association Newbery Committee to the program.