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p. 613. Transforming the texts of childhoodlocked

  • Kimberley Reynolds

Abstract

‘Transforming the texts of childhood’ explores the variety of ways in which each new generation is inducted into literary tradition. The process is likely to involve stories that are passed on orally, and is undoubtedly part of learning to read. One distinctive of children's literature is the avidity with which it embraces developments in technology and new media — in the 21st century, it is necessary to think in terms of transliteracy — literacy that crosses between media and is no longer exclusively text-based. The most elaborate transmedia networks have evolved around bestselling fantasy fiction and blend literacy skills with other kinds of learning and entertainment.

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