Reading and viewing children's picture books with grammar in mind

Kylie Bradfield, Beryl Exley

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The chapter begins with an overview of what counts as reading in new times, extending the definition of reading to include viewing of visual texts. We then introduce a special type of children’s book, the post-modern picture book, and discuss how these texts make complex demands of the reader/viewer. Current curriculum in many Western nations directs teachers to scaffold young readers/viewers to come to know how the words and images in these texts work together to make meaning. We demonstrate five learning experiences where children’s picture books are used as the stimulus for teaching about the forms of language authors use so that their audience can make particular forms of meaning. We document three stages of a lesson plan where teachers introduce a technical language for reading and viewing with grammar in mind.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiteracies in Early Childhood
Subtitle of host publicationFoundations for Equity and Quality
EditorsAnnette Woods, Beryl Exley
Place of PublicationMelbourne Vic Australia
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780190305154
ISBN (Print)9780190305147
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • children's literature
  • grammar
  • reading
  • grammar instruction
  • Functional Grammar
  • primary school

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