Kids Read Biography: Book Clubs and Children as Cultural Critics

Professor Kate Douglas

By developing readership studies with children, this project aims to produce the first extended study of how children read biographies. The project expects to generate new knowledge and innovative research methods at the intersection of children’s literature and life narrative studies. Expected outcomes of this project include new knowledge on children as literary critics. How do children engage with and interpret ‘true’ stories? Benefits include a focus on children’s voices and critical skills at a time when children’s perspectives are often marginalised in the public sphere. Knowledge about children’s critical literacy and cultural engagement will be communicated to stakeholders, bringing significant benefit to the Australian community.

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