Our Story

PEPELT (Picturebooks in European Primary English Language Teaching) began as an idea in 2017 when four friends, Gail Ellis, Tatia Gruenbaum, Sandie Mourão and Anneta Sadowska, all passionate about using picturebooks in Primary English Language Teaching (PELT), worked on an application for funding from a European body. Our application was unsuccessful, so we decided to go ahead independently

We set up a PEPELT Facebook page which then grew into a YouTube channel and a PEPELT website. To support teachers and parents working remotely during the Covid pandemic, we created mini picturebook e-lessons based on a read-aloud by a picturebook creator. These online elements connect our PEPELT activities and enable teachers to find information easily.

From October 2018 – June 2021 we selected a picturebook a month based on a specific theme and we each made a short film to share our different perspectives on the selected picturebook. The films were shared on Facebook. From October 2021 we continued to select a theme a month but we each selected a different picturebook and shared our ideas and perspectives via a variety of formats: Facebook live chats, posts, parleys, presentations and films. We also organised a PEPELT Reading Challenge for the month of December.

PEPELT has been endorsed by several organisations such as the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe and was a finalist in the British Council’s 2020 ELTons awards for Innovation in Teacher Resources. We now have over 4000 followers on our Facebook page

Our Aims:

  • To create a lively, engaged and sharing community of teachers as well as librarians, teacher educators and researchers – using picturebooks in PELT
  • To encourage the sharing of ideas for teaching PELT with picturebooks
  • To promote and support the use of picturebooks in PELT
  • To publicise information about picturebooks for PELT
  • To help teachers and other professionals move away from the conventional often found in mainstream coursebook materials by selecting picturebooks which encourage critical thinking, and which mirror children’s reality where children from all backgrounds and identities can see themselves represented.
  • We share information about picturebooks and their creators
  • We select a picturebook a month which focuses on a theme
  • Each make a short film featuring the selected picturebook which are shared on Facebook
  • We each share different perspectives to these picturebooks which reflect our interests and experience around working with, researching and engaging children and their teachers with picturebooks.

We are delighted that so many from all around the world are sharing our passion. We have
created a community of practice that supports teachers and professionals in the field of
language education to critically explore, select and use picturebooks in the classroom to
develop language as well as intercultural understanding and an awareness of global issues.

Best wishes from us all.
The PEPELT Team