TLEL 2017 picture book list

And here comes my professional photo-shoot of some of the picture books that have made it onto the updated 1-2-3 lists and my new 2017 picture book list for Dutch primary schools. Please note the two drawings by my girls which they said had to ‘go on fb with the books’. For more info on the 1-2-3 packs and / or to access the full lists, please click here.

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Picture Books & Pabo

Busy weekend preparing books for 17 Pabo Avans Hogeschool students who are soon leaving to Teach English Abroad and 4 Exchange students at pabo Avans teaching English at local Breda primary schools.

One photo shows the 34 new picture books very kindly donated by the The American Book Center for our pabo TEA students to take to their host schools in Ghana, Curacao etc. The other photo shows book packs (20 books each – used & newly donated by ABC) for the Dr. De Visserschool and for the Kbs De Burchtgaarde. Both schools are part of The Little English School Library project and have been working hard on setting up their own English library. The Exchange students will take these packs as they will be teaching English at these local primary schools.

When you get, give …

And with this in mind, I think it is wonderful that The Little English Library, even though we are such a small project, has enough books and support that can stretch to let less fortunate children experience the wonderful world of English picture books. As you know we are supporters of The English for Kids Foundation (https://efkf.org/) which accompanies volunteer teachers to teach English in underprivileged areas of the world. In January a group of teachers left for India and here is a short report:

English didactic, text books and English books for children, donated by The Little English Library which were used at our GEP – Teaching in India project for teaching pupils and teachers at the local school and children at the local orphanage, were sent to another school for underprivileged children at Piali Ashar Alo in Piali, village next to Kolkata, India.

Piali Ashar Alo is an educational center that was founded in February 2008 in the village of Piali, near the city of Kolkata.

‘Our school is intended exclusively for children who come from poor and broken families and whose parents therefore cannot enrol them into public school. Girls and boys who do not attend school perform house chores, take care of their younger siblings, work occasional jobs or just wander around. It’s difficult for us to imagine the conditions these children live in. Many of our students have only one parent, others are orphans. Their homes are made of mud and covered with bamboo, plastic or rice thatch. They have no clean water and often no electricity. These children have never owned a toy – they play with pieces of wood, old dishes and perforated tires. Before coming to our school, they have never held a book or used a pencil crayon. Our goal is to provide our students with the tools, opportunities and experiences that are the basic right of every child.’ – Mojca and Anup Gayen, founders

Displays

I love creating book displays and thankfully, I am still able to do so for The Little English School Library at the Montessori + in Breda. Displays can really help to bring books alive, add some magic but most of all they help to stimulate interest in books.

Book-related toys work really well if you are looking to create an exciting and colourful display. I often pick up book character soft-toys like Paddington, Bob the Builder and today I found Mike the Knight and his horse Galahad waiting for me. Thank you.

Welcome home!

When I tell teachers and parents that The Little English School Library at the Montessori+ Breda is always open during school hours and functions on a self-service book-check in / out, an honour-system you could say, they are usually surprised. Of course, we have lost books but really nothing worth mentioning. Sometimes the English books just get mixed up with all the Dutch books or end up somewhere under the bed, hidden behind outgrown soft toys and action figures. And then sometimes they are re-discovered during a clear-out and find their way home, even after a year. Welcome back.

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