We hope it will help you to find out more about the European Picture
Book Collection and give you some idea of how the books might be used
in primary schools. By clicking on each section, you will be able to
find out about:
- The EPBC was designed to help pupils to find out more about
their European neighbours through reading the visual narratives of carefully
chosen picture books. Here you can find out about how the project began,
the theoretical papers that have been presented on European children's
literature, and how the materials were initially used in schools.
- The EPBC activities focus on the literary, linguistic and
cultural aspects of the visual texts and can be downloaded from this
- Each story has been carefully selected by an expert in the
field of children's literature, and activities have been devised for
The European Picture Book Collection video shows 3 French teachers using
the EPBC picture books in a French Primary school in London. It lasts
about 20 minutes and has helpful information for teachers wishing to
use European picture books in their classrooms.
- If you would like to use the European picture books in your
school/Education department, all the information for ordering the EPBC
materials can be found here.
Publication which explains much of the rationale behind the EPBC and
information about the Launch in 2000.
- You can chat to teachers in many countries who have
used the books in helping their children to understand more about their
own national identity whilst gaining a sense of what it means to be
- If you would like to e.mail colleagues who have been involved
in the EPBC project, here are their addresses.
- This section is currently quite small but we hope it will
expand as more children's literature web sites are created.
This on-line course is freely available to all. It is designed to help
teachers/teacher educators to use the EPBC methodology and has an introduction
in more than 20 European languages. The course comprises three modules:
Language; Literature; Culture; each of which includes 5 two-hour sessions
plus relevant resources. ESET is available in English, French, German,
Portuguese and Dutch.
Picture Book Collection (BPBC)
Books And Reading For Intercultural Education is another
Comenius funded project which benefits from picture book narratives.
Here you will find 12 BARFIE books that use the EPBC methodology.
Picture Book Collection (CPBC)
This collection has been developed by students at the Facultat de l'Educació
Blaquerna, Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain, as part of a translation
project devised by Maria Gonzalez Davies.
- The New Zealand Picture
Book Collection (NZPBC)
The purpose of the New Zealand Picture Book Collection,
He Kohinga Pukapuka Pikitia o Aotearoa, is to provide a set of
quality New Zealand English picture books reflecting diversity in New
Zealand society which can be used in New Zealand classrooms with specially
designed, curriculum-linked classroom activities. It is based on the
concept of the European Picture Book Collection
- European Picture Book Collection
EPBC II (www.epbcii.eu)
is an EU funded, Comenius Multilateral Project, which builds on experiences
from the first EPBC collection ( www.ncrcl.ac.uk/epbc
). It makes more than 60 picture books from all 27 EU member states,
and the ethnic, linguistic or religious groups within them, available
to educators, librarians, students, and scholars. Intercultural dialogue
is central in EPBC II, as its users are encouraged to read the diverse
visual stories (several of them on-line) by bringing them into a constructive
dialogue with each other, and exploring their cultural backgrounds.
Participants discuss the various picture books from the collection in
a comparative manner, identifying cultural, linguistic, literary, and
pictorial similarities and differences, and appreciating the value of
- Further Reading and Website Links
This section has been compiled with the help of numerous colleagues
from around the world who have both used the EPBC and written articles
about it. As well as a number of related websites, you will also find
an extended bibliography of publications about the EBPC and projects
that have followed.