Lifting the flaps on information: purpose and play in non-fiction texts

Vivienne Smith

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Books with flaps comprise a small, but recognisable sub-genre of non-fiction texts for children. Whilst they are popular with young readers, they sit unhappily within an educational discourse of non-fiction that is dominated by notions of information retrieval and genre theory. This article considers the purpose and function of flaps in a number of texts and proposes that the best of these books provide pertinent lessons for readers about the nature of 'information', and about the playful nature of reading itself.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-122
Number of pages6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003


  • education
  • children
  • non-fiction texts
  • reading
  • information retrieval
  • literacy

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