The Young Editors Project has gone global!
YEP recently paired up students at Svartaskóla, in Iceland, with the fantastic picture book Have You Ever Seen a Flower? by Shawn Harris. Markús, writer and former primary school teacher, read to the students in English and then translated the story into Icelandic in order for the younger students to grasp the entirerty of the story—and they did.
Despite the language barrier, the students actively engaged with the story, so much so that they attempted to be a flower! Markús commented on the experience, saying, “They all followed the instructions laughing and then they all asked for glasses of water to try to feel the water dripping to their roots. They also started stretching towards."
The picture book opened up discussions not only about flowers but also about their shared experiences throughout life. This photo brought so much joy to us as it showed just how much children’s literature can connect people and get them thinking outside the box.