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Talking Beyond the Page

Reading and Responding to Picturebooks

Edited by Janet Evans

Routledge – 2009 – 194 pages

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Description

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.

Reviews

"[T]he analysis of each book is sophisticated and insightful. Each chapter's bibliographies are extensive and helpful. The interview with author/illustrator Anthony Browne adds another useful dimension to an excellent study. Summing Up: Highly recommended." - CHOICE, February 2010

Contents

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, Janet Evans

Part One: What to respond to? Attending to aspects of picturebooks

1. Understanding Visual Images in Picturebooks, Frank Serafini

2. Developing New Literacies: Responding to picturebooks in multiliterate ways. Michèle Anstey and Geoff Bull

3. Exploring Children's Responses to the Postmodern Picturebook, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book? Sylvia Pantaleo

4. Picturebook Endpapers: Resources for Literary and Aesthetic Interpretation, Lawrence Sipe & Caroline E. McGuire

5. Making and breaking frames: crossing the borders of expectation in picturebooks, Vivienne Smith

Part Two: Different Texts, Different Responses

6. Reading The Visual: Creative and Aesthetic Responses To Picturebooks and Fine Art, Janet Evans

7. Thinking in Action: Analysing children’s multimodal responses to multimodal picturebooks, Morag Styles & Kate Noble

8. Sharing visual experiences of a new culture: Immigrant children’s responses to picturebooks and other visual texts, Evelyn Arizpe

9. Developing understanding of narrative, empathy and inference through picturebooks, Prue Goodwin

Part Three: Thoughts from an Author Illustrator

10. A Master in his Time: Anthony Browne shares thoughts about his work, Anthony Browne in interview with Janet Evans

Author Bio

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

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Description: Edited by Janet Evans. 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...
Categories: Early Years, Primary/Elementary Education, Children's Literature, English & Literacy/Language Arts