Containing over 50 essays by leading and new scholars, this Companion is the ultimate guide to picturebooks. It contains a detailed introduction by the editor, surveying the history and development of the field and emphasising the international and cultural diversity of picturebooks. Divided into 5 key parts the book covers: concepts – from within picturebooks, but also applied from literary theory; genres – from baby books through to adolescents; interfaces – their relations to other forms such as comics and visual media; domains and theoretical approaches; and adaptations and media. It also contains an extensive bibliography, glossary and a timeline of key picturebooks and milestones.
Bettina Kummerling-Meibauer is Professor in the German Department at the University of Tubingen, Germany. She recently co-edited Learning from Picturebooks: Perspectives from Child Development and Literacy Studies (Routledge, 2015).