Title

Considerations of How Children Think: Danish Responses to the International Children's Digital Library

Publication Title

New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship

Publication Date

9-5-2013

Document Type

Article

DOI

dx.doi.org/10.1080/13614541.2013.813339

Keywords

digital reading

Disciplines

Library and Information Science | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) is an online collection of children's books that can be read in their entirety anytime, from anywhere with an Internet connection. Across the literature, it is evident that in digital environments, children are confronted with obstacles not faced by adults, including a limited understanding of metaphors, insufficient reading skills, and child-sized motor skills. This case study of seven Danish children and their educator evaluates their use of the collection, especially the carefully designed search features, and how they translated to an environment in which children encountered a linguistic barrier of access.

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