Lemminkäinen’s Mother

Our advanced learners (aged around 9 to 12) have been studying myths lately. It was easy to find materials for the Greeks and the Romans – plenty of resources around Zeus and Jupiter – but very little on other mythologies. This is a story I’ve adapted from several sources about the Finnish hero Lemminkäinen, his quest […]


I’ve never come across Snatchabook before, which is a tale about a wee kleptomaniac creature who just wants somebody to read to him. What an advertisement for bedtime reading eh! This week I read the second offering from the authors of Snatchabook which has made me go on a hunt for that earlier book in my local bookstore. Abracazebra […]

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Michael Rosen’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a classic children’s book for a reason. Its repetitive language, simple grammar and funny story make it a good resource for the EFL classroom.There is a beautiful pop-up edition available as well as the regular paperback and board book versions – you can see pictures and […]

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Starts To Write

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is full of useful vocabulary for children – days of the week, food names, numbers… Children can use this vocabulary to create their own stories – for instance, “What I ate this week” (“On Monday, I ate fried rice. On Tuesday, I ate chicken.”), making it nice and personal to them. […]