Early personalisation

Also known as personalized or child-centred learning and education

Kucirkova et al. (2014a,b) found that personalised books can enhance children's vocabulary learning but also that they support self-centric speech.

Peer reviewed research articles

Kucirkova, N. and Mackey, M. (2020) ‘Digital literacies and children’s personalized books: Locating the “self”’. London Review of Education, 18 (2), 151–162.

Kucirkova . N. (2019). The Learning Value of Personalization in Children’s Reading Recommendation Systems, International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 11(4).

Kucirkova, N. (2018) A taxonomy and research framework for personalization in children’s literacy apps, Educational Media International, Vol55 (3), 255-272.

Kucirkova, N. & Flewitt, R. (2018) The future-gazing potential of digital personalisation in young children’s reading: views from education professionals and app designers, Early Child Development and Care. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2018.1458718

Kucirkova, N. & Cremin, T. (2017) Personalised reading for pleasure with digital libraries: Towards a pedagogy of practice and design, Cambridge Journal of Education, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0305764X.2017.1375458


Kucirkova, N., & Littleton, K. (2017). Developing personalised education for personal mobile technologies with the pluralisation agenda. Oxford Review of Education, 1-13.

FitzGerald, E., Kucirkova, N., Jones, A., Cross, S., Ferguson, R., Herodotou, C., Garron, H. & Scanlon, E. (2017). Dimensions of personalisation in technology-enhanced learning: a framework and implications for design. British Journal of Educational Technology, published online before print, DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12534

Kucirkova, N. (2016) Personalisation: a theoretical possibility to reinvigorate children’s interest in storybook reading and facilitate greater book diversity, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 17 (3), 1-16, DOI: 10.1177/1463949116660950

Kucirkova, N., Messer, D., & Sheehy, K. (2014) Reading personalized books with preschool children enhances their word acquisition, First Language, 34, 3, 227-243.

Kucirkova, N., Messer, D., & Sheehy, K. (2014) The effects of personalization on young children's spontaneous speech during shared book reading, Journal of Pragmatics, 71, 45–55, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2014.07.007

Kucirkova, N. and Tompkins, V. (2014) Personalization in Mother–Child Emotion Talk Across Three Contexts, Infant and Child Development, 23 (2), 153–169.

Kucirkova, N., Messer, D. and Whitelock, D (2012) Parents reading with their toddlers: The role of personalization in book engagement , Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 13, 4, 445-470.

Kucirkova, N., Messer, D. and Whitelock, D. (2010) Sharing personalised books: a practical solution to the challenges posed by home book reading interventions, tLiteracy Information and Computer Education, Journal (LICEJ), Volume 1, Issue 1.



Book chapters:

Kucirkova, N.  & Sakr, M. (2016) Digital Technologies, Children's Learning and the Affective Dimensions of Family Relationships in the Home,  In Samantha Punch, Robert M. Vanderbeck and Tracey Skelton (Eds), Families, Intergenerationality, and Peer Group Relations, Springer (1-21).


Kucirkova, N., Messer, D. & Sheehy, K. (2016) Implementing “The Our Story app” to increase children’s narrative skills: Lessons learnt from one English pre-school classroom.  In Edy Veneziano and Ageliki Nicolopoulou (Eds.) Narrative Literacy and other skills: Studies in interventions. John Benjamins.


Sakr, M. & Kucirkova, N. (2016) Making the ‘here’ and ‘now’:  Rethinking children’s digital photography with Deleuzian concepts, In Abi Hackett and Lisa Procter and Julie Seymour (eds), Children’s Spatialities. Embodiment, emotions, and agency, (pp.54-74). Palgrave Macmillan.

Kucirkova, N (2012) Our Story-an app for creating digital picture books. In Brinkmann, E & Valtin, R.    (eds) Reading and writing learning with digital media, (pp. 92-102), DGS: Berlin.

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