PEPELT began as an idea in 2017 when four friends, Gail Ellis, Tatia Gruenbaum, Sandie Mourão and Anneta Sadowska who are passionate about using picturebooks in Primary English Language Teaching, worked on an application for funding from a European body.
PEPELT is committed to helping teachers critically explore, select and use Picturebooks which enable children to address global issues and promote positive change inside and outside the classroom.
By embedding inclusive practices in our approach, we aim to empower teachers to go beyond language teaching alone and embrace their wider professional remit.
The PEPELT team selects high quality Picturebooks and our principles guide our Picturebook choices and our aims.
We choose picturebooks which are:
- diverse in design and illustration,
- diverse in content and theme,
- created by authors / illustrators of diverse backgrounds and identities, and
- aligned with key events or days on the international diversity calendar.
We use picturebooks to:
- enable teachers and children to discover a world where learning moves beyond the classroom.
- provide ‘mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors’ (Sims Bishop 1990) where children see themselves reflected, windows for children to see other worlds, real or imagined, familiar or strange and sliding doors, for them to walk through.
- integrate diversity themes into the primary classroom – diversity in age, gender, race or ethnicity, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation as well as promote values such as kindness, tolerance, openness, friendship, etc.
- help children develop a critical stance towards the world they live in.
- give teachers the confidence to address topics which may not appear in their mainstream course materials.