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.




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


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.