Teachers of the English Philology Department participated in a series of online lectures given by professor of University College Roosevelt, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. The lectures focus on the issues of style, language and cognition in children’s literature. The first of these looks at the work of the British children’s writer Julia Donaldson and her book The Gruffalo (1999), which has been translated into many different languages, including Ukrainian. The story written in dactylic tetrameter is about a large monster bully who tries to kill and eat a very clever, resourceful and quick-witted mouse. The following lectures will consider more closely the nature and processes of literary reading within a framework of children’s literacy: «Language, Style and Cognition in Children’s Literature», «The Evolution of Reading in the Age of Digital Technology».