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Visual and Aesthetic Literacy

Research Project

A promising field in children’s literature research concerns the study of the nature of aesthetic experiences in picturebooks in early childhood. Hence, there is ample evidence that children have aesthetic experiences and that reading different kinds of picturebooks enable young readers to develop a sophisticated visual competence and aesthetic literacy. But which reading experiences are truly aesthetic and why? When do children have them?


visual literacy, picturebooks, illustrations, aesthetic objects, education



Campagnaro, M. (2021) Picturebooks and aesthetic literacy in early childhood education. In Å.M. Ommundsen, G. Haaland & B. Kümmerling-Meibauer (Eds.), Exploring Challenging Picturebooks in Education. International Perspectives on Language and Literature Learning (pp. 79-98). Oxon/New York: Routledge.

Campagnaro, M. (2020). The materiality of silence. The curious cases of Munari, Charlip and their picturebooks with no pictures. FronteiraZ. Revista Do Programa De Estudos Pós-Graduados Em Literatura E Crítica Literária, (24), 4–23.

Campagnaro, M. (2019). La pluridimensionalità della visual literacy. Albi illustrati e itinerari educativi. In S. Barsotti & L. Cantatore (Eds.), Letteratura per l’infanzia. Forme, temi e simboli del contemporaneo (pp. 123-143). Roma: Carocci. ISBN: 8843098632

Campagnaro, M. (2016). Letteratura per l’infanzia, visual literacy e contaminazioni artistiche. Metis, 11(2), 355-364.

Campagnaro, M. (Ed.) (2014). Le terre della fantasia. Leggere la letteratura per l’infanzia e l’adolescenza. Roma: Donzelli. ISBN: 978-88-6843-059-7

Campagnaro, M. (2012). Storie di donne scritte da donne. La proposta iconica di Chiara Carrer. In S. Chemotti (Ed.) Le graphie della cicogna. La scrittura delle donne come ri-velazione (pp. 393-414). Padova: Il Poligrafo. ISBN: 978-88-7115-775-7

Campagnaro, M. & Dallari, M. (2013). Incanto e racconto nel labirinto delle figure. Albi illustrati e relazione educativa. Trento: Erickson. ISBN: ​​978-88-5900-162-1.

Campagnaro, M. (2013). Educare allo sguardo. Riflessioni pedagogiche sugli albi illustrati. [Educating to observe. Pedagogic considerations on picturebooks]. Encyclopaideia, 17(35), 89-108.

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Illustrazione © di Emmanuelle Houdart, tratta da E. Houdart, Rifugi, #logosedizioni, 2015