Children’s Literature on Screen: Developing a Model of Literacy Assets

  • Lucy TaylorEmail author
  • Jeannie Bulman


Based on an expanded understanding of literacy that recognizes the role of all forms of media in the development of literacy skills, this chapter proposes an “asset model” of literacy and then uses that model as a framework for the analysis of print and film narratives. Through an analysis of the opening scenes of two children’s literature texts, Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White (Charlotte’s Web, Puffin Books, London, 1952) and Wonder by R. J. Palaccio (Wonder, Corgi, London, 2012), and their film adaptations (2006, 2017) the chapter explores the ways in which children are positioned as readers and viewers of the texts, the narrator perspectives they are invited to inhabit, and the literacy skills that are developed, fostered, and scaffolded through the texts and their adaptations and reflects on the ways children experience narratives across media.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.Independent English ConsultantSheffieldUK

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