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TitelChildren’s Books from 0 to 3: Where Literacy Begins

Children’s Books from 0 to 3: Where Literacy Begins

International Conference at the Picture Book Museum Burg Wissem

Troisdorf, 19-21 March 2009.

In an every-increasing range of cultural settings, current research reveals the variety and importance of the preschool experiences and knowledge that children gain from early acquaintance with stories and books. The more we have come to know about children’s first approaches to literacy, the more we are confronted by evidence of the historical, social, linguistic and psychological complexities of the topic. Since almost none of the studies dealing with early literacy begin in infancy, this conference focuses on the importance of books for young children aged 0 to 3.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together scholars of different countries and different fields, i.e. children’s literature research, picture book theory, art history, cognitive psychology, linguistics, book history, and pedagogy, who pursue different areas of investigation in this field. In order to adhere to a general outline for this conference, the papers might deal with one or several of the following topics:

• Connection between visual literacy, language acquisition and literary literacy
• Acquisition of (early) concepts
• Introduction into the book rules
• Young children’s developing understanding of forms, colors, schemata, and artistic styles (dichotomy between natural style and abstract style)
• Impact of wordless picture books on the young child’s increasing narrative competence
• Historical development of books published for young children since the end of the 19th century in different countries
• Relationship between picture dictionaries and encyclopaedias for older children and concept picture books for young children
• Influence of child psychology and reform pedagogy
• Influence of artistic styles such as Liberty, New Realism, or Modernism

Contributions from academics interested in any of these areas and in international perspectives are particularly welcome. There are plans to publishing the proceedings of the conference afterwards in book form.

The deadline for proposals is: 31 July 2008.

Please email a 300 word abstract (for a thirty minute paper) and a short biography as an attached word document to Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer at:

Notification of the acceptance of proposals will be made by 31 August 2008.

The conference venue is located in a beautiful castle from the 19th century at Troisdorf, a small town not far from Cologne and the international airport Köln/Bonn. For details, go to (text also in English)

An exhibition of picturebooks for young children, that demonstrates the historical, typological, and theoretical aspects of this book type, will be presented at the picture book museum from February 2009 until April 2009.

For further inquiries contact the conference convenor:
Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer
Universität zu Köln
Institut für deutsche Sprache und Literatur II
Gronewaldstr. 2
50931 Köln

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Kümmerling-Meibauer, Bettina [Prof. Dr.] 
Funktion: Ansprechpartnerin 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Universität zu Köln, Institut für deutsche Sprache und Literatur II 
Strasse/Postfach: Gronewaldstr. 2 
Postleitzahl: 50931 
Stadt: Köln 
Klassifikation05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte > 05.09.00 Gattungen und Formen > 05.09.07 Kinder- und Jugendliteratur
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