Children’s reading in the digital age

A research summary of children’s digital books

Authored by: Natalia Kucirkova

The Routledge Handbook of Digital Literacies in Early Childhood

Print publication date:  July  2019
Online publication date:  July  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138303881
eBook ISBN: 9780203730638
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The aim of this chapter is to discuss the current state of knowledge concerning children’s digital books and to suggest a research agenda designed to enhance the field of children’s independent and shared e-reading practices. The chapter summarizes extant research on parent–child reading of digital books at home as part of daily routine as well as at research sites as part of laboratory studies, including both qualitative and quantitative research approaches. Methodological, theoretical and practical suggestions are made to stimulate future interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse research of children’s reading on screen, with the aim of inspiring innovative design and effective use in practice.

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