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Dr Penni Cotton
Senior Research Fellow
Roehampton University

Penni is responsible for European research projects and Director of the European Picture Book Project which won the award of Innovative Reading Promotion in Europe in 1997. Her areas of expertise are: European children's literature; European picture book analysis; European picture books in primary education. She is also member of the International Scientific Board for the Centre of Research in Children's Literature at Bolognia University - Consiglio Scientifico, dell'Universita di Bologna, Italia ; on the editorial board of Libri & Liberi , Zagreb, Croatia ; on the Review Board of CLELE ( Children's Literature in English Language Education ) / and the Journal of Research in Childhood Education For many years was on the Bookbird Editorial Review Board .

Selected Publications:

  • (2018) Forthcoming:’Scottish Children's Picturebooks within a European and Global Context’ in Farrell, M. and Davis, R. (eds) International Companion to Scottish Children’s Literature. London: Routledge.
  • (2017) 'Livres sans Paroles: Lampedusa à Montolieu: IBBY Italia’s Silent Picture Book Collection Goes to France'. Bookbird, Volume 55, Number 1, pp. 44-49.
  • (2017) ‘The Hidden World of Tove Jansson’. Libri et Liberi, Vol.1 No. 2, March.
  • (2016) ‘The European Picture Book Collection: A Multicultural Catalyst for the 21st Century'. Interjuli 01/2016, 31-47
  • (2016) ‘Old Age and Death in Northern European Picture Books: Achieving Empathy through Textual and Filmic Images of Sweden 's Kan du Vissla Johanna'. in Clement , L.D. and Jamali, L. (eds) Global Perspectives on Death in Children's Literature, New York : Routledge, 161-176
  • (2015 with Nicola Daly) ‘ Visualising Cultures: The ‘‘European Picture Book Collection'' Moves ‘‘Down Under”'. Children's Literature in Education : Volume 46, Issue 1 (2015), Page 88-106. DOI 10.1007/s10583-014-9228-9
  • (2015 with Nicola Daly) ‘ Cross-Continental Readings of Visual Narratives: An analysis of six books in the New Zealand Picture Book Collection. Bookbird 53.2, 39-43
  • (2015) ‘Challenging and Controversial Picturebooks: Creative and Critical Responses to Visual Text' CLELEjournal , Volume 3, Issue 2, 2015, 94-98
  • (2014) ‘ Picturebooks and Intercultural Education'. Libri & Liberi 2014 • 3 (2): 446-449
  • (2012) ‘ Picturebooks for Children and Adults Alike. Libri & Liberi 2012 • 1 (2): 356-360
  • (2011) ‘Conflicts and Controversies in European Picture Books' in Carrington, B. & Harding, J. (eds) Conflicts and Controversies: Challenging Children's Literature, Shenstone: Pied Piper Publishing, 84-94
  • Interview: BBC Woman's Hour (13.04.2011): The European Picture Book Collection
  • Interview: BBC World Service: The Strand (01.03.2011): European Picture Books.
  • (2009) 'Accessing Europe through Visual Narratives, ID EST: Journal of Literature, Education and Culture, 2, No.l, 26-30. 
  • (2008) Visualising Europe through picture books: Where are we now?. In Jennifer Harding and Pat Pinsent (ed.) What Do You See? International Perspectives on Children's Book Illustration. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • (2007) ‘Intercultural Approaches to using Children's Literature Websites', Children's Literature and Librarianship,13, No. 1, 77-100. 
  • Interview: BBC World Service: Reporting Religion (14.7.2007): Imagery Inspired by Religion and Mythology in Children's Literature.
  • Interview: Radio Four's Woman's Hour (24.3.2006): Images of Mothers in Children's Picture Books.
  • (2006) El reto de los libros de imágenes europeos: EPBC y ESET, Revista de Literatura, no 216, 21-29.
  • (2005) Visual Narratives across Cultures, Bookbird, 43 (2), 39-45.
  • (2005) EPBC & BARFIE Books as Facilitators of Intercultural Education, The Barfie Handbook of Pedagogical and Scientific Approaches to Children's Books, 1, 4-9.
  • (2004) The European Picture Book Collection: A School Education Training course (ESET),
  • (2004) ‘Adult Challenges from the European Picture Book', in Books and Boundaries: Writers and their Audiences (Pinsent, P. ed): Lichfield , UK : Pied Piper Publishing, pp53-67.
  • (2004) ‘Europe sans Frontières', The Primary English Magazine, 9:3, 29-31.
  • (2003) ‘L'Angleterre et la recherche sur la littérature de la jeunesse', ARGOS, 4, 67-69.
  • (2002) ‘Albums sans Frontières: Utilisation de la collection d'albums européens à l'école primaire', Caractères: association belge pour la lecture, 2, 27-33 .
  • (2002) ‘An analysis of settings in selected European picture books', Bookbird: Picture Books and Global Trends, 40:2, 6-13 .
  • (2002) ‘Caractères: association belge pour la lecture', Bookbird: Special Issue, 40:4, 11-15
  • (2001) ‘ Europe in the Literacy Hour', NATE, The Primary English Magazine, 7:1, 26-30.
  • (2001) Picture Books sans Frontières: Livres illustrés sans frontières, Caractères, 5:3, 34-35.
  • (2001) ‘The Europeaness of Picture Books', Children's Literature and National Identity, London : Trentham, Ed. Margaret Meek, 111-120.
  • (2000) Picture Books Sans Frontières, London: Trentham

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