Meeting Dr Ernie Bond feels like meeting an old friend. He’s super-friendly, down-to-earth, and shares a passionate love of children’s literature.
“Ooo! Ooo!” he says. “This is not referred to in the text at all! This is not in the text!”
Ernie is an expert in visual literacy: the art of reading images, and he’s in Fremantle to speak at the Children’s Literature Centre for SCWBI about teaching kids (and adults) how to better appreciate and understand illustrated texts.
A picture book paints a thousand words
“Ninety-nine percent of what we’re talking about is never written in the book,” says Ernie. “Kids can get a lot of meaning from the images, and a lot of times they get a different meaning from the one adults would get.”
Ernie draws attention to the excess of white space surrounding a black character in a story from the Civil War.
“That’s a pretty powerful metaphor,” he says…
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