So your kids love books? So do we! <3 Today we’re here to share a few titles that have something in common – they all uncover some secrets that are hidden in the woods. Scroll down to find our list of forest-themed must-haves for your English lesson!
Forest Lizi Boyd
Simple, rhythmical text and brightly coloured illustrations. You’ll find this book helpful when teaching animal names as well as different verbs.2)
The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Ok, this one is a c l a s s i c. Haven’t read it yet? We won’t judge you if you leave this blog immediately to make up for this negligence (yeah, we kind of will).
A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.
Mouse, tiny but fearless, tells a story of his terrifying (and imaginary) friend – Gruffalo to get rid of some animals that threaten to eat him (in a number of sophisticated ways). Little does he know, that it won’t be long until he meets… the Gruffalo himself – huge, hungry and horrifying! Luckily, our little friend is definitely street-wise (forest-wise?) and manages to convince the monster that he, the mouse, is the scariest creature in the whole dark wood. Ok, why are you still reading this post – we told you to go and read the book! Now off you go, if you want to know how it ends (even though we kinda don’t believe that you don’t know this story)!
A Year in the Forest Emilia Dziubak
Get lost in twelve magical illustrations depicting the same part of the forest throughout the year. How to use it when teaching English? Practise the names of months, seasons and parts of the day. Revise animals, verbs. Encourage your students to describe the weather, make some riddles or play “I spy with my little eye”. The possibilities are nearly endless!
Owl Babies Martin Waddell, Patrick Benson
A night in the woods and three owl babies wondering where their owl mum has gone. If the book isn’t enough, here’s a link to an animated version inspired by it – LINK.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Michael Rosen Helen Oxenbury
Ok, you didn’t think that we’d leave THIS classic out, did you? We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re going to catch a big one. But first – we need to get through some weird places. Including the big, black forest… For extra encouragement (as if you really needed it!) HERE‘s the link to a brand new animated version of WGoaBH. Not to forget the outstanding solo performance of the one-and-only Michael Rosen!
6. Some other titles:
Who’s in the Forest? Phillis Gershator;
Who’s who in the woods? Eryl Norris & Andy Mansfield
What are some other forest-related books that you’d add to our list?