Digital = Democratic?

Activity: Talk or presentation for an academic audienceOral presentation for an academic audience


Anna’s work - Children are developing in a world where they frequently meet texts fragmented across mediums. This phenomenon therefore presents an opportunity for exploring how young children in family settings respond to familiar picturebooks in both print and digital formats. This presentation examines new multimodal film data collected in 2021 using a qualitative case study methodology and adopts a constructionist thematic analysis approach. The analysis examines children’s talk and embodied responses to texts, such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Carle, 1969; Storytoys, 2020), Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (Willems, 2005) and Don’t Let the Pigeon Run the App (Disney, 2021). The theoretical underpinnings of this research align to both multiliteracies and social cultural perspectives on literacy. One unique aspect of this research is that it focuses on siblings as readers which is an area within family literacies which is less researched compared to parent-child reading relationships. Anna feels that she has tentative themes emerging and a concern for how to present the data analysis that provides detailed depth but without becoming repetitive or difficult to navigate. She would welcome questions or insights into how to present a mass of data analysis in an inspiring way.

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Period2 May 2023
Held atUniversity of Cambridge
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Family Literacy
  • Sibling Readers
  • Social-material literacy
  • Picturebooks
  • Elan