Children’s Picturebook Goes Digital: Implications on Cognition

  • Thales Estefani Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora
  • João Queiroz Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora


The objects of analysis in this article are digital picturebooks, which may be called e-picturebooks. This research contributes to a definition of e-picturebook as a distinct storytelling experience from printed picturebook, introducing distributed cognition as a new theoretical perspective for the analysis of the phenomenon. This perspective emphasizes cognitive systems related to specific features of this category of digital book. In this sense, picturebook and e-picturebook are defined as cognitive artifacts that constrain storytelling tasks very differently from each other, not only because of their constitutive features but also because of the cognitive systems involved in the understanding of stories in each medium.


picturebook, book-app, storytelling, distributed cognition, cognitive artifacts

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How to Cite
ESTEFANI, Thales; QUEIROZ, João. Children’s Picturebook Goes Digital: Implications on Cognition. MATLIT: Materialities of Literature, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, p. 115-127, aug. 2018. ISSN 2182-8830. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 25 apr. 2019.
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