Pore over a range of resources that you couldn’t find elsewhere. Equip your school with inclusive resources. Enjoy workshops and meet the people who create and distribute multicultural books. Tamarind will be among the exhibors at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) book fair. Several titles will be selling at only £1 each.
Multicultural Resources Fair
Wednesday 29th September 2010
12pm – 6.30pm
CLPE, Webber St, London SE1 8QW
CLPE is holding its seventh multicultural book fair where specialist booksellers and publishers display and sell their books and resources. The book fair will be of interest to teachers, early years practitioners, parents, librarians and students. www.clpe.co.uk
This week Ealing Council held its Early Years conference. Tamarind founder and author Verna Wilkins gave the keynote speech. Verna shared a lifetime of experience and success with local practitioners. The event was held to launch Building Futures: Believing in Children, a government document giving guidance on inclusion in the Early Years. Verna brought the Tamarind titles to life, injecting heart and humour into good inclusion practice. Here’s what the audience thought:
“She was so inspirational. Every word she said had a deep meaning to it. I thoroughly enjoyed her speech.” – Attendee from Ealing Montessori School
“[Verna’s speech] reminded me as to why I am still in teaching. Does she do talking books???!!! What a fantastic reader.” – Delegate from Greenfields Children’s Centre
“We should have more sessions like this to enhance our creativity and understanding of the world.” – Attendee from Sudbury Hill Montessori School
“[Verna] encouraged me to look and think about what children say and to promote children learning through their personal experiences.” – Delegate from Windmill Children’s Centre
Multicultural bookseller Colourful Kids displayed the full range of Tamarind’s Early Years titles on the day.
Equipped with a range of beautiful Tamarind picture books, Verna Wilkins visited Whitefriars School in Harrow. The head teacher Lynne Pritchard requested the visit because she is aware of “the importance of adequately meeting the educational needs of all the children, regardless of their ethnic origin.”
Tamarind books focus on universal themes, making them accessible and engaging resources for use all year round, and not only to be dusted off in Black History Month each October. Verna highlighted the curriculum topics, early socialisation themes, shared experiences and family life in the books. One powerful example, The Silence Seeker is popular because of the interwoven themes of migration, the value of silence, noisy city life and friendship without words. The lyrical writing and stylish illustrations widens its appeal to older children.
With the Tamarind range on board, the teachers felt able to deliver a truly multicultural curriculum. The head teacher was so inspired that she bought 44 Tamarind titles for the school and for her charity Red Earth, which trains teachers in Uganda. Through working with Tamarind, Lynne has become excited and equipped to integrate multicultural books across the curriculum. Lynne’s particularly keen to take The Day Rains Fell to Uganda on her next trip, and to take Verna too!
Verna founded Tamarind to address the issue of inclusion in early years education. Her work with schools over 20 years has shown how much personal value children feel when they see themselves reflected in their learning materials.
We love all our books, but if you need recommendations, here they are: 10 books every library and school must have! Click on the titles to find out more.
|A classic! Former National Curriculum text celebrating over 15 years in print. Currently on Oxford Reading Tree.|
Themes: jobs, losing teeth, Down’s Syndrome, wheelchair use, fairies
|A hilarious rhyming romp through careers for boys.|
Themes: jobs, poetry, humour
|A tropical Thumbelina tale, highlighted in children’s book week 2009.|
Themes: climate change, giants, agriculture
|Stunningly illustrated tale about saving the environment highlighted in children’s book week 2010.|
Themes: environment, water, creation, animals, African jewellery and pottery
|An asylum seeker’s search for peace and quiet in the noisy city – a great book for discussion.|
Themes: immigration, making friends, noises and silence, urban life, ESL, SEN
|A clever class saves their beloved teacher in this rhyming story.|
Themes: humour, poetry, school, hospital, pets
|Space, magic and wizards! Great junior fiction for boys.|
Themes: space, humour, wheelchair use, single-parent family, working mums, moving house
|Including Benjamin Zephaniah, Malorie Blackman and the Obamas. Click here to view all.|
Themes: Black History Month, non-fiction, biography, careers
|A tale of alien adoption.|
Themes: humour, aliens, sibling rivalry, adoption
|Pacey 11+ fiction where L.A. skater boy Jamie MacDoran faces up to an ancient Scottish legacy.|
Themes: dual heritage, bereavement, family history, responsibility
And a little something for bed time…
The Night the Lights Went Out
A soothing, lyrical story for anyone who’s afraid of the dark.
On Friday and Saturday 16-17th October, Tamarind ran a stand at the annual Special Educational Needs Show in the Business Design Centre, north London. The entire list was on display to the five thousand specialist teachers, carers and consultants who visited for the workshops, seminars and resources at the show.
The Silence Seeker went down particularly well. Several attendees stood round the stand, quietly reading the lyrical story. Many buyers planned to use it for assemblies and class discussions, and to use its stylish, intricate illustrations to encourage interest from reluctant readers of all ages. The friendship without words in the book has special resonance for teachers of children with little English and those focused on social inclusion. Several Tamarind titles feature disabled characters and SEN themes, such as self esteem, inclusion and bullying. The books provide excellent support for SEN practitioners.
Comments on the day included:
“My kids loved Caribbean Animals. They were asking me questions about the animals for ages!”
“I want to buy them for my own children – not just for work.”
“You’re my favourite publisher.”
“The day has been amazing and getting The Silence Seeker is the perfect end.”