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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds Welcome to Week 1 of the Pictures of Youth course!

Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds Today we will be looking at picturebooks: how to define them, how to analyse them, and what kind of skills they demand of their young readers. We’ll look at some classic examples, of course, but also at weirder ones - including a little red rewriting of Little Red Riding Hood.

Skip to 0 minutes and 25 seconds But for now we start with a basic question: what exactly is a picturebook?

A warm welcome

And so, with housekeeping activities out of the way, a warm welcome to our course!

Our first week is divided into the following core activities:

  • 1) What is a picturebook?

Where we get to grips with definitions…

  • 2) Word and Picture Relationships

In picturebooks, words and pictures love each other very much. Or not… We look at the various kinds of interaction between text and image.

  • 3) Picturebooks and Literacy

Finally, we discuss three types of picturebooks - baby books, postmodern picturebooks, and picturebook apps - and try to work out which kinds of literacy they encourage and cultivate in children.

Let’s get started and find out more about who is learning with us!

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Pictures of Youth: An Introduction to Children’s Visual Culture

University of York