NEWS: Innovation and Experimentation in Portuguese Picturebooks

On behalf of the members of The Centre for Research on Children’s and Young Adult Literature at the University of Wrocław, members are invited to Professor Ana Margarida Ramos’ online lecture, Innovation and Experimentation in Portuguese Picturebooks, the fourth talk in the “International Voices in Children’s Literature Studies” series, to be held on October 13, 2021, at 6 p.m. Warsaw time.

In recent years, the quality and diversity of Portuguese picturebooks has been internationally recognised and acknowledged with several important awards; indeed, new creators are being distinguished for their increasingly elaborate and complex proposals which challenge the traditional relationship between the reader and the picturebook.

This presentation identifies the main contemporary trends in Portuguese picturebooks in order to characterize their recent revolution.  These trends include the introduction of elements of surprise, humour, challenge, and reflection; the growth of the illustration inside the picturebook and its displacement into other parts of the book; the investment in playfulness via the introduction of visual games, intertextual readings, parody, visual narratives, and parallel stories; the creation of an original and easily identifiable personal style (a kind of visual signature); and the creation of special art reading objects that highlight the importance of book design.

When: October 13, 2021 at 18:00 (CET)

Where: Microsoft Teams*

*If you are interested in taking part in the lecture, please contact us by email by October 10 at