Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Vitamins 2.0: How Children's Book Can Change the World in the Digital Age
By Sharon Glassman - Publishing Perspectives

What type of illustrated kids' books are most valuable -- esthetically and practically -- in a multimedia age? According to Antonio Faeti, President of the Jury for the book prizes of Bologna Children's Book Fair -- which opens today and runs through Friday -- the one's of most importance are those done with manual, as opposed to digital artistry.

The prizes seek to identify and acknowledge "the best publishing projects considering their technical elements, artistic merit and the achieved delicate balance between text and images." Having reviewed some 1,250 books submitted for the competition, Faeti, who has taught the history of children's literature at the Department of Educational Sciences at the University of Bologna, notes a new, global level of refinement in children's books.

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Can Books Help Kids Better Cope with Digital Multitasking?
By Edward Nawotka - Publishing Perspectives

Today's lead story by Sharon Glassman features an interview with Antonio Faeti of the Bologna Children's Book Fair, who discusses the role kids books have in the digital age. Among his arguments -- which include describing kids books as a kind of vitamin 2.0 -- Faeti cites a study done at the University of London that prescribes exposing infants to picture books starting at five months of age as a way of helping them "manage a high-stimulus society." A brain formed on multi-layered images will be more prepared to tackle the mental double-espresso of multi-tasking in years to come, this argument says.
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