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Digital Literature for Children

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This book is the result of a research project carried out by the research group GRETEL from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) on children's and adolescents' digital literary education. It offers some of the outcomes of this project and combines them with other contributions from internationally renowned authors to address the three pillars of digital literary reader training: the texts themselves, the responses they generate in children and adolescents and digital reading practices at home and at school. This work is intended as a contribution to international research on digital literature for children and young adults and its impact on the teaching practices of literary education. Its main goals are to guide the inclusion of this training in classrooms and to investigate strategies for accessing multimedia, interactive and hypertextual messages and products that form a part of fictional products today. The volume begins by contextualising electronic literary reading and specifying the new research framework of digital literature for children and adolescents. It then provides an overview of the relationships between the electronic medium and children and young adult production on the one hand, and of the digital works and their features on the other, to reflect on their potential for literary education. Subsequently, it tackles the effective contact of children and adolescents with this literature in order to determine what happens when different electronic works are made available to children readers without eliminating printed literature from their environment. Finally, the floor is given to two leading creators.
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Contents: Laura Borras: The Reader (in) Digital. Forms of Reading on Screens - Lucas Ramada Prieto: "Common Places in Children's E-Lit". A Journey through the Defining Spaces of Electronic Literature - Bettina Kummerling-Meibauer: The Impact of New Digital Media on Children's and Young Adult Literature - Junko Yokota: The Past, Present and Future of Digital Picturebooks for Children - Celia Turrion Penelas: Electronic Literature for Children. Characterising Narrative Apps (2010-2014) - Mireia Manresa: Traditional Readers and Electronic Literature. An Exploration of Perceptions and Readings of Digital Works - Lucas Ramada Prieto/Lara Reyes Lopez: Digital Migrations: Exploratory Research on Children's E-Lit Reading Profiles - Martina Fittipaldi/Anna Juan/Mireia Manresa: Paper or Digital: A Comparative Reading with Teenagers of a Poe Short Story - Cristina Aliagas/Ana M. Margallo: iPads, Emergent Readers and Families - Neus Real/Cristina Correro: Digital Literature in Early Childhood. Reading Experiences in Family and School Contexts - Teresa Colomer/Karla Fernandez de Gamboa Vazquez: Reading Literature on Screen in a Classroom Library - Kate Pullinger: Inanimate Alice - How We Accidentally Created a Digital Story for Schools - Arnal Ballester: Change of Direction.

About the Author

Mireia Manresa is a part-time lecturer in the Department of Language, Literature and Social Sciences Education at the UAB, a secondary education teacher and an e-learning specialist. Neus Real is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Language, Literature and Social Sciences Education at the UAB and a specialist in women's fiction of the 20th century.

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