Books in / as / through books

Frank Serafini, Felicia Tompkins

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This article explores a variety of contemporary picturebooks that offer the picturebook as an object of construction, as a character, and as portals to other narrative levels. These metafictive devices break the traditional boundaries between fictional and real worlds by involving the reader in the narrative, talking to them directly, and requiring them to actively participate in the construction of the narrative. In addition, we offer some ways these picturebooks may be integrated into the elementary reading curriculum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-346
Number of pages3
JournalReading Teacher
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • Children's literature
  • Literary elements
  • Literature-based instruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Pharmacology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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