Would your pupils like the same picture books if they lived in France or Italy? The Institut Francais in South Kensington, London, is hosting a round-table discussion on November 20 on "the European picture book" as part of its Youth Festival (November 19-22). If you're within reach, join the debate with British and European publishers and illustrators including Gruffalo creator Axel Scheffler. The festival introduces French authors and illustrators, such as Anais Vaugelade , whose Laurent Tout Seul is pictured, to new audiences in what is often their only UK appearance, and features their Francophile UK colleagues (Quentin Blake is a regular and Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo is headlining this year). The final Saturday (a "fun day" following two days of pre-booked schools events) includes a session in English and French for readers aged 10-plus with French fantasy writer Erik l'Homme in conversation with his translator, Ros Schwartz, about his trilogy Le Livre des Etoiles (Book of the Stars). Plus younger children's events, a great bookshop and cartoons. Many events are free. Tel: 020 7073 1345 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for full programme.
TES books editor Geraldine Brennan on the inside literary track
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