Seeing Sense: Visual Literacy as a Tool for Libraries, Learning and Reader Development

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$54.99
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$49.49
Item Number: 
978-1-78330-441-7
Published: 
2020
Publisher: 
Facet Publishing, UK
Pages: 
224
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
Format: 
Softcover
  • Description
  • Table of Contents
  • About the Author

The burgeoning field of visual literacy can be universally understood across a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, regardless of traditional literacy levels. A key tool for navigating digital devices, there is often an antipathy surrounding visual literacy borne out of stigma and at times, intimidation.

At a point when funding for public libraries in the UK is in decline, Seeing Sense will include new research and bring together best practice from different organizations and institutions from a national and global perspective. This book will showcase the role of visual literacy as a tool for promoting reading, helping to raise understanding and awareness among librarians and education practitioners and promoting aspiration and achievement among the children and young people they work with. Content will include

  • an overview of visual literacy as a tool for reading development;
  • the role of visual literacy in design and display within libraries and resource centers;
  • advice for library and information professionals on how to gain greater confidence in using and understanding visual literacy as part of strategies to engage readers; and
  • a number of practical case studies to illustrate the power and potency of visual literacy as a key tool for making reading accessible, engaging, and appealing for all.

Acknowledgements
Foreword

Philip Pullman

1. In the Frame: what is visual literacy and why does it matter?
An introduction to Seeing Sense

Origins of visual literacy

Visual literacy in the digital age

Becoming visually literate

Cave to computer screen: a potted guide to visual literacy in society

Types of visual literacy


2. The Big Picture: terminology for talking about and critiquing illustration

The building blocks for visual literacy

The anatomy of a picture book

The role of colour

Media, style and techniques

Features of visual narratives

Features in graphic novels

 

3. The Reading Journey: the developmental stages of reading

The emerging pre-reader

The novice reader

The decoding reader

The fluent, comprehending reader

The expert reader

A framework for visual competencies

Visual literacy in practice

 

4. Close Inspection: influences and insights into people and processes that shape visual narratives

Agents

Publishers

Graphic design and print

Harmony in words and pictures

Representation and translation

Pictures mean business

A comic perspective

Graphic novels

 

5. Windows into Worlds: the importance of visual representation and inclusion

Cultural diversity

Gender

Sexuality

Mental health

Empathy

Learning needs

Inclusion

Sight

Colour blindness

 

6. Prize Winning Pictures: an exploration of awards and honours

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

The Macmillan Prize for Illustration

The Klaus Flugge Prize

The Excelsior Award

Regional book awards

International Awards

The Biennial of illustration, Bratislava

The Bologna Ragazzi Award

The Caldecott Medal

The Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards

The Little Hakka Awards

The Children’s Laureate

 

7. Looking to Learn: an insight into visual literacy for information

The power of visual information

Finding fun in learning

Creating visually rich learning environments

Partnerships to create visual learning opportunities

 

8. A Room with a View: making the most of visual literacy in libraries and settings

Stock

Services

Space

Case Studies

Conclusion

 

Afterword

Nick Sharratt

 

Glossary

References

Index

Jake Hope

Jake Hope is a critic, librarian, and coordinator of the Lancashire Children's Book of the Year Award.

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