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Picture Books Stories about War & Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”  What better topic for a classroom discussion or assembly than what this means and how we can all work towards making peace… Continue reading

A Year Full of Stories: Folk Tales for Young and Old.

This week we’ve been looking at Traditional Tales, and how some books are using re-tellings, alternative versions, and unique new formats to re-invent some much-loved stories for a new audience. A Year Full of Stories is a stunning book, jam-packed with traditional folk tales from all over the world, including The Magic Porridge Pot, The Hare and the Moon, and The World’s Shortest Ghost Story. The book is beautifully put together with gorgeous illustrations and…

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China and Chinese New Year

Q. We’re going to be looking at China (country, culture, wildlife etc.) for the first half of next term, to tie in with Chinese New Year in February. Please could you recommend some texts, fiction and non-fiction, suitable for years 1 & 2? A. Thank you for your enquiry. I’m sure I can help to find some great texts for you to share with your class on China and Chinese New Year. Let’s start with…

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