Dr Cherie Allan has been a teacher of English, Geography, History and SOSE over a period of approximately 20 years. She has taught in state, independent and Catholic schools across Queensland, and in South Australia and Victoria. Following this she completed a Graduate Diploma of Education in Teacher-Librarianship (QUT) and worked briefly as a teacher-librarian. Allan has since completed both a Masters of Education (USQ) and a PhD (QUT) in the field of children's literature. More recently she has worked as a Research Assistant on two AustLit subsets: Children's Literature Digital Resources and Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing Projects, as part of a team at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She also has worked part-time as a lecturer and tutor in Children's Literature (QUT) and is affiliated with the Children and Youth Research Centre (CYRC) at QUT.