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Background to Project
Teachers' Resource Book
EPBC Books
Ordering Details
EPBC Contacts
Web Site Links
National Centre for Research in Children's Literature
School Education Training course (ESET):

LLyfrau Storia Lluno Ewrop

Welcome to the EPBC Web Site.
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:

  • Background to project:
    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.
  • Teachers' Resource Book:
    The EPBC activities focus on the literary, linguistic and cultural aspects of the visual texts and can be downloaded from this website.
  • EPBC Books:
    Each story has been carefully selected by an expert in the field of children's literature, and activities have been devised for classroom use.
  • Ordering Details:
    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.
  • Chatline:
    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 European.
  • EPBC Contacts:
    If you would like to e.mail colleagues who have been involved in the EPBC project, here are their addresses.
  • Web Site Links:
    This section is currently quite small but we hope it will expand as more children's literature web sites are created.
  • School Education Training course (ESET):
    This on-line course will be freely available to all in 2004. 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 will initially be available in English, French and German.

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ncrcl June 2003