Challenging Picturebooks in Education

About us

The research group Challenging Picturebooks in Education is an international, interdisciplinary research group which explores the use of picturebooks and graphic novels in the classroom. This work has resulted in a number of publications, including the academic edited volume Exploring Challenging Picturebooks in Education: International Perspectives on Language and Literature Learning (Åse Marie Ommundsen, Gunnar Haaland og Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer, ed.; Routledge 2022). The preliminary findings of the research group indicate that challenging picturebooks are valuable teaching materials, conducive to interdisciplinary and inclusive learning, explorative methods of learning and development of critical thinking. The various picturebook projects presented in the first volume opened up for inclusive and explorative learning.

Inclusive Learning with Challenging Picturebooks

We hereby invite scholars to the follow-up project «Inclusive Learning with Challenging Picturebooks». The research aim to contribute to the development of knowledge within the following areas:

  1. Inclusive and adapted learning through interdisciplinary picturebook projects focalizing exploratory ways of working and adapted to pupils with reading and writing challenges.
  2. Inclusive education for initial training learners through shared picturebook reading, exploration, play and movement (grades 1-3).
  3. Inclusive interdisciplinary teaching with informational picturebooks (grades 1-13).
  4. Inclusive teaching, shared picturebook reading and critical thinking (grades 1-13).
  5. Inclusive Challenging Picturebooks (picturebooks analyses and/or comparative studies).

The project should be innovative and relevant to the focus of the research group on challenging picturebooks as reading and teaching materials for students from primary to tertiary education.

If you want to know more about the project, please contact Åse Marie Ommundsen:

Confirmed participants:

Åse Marie Ommundsen, OsloMet, chairs the research project, editor

Björn Sundmark, Malmö universitet, editor

Ana Margarida Ramos, University of Aveiro, Portugal, editor

Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer, University of Tübingen, Tyskland

Chrysogonus Siddha Maililang, Malmö universitet

Petros Panaou, University of Georgia, USA

Anto Thomas, St. Thomas College, Kerala, India

Daniel Feldman, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Mia Österlund, Åbo universitet and Åsa Warnquist, Svenska barnboksinstitutet

Nina Christensen og Ayoe Quist Henkel, Aarhus universitet

Naomi Hamer, Toronto Metropolitan University