About2019-11-13T12:00:32+00:00

Who are we?

We are an interdisciplinary and international group of professionals bound together by an interest in supporting children’s reading with digital technologies. Our members are early childhood researchers, teachers/practitioners, children’s authors and illustrators, book publishers, app and e-book developers, librarians and literacy charity representatives. You can see the profile of all members in the members’ database. If you would like to join us and contribute to the development, use and research of children’s digital books, please contact us.

Our values

We are concerned that the recent negative press about children’s use of digital media side-lines the positive role many digital books play in children’s lives. We believe that there are many pathways into literacy and that digital books offer unique potential for bilingual education, for motivating reluctant readers, for supplementing the learning for children with special educational needs and for reaching low-literate and low-income families and for positioning children as authors or co-authors of multimedia stories.

The current landscape of children’s digital books is difficult: the business model of design and distribution of children’s e-books/apps is not fundamentally built to deliver value to small innovative national publishers. Most teachers lack professional development opportunities concerning e-book use in schools and evidence-based criteria for choosing quality products. Researchers often operate in silos, missing out on opportunities to coordinate interdisciplinary efforts, methodological and theoretical expertise.

Our ambition is to change the status quo through collaboration, advocacy and community-driven research and design.

Members database

NameSkill areaEmailOrganisationLocation
Bernadette DwyerResearcherbernadette.dwyer@dcu.ieDublin City UniversityEngland
Poio Ltd.Developer/Publisherdaniel@poio.comDaniel Senn
Founder/CEO
Norway
FabledDeveloper/Designerfeedback@fabledkids.comLaura Hamm, FounderUK
Cassie EngResearchercassonde@andrew.cmu.eduCarnegie Mellon UniversityUSA
Brigitte Odile EndresResearcherodile.endres@uni-greifswald.deUniversität GreifswaldGermany
Aline FredericoResearcherdr.aline.frederico@gmail.comUniversity of CambridgeBrasil
Trude HoelResearchertrude.hoel@uis.noUniversity of StavangerNorway
Ofra KoratResearcherofra.korat@biu.ac.ilBar-Ilan UniversityIsrael
Natalia KucirkovaResearchernatalia.kucirkova@uis.noUniversity of StavangerNorway/UK
Anne MangenResearcheranne.mangen@uis.noUniversity of StavangerNorway
Charles MifsudResearchercharles.l.mifsud@um.edu.mtUniversity of MaltaMalta
Iris Susana Pires PereiraResearcheriris@ie.uminho.ptUniversidade do MinhoPortugal
John PotterResearcherj.potter@ucl.ac.ukUniversity College LondonEngland
Susan RvachewResearchersusan.rvachew@mcgill.caMcGill UniversityCanada
Jan van Coillie Researcherjan.vancoillie@kuleuven.beLeuven UniversityBelgium
Cristina Aliagas Researchercristina.aliagas@uab.cat Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Spain
StorymaxDesignersamira@storymax.meStorymaxBrasil
Rosita PetrovaResearcherrositsa.petrova@um.edu.mtUniversity of MaltaMalta
Mary CourageResearchermcourage@mun.caMemorial UniversityCanada
Jenny RadeskyResearcherjradesky@med.umich.eduUniversity of MichiganUSA
Michelle NeumanResearcher/Developerm.neumann@griffith.edu.auGriffith UniversityAustralia
Adriana BusResearcherjeanetbus@gmail.comFree University, AmsterdamThe Netherlands
Nosy CrowDeveloper/Publishertom@nosycrow.comSenior Commissioning Editor and Business Development ManagerUK
Zsofia TakacsResearchertakacszsofia@caesar.elte.huEötvös Loránd UniversityHungary
Gabrielle StrouseResearcherGabrielle.Strouse@usd.eduUniversity of South DakotaUSA
Patricia GaneaResearcherpatricia.ganea@utoronto.caUniversity of TorontoCanada
Kristina CorderoResearcherkcordero@uc.cl Pontificia Universidad Católica de ChileChile
Margrethe JernesResearchermargrethe.jernes@uis.noUniversity of StavangerNorway
Margaret MackeyResearchermargaret.mackey@ualberta.caUniversity of AlbertaCanada
Kathleen RoskosResearcherroskos@jcu.eduJohn Carroll UniversityUSA
Jeremy BrueckResearcherbrueckje@mountunion.edu.University of Mount UnionUSA
Kathleen PacigaResearcherkpaciga@gmail.comColumbia College ChicagoCanada
Sumin ZhaoResearcherSumin.zhao@ed.ac.ukUniversity of EdinburghScotland
Laura BentonResearcherl.benton@ucl.ac.ukUniversity College LondonEngland
May Irene FurenesResearchermay.i.furenes@uis.noUniversity of StavangerNorway
Mina VasalouResearcherm.vasalou@ucl.ac.ukUniversity College LondonEngland
Kuatos StudiosDeveloper kris@kuatostudios.comKris is Creative Director at Kuato Studios, LondonUK/USA
Claudia MendesResearcherclaudiamendes@ufrj.brFederal University of Rio de JaneiroBrazil
Me BooksDeveloper haojin@mebooks.asiaLeading Me Books in app development and content creationsEngland/China
YUDUDeveloper francesca.taylor@yudu.onmicrosoft.comMarketing Communications ExecutiveUK/USA
Oxford University PressPublishermary.hamley@oup.comSenior Strategic Publisher, UKUK
Epic!Publishertaleen@getepic.comTaleen Houck, Lead ResearcherUSA
UggloPublishernils@ugglo.seNils Ohlsén, Co-Funder and CEOSweden
Fish n’ BottleDeveloper UK
HetWoesteDeveloper christiaan@hetwoestewoud.nlChristiaan leads the studio and all app development.The Netherlands
Tamlyn YoungAuthor & Illustratorjustamyoung@gmail.comAuthor and illustrator of 'Possibilitree'Ireland
Yvonne VezzoliResearchery.vezzoli@ucl.ac.ukUniversity College LondonEngland
Emily BestProfessional Development Manageremily.best@literacytrust.org.ukNational Literacy TrustEngland
Irene PictonResearch Managerirene.picton@literacytrust.org.ukNational Literacy TrusttEngland
Douglas MenegazziResearcherdouglas.menegazzi@ufsc.brFederal University of Santa CatarinaBrazil
Cristina CorreroResearchercristina@correro.catUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Université NantesSpain/France
Chris LindgrenDesignerchris.lindgren@me.comIndependentSweden
Cristina SyllaResearchercristina.sylla@gmail.com University of Minho Portugal
Giselly Lima Researcherxltrama@gmail.comUniversidade Federal de AlagoasPortugal
Isabel MalzoniPublisherisabel@editoracaixote.com.br Caixote EditoraBrazil
Teresa CreminResearcherteresa.cremin@open.ac.ukThe Open UniversityUK
Christine Catherine OughtredResearchercoughtre@deakin.edu.auDeakin UniversityAustralia
Neda FarniaResearcherffarnia@hotmail.comShiraz University Centre for Children’s Literature Studies Iran
Hande IlgazResearcherhande.ilgaz@bilkent.edu.trBilkent UniversityTurkey
Nicola YuillResearchernicolay@sussex.ac.ukSussex UniversityUK
Dorena CaroliResearcherdorena.caroli@unibo.itUniversità di BolognaItaly
Michał ZającResearchermichal.zajac@uw.edu.plFaculty of Journalism, Information and Book StudiesPoland
Rosie FlewittResearcherr.flewitt@mmu.ac.ukManchester Metropolitan UniversityUK
Marianne UndheimResearchermarianne.undheim@uis.noUniversity of StavangerNorway
Lisa O'BrienResearcherobrienlm@merrimack.eduMerrimack CollegeUSA
Yasemin AllsopResearchery.allsop@ucl.ac.ukUniversity College LondonUK
Maria DardanouResearchermaria.dardanou@uit.noUniversity of TromsøNorway
Torstein UnstadResearchertorstein.unstad@uit.noUniversity of TromsøNorway
Cassia FurtadoResearchercf.cfurtado@gmail.comUniversity of Aveiro Portugal
Katarzyna Anna TunkielResearcherkatarzyna.a.tunkiel@uis.noUniversity of Stavanger Norway
Brenna Hassinger-DasResearcherbhassingerdas@pace.eduPce UniversityUSA
Karen FløDesignerkaren.flo@polylino.noPolylino, Karen is Markedsansvarlig Polylino NorgeSweden, Norway, Finland, Germany
Mona SakrResearcherm.sakr@mdx.ac.ukMiddlesex UniversityUK
PIBOCO Developeraksel@piboco.comAksel Køie, CEODenmark
Lise BaunPhD candidateliba@edu.au.dkKøbenhavns Professionshøjskole Denmark
Daniel Cassany ComasResearcherdaniel.cassany@upf.eduUniversitat Pompeu FabraSpain
Cristina SyllaDevelopercristina.sylla@ie.uminho.ptMobeybou in IndiaPortugal
Jose Fernando Tavares Developerfernando@booknando.com.brBooknando LivrosBrazil
Megan S MercadoEducation consultantDallas International UniversityUSA
Monica Fagraeus LundströmDevelopermonica@boksnok.seBoksnokSweden
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