You found Di!

Hi, I’m the Butterfly Princess by day and a Queen Bee by night.

I like Suji dipped in lemon sauce and I use to adore rocky road but now I’m addicted to sunflower seeds.

Come on a magical journey with some of my characters like ‘Jeex the adventurer’ and discover natural wonders and how to be a good friend.

ABOUT ME

I’m an Early Years educator from Australia and have spent 35 years of my working life in Early Learning Centres and Kindergartens in Australia, United Kingdom, Nepal, Hong Kong and China.

Over the years working in Australia and around the world one aspect has always excited and surprised me, and that the willingness and need for engagement with each other no matter the age, language barriers or socio-economic situation we all seek to engage and have fun.

A large portion of my working life I have spent with the 0-3 age and thoroughly enjoyed the verbal and quite often non verbal communication with these lovely little humans, they have taught me so much about myself, so much so I realised that it’s not only what you do or say to another person but how you make them feel that is most important especially from young children where communication can be limited.

I have always enjoyed reading engaging and fun books with the children, and on many occasions created variations on the stories they enjoyed engaging them and getting them creating more.

That lead me to writing my first three books, my books are designed for 0-3-year old’s and/or children where English is not their main language. I’m a strong believer in the fact that children learn and retain information when it’s fun, active and engaging, so my books use fun and repetitive actions in a rhythmical pattern, that last long after the book is finished.

MY BOOKS

Down in the garden…where the fun begins: is a journey through the eyes of a child engaging with insects in the garden, the joy and surprise from each encounter connects the child with nature and the joy of exploration and imagination.

Every morning when I wake up” is about a little child morning journey from opening their eyes to jumping out of bed, and all the funny quirky activities they do each day, often without thinking about them.

The story builds the activities of waking up into a fun and repetitive action story that engages and excites a young reader.

Each page from opening their eyes with a POP to shouting GOOD EVERYBODY is full of action and excitement.

“What’s the weather like today” is about a child’s awareness and engagement with the types of weather and what action or movement that weather inspires in them.

The story starts each morning when they wake up and how that weather comes to life for them.

The story builds an awareness of different weather patterns and creates an understanding of the world they live in by engaging with the weather characters each day.

I started writing fun and catchy children’s books many years ago to communicate concepts and actions that I wanted to role model to the children, this lead me on a journey of speaking to EAL (English as another language) learners in a fun and rhythmical fashion. I found that the children walked away humming or singing the rhythm of the book I’d just read or the catchy song with actions, all leading to them retaining more English and feeling more confident.

Years before that I’d read similar books to my 0-3 children in centres and found that they were engaged and excited by the sounds and actions.

My first three books are engaging, simple, fun and repetitive about things that they see and do on a regular basis, teamed with fun catchy actions. I have read my books to very young children 0-3 years with lots of smiles and giggles, as well as with slightly older children where English is not their first language. The beauty of my books is that as the concepts are so simple and known to children they can alter and change the story with different actions, great fun for imagination and building strong confident life long learners.

EVERYDAY ENGLISH SERIES

Over the years of teaching English in China and Hong Kong we saw a need to vary the way young children learnt a new language. It’s a well-known fact that the younger a child is the faster they will absorb information, so we started to explore fun and engaging ways to teach/introduce language.

Our theory was since many children in Hong Kong and Southern China are fluent in two or more languages by the age of 2 and 3 years old. We researched this concept and realised that these children didn’t go off to language classes to learn the second or third language, they were engaging with the language on a regular basis and in context. We understand that you speak to your baby and expect them to understand you, and you have no doubt that with constant communication and in context they will one day answer you back in a “perfectly executed” first word. We also understand that children know exactly what you mean before they can formulate the sentences themselves, so with that in mind we designed a series of books called Everyday English, these books start with very simple concepts that we all know such as colours, numbers, food, shapes etc, but the idea behind it is to extend the language in context with your surroundings.

As your child’s awareness grows with the common objects and items, they see around them the book extends into fuller sentences and focus on the what, where, why, how and when aspects of language as well as describing objects using the item, the colour and the size.

For example, in many English classes across the world teachers show an abundance of flashcards and the children are taught the single word, but without the context it means very little. That said, if we use a common item such as a cup, instead of just saying ‘cup’ we would say ‘it’s a cup’ first of all, then once the concept and context are in place we would say it’s a small blue cup etc….

Some of the young humans that inspire me . . .

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I’m currently living in China, once the world opens up we will be heading to Morocco
Chinese mobile/cell number: +86 130 6638 2649
Email: contactus@wadudi.com or dianduane@gmail.com