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Digital reading

Also known as e-reading, reading on screen or reading with digital books

Peer reviewed research articles

Kucirkova, N. (2022) The explanatory power of sensory reading for early childhood research: the role of hidden senses, Contemporary Issues of Early Childhood, 10.1177/14639491221116915

Kucirkova, N. &  Kamola, M. (2022) Children’s stories and multisensory engagement: insights from a cultural probes study, International Journal of Educational Research

Jensen,B.I.; Studsrød, I., Kucirkova, N. (2021) Høytlesning av personaliserte bøker for førskolebarn: Foreldres barneperspektiver og opplevelser, Barn, 39,4, 61-73. DOI: 10.5324/barn.v39i4.3825

Furenes, I, Kucirkova, N. & Bus, A. (2021) A Comparison of Children’s Reading on Paper versus Screen: A Meta-analysis, Review of Educational Research,

Kucirkova, N., Gattis, M., Spargo, T., Seisdedos de Vega, B., Flewitt, R. (2020) An empirical investigation of parent-child shared reading of digital personalized books, International journal of Educational Research, 105,

Kucirkova, N. & Littleton, K. (2020) The Distance between the 'Self' and the 'Other' in Children's Digital Books, Frontiers in Psychology, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.589281


Kucirkova, N.  & Flewitt, R. (2020) Understanding parents’ conflicting beliefs about children’s digital book reading, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy


Kucirkova, N. (2019) Children’s reading with digital books: past moving quickly to the future, Child Development Perspectives, in press


Kucirkova, N. (2019). Toward reciprocity and agency in children’s digital reading, The Reading Teacher, 73, in press.


Kucirkova, N.  (2019) How could children’s storybooks promote empathy? A conceptual framework based on developmental psychology and literary theory, Frontiers in psychology, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00121


Kucirkova, N. (2019) Socio-material directions for developing empirical research on children’s e-reading: a systematic review and thematic synthesis of the literature across disciplines, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy,


Kucirkova,  N. (2018) Children’s agency and reading with story-apps: considerations of design, behavioural and social dimensions, Qualitative Research in Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/14780887.2018.1545065

Kucirkova, N. (2017) An integrative framework for studying, designing and conceptualising interactivity in children’s digital books, British Educational Research Journal, DOI: 10.1002/berj.3317


Kucirkova, N. & Cremin, T. (2017) Personalised reading for pleasure with digital libraries: Towards a pedagogy of practice and design, Cambridge Journal of Education, doi:

Kucirkova, N., Littleton, K. & Kyparissiadis, A. (2017) The influence of children's gender and age on children's use of digital media at home,  British Journal of Educational Technology, DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12543


Kucirkova, N., Littleton, K. & Cremin, T. (2016) Young children’s reading for pleasure with digital books: six key facets of engagement, Cambridge Journal of Education, published online before print, doi:10.1080/0305764X.2015.1118441

Kucirkova, N., Dale, P. & Sylva, K. (2016) Parents reading with their 10-month-old babies: key predictors for high-quality reading styles, Early Child Development and Care,1-13, [NB: This paper examines paper-based books.]

Kucirkova, N., Sheehy, K. & Messer, D. (2015) A Vygotskian perspective on parent-child talk during iPad story-sharing,  Journal of Research in Reading, 38 (4), 428-441.

Kucirkova, N. (2013) Children interacting with books on iPads: research chapters still to be written, Frontiers in Psychology, Developmental Psychology,(4). 1-3. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00995.

Kucirkova, N., Messer, D., Sheehy, K. and Flewitt, R. (2013) Sharing personalized stories on iPads: a close look at one parent-child interaction, Literacy, 47, 3, 115-122.



Book chapters:

Levy, R. & Kucirkova, N. (2017) New technologies in the primary and early years classroom. In Moyles, J., Georgeson, J. & Payler, J. (eds), Beginning Teaching, Beginning Learning (5th edition), London: McGraw-Hill Education.

Kucirkova, N. & Radesky, J. (2017) Digital media and young children’s learning: how early is too early and why? Review of research on 0-2 year olds, In Sheehy, K. & Holliman, A. (eds) Education And New Technologies: Perils And Promises For Learners, Routledge.

Kucirkova. N. & Sakr, M. (2017) Personalised story-making on the iPad: Opportunities for developing the self and building closeness with others, In Burnett et al. (Eds) Mobile Literacies: The Case of the iPad. Springer

Gillen, J. & Kucirkova, N. (2017) Literacy learning in a digital world, In Goodwin, P. (eds) The Literate Classroom. London/New York: Routledge.

​Kucirkova, N. (2016) Digital personal stories: bringing together generations and enriching communities In Becky Parry, Cathy Burnett & Guy Merchant (Eds): Literacy, Media and Technology: Past, Present and Future, London: Bloomsbury.


Mardell, B. & Kucirkova, N.  (2016) Promoting democratic classroom communities through storytelling and story acting, In Teresa Cremin, Rosie Flewitt, Ben Mardell and Joan Swann (eds) Storytelling in Early Childhood: Enriching language, literacy and classroom culture, Routledge UK & US.

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