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. […]

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Bill Martin Jr.’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? book is great for EFL learners – lots of repetitive language, easy vocabulary that they will encounter elsewhere (colours and animals), and beautiful Eric Carle drawings. Like other books, I’ve adapted mine by photocopying it, and enlarging the pictures and text for kids to see, […]

Hungry Caterpillar EFL worksheet for beginners

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a great book for English-speaking kids, but EFL learners also really enjoy it. I have adapted my copy slightly, making the language a little easier to understand, and creating A3 laminated pages that I can show to children one by one. I also use a few different […]