In October 2015, I launched SWAP 20: a free book-lending programme for teachers.

A free monthly book-lending-programme for Dutch primary school teachers and day-care professionals running International Playgroups. Teachers / carers are able to borrow 20 books at a time for their classes and playgroups.

Books can be chosen according to themes, reading needs and interests. The objectives are

  • To provide free access to a wide range of English children’s books to professionals teaching / introducing Early English.
  • To inspire young English Language Learners to read English.
  • To inspire Dutch primary school teachers to integrate English children’s book into the Early English classroom.
  • To support teachers managing Young English Learners with mixed abilities. To support teachers teaching English native speakers (ex– & impats).

To my delight, The American Book Center (ABC) liked the idea so much that they joined the initiative and set up a lending corner in order to support teachers in the Amsterdam area. The next SWAP 20 will be coming soon to The Hague & Utrecht area.

If you are a teacher and your school is interested in joining SWAP 20 please email:

Breda: info@littlelibrary.nl

Utrechtse Heuvelrug: englishtownlibrary@gmail.com

Amsterdam / The Hague: schools@abc.nl