Understanding children’s literature, the Mooc book

Understanding children’s literature, is the Mooc book failed by the University of Liège.

This work became essential for professionals and amateurs of children’s literature.

Understanding Children’s Literature(Pastel / Ecole des loisirs) completes the Mooc of the University of Liège (Belgium): Once upon a time in children’s literature already published twice on the Fun-mooc platform.

The preface: “Defense and illustration of children’s literature” is written by Michel Defourny, specialist in children’s literature. It immerses us in the history of children’s literature and its evolution.
The book is then divided into several chapters with articles, interviews with professionals, references, historical reminders, bibliographies.
At the end of the chapter, a quiz identical to that of the Mooc confirms what has been learned.

Overview of the chapters taken over

First of all, there is an invitation to travel the path of the book with its reception and censorship.
Then, we approach the subject of the album with its definition, its functioning and its different perspectives.
Then comes the novel for teenagers with its evolution, a presentation of the different kinds of novels including the initiation novel.

The book then deals with the subject of authors and publishers to understand their workings.
Finally, digital and children’s books are discussed with points of view on the digital universe, bloggers, columnists, readers, publishers…
A point is also proposed on the communities of authors and readers who prove to adults that they write and read… but among themselves!

The various digital creations in children’s literature are also mentioned: ebooks, applications, augmented books, audio books, podcasts, etc., the economic model of which has difficulty in progressing as long as screens are decried except for audiences with conference difficulties.
The book also mentions how digital can be useful for incapable audiences with platforms like Mobidy.

Finally, the authors make a small focus on the children’s book and its derivatives.

My opinion

With clear texts enriched by numerous biographical and bibliographical references, the interviews that bring it to life as well as the carefully selected illustrations, Understanding Children’s Literaturecan become a must for professionals, researchers, etc.

A recommended book for discovering the treasures of children’s literature and the different points of view of the protagonists of the book chain.
But I find it unfortunate that digital is pushed so timidly. Many examples of platforms or sites offering books to read, to listen to as Storyplayer, Whispers…are missing.
We are in the 21st century, it is time to really start thinking about the introduction of digital creations which are little gems. These are just waiting to be known and recognized by mediators in children’s literature.
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The authors: Valérie Centi, Vinciane D’Anna, Daniel Delbrassine and BJörn-Olav Dozo.