Natalia Kucirkova is a senior lecturer in Early Years and Childhood Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research concerns innovative ways of supporting shared book reading, digital literacy and the role of personalisation in early years. Natalia’s doctoral research inspired the development of the Our Story tablet/smartphone app. She is the founding convenor of the Children’s Digital Books and Literacy Apps Special Interest Group of the United Kingdom Literacy Association. Most recently, Natalia was involved in the production of the Massive Open Online Course “Childhood in the digital age” by Open University and FutureLearn and a national survey of parents’ perceptions of children’s media use at home with Book Trust.
Her publications have appeared in First Language, Computers & Education, Communication Disorders Quarterly and Learning, Media & Technology.