Interactive Children’s Literature for Early Childhood
A generation ago a small, innovative company, Weston Woods, used the dominant communications technology of the day to offer young children a novel way to experience their favorite stories. (See Chapter Nine for more details about this venture.) Today a similar transformation in the way that children encounter literature is taking place. The technology used by Weston Woods that allowed children to explore literature was film and video. Many classic children's literature tides, including Caldecott Award winners, were transferred to film and video, using the original illustrations of the book and an appealing voice that read unaltered text. Children were able to complement their book experience with one that reflected modern technology, the use ofvideo and film. Likewise, today many children's classics are being transformed into interactive computer software. As with the Weston Woods enterprise, the intent is for modern technology to complement rather than replace actual books.