Between 2003 and 2008 my wife Elizabeth and myself collected more than a thousand self-directed drawings made by three to seven year old children, accompanied by tape recordings of their utterances whilst working.  This project is ongoing.  Children’s inventiveness and the formal means by which they structure their work and represent space is impressive and some of my work reflects this.



Coates, Elizabeth & Coates, Andrew (2006) ‘Young Children Talking and Drawing’ International Journal of Early Years Education Vol 14 No. 3 pp221-241


Coates, Elizabeth & Coates, Andrew (2011) ‘the Subjects and Meanings of Young Children’s Drawings’ in Dorothy Faulkner & Elizabeth Coates (Eds.) (2011) Exploring Children’s Creative Narratives, Abingdon, Oxon and New York: Routledge  pp 86-110


Coates, Elizabeth & Coates, Andrew (2015) 'Recognising "the Sacred Spark of Wonder" Scribbling and Related Talk as Evidence of How Young Children's Thinking May be Identified' in Sue Robson & Suzanne Flannery Quinn (Eds) (2015) The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children's Thinking and Understanding, London and New York: Routledge pp 306-317


Coates, Elizabeth & Coates, Andrew (2016)  'The Essential Role of  Scribbling in the Imaginative and Cognitive Development of Young Children'.  Journal of Early Childhood Literacy Vol 16 No. 1 pp 60-83.






















Coates, Elizabeth & Coates, Andrew (2017) 'Participant Observation as a Means of Examining Young Children's Scribble Drawings and Their Accompanying Narratives'. Sage Research Methods (online)



Coates, Elizabeth & Coates, Andrew (2018) 'My Nose is Running Like a Pound of Butter: Exploring Young Children's Humour'. Early Child Development and Care (online)



Coates, Andrew (2019) 'Sculptura - Vision and Form'. Feature in Artefacts - the Magazine of the Friends of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. August - October p.16.