In Brighton at IATEFL 2018. Have heard some very interesting talks – mine is on Friday, fingers crossed. https://conference.iatefl.org/conference.html




Spring display

Today I received a lovely update from Miriam Oliveira and the reading club at the Montessori+Prinsenbeek. Children enjoyed their books and the library so much that they asked if they could help with the spring inspired display. Fabulous!

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What’s in your bucket?

Lovely update from the Montessori Prinsenbeek Little English Libray Reading Club. After reading Billy’s Bucket they worked on ideas what could be in their bucket. After the holiday, they will be working some more with the story.  Wonderful & big thanks to Miriam who runs this Reading Club.

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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  schools@abc.nl  and here is the link to the book here. )