Since completing a PhD which identified cultural indicators of Englishness embedded in children’s literature texts, Sandra’s research has focused in two areas. Firstly in the application of implied reader theory to texts, followed by empirical research with actual readers. The result is a number of conference papers and two publications from an investigation of the Ologies series (Templar publications). The latest publication is particularly significant because the voices of enthusiastic young readers resound throughout.
A second focus is on emergent children’s literature which traces the ways books for children develop in different cultures. Significant publications have been identified in Nepal, the Czech Republic, Mauritius and Singapore. In addition bibliographies of books for children in English have been compiled for the latter two countries where English is the medium of instruction in school.
Sandra’s current research examines dystopian picture books in which childhood is anything but pleasant.