June 20, 2019
by Nora Nagy
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Looking together: visual storytelling in The Thinking Train stories

How do the visual elements in our picture book series, The Thinking Train influence reading experience and meaning-making? Each story in the now 20-book series is fully illustrated; both the images and the words engage the readers, and the interplay … Continue reading

March 15, 2018
by Nora Nagy
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Meet the illustrator: Manuela Scarfò

What is it like to bring a character to life? How do you start working on a picture book for children? What inspires an illustrator? In our interview series Meet the illustrator, we talk to Manuela Scarfò, the illustrator of our … Continue reading

June 16, 2016
by Nora Nagy
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Hooked on Books: Picturebooks in ELT with Sandie Mourão

In this series of interviews we talk to teachers, ELT writers, visual artists and researchers about the importance of using literature in the language classroom. Together they have over a hundred years of experience in teaching and writing so they can definitely … Continue reading

August 13, 2015
by Nora Nagy
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Turning Japanese with Momotarō and Elly Nagaoka

What interests you most about Japan? How much do your students know about the country? Although we all have an image of Japan in our minds, and we all have some knowledge of Japanese culture, history, traditions and geography, there is … Continue reading

March 24, 2015
by Nora Nagy
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Visual Storytelling with Helbling Young Readers

Recently I had an interesting discussion about choosing teaching materials for young learners. We were browsing materials for primary school learners, and what struck us was that the most useful and successful language resources contained very little written verbal language. … Continue reading