Symbolic annihilation is used to highlight the erasure of peoples in popular communication, including in children’s books, of course.
App stores add an extra layer of ‘censorship’ when it comes to creating content for children.
Any sort of close reading of a picture book turns the reader into a semiotician. What does this mean?
Episode 55 of the 99% Invisible podcast goes into the strange psychological phenomenon whereby certain consumers will pay huge amounts for a scarce commodity. Alcohol and handbags seem especially open to this marketing manipulation, and in this case beer, not because beer connoisseurs are being manipulated per se, but because there is a monastery in Germany whose […]
Is it picture book or picturebook? When commentators put the two words together, they do so mindfully: The terminology we apply to books, texts and reading do not seem to attach to the picturebook so readily. For example, if we speak of ‘the text’ of a picturebook, do we mean the words or the words-and-pictures…
All of us have a Public, Private and a Secret Self.
First things first: Does this story require an active and alert reader, and do the interactions reward interactivity and alertness? 1. Should interactions be user-initiated or autoplay? A mixture? I prefer narration to autoplay, with the option of turning it off completely from the main menu. When I have to press a button to start…
There are many reasons why storytellers sometimes use anthropomorphised animals as characters in very human stories. Here’s a list.
There are some researchers, who’ve been very lucky with their funding, who have studied the ways in which pets resemble their owners. If you’ve ever been to a dog show you’ll probably have noticed the phenomenon yourself. Sure enough, it’s been noted that when shown a random mixture of owner/pet photos, people are able to match…
Writing scary tales for children is difficult, because it has to be interesting without being too scary. How is it done? Where’s the line?