Growing Scientists! Children's literature and the sciences

7 March 2018


Welcome and introduction


The Science of Persecution: Racial Theories and Children's Holocaust Literature

Daniel Feldman, Lecturer at Bar-Ilan University, Israel


Coffee break


Child Researchers in the Field of Children’s Literature

Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak, Associate Professor of Literature, Anglia Ruskin University and University of Wroclaw, Poland


parallel sessions

Science informing children’s literature research

  • Brain Food from Dr. Seuss: How cognitive science dissolves the divide between art and science, Ralf Thiede (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

  • The computer as literary scholar? Analyzing Harry Potter with DH tools – a pilot study, Mike Kestemont, Vanessa Joosen & Dirk Van Hulle (University of Antwerp)

The intersection of science and literary techniques                                                                                                                                           

  • Science in children’s picture books: How scientific concepts might be used for literary purposes in children’s literature, Itziar Otegi-Aranburu (University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) )

  • Speaking Sciencese: scientific discourse as a literary device, Frauke Pauwels (University of Antwerp)




parallel sessions                                

Picture books and science education

  • The interplay of critical discourse and narratives: Studies of preschool children’s narratives about natural scientific phenomena found in children’s picturebooks, Anna Lyngfelt and Camilla Björklund (University of Gothenburg)                               

  • Teaching “nature of science” with picture books for children, Lena Hansson, Lotta Leden and Susanne Thulin (Kristianstad University)

  • Discussing shadows as a physical phenomenon in book talks with children, Anna Backman (University of Gothenburg)

Eureka: practice-oriented research (panel in Dutch)

  • Impact op leerlingattitudes ten aanzien van STEM, Jan Ardies (AP Hogeschool Antwerpen)

  • Geen STEM zonder kunst: de nood aan betrokkenheid, Kris Nauwelaerts (MAD-Research and UHasselt)

  • Zijn zebra’s zonder strepen nog zebra’s? Hoe filosoferen over en met wetenschap?, Jelle De Schrijver (onderzoekskern “Exploratio,” Odisee Hogeschool)


Coffee break


Children's literature as a side effect of evolution

Maria Nikolajeva, Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge, UK


Author talk by Jan Paul Schutten, author of nonfictional children’s books (in English)


Closing notes