Reading Festival and More

Our ISGR whole-school Reading Festival is happening in week 11.

Soon. Let the countdown begin!

 In this blog post;

  • You will find out the theme of this year’s Reading Festival, and you will get a general overview of what is happening during that week.
  • You will be introduced to the Reading Challenge, which students will be told about during their library lesson in week 8.
  • You will learn about our Book Fair, and how to pre-order amazing Usborne Books from Yvonne.
  • When our next Board Game session is!

This year’s theme for our Reading Festival is “Telling Stories Together”. Our focus is on how we can create stories building on each other’s ideas, working with different perspectives, and sharing our experiences to help each other write stories. Students will have a chance to tell stories through text, illustration, storyboarding, music, and drama. This year, our creative, cultural practitioners and experts who the students will be working with are: Beth Neale (drama), Josue & Alban (world musicians), Justin D’Ath (Australian author), Daniel Špaček (illustrator, animator and time traveller), Hanna Olausson (author/illustrator). We will have after-school activities in the library such as: Making Your Own Book, Storytelling Game, Read-A-Thon, Read Alouds and, of course, our annual Book Fair. More detailed information will be posted on this blog, in the weeks to come.

Now, for the Reading Challenge. Students have asked in the past years to have a school-wide Reading Challenge, in the form of a competition. At ISGR we don’t use any form of extrinsic motivation to encourage certain behaviors. Rather, we invest in cooperative, mutually respectful relationships and nurture the child’s intrinsic motivation and longing to be part of the community (see also Responsive Classroom Practices). This means, our Reading Challenge will be a cooperative and, hopefully, a meaningful experience. If a student completes the Reading Challenge, he/she can choose which book we should buy for the school library, and we will make that happen!

Here is how it works:

1) Draw a group “photo” of the important people in your life (minimum three, maximum eight). Family members, friends, or even teachers! There should be room for a text box/speech balloon for each person in the picture. It can look like this:

Reading Challenge Fleur

2) Talk to each person on your picture, and ask them what their all-time favorite children’s books or stories are. Two books/stories maximum per person. Write down the titles and authors.

3) Read these books. With regard to stories, create a moment where you sit down with that person and have that story told to you. With lots of details and plot surprises!

4) Every time you have finished a book, or have heard a story, you can color that person in. You end up with a completely colored picture.

5) Show the completed picture to Fleur, and share which book you would like the library to add to our collection.

6) With your consent, we would like to showcase all the finished pictures in the library for the next few months. Under each picture, we will write down the name of the student, the class and which book they have requested for in the library.

Students can come to the library after school every Monday in the following weeks, if they’d like to have help with their Reading Challenge. They can use their time drawing, coloring, reading the books or listening to the stories (Mondays: February 18th, February 25th, March 4th, March 11th).

The deadline to hand in your completed Reading Challenge picture is Friday, March 15th.

Our annual ISGR Book Fair will be held on Friday, March 15th from 14.30 – 16.00, in our school library. Mark your calendars! We will have Mia from the local, children’s book store Bokskåpet with Swedish books. Yvonne will be there with Usborne books in English. If you wish to pre-order books, please be sure to read attached letter! Usborne letter to parents ISGR 2019 There will be Meet & Greet with the visiting authors as well. You can purchase their books, and have them signed on the spot!

Our next Board Game session will take place this Friday, February 22nd, from 14.30 – 15.30. I will be leading a game of Settlers of Catan. Students can play chess independently, or any other game they bring and know how to play. Teachers, parents and students are welcome!

Phew, that was a lot for one post! Thanks for taking the time to read it all the way to the end!

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions:

Happy Reading,


One thought on “Reading Festival and More

  1. So many exciting things going on for Reading Festival! I think the reading challenge sounds like a great way to learn about lots of new stories and people in our families.
    Looking forward to it!


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