English Children´s Books: What to do?

A few weeks ago, I gave a workshop at a regional event organised by Pabo Avans Hogeschool for Dutch Primary teachers. My workshop was on the Value / Use on English children´s Literature in the Young EFL classroom – it was very practical, with lots of examples and so I thought I would share two slides … perhaps of interest to teachers working with English children´s literature or who would like to start. There is so much that can be done with a book, so much more than ´just´ reading it. So click on the image to view my two slides.

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English School Library Breda

And thanks to the English library team, The Little English School Library at the Montessori+in Breda is open again (12.09.2016). Around 2000 fantastic English children´s books (age 0-12) are waiting to be read. The library is open-access & free of charge, so if you live the area and haven´t got your library card yet, get in touch. If you want to participate in SWAP 20, again just email.

 

 

 

National Dutch Children´s Book Week

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This year´s National Dutch Children´s Book Week (Kinderboekenweek) runs  5-16 October 2016. Every year this event has a theme and this year it is ´Grandparents´ – Wonderful! Usually the book recommendations for the Kinderboekenweek include one or two children´s books by English speaking authors / illustrators but this year this is not the case. So, I have put together our own list:  Kinderboekenweek2016Recommendations (1)

It is never easy to make a list and no doubt I could have added many more. But, have a look, I am sure you will find a book you like. For many of my recommendations you can find book related activities online e.g Elmer and Grandpa Eldo: Drama or Games & Colouring

There are two books on the list that I´d like to point out. One is the very colourful ´Grandad´s Island´ by Benji Davies. It´s clever, it´s beautiful and there is lots for children to discover and talk about. His picture book ´The Storm Whale´ is CPNB Dutch Picture Book of the year 2017. And the other one is the powerful ´The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas´ by John Boyne. Its 10 year anniversary edition (this year) is illustrated by the very talented Oliver Jeffers.