Our Team


Gail … has been working with picturebooks since 1989 when she set up Penguin Jeunesse, a publishing section of Penguin France, to promote the Puffin collection of children’s literature into schools in France to coincide with the introduction of foreign languages in the primary curriculum. She became passionate about using picturebooks as a flexible and motivating resource for teaching English to children and began developing a story-based methodology. The Storytelling Handbook for Primary Teachers, co-authored with Jean Brewster and published in 1991, was republished in its third edition by the British Council, Tell it Again! in 2014She opened the first Teaching Centre for the British Council in France in 1998, specialising in teaching children and teenagers, and made picturebooks an integral part of the holiday classes curriculum for pre-primary and primary aged children.  She was awarded an MBE for her services to the teaching of English to young learners in the Queen’s Birthday Honours Awards in 2004. She is a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Children’s Literature in English Language Education Journal (CLELE Journal).  

Tatia Gruenbaum at Liverpool IATEFL 2019 holding a talk on ‘Primary student teachers’ views of a successful picturebook-based EFL lesson’.


Tatia … taught EFL, EAP and ESP at a number of higher and further education institutions in London and is now a lecturer & researcher at the Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda (NL). She recently completed her PhD at the UCL Institute of Education. She was supervised by Prof Amos Paran (UCL IoE) and Dr Miranda Timmermans (Avans) and her research centred on the use of picturebooks as a teaching tool in pre-service primary teacher education in the Netherlands. In 2013, Tatia founded a successful not-for-profit project called The Little English Library (www.littlelibrary.nl) which supports young English Language learners, speakers, and primary teachers in the Netherlands. The Little English Library project was short listed for a British Council ELTons Award in 2016 and for the School Library Inspiration Award in 2015.

Anneta Sadowska in action with her school children in Poland.


Anneta … has been working with Picturebooks in teaching English to young learners for over 20 years. In her primary school, Szkoła Podstawowa nr 81 (Poland), she has run the programme ‘Our Reading School’ since 2009. This involves the extensive use of Picturebooks in English, reading to and with children (aged 6/7). Another programme, ‘Sharing Stories about Cooperation’ won the European Language Label in 2008, and is for children (aged 8-9) to attend a weekly reading club. Since 2001, Anneta has been the winner of the European Language Label four times.