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PEPELT Overview 2021/22

JANUARY Other activities Picturebooks February Award winning Picturebooks MARCH Picturebooks in translation APRIL The Environment MAY Banned picturebooks JUNE Positivity

June: Positivity in Picturebooks

Exclamation Mark Exclamation Mark by Amy Rosenthal & David Lichtenheld (Scholastic Press, 2013) Chosen By : Sandie I am Henry Finch I am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon, illustrated by Viviane Schwarz (Walker Books 2016) Chosen By : Gail Gretel the Wonder Mammoth Gretel the Wonder Mammoth by Kim Hillyard Ladybird / Penguin Random House 2022 Chosen By…

Pass it on

The last of our PEPELT films for June, following the theme of positivity, comes from Anneta Sadowska. She shares her thoughts and ideas on the picturebook, ‘Pass it on‘ by Sophy Henn (Puffin Books, 2016). Listen to her share what she did with her 11 year old students, how they responded to its message, and…

Gretel the Wonder Mammoth

In February I (Tatia) chose ‘Mable and the Mountain’, written and illustrated by Kim Hillyard for our theme on award winning picturebooks. For this month’s theme of positivity, I have decided to share another picturebook written and illustrated by her entitled ‘Gretel the Wonder Mammoth’, published by Ladybird in 2022. ‘Gretel the Wonder Mammoth’ is…

I Am Henry Finch

To continue our June theme of positivity I (Gail) have selected ‘I Am Henry Finch’ by Alexis Deacon, illustrated by Viviane Schwarz and published by Walker Books in 2014. It won the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award in 2016 which recognises books that celebrate social justice and equality for children ages 0-12. ‘I Am Henry…

Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back

In keeping with our June theme of positivity, what a positive day I (Gail) had yesterday as one of the judges for the competition, Autour d’un album (Around a picturebook), in the Hérault department in the South of France. This competition targets children from five to 11/12 years old who are learning a foreign language…

Exclamation mark

We have arrived in June, the last of the PEPELT months for 21/22. Our theme this month is ‘Positivity’ and we’ve chosen some very interesting picturebooks. Sandie will be talking about ‘Exclamation mark‘, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Litchenheld (Scholastic, 2013) Kirkus reviews write: ‘Punctuation with pizzazz. (…) Funny and spirited…

May: Banned Picturebooks

It’s a book It’s a book, by Lane Smith, Macmillan Children’s Books, 2011 Chosen By : Sandie Where the Wild Things Are Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (Picture Puffins 1970) Chosen By : Gail Sylvester and the Magic.. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig … Chosen By : Tatia Egg Drop Egg Drop…

Egg Drop

The last contribution to our PEPELT May 2022 Banned Books theme is by Anneta Sadowska. She has chosen to talk about ‘Egg Drop‘ by Mini Grey (Cape, 2002). It’s a completely mad picturebook about an egg that wants to fly. Anneta considers ‘Egg Drop’ to be a cautionary tale, but in its picturebook form, and…

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble / The Undefeated

I (Tatia) work in primary teacher education in the Netherlands and believe that this month’s theme of banned picturebooks will be of great interest for student teachers. Whereas student teachers will be aware of Dutch primary schools restricting picturebook choices for religious reasons, they may be unfamiliar with the concept of a national or international…

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