114th Annual Conference - Pasadena, California
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Beyond the Children's Paper Book

Session Chair: 
Russell McDermott, University of Southern California


  1. Ryan Lambert, The Community College of Denver
    Drawing from memory studies and film theory, this presentation seeks to understand why classic texts (e.g. Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time) are adapted into graphic novels. If millennials are in fact “age queer,” then these texts, imbued with nostalgia, assist millennials in forming a specific subjectivity and style. This subjectivity resists an identity created by previous generations--all through negation.   
  2. Kirsten Clemens, Appalachian State University
    This paper will explore the aesthetics and construction of the multi-media texts to make fictional narratives approachable for young audiences (Generations Y and Z) through interactive materials or “realer than real” handwritten accounts.
  3. Laurie Eichert, Hughson Unified School District
    Over the past few decades software companies and book publishers have produced reading and literature software for students, and interactive books that are paper or digital or both. Many of the programs developed have been innovated and have engaged some learners the way paper books haven't.
  4. Daniel Dale, University of Cincinnati
    This presentation will explore how younger readers approach multimodal narratives using skills learned from their regular interactions with digital media. Using neuroscience, we can see how digital literacy encourages a different kind of reading that helps the target audience of children's multimodal books tackle these innovative texts.
Session Cancelled: