National Reading Aloud Days (24.01 – 03.02)

Every year, at the end January, the Nationale Voorleesdagen (Reading  Aloud Days) take place in the Netherlands. During this one week event, the picturebook of the year is presented. This year the chosen book is Sst! Tijger Slaapt by Britta Teckentrup, orginally published under the title Don’t wake up Tiger!

I hope that many Dutch primary schools will take the opportunity to not only join in but perhaps even read the English version. Have a look at the short video – my daughters had some fun with it at the weekend. Here is also a great balloon making activity (with turtle template) for primary teachers to complete with their class after reading the book.


If you are in the Netherlands and are wondering where to purchase the book, well, support an independent bookshop, contact marvellous Shirley from the American Book Center in Amsterdam  and here is the link to the book here. )


Reading Clubs

By now our first reading club is in full-swing and this week the lower level group at the Montessori+Prinsenbeek were working with Clementina doesn’t want to read. Children were given the task to imagine they were a talking book: what would they say to Clementine? Pick me, read me. I have fun stories for you. Well done!


Book Donations

Book donations: they mean so much to me and the project. So many thanks for thinking of The Little English Library. The latests donations include the new book by author Faiz Kermani and That is not my Fairy which will be in good company. Books will be on the shelves of both open-access English libraries in Breda soon. Thanks again, much appreciated and keep them coming. Tatia

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New Year’s Reception City of Breda

And here I am representing The Little English Library project at the Grote Kerk in Breda  (NL) at the city’s New Year Reception & its theme of Primary Education, ICT, IPC & Internationalisation.

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The Queen’s Present

And I have just taught my last English lessons for the year… I was kindly invited to visit classes 6 A&B at the NBS Dirk van Veen (NL). I built my Xmas-lesson around the picturebook The Queen’s Present by Steve Antony. So after discussing some English Xmas traditions, we went on a trip around the world in search for the perfect present. It is a wonderful story with amazing illustrations (lots to spot including Mr Panda) and it involves all children by travelling to places they have visited, have family and friends or even come from. Now if you know the book, you will know that the Queen does not stop in the Netherlands but if she did, she might … 

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