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  • Psychological Novel And Children’s Literature

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    Modern young adult literature bears many similarities to what has previously been called ‘the psychological novel’. A psychological novel is a work of prose-fiction which places more than the usual amount of emphasis on interior characterisation, and on the motives, circumstances, and internal action which springs from, and develops, external action. Wikipedia The psychological novel is also called “psychological realism”. A […]

  • Stories To Complement The Artifacts

    The Artifacts is a story about: the power of imagination the value of memory over material objects loss disappointment betrayal Here are some stories you might like to read/study if you are interested in themes touched upon in The Artifacts. Picturebooks These next three books are similar to The Artifacts in that they share a […]

  • Nudity In Picturebooks

    This morning Cosmopolitan reports that UK authors are pushing for children’s literature to include sex in fiction for kids. That’s quite a headline grabber. Of course, reading the actual article offers a less sensationalist request: Malorie Blackman says that including sex in fiction for kids will expose them to it in a shame-free, healthy and positive […]

  • Thoughts On The Problems With Boys And Picturebooks

    UPDATE: Here is the latest hand-wringing on boys and books, this time from Jonathan Emmett. The New Statesman has published an article by Jonathan Emmett who points out that the picturebook world is dominated by women. I’m simplifying here, but basically he argues that this is one problem with picturebooks today, and the feminisation of […]

  • Close Reading: Bringing reader and text closer together

    First up, Larry Ferlazzo has a great list Close Reading: Am I Getting Close? from Learning Is Growing Does Background Knowledge Matter to Reading Comprehension? from Russ On Reading What, exactly is close reading of the text? from Grant Wiggins. Part two is here. The first chapter of the book Notice and Note by Beers and Probst […]

  • Things Possible With Digital Stories Which Are Not So Possible With Paper Stories

    A lot is being said about all the ways in which ebooks and tablet books are not as good as ‘real books’: you can’t smell them, there’s screen glare, you don’t know where you are up to in the book… Ebooks “I hate them. It’s like making believe there’s another kind of sex. There isn’t another […]

  • Symbolic Annihilation and Symbolic Glorification

    Symbolic annihilation is used to highlight the erasure of peoples in popular communication, including in children’s books, of course. I only heard of this term this week, thanks to an article at Jezebel, but I’ve been aware of the concept for a while. Once you start noticing how few non-white characters exist in modern picturebooks, […]

  • Censorship of Children’s Books

    The interesting thing about setting up your own small publishing company and jumping straight into storyapp creation is that we are responsible for making every single little decision. I consider our stories ‘different’ from mainstream stories. Middle grade picturebooks are fairly unusual in the first place. Then I read about some traditionally published illustrator’s experience […]

  • Reading Pictures Is A Skill In Its Own Right

    Any sort of close reading of a picture book turns the reader into a semiotician, points out Perry Nodelman in his essay Decoding The Images: How Picturebooks Work. I have been literate in the former sense since I was 6. As for the latter, I still struggle. Hit me with subtitles, for example, and I […]