Dr Natalia Kucirkova graduated in Psychology, holds a Masters in Research Methods and a Doctorate in Education. She worked at the Oxford University Education Department, pursued a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and currently works as Senior Lecturer at the Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research concerns innovative ways of supporting shared book reading, digital literacy, community engagement and the role of personalisation in early years. Natalia’s doctoral research inspired the development of the Our Story tablet/smartphone app. She was involved in the production of the MOOC “Childhood in the digital age” and a national survey of parents’ perception of children’s media use at home. She has been commended for her engagement with teachers and parents at a national and international level.