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BOOKS ALWAYS EVERYWHERE

 
Books Always Everywhere has been chosen by the Bookstart Corner programme for 2016 to be included in the packs sent to children’s centres around the UK and kept in their libraries. It was chosen by a panel made up entirely of coordinators from the children’s centres who felt that the delightful repetition and descriptive words would be easily fitted into activities around the book. The board book is now out of print (as of September 2016) but is being reissued and re launched with a new cover in the near future.
 
**One of the great things about the text is the elliptical, compressed and lyrical nature of it (Nosy Crow, 2013).**

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‘Books Always Everywhere’ was inspired by my interest in how babies learn and supported by the wonderful videos and stills made by Evelyn Arizpe which formed the basis of our academic chapter on bilingual children. Books for babies are fascinating objects which can be manipulated and explored for their own sake. Given time and space, the babies can learn about the ‘bookness of books’ by playing with them. They can explore different materials, different sizes and shapes, they can make hats out of them, eat them, throw them, build with them and even learn how to share them with friends and family. Books Always Everywhere has been translated into 5 languages!

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ACADEMIC LITERATURE

 

The chapter ‘How responses to picturebooks reflect and support the emotional development of young bilingual children’ (in Emergent Literacy: Children’s books from 0 to 3; Benjamin 2011) was co-written with Evelyn Arizpe.

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Abstract

 

This chapter is based on events recorded through the videos, audio-tapes and diary kept by Evelyn Arizpe to record her daughters’ bilingual language development and their relationship to books. While there have been case studies on the linguistic progress of young bilingual children and case studies of monolingual children’s developing literacy and relationship with literature through books, illustrations and stories, there have been no detailed observations of similar development in a bilingual household.

The case study highlights how the children’s responses to the complex interweaving of two languages through a trail of books and stories within a highly literate household supported and reflected their emotional development in the first 3 years of life.

 

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RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS

 

My paper ‘A father’s role in supporting his son’s developing awareness of self’ was published in 2007 (Routledge).

Abstract

 

This paper traces the relationship between a baby and his father over the first two years of his life. Based primarily in the intimate bath time setting, it describes father’s early containment and capacity to give his son space to explore his feelings of pleasure as well as fear and anger. The resultant early trust and support for later individuation contributes to the reciprocity shown in their bath play which illustrates the son’s growing self-containment, curiosity and empathy.

 

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My baby observation is now out in the book Infant Observation edited by Frances Thomson-Salo (Karnac 2014). In the introduction to my chapter ‘A Feeding Observation: from Breast to Finger Food!’ Frances Thomson-Salo says:

Jane Blatt describes a two-year observation of a small boy’s journey from being breastfed at birth to self feeding. She evokes much of the “ordinary” learning experience of doing an infant observation, undertaken as a trainee in Scotland in the past decade. This chapter gives detailed observations of infant and mother, paying particular attention to subtle and possible unconscious communication integrated in the discussion with some developmental research. Blatt conveys the effect of detailed week-by-week observations and the use of the observer’s own responses in understanding the material showing well what is involved for an observer. The chapter also indicates the role of the father in supporting his son’s developing sense of self.