I’ve found these EAL resources very helpful when engaging EAL learners in reading. This can be the key to their enjoyment of learning and school as a whole. Fill your shelves with books with simple narratives, relatable characters, and vibrant illustrations that complement the story. Where possible, stories that your EAL students can see themselves in are a great choice too!
The Bell Foundation has some excellent resources and research to support EAL learners.
Here’s a small selection of EAL resources to get you started:
- I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen – a superbly funny tale with simple but effective illustrations. Used to encourage anticipation and simple comprehension.
- You Choose by Nick Sharratt – bursting with clear and inspiring images to support creative writing and opinions.
- The Book Without a Story by Carolina Rabei – when the library is closed the books come to life in the librarian’s absence! Captures the magic of reading, sharing stories and readers, and fostering a love of books
- Katie’s Picture Show by James Mayhew – thought-provoking illustrations to demonstrate the fun of the world and encourage vocabulary building.
- Dave’s Cave and Dave’s Rock by Frann Preston-Gannon – simple and entertaining tales that highlight the beauty of simplicity.
- The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers – introduction to colours and emotions.
- 13 Words by Lemony Snicket – beautiful journey through thirteen wonderful words, featuring such marvels as Bird, Dog, Panache accompanied by stunning illustrations. Celebration of words and pictures.
- Another by Christian Robinson – simple and effective illustration with minimal text about a young girl who discovers another world and another self! Lovely discussion piece and great for developing imagination.
- Beegu by Alexis Deacon – heart-warming tale of Beegu who’s found herself on Earth and feels rather unwelcome. Lovely for relatability and empathy.
- Under the Same Sky by Britta Teckentrup – beautiful and heart-warming peek-through picture book celebrates the closeness of the world’s communities through their shared hopes and dreams.
- Kindness Grows: A Peek-through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup – thought-provoking read about what happens when we shout or if we disagree. Angry words cause a crack to open and widen, but find out what happens when kindness begins to blossom.
- Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Brown – classic illustrations to accompany rich text about smells, sights, colours, and landscapes of Africa. Use this as a lovely discussion piece.
- Today I Feel by Madalena Moniz – fun and interactive book to teach about emotions that are hard to describe and the alphabet.
- The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas – simple and lovely introduction to colours and emotions.
- Look & See ABC: (Animal Friends Concept Board Books) by Amber Lily – traditional teaching of animals and alphabet.
- Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty – inspiration for creativity, determination and following dreams.
- The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson – lovely book with rhyme, alliteration, and key phonemes.
- Moon Rabbit by Natalie Russell – the story of the friendship of a city rabbit and a country rabbit who in spite of her friendship struggle to adapt to a different setting.
- 999 Tadpoles by Ken Kimura – EAL students could empathise with and compare to their move to the UK.