Who we are

We are a group of researchers and pre-service teacher educators who have a passion for picturebooks and a strong believe in their pedagogical potential.


Dr. Nicola Daly


University of Waikato Portrait
Janette Kelly

Research Associates

nicolaDr. Nicola Daly  Director
Nicola is a Senior Lecturer children’s literature and language teaching. She has developed two picturebook collections: The New Zealand Picturebook Collection and the New Zealand Pacific Picturebook Collection, and is currently examining the representations of language in Dual Language picturebooks.

University of Waikato PortraitJanette Kelly  Co-Director
Janette is a Lecturer in Early Childhood Teacher Education, and a PhD student looking at adults’ provocations and responses to children’s theorising about the social world. She has a particular interest in picturebooks that support young children’s developing understandings of diversity and difference.

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Marilyn Blakeney-Williams is a recently retired  lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato where she taught undergraduate and postgraduate students in literacy education and literacy/technology.  For many years she also taught an online New Zealand children’s literature paper. She has a particular interest in the teaching and learning of literacy education, digital technology and children’s literature in primary classrooms.

Kate MorganKate Morgan
Kate works as an infant and toddler teacher with Nelson-Tasman Kindergartens. She is currently completing a Post-graduate Diploma of Education, leading on to a Masters of Education in which she plans to research picturebook pedagogy in early childhood education. In the summer of 2015/16 she held a University of Waikato Summer Research Scholarship under the mentorship of Janette Kelly-Ware, completing a project entitled ‘Early childhood education resources to support young children’s understandings of sex/gender/sexuality’ focusing on relevant picturebooks.



ph-Bicknell__Brenda_Jan_2012WEBAssociate Professor Brenda Bicknell
Brenda is an Associate Professor in Te Hononga School of Curriculum and Pedagogy who teaches and researches in the areas of mathematics and gifted and talented education. She is passionate about the power of picture books as a teaching tool and has a particular interest in using these books to promote learning in mathematics across all levels of schooling.

1052856019-kathysDr. Kathy Saunders
Kathy is a Senior Lecturer in science education at primary and secondary levels. She has a long standing interest in picturebooks because of the ways they provide a colourful and engaging lead into science topics that are relevant for children.

Our International associates

joyceDr. Joyce Bainbridge
Joyce Bainbridge is a Professor Emerita at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her picture book research began in the late 1990s and has focussed on the role of Canadian picture books in diversity education and in the development of identity.

Research grants enabled her to participate in cross-Canada team projects that explored pre-service teachers’ engagement with issues of diversity through their readings of Canadian picture books.  She has published many books, book chapters and articles including  “Learning with Literature in the Canadian Elementary Classroom” (1999), and “Reading Diversity Through Canadian Picture Books” (2013).

chelotProfessor Christine Hélot
Christine Hélot has been a professor of English and Sociolinguistics at the Graduate School of Education of the University of Strasbourg (France) since 1991. As a sociolinguist, her research focuses on language in education policies in France and in Europe, bi-multilingual education, intercultural education, language awareness, early childhood education, and children’s literature and multiliteracy. Dr Hélot has published widely in French and English. Her most recent publications include: C. Hélot, R. Sneddon, N. Daly (2014) Children’s Literature in Multilingual Classrooms, IOE Press/ Trentham Books.

Petros PanouDr. Petros Panou
Petros Panaou is Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia, Department of Language and Literacy Education. His research interests focus on children’s literature and literacy, with an emphasis on picturebooks and other visual stories, comparative children’s literature, and inter/multi-cultural education. He has coordinated relevant projects and published several scholarly articles, a book, and two translated academic volumes.

Raymonde SneddonDr. Raymonde Sneddon
Raymonde Sneddon was a teacher for 17 years in east London specialising in working with bilingual pupils, their families and communities and a teacher educator and Research Fellow at the University of East London. Raymonde’s research has been focused on bilingualism in the home, the school and the community. Both as a teacher and a researcher she has worked with children to explore how they can both learn to read in two languages using dual language picturebooks and become authors of their own bilingual texts. She is currently a Visiting Research Fellow in the Cass School of Education at UEL.

Penni 2Dr. Penni Cotton
Dr Penni Cotton is Senior Research Fellow at NCRCL Roehampton University, London, where she is responsible for European research projects. She is also director of the first European picture book project which won the award of Innovative Reading Promotion in Europe in 1997. Her research areas cover: European children’s literature; International picturebook analysis and picturebooks in primary education.