Reading Contemporary Picturebooks takes a look at one of the most vibrant branches of children's literature - the modern picturebook. This exciting new book takes a sample of contemporary picturebooks and closely examines the features that make them distinctive and then suggests a way of characterising the 'interanimation' of words and pictures that is the essence of the form. The reasons for the picturebook's vitality and flexibility are also explored and the close bond between the picturebook and its readers is analyzed. Advances in our understanding of how visual images are organized are examined and the book concludes with an attempt to redescribe the picturebook in such a way that pictures, readers and text may be drawn together. Picturing Text will be of interest to students, teachers and researchers interested in reading, children's literature and media studies.



chapter |30 pages

Modern picturebooks

The state of the art

chapter |15 pages

The interaction of word and image in picturebooks

A critical survey

chapter |15 pages

The ecology of the picturebook

chapter |15 pages

The picturebook as process

Making it new

chapter |11 pages

Picturebooks at play

chapter |15 pages

Postmodernism and the picturebook

chapter |22 pages

A word about pictures