Sibling responses to digital & print storyworld texts

Activity: Talk or presentation for an academic audienceInvited talk for an academic audience


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 theoretical underpinnings of this research align to both multiliteracies and social cultural
perspectives on literacy. One unique aspect of this research is that is focuses
on siblings as readers which is an area within family literacies which is less researched compared to parent-child reading relationships. The siblings were
asked to read, for example, the print and digital app version of T'was the
Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore as well as other familiar picturebooks. Using Elan, a software tool, the children's multimodal responses are
transcribed and coded to build up layers of data. The data comprised of children's talk responses to texts as well as their embodied responses and social interactions. The themes emerging at this stage are of siblings acting in more
traditional roles with print texts, where the older sibling acts in loco parentis
but how the reading event's success and harmony can be promoted with a
younger sibling being empowered to hold the book or turn the pages. In contrast, due to there being less role modelling by parents of reading digital
picturebook apps, the sibling dynamic is more democratic during digital
reading events.

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Period23 Jun 2023
Held atUKLA (United Kingdom Literacy Association), United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Family Literacy
  • Peer Reading Practices in the Home
  • Picturebooks
  • Storyworld texts
  • Reflexive Thematic Analysis
  • Embodied knowledge