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Allan Luke, Victoria Carrington & Cushla Kapitzke

In: The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy

Chapter 24: Textbooks and Early Childhood Literacy

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Textbooks and Early Childhood Literacy
Textbooks and early childhood literacy
AllanLuke, VictoriaCarrington, and CushlaKapitzke
Texts as Artefacts of Childhood

If childhood is a social construction, then its social practices are contingent upon and undertaken with historically evolving cultural technologies and artefacts. These technologies include the domestic implements of infant care and childrearing. They include the core technologies of modern childhood: toys and books. In the current political economy of childhood toys and books, in traditional and digital forms, have a special place, having evolved into linked and co-marketed pedagogic commodities. They are the cultural artefacts that parents, families and care-givers purchase with income that is surplus to basic requirements for food, shelter, and health. They are the aesthetic and didactic objects of children's work and desire. They are ...

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