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Theorising materiality in children's digital books

Kucirkova, N; (2019) Theorising materiality in children's digital books. Libri & Liberi , 8 (2) pp. 279-292. 10.21066/carcl.libri.8.2.2. Green open access

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Abstract

Participatory literacies are new ways of experiencing narratives and of “interpreting, making, sharing and belonging in increasingly globally and digitally mediated cultures” (Wohlwend 2017a: 62). This paper discusses the material features of children’s digital books and the extent to which they support participatory literacies. The material features of digital books are conceptualised in terms of their external and internal properties. Based on a theoretical discussion and empirical observations it is argued that specific internal material properties of children’s digital books, namely their interactivity and multimedia, are uniquely positioned to support participatory literacies and are therefore a site of novelty in children’s experiences of narratives.

Type: Article
Title: Theorising materiality in children's digital books
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.21066/carcl.libri.8.2.2
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.21066/carcl.libri.8.2.2
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: interactivity, multimedia, personalised engagement, participatory literacies, materiality, e-books, digital books, apps, early literacy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10092662
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