Children’s digital books and literacy apps SIG

This SIG aims to provide a hub for practitioners, literacy educators (including librarians and literacy coordinators), digital book producers and publishers interested in children’s digital books, e-books and literacy apps.

The Special Interest Group Digital Books and Literacy Apps SIG was launched with the symposium “Tap & Read: Literacy development through e-books and apps” in 2016 at the University of Cambridge and finished with a meeting at the UKLA International Conference in Cardiff 2019.

In its three-year-existence (2016-2019), the SIG has provided a hub for UK practitioners, literacy educators (including librarians and literacy coordinators), digital book producers and publishers interested in children’s digital books, e-books and literacy apps.

Partnerships and collaborations were established with the DigiLitEY Working Group ‘Children’s Reading and Writing on Screen’, the National Literacy Trust (Literacy Apps project) and the Digital Book Award run in partnership with BookTrust and The Open University. The SIG’s convenors, Natalia Kucirkova, Aline Frederico and Chris Lockwood have recruited members from within UKLA as well as outside the organisation interested in the topic of children’s reading with and on screens. These SIG members continue to meet and collaborate as part of the working group of the Early years Literacies in Education SIG, led by Drs Karen Daniels and Lucy Rodriguez-Leon. This working group is coordinated by Dr Michelle Neumann, Lecturer and Researcher at the Griffith University. Researchers, designers and practitioners interested in the topic of children’s digital books are also organised as part of the International Collective of Research and Design in Children’s Digital Books.