1st Edition

Talking Beyond the Page Reading and Responding to Picturebooks

Edited By Janet Evans Copyright 2009
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    Talking Beyond the Page shows how different kinds of picturebooks can be used with children of all ages and highlights the positive educational gains to be made from reading, sharing, talking and writing about picturebooks.

    With contributions from some of the world's leading experts, chapters in this book consider how:

    • children think about and respond to visual images and other aspects of picturebooks

    • children’s responses can be qualitatively improved by encouraging them to think and talk about picturebooks before, during and after reading them

    • the non-text features of picturebooks, when considered in their own right, can help readers to make more sense out of the book

    • different kinds of picturebooks, such as wordless, postmodern, multimodal and graphic novels, are structured

    • children can respond creatively to picturebooks as art forms

    • picturebooks can help children deal with complex issues in their lives

    Talking beyond the Page also includes an exclusive interview with Anthony Browne who shares thoughts about his work as an author illustrator.

    This inspiring and thought provoking book is essential reading for teachers, student teachers, literacy consultants, academics interested in picturebook research and those organising and teaching on teacher education courses in children’s literature and literacy.

    Dedication  Acknowledgements  Foreword by David Lewis  Notes on Contributors  Children’s Thoughts About Picturebooks  Introduction: It isn’t enough to just read a book one must talk about it as well  Part One: What to respond to? Attending to aspects of picturebooks  1. Understanding Visual Images in Picturebooks  2. Developing New Literacies: Responding to picturebooks in multiliterate ways.  3. Exploring Children's Responses to the Postmodern Picturebook, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book?  4. Picturebook Endpapers: Resources for Literary and Aesthetic Interpretation  5. Making and breaking frames: crossing the borders of expectation in picturebooks  Part Two: Different Texts, Different Responses  6. Reading The Visual: Creative and Aesthetic Responses To Picturebooks and Fine Art  7. Thinking in Action: Analysing children’s multimodal responses to multimodal picturebooks  8. Sharing visual experiences of a new culture: Immigrant children’s responses to picturebooks and other visual texts  9. Developing understanding of narrative, empathy and inference through picturebooks  Part Three: Thoughts from an Author Illustrator  10. A Master in his Time: Anthony Browne shares thoughts about his work


    Janet Evans is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Liverpool Hope University