Digital picture storybooks

Online ‘living books’ combine the traditional storybook with animation and sound. Experts from Leiden University have been exploring their potential, particularly for struggling readers

IN THE NETHERLANDS websites offer digitised versions of recently published, award-winning picture storybooks for three- to six-year-olds. Additional features such as animations, music, and sound not only increase young children’s reading pleasure, but may also support story and text comprehension. Unlike the first generation of “living books” recent additions are designed to dramatise the story text, rather than simply adding amusement.

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May 2009