October 1st, 2019

The BBC and the case for physical children's books on telly

We all know that reading is good, and I've seen many studies showing the benefits for children who go on to develop a life-long love of reading. So why is the BBC so worried that children might see grownups and other children holding actual books?

YouTube still from 'T reads Rhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman!' by Father Reading

I recently watched one of CBeebies Bedtime Stories with Mark Ronson, who was reading Jon Burgerman's picture book, Rhyme Crime.

...Except he wasn't reading, he was speaking to the screen, interspersed with formatted-for-telly graphics from the book. We never saw the actual book itself.

BBC graphic from Jon Burgerman's Rhyme Crime picture book

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