Children Reading Pictures: Interpreting Visual Texts
This book describes the fascinating results of a two year study of children's responses to contemporary picturebooks. Children of primary school age, from a range of backgrounds, read and discussed books by the award-winning artists, Anthony Browne and Satoshi Kitamura. They then made their own drawings in response to the books.
The authors found that children are sophisticated readers of visual texts, and are able to make sense of complex images on literal, visual and metaphorical levels. They are able to understand different viewpoints, analyse moods, messages and emotions, and articulate personal responses to picturebooks - even when they struggle with the written word.
With colour illustrations, and interviews with the two authors whose books were included in the study, this book demonstrates how important visual literacy is to children's understanding and development. Primary and Early Years teachers, literacy co-ordinators and all those interested in children's literature will find this a captivating read.
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The nature of picturebooks Theories about visual texts and readers
Visual literacy processes frameworks and models Towards a developmental theory of response to visual texts
Looking and seeing Children responding to picturebooks
On a walk with Lily and Satoshi Kitamura How children link words and pictures along the way
A gorilla with grandpas eyes How children interpret ironic visual texts a case study of Anthony Brownes Zoo
Letting the story out Visual encounters with Anthony Brownes The Tunnel
Thinking aloud Looking at children drawing in response to picturebooks Kate Rabey
Listening talking thinking and learning
Picturebooks and metaliteracy Children talking about how they read pictures
The artists voice Browne and Kitamura talking pictures
Conclusions Seeing thinking and knowing
Postscript Pedagogical interventions in the development of visual literacy
Afterword Anthony Browne
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