Writing to ants

Listening to Liz Chamberlain speaking about inspiring children to write yesterday, brought one of our new picture books to my mind.

In A Rainbow In My Pocket by Ali Seidabadi, a child’s thoughts and wishes are written down on a piece of paper for each day of the week and then kept in their pocket. While Liz spoke about young children writing letters to ants, Seidabadi has taken this a step further and includes a child’s conversation with an ant in poetic verse.


“On the second day, I write:   Rainbow in my pocket


Excuse me,

Little ant,

Could you tell me

Which school this is,

Where you queue in such a neat line?”


Liz also spoke about taking writing outside the classroom and using the playground or outdoor environment to stimulate writing. She mentioned how children need to have experiences to be able to write about them. A child’s experience of the natural world is the theme of another new picture book – On A Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna. We are reminded how much fun it can be to dig in the mud, drink raindrops, climb trees, splash in puddles and touch snails.


“Just then, there were four lights, and four huge snails appeared.      On a magical do nothing day

‘Is there anything to do around here?’ I asked them.

‘Yes indeed,’ they told me.

I reached out and touched their antennae –

they were as soft as jelly.

It made me smile.”


Un grand jour de rien – the French version of this picture book is also available in our MFL section.

Other new picture books worth checking out include The Elephant’s Umbrella by Laleh Jaffari  – where the umbrella decides which animal it will shelter from the rain, based on the acts of kindness shown by the animals and When I Coloured in the World by AhmadReza Ahmadi, where colours are beautifully linked with emotions. For a new wordless book, have a look at Little Eli by Laura Bellini.


The Elephants Umbrella                               Little Eli                             When I Coloured in the World






2 thoughts on “Writing to ants

  1. Interesting stuff Laura, thank you! And all books I’ve not yet read, so I’ll be along soon to check these out.

    Liz’s talk on Wednesday certainly was inspiring! I’m so glad I was there to listen.

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