Mini Picturebook e-lessons: Overview

Below is an overview of all the lessons we have created. The table offers an overview of the title, a book synopsis, related themes & values and world event days. Some of our lessons (#1,#4, #5, #11,#14, #16, #21, #22, #23) have an additional signed read-aloud by Leanne Signed Stories. Leanne’s videos promote diversity, inclusion and awareness of British Sign Language (BSL) in mainstream classes that may not have deaf pupils in them in order to make classes more deaf aware. We believe her videos are a valuable addition.

Leanne is a Qualified Teacher of the Deaf based in the UK who was looking for resources to direct her children to during Covid-19 lockdown. She realised that there were not many that children in her class would be able to access as they were either totally oral with no subtitles or full BSL which was difficult for deaf children without fluent BSL language models to access. So she created signed stories using Total Communication which is the communication approach used in her school setting. This approach combines speaking in grammatically correct English sentences but using a mixture of BSL signs, Sign Supported English (SSE) and gesture to complement the spoken word. This way BSL is made accessible to all children to enjoy, whether they are D/deaf, hard of hearing or not.

LessonPicturebookSynopsisThemes & ValuesWorld Days
1Amazing by Steve Antony A story about the friendship between a boy and his pet dragon.Being yourself, understanding and acceptance, incidental inclusivenessInternational Day of Persons with Disabilities
2Wild by Emily HughesA story about a feral girl.Nature versus nurture, being yourself, empathisingWorld Children’s Day
3Grumpy Frog by Ed VereA story about a grumpy frog.Compromise, tolerance, friendship, apologisingWorld Frog Day
Friendship Day
4The very hungry Caterpillar by Eric CarleA story about the life cycle of a butterfly.Growth and changeLearn About Butterflies Day
World Food Day
5We’re going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen & Helen OxenburyA chant-along story about a family who go on an adventure with a surprise at the end!Companionship, overcoming obstacles, personal growth, finding courageWorld Bear Day
6I Am Bat by Morag HoodA story about a bat who really likes cherries.Sharing, being open-minded and accepting of alternative options and change.International Bat Appreciation Day
7There’s a Monster IN YOUR BOOK by Tom FletcherA story which shows children how to get rid of a monster in their book.Persevering, overcoming fearWorld Book Day
8Shark in the Park on a Windy Day! by Nick SharrattTimothy Pope thinks he can see a shark through his telescope.Curiosity, tolerating ambiguity, creativityShark Awareness Day
9Please, Mr. Panda by Steve AntonyA story about a panda who has a tray of doughnuts that he offers to his friends.Being polite and saying pleaseNational Panda Day
10The Cave by Rob HodgsonA story about a wolf who tries to entice a creature to leave its cave.Being aware of ulterior motives, feelingsInternational Wolf Day
11The Odd Egg by Emily GravettAll the birds have eggs to hatch except Duck. When Duck finds an egg of his own he’s delighted but the other birds think it’s a very odd egg.Parental love, protection, accepting differences, feelings, patienceEaster
World Egg Day
12Bumblebear by Nadia ShireenNorman is a bear who loves honey. He disguises himself as a bee to enter Bee School where he hopes he will have an endless supply of honey.Friendship and loyalty, heroes and villains, identity, accepting differencesWorld Bee Day
13Hundred Feet Tall by Benjamin Scheuer & Jemima WilliamsA story about a young rabbit who finds a seed on an autumn day and takes it home and plants it. As it sprouts, the rabbit is thrilled to watch it grow “a hundred feet tall.”Love and friendship, growth and change, care and patienceWorld Tree Day
14Look Up! by Nathan Bryon & by Dapo AdeolaRocket wants to become an astronaut, star-catcher and space-traveller. Can she convince her older brother to stop looking down at his phone and look up at the stars and watch a meteor shower?Science and space, determination, family and sibling relationshipsWorld Space Week
15Max the Brave by Ed VereA story about Max, a kitten, who wants to be a mouse-catcher but needs to know what a mouse looks like first!Determination, bravery, asking for accurate informationInternational Cat Day
16Beegu by Alexis DeaconA story about a little, yellow alien.Inclusion and acceptance, kindness, welcoming newcomersAlien Day
International Mother Language Day
17The Queen’s Hat by Steve AntonyA sudden gust of wind blows the Queen’s hat off, so she and the Queen’s men set off on an adventure through London in pursuit of the hat.London landmarks, royaltyQueen’s birthday
18Croc and Bird by Alexis DeaconTwo eggs sitting side by side on the sand hatch. Out comes a bird and a crocodile who think they are brothers.Love, sibling relationships, accepting differences, animal instinctsSibling Day
19I Am A Tiger by Karl Newson & Ross CollinsA mouse declares “I am a tiger” and manages to convince other creatures not only that this is true, but that they are not what they think they are.Identity, creativity, being confident, true or falseInternational Tiger Day
20How to be a Lion by Ed VereLeonard is a lion who loves poetry and daydreaming, and his best friend is Marianne, a duck. But the other lions insist that Leonard should be fierce.Courage, individuality, friendship, being true to your own beliefsWorld Lion Day
World Poetry Day
21The Suitcase by Chris Naylor-BallesterosA strange creature arrives pulling a big suitcase and the other animals are curious to find out what is inside.Accepting and welcoming newcomers, trust, tolerance and kindness, displacementWorld Refugee Day
22You Matter by Christian RobinsonA story that will help children understand that everyone matters by seeing how they are all connected. The dedication reads “For anyone who isn’t sure if they matter. You do.”Seeing the world from different points of view, empathising, valuing othersYou Matter to Me Day
23Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Prasadam-Halls & David LitchfieldA story told in rhyming couplets about hope over fear and that good comes after bad.Resilience, friendship and positivityNational Find A Rainbow Day; National Day of Hope
24Leaf by Sandra DieckmannA polar bear arrives in an unfamiliar habitat where he/she is feared by the other animals. Eventually they listen to polar bear’s story and help him/her return to his/her family.Empathising, kindness and helping others, accepting and welcoming newcomers, tolerance, inclusion, overcoming fear of the unknownInternational Polar Bear Day