Crossover picturebooks and intergenerational communication
Transforming the educational relationship:
Intergenerational and family learning for the
lifelong learning society
24-25 October, Bucharest, Romania
Crossover picturebooks and
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Patridge
Mem Fox, Julie Vivas, 1984
Children’s literature, child, adult
Children’s literature is created for children
The whole process of creation, promotion and distribution belongs
Many adults enjoy reading children’s books
Many children’s books address children and adults alike.
By L. Shanklin on October 3, 2001
For anyone struggling to love and care for individuals suffering from
Alzheimer's, this short book can facilitate the release of tears, as well as bring
hope and comfort.
Aug 06, 2011 Melissa added it
This may just be my favorite picture book ever. I discovered it during grad
school when I worked at a children's bookstore, and it was love at first read. I
don't think I have ever once read it without tearing up. When I read it to the
littles yesterday, Scott had to step in near the end when I was too choked up
to speak. It's a beautiful book, and true in the way that sometimes only fiction
Children’s literature, child, adult
A book is not addressed to children only if:
- it speaks about social depravity, homosexuality
or the Holocaust
- it reminds us that You are Only Old Once
- it has a philosophical
content and deals with
the profundities of life:
How to live forever
- it draws his material from
popular stories and infuse
them with different
Child, adult and
Crossover Children’s Literature
Many books for children
cross over to adult reader and this is done on a very
can communicate with both age readerships despite the fact
that each age group communicates with books in a different
way (Beckett, 2009; 2012)
What is Crossover Picturebook?
in picturebook words and images are interdependent
the meaning can only be made by combining the two
levels of narration: visual and verbal
it employs innovative techniques
it uses parody and irony
it defies conventional norms and codes that have
traditionally prevailed in illustrated books for children
it creates multiple levels of interpretation
Why Crossover Picturebook?
offer a unique opportunity for
collaborative reading between children and
adults, they empower the two audiences more
equally than any other narrative form” (Beckett,
2012; Scott, 1999)
Why Crossover Picturebook?
It is a suitable educational material for all ages:
It stimulates higher order thinking because of its social, political,
cultural and historical references
It covers a large number of relevant themes: discrimination,
aging, demographics, competition, game theory, migration etc
It can be used for college level economics
It can be used for the teaching of foreign languages to adults
It is a perfect tool for illuminating science topics: it triggers a
deeper understanding of a single concept in short time
The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales
Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith,1992
It is a collection of a
retelling of twisted parodies
of classic fairy tales
It defies literary convention
and stereotypes in narrative
structure using a series of
humorous twists and turns
It is a picturebook that
subverts the conventional
Jack, of the Jack and the
is the narrator
tells his own version of
some very familiar stories
undertakes the set up of the
book and makes sure that
the thread binding all
retellings remains unbroken
can speak with the
characters of the book
The hasty Little Red Hen begins
her story before the reader even
reaches the title page.
She asks questions about ISBN
of the book: “Who is this ISBN
The Table of Contents is found
somewhere inside the pages of the book,
making Jack’s work more difficult
But it is also Jack who moves the
endpaper to the interior of the book: I
moved the endpaper up here so the Giant would
think the book is over
Everything in this book:
Rapport with the characters
carry humorous new, different and/or surrealistic meanings.
Everything brings the opportunity to rethink the same stories
with new dimensions and re-evaluate the world we live.
When conventional practices or set perceptions are questioned,
old ideas are infused with new ones.
After reading the book we can discuss with the children
and ask them about:
What obstacles the characters had to face?
If they were able to overcome them and
What choices did they make?
Can be used as medium for intergenerational
Can offer an equally interesting reading experience to
Can be used as educational material
Can be used as a medium that can enjoy them.
“Infantilization” of adults or
“adultization of children and young
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