Children Reading Picturebooks: Interpreting visual texts

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9781138014077: Children Reading Picturebooks: Interpreting visual texts
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Children Reading Pictures has made a huge impact on teachers, scholars and students all over the world. The original edition of this book described the fascinating range of children's responses to contemporary picture books, which proved that they are sophisticated readers of visual texts, and are able to make sense of complex images on literal, visual and metaphorical levels.

Through this research the authors found that children are able to understand different viewpoints, analyse moods, messages and emotions, and articulate personal responses to picture books - even when they struggle with the written word.

With colour illustrations, new data from the original research, updates on new critical work on picture books, and reflections on the impact the original edition has had on the day-to-day practice of those who used it in the classroom, this book demonstrates and explores how vital visual literacy is to children's understanding and development of the world.

Featuring exclusive interviews with the Anthony Browne and Satoshi Kitamura, the two authors whose books were included in the study, Primary and Early Years teachers, literacy co-ordinators and all those interested in children's literature will find this a captivating read.


What’s new in this edition?

  • This new edition keeps most of the original evidence from the study intact but adds new data both from the authors and other researchers. It also updates relevant new critical work on picture books.
  • Updates the literature review by including both key theoretical and empirical published research since 2003 and pointing to new trends
  • Summarizes key findings from the research on children for whom English is an additional language (EAL) from diverse backgrounds, minority ethnic and immigrant communities and especially how picturebooks encourage talk among children.
  • Describes how we have used our original research with dozens of graduate and postgraduate students who have also worked with picturebooks and children, including a few choice extracts from a few international mini case studies from students in the UK, Spain & Mexico (which resulted from the Spanish translation);

Biografía del autor:

Dr Evelyn Arizpe is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Education, University of Glasgow. She has taught and published widely in the areas of literacies, reader- response to picturebooks and children’s literature. She is co-author, with Morag Styles, of Children Reading Picture: Interpreting visual texts (Routledge 2003) and Reading Lessons from the Eighteenth Century: Mothers, Children and Texts (Pied Piper Press 2006). Also with Morag Styles, she has co-edited Acts of Reading. Teachers, Texts and Childhood (Trentham 2009). She is also co-author of Visual Journeys through Wordless Narratives (Bloomsbury Academic 2013).

Professor Morag Styles, Lecturer at the University of Cambridge School of Education, has recently published Children’s Picturebooks: the art of visual storytelling (with Martin Salisbury) to international acclaim. She is also the author of numerous books and articles on children’s literature, including Poetry and Childhood (2012) and the editor of several Routledge volumes, such as Opening the Nursery Door (1997). She has curated exhibitions related to children’s literature at the British Library and the Fitzwilliam Museum. She is co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge volume, Teaching Caribben Poetry, based on a four year project between Cambridge University and the University of the West Indies.

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