Book Review: The Empty Stocking

The Empty Stocking Written by Richard Curtis Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb 48 pages Published by Puffin Books Publication date: 2012 Age range: 3+ Summary (from Goodreads): It’s Christmas Eve. And there’s one very important question on everyone’s lips…have you been good this year? For twins Sam and Charlie this is a big worry because Charlie…

Giveaway! Once Upon a Time necklace

Hi everyone – time for a Christmas giveaway on my blog and Twitter. I have one of these necklaces and it never fails to attract compliments, so I decided to get another one and give it away! The pendant is shaped like a book and it says ‘Once Upon a Time…’ on the front cover….

Book Review: I Wore My Blackest Hair

I Wore My Blackest Hair Written by Carlina Duan 92 pages Published by: Little A Publication date: 14th November 2017 Age range: 14 + Summary (from Goodreads): Celebrating Chinese American girlhood in all its confusion, love, and loss. In I Wore My Blackest Hair, Fulbright grant and Edna Meudt Memorial Award recipient Carlina Duan delivers…

Multilingual flashcard: Poppy

Poppy in 10 languages for Remembrance Sunday. Lest we forget those who have died so we can have safety, security and stability in our country. 8 million in World War 1, 8.7 million in World War 2 and estimated 7136 UK soldiers in worldwide conflicts between 1945 and 2013 (according to MOD report)

Multilingual flashcard: Peace

Following on from war comes peace as the second of three steps in the eternal waltz of war, peace and revolution.

Multilingual flashcard: War

This week in school we have been talking about soldiers who have lost their lives in defence of their countries in the lead-up for Remembrance Day on 11th November (though we will be having our service in school on Friday 10th). It got me thinking about the ubiquity of conflict and how often I have…

Multilingual flashcard: Fireworks

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend! In Britain, the 5th November is Bonfire Night when we remember Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Usually there are a lot of fireworks over this weekend. I love fireworks although I feel sorry for all the poor pet dogs and cats who are upset…

Book Review: Do You Speak Chocolate?

Written by Cas Lester 288 pages Published by: Piccadlly Press Publication date: 24th August 2017 Summary (from Goodreads): A story of friendship, laughter … and more than a little chocolate ‘Do you speak chocolate?’ Jaz has found the best way to make friends with new girl Nadima, who doesn’t speak any English – by offering…

Book Review: Turtle Island

Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People By Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger Published by Annick Press 120 pages Publication Date: 12th September 2017 Age range: 12 + independently, could be used earlier as teaching aid Summary (from Goodreads): Unlike most books that chronicle the history of Native peoples beginning with the arrival…

Book Review: Violet

Violet Written by Tania Duprey Stehlik Illustrated by Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic Published by Second Story Press 32 pages Age range: KS1+ / 5+ Summary (from Goodreads): Violet is happy that her father has come to pick her up after her first day at a new school. But as she races over to meet him, one…

Language awareness: Songs and Resources

In a world that seems to be becoming smaller by the day with the speed of global communication, it becomes even more important to educate our children in being world citizens and having a positive attitude towards difference and diversity. As an educator or parent you can encourage this by reading stories and singing songs…

Book review: A Different Pond

A Different Pond Written by Bao Phi Illustrated by Thi Bui 34 pages Published by Picture Window Books Age range: All ages Summary: (from Goodreads) Acclaimed poet Bao Phi delivers a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son and between cultures, old and new. A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about…