Category: Literacy

  • Pirates in Art and Storytelling

    Pirates in Art and Storytelling

    It is absolutely bizarre that we romanticise criminals the way we romanticise pirates but there we have it.

  • Drawing While Listening To Audiobooks After Dinner

    Highly recommended for young fidgeters.

  • What Is ‘Ludic Reading’?

    What Is ‘Ludic Reading’?

    ‘Ludic’ or ‘absorbed’ reading is a virtually trance-like state in which readers willingly become oblivious to the world around them. The term as used here comes from Hugh Crago and Victor Nell. This is by no means a universal phenomenon — some readers read like this, others can’t. For readers with the ability to become…

  • The Size and Format of Picturebooks

    How does the binding of a book affect reader expectations? What about the size? The actual individual appearance of of individual books is just as obvious an example of how prior expectations control our responses to stories; it influences our attitude to the stories the books contain before we even begin to read them. We…

  • What is dialogic reading?

    What is dialogic reading?

    ‘Dialogic’ is related to the word ‘dialogue’ and describes ‘having a conversation’. In education, dialogic reading refers the conversation adults have with students around the text they are reading together. Adults typically ask questions and make comments to help young readers explore the shared story at a deeper level. Because it is the dialogue that happens…

  • The Importance of Picture book Endpapers and Other Peritext

    The Importance of Picture book Endpapers and Other Peritext

    Peritext is especially important in picture books, and refers to the physical features and design elements that surround the story. When readers take note of this information, their experience of the story will be enhanced, or possibly change. Peritext includes information on: dust jackets under the dust jackets (of hardbacks) front and back covers endpapers…

  • The False Dichotomy of Reading Versus Screentime

    The Childwise Monitor Report 2013-14, which surveys the media consumption of children and teens, said tablets are increasingly the device of choice and that ownership has almost doubled for the second year running. Two in five who took part in the survey said they have their own tablet.  One In Five Children Read On A Tablet…

  • Picturebook Study: Colour Analysis

    Picturebook Study: Colour Analysis

    Colour is a language.

  • The Problem With Lexile Ratings

    The difficulty of a book cannot be measured by a lexile rating. According to The Atlantic, Teachers [in America] Are Supposed to Assign Harder Books, but They Aren’t Doing It Yet. There’s something strange, though, about positioning a book somewhere on the continuum that starts with ‘easy’ and ends with ‘difficult’, because a book’s difficulty, aside…

  • The Science and Pleasure of Reading

    The Science and Pleasure of Reading

    Many people who read silently do so by imagining a voice speaking the words they are reading…This could be because when we learn to read, we associate symbols with verbal sounds until the association is effortless…What’s particularly new about this study is that it not only shows that silent reading causes high-frequency electrical activity in…

  • What makes a picturebook re-readable?

    “We’re not trying to make stories that are going to be read, we’re trying to make stories that are going to be read a milliondy billiondy times.” Mo Willems While children’s books need to be re-readable, books aimed at an adult audience do not: As anyone who has ever read books to a child knows, young…

  • Touch Interactivity And Animation In Storybook Apps

    App developers would do well to remember that when it comes to providing a reading experience that is developmentally valuable for young children, it’s as much down to what the app doesn’t do, as what it does. a commenter on the Guardian article: Alarm Bells and Whistles Many of the first digital picturebook apps (‘storyapps’…