These are the three children’s e-books I developed working as a teacher. Each of these stories has been used in English lessons with kids from 4-9 years old, and each contains some follow-up activities. The stories offer a lot, despite the fact that the illustrations are at the level of flashcards.
The Good Pirate teaches kids that money doesn’t make a person good, Winky deals with environment and going after your dreams, and Mimi helps them realize it is rewarding to do things on their own.
I am so proud to say that that The Good Pirate and Winky’s Colours have been nominated by readers for the 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards by Metamorph Publishing.
To celebrate George the Good Pirate getting his first nomination, here is one of the riddles from the follow-up activities in his book.
I have a little gadget
to see what’s far, with class.
I hold it in my hand
and call it my ________.
Can you guess the answer?
Winky is my all-time favourite, my first children’s book-baby. To finish this post, let me share my afterword from the book.
To parents, friends and educators reading to children
Storytelling is an essential part of human existence. Regardless of all technological progress, the roots to successful human communication lie in face-to-face talks, the warmth of our voice, our presence. Please, never let anything or anyone convince you of the unimportance of your role in storytelling and reading.
As I have been convinced by children many times, even the best story can be ruined by a heartless and distant storyteller, just as successfully as any story is made more interesting as long as the storyteller involves the audience in the reading process. Having children intervene while you are telling a story does not mean they lack patience or the necessary attention span. Perhaps you are actually reading the story just the right way, and they are already in it, from the first page on.
Just in case you have the heart, but lack the ideas on how to involve your listeners in the story you are reading, allow this teacher to share a few guidelines. It is up to you whether you follow them or not. But trust me, it is also up to you how your children and students learn to interpret their own actions and feelings, as well as your own, and the world as a whole. Being a storyteller is a superpower! Be careful not to abuse it!
• Ask them what they would do or feel in a certain situation as you read it.
• Have them draw something from the story, regardless of the existent illustrations – their use of colour and choice of detail have a story to tell.
• Every now and then, stop and have them comment and guess what happens next and why.
• Let them retell the story to someone else – this will show you how they understood it.
• Even if you don’t have the time to read the whole story through, read it chapter by chapter.
• Enjoy it the first time your children pick up a book to read on their own, even if they still can’t actually read letters – your mission was a hit!