Catherine L’Ecuyer

Researcher, writer, speaker & bestselling author of The Wonder Approach


“When we are very young children we do not need fairy tales; we only need tales. Mere life is interesting enough. A child of seven is excited by being told that Tommy opened a door and saw a dragon. But a child of three is excited by being told that Tommy opened a door.” G.K. Chesterton

“We parents shouldn’t worry, trying to make things magical and exciting for our children; childhood is, by itself, magical, because children regard everything as miracle. When the rabbit comes out of the hat, it is not the trick that excites them, but the fact that the rabbit exists. That’s wonder.” Catherine L’Ecuyer

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An Ode to Imperfect Parenting

By Catherine L’Ecuyer, published in El País on February 14, 2017 Children are not showpieces, pre-designed to satisfy the sweet dreams of an idyllic parenthood When we discuss different parenting styles, we tend to polarize the issue, falling back on various stereotypes, like the cruel “tiger mom,” the “indulgent” or obsessive “helicopter” parent, or the … Continue reading An Ode to Imperfect Parenting

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Catherine L’Ecuyer is Canadian, now living in Barcelona with her four children. She holds a law degree, has an MBA, an Official European Master of Research and a Doctorate in Education and Psychology. The Swiss journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience published her article “The Wonder Approach to Learning,” which converted her thesis into a new hypothesis/theory of learning. She received the 2015 Pajarita Award from the Spanish Association of Toy Manufacturers for “promoting a culture of play in the media,” and was invited to speak to the Education Commission of the Congress of Deputies of Spain. She has served as a consultant to the Spanish government regarding the use of digital technology by minors, to the government of the state of Puebla in Mexico concerning preschool reform and has participated in a report for the Cerlac (Unesco) on the use of digital media in childhood. Author of many publications, she is the bestseller author of The Wonder Approach, published in eight languages and available in more than 40 countries. She currently collaborates with the Mind-Brain Group of the University of Navarra and is a columnist for El País, one of the most-read newspapers in Spanish.


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Speeches 2019/2020


  • February 9 (9,15h): Catellón, Onda in III Jornadas para docentes, madres y madres: alternativas educativas a un mundo digital, organizadas por el Ayuntamiento de Onda.
  • February 14 (13h): Málaga. Women’s Issues: “El verdadero protagonista de la conciliación”.
  • February 23 (10,30h): Madrid, Pozuelo de Alarcón.  Opening speech in Jornadas de Educación.

MARCH 2019

  • March 13 (17,30h): Madrid. XXIII Festival Internacional de Artes Escénicas para Niños y Jóvenes Teatralia. Public Event.
  • March 16 (18h): Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Ending Speech in III Congreso Internacional de Educación.
  • March 21 (19,30h): Barcelona. Salesianos de Sarriá.
  • March 30: Valencia. I Jornadas sobre el cambio de paradigma en educación. Public Event.

APRIL 2019

  • April 5 (20h): Pontevedra, Sanxenxo. Public Event.
  • April 6 (10:30h): Pontevedra, Lalín. Public Event.
  • April 12 (18h): Estonia, Tallin.
  • April 27 (17,30h): Tarragona, Alcanar. III Ciclo de Conferencias: El arte de educar con amor y conciencia.

MAY 2019

  • May 4: Irún. Jornadas sobre Bienestar Infantil.

JUNE 2019

  • June 15: Portugal. Ayuntamiento de Pombal. XVII Jornadas de literatura Caminhos de Leitura.

September 2019

  • September 20th (19h30). Québec. Montmartre, 1669 Ch. Saint-Louis Sillery. Title: “Cultiver l’émerveillement”.
  • September 26th (11h). Brussels. Second European Education Summit. European Commission. Title: “The importance of wonder in a world with more screens than windows”.
  • September 28th (10h). Cádiz. I Congreso Educativo de Cádiz. Inscription


  • Paris. Book Promotion “Cultiver L’émerveillement”.
  • October 5 (13h): Sevilla. SPA Educación. Jornadas para profesorado.
  • October 17, 18: Vitoria. Jornadas Científico-divulgativas.


  • November 19 (19h): Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Jornadas: “Hablemos de Educación”. Public Event.
  • November 28 (17h): Madrid. IES San Mateo.

February 2020

  • February 3: Valencia. Taller de formación en convivencia escolar: educación emocional para profesorado de primaria y secundaria. Abierto al público.

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