Week 10: Introducing Reading Festival

May I introduce to you our annual Reading Festival in week 12? A week in which we celebrate the joy of reading, the wonder of sharing stories, and the excitement of writing our own stories. Next week, we will share with the students all the events that are happening during week 12, and how they can get involved.

The following information will be shared with the students:

Reading Festival 2020

Share Your Stories

Week 12: Tuesday, March 17th – Friday, March 20th

What are we doing DURING school time? 

Writing Workshops with Ali Sparkes (PYP 3 – 5 and LGRP 3 – 5): You will participate in a 45 minutes writing workshop with Ali Sparkes. She will come to your class. Be ready with ideas, paper and pencils!

Buddy Reading (Everyone): Your teacher will set up a buddy reading moment (can be during your library time) with another class from our school. You will either read to them, or be read to. 

Story Wall (Everyone): Write a story that fits on one A4. You can make an illustration for it as well. Or write the first paragraphs of a story. Maybe even a killer of an opening sentence. Your choice. You can work on this at home, in class or during library time. You can work on it together, or on your own. As long as it fits on one A4, so we can display it in the main hallway at school. 

Friday Dress Up Day (Everyone): On Friday, March 20th, everyone is invited to dress up like a character from a book. Brainstorm with your teacher. Maybe the whole class can be from one story? Or even your whole grade level? 

Your teacher might organize some other things like: a parent reading to your class, a fun display to celebrate reading, bring your favorite book to share with your class, or read all sorts of fables and other inspiring stories.

What are we doing AFTER school time? 

As always, we will have after-school activities in the library during the Reading Festival. 

Tuesday: Magical Story Time 14.30 – 15.00: Several classrooms, and the library, will be transformed into magical spaces. Come and listen to the stories we share there! Stay tuned for more details on which classrooms will be open. 

Wednesday: Storytelling Games/Activities 14.30 – 15.30: Come to the library to play a very fun story telling game!

Thursday: Read-A-Thon 15.45 – 16.45: Ask your family and friends to sponsor you to read! With the money we will buy new books for in our library, and you get to say which one! Download the sponsor sheets here: Read-A-Thon 2020 (Svenska)Read-A-Thon 2020 (English)

Friday: Meet & Greet with Ali Sparkes 14.30 – 15.30: Meet British author Ali Sparkes. Buy her books and get them signed. 

Meet & Greet with Ali sparkes!

Other than Reading Festival

Board Games: We played an intense game of Mysterium last Friday, with a big group (14 students!). Another group was at the table playing more relaxed games like Tsuro and UNO. Thank you everyone for your enthusiasm, participation and bringing your own games to share! Our next board game session is on Monday, March 9th.

Big Book Order: We are excited about the big fiction book order Sophie and I placed last week. More than 70 new titles to add to our library collection! Titles include: Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, Nowhere Boy, Snow Place Like Home, Olga and The Smelly Thing from Nowhere, Oscar The Hungry Unicorn, and The Wild Robot. We ordered a mix of chapter books for older and younger readers, picture books, graphic novels/manga to continue popular series, and a bunch of wonderful books about mindfulness. Our choices are based on what students and teachers suggest and request or books that have come to our attention through magazines like the School Library Journal. Soon, we will be placing a book order for new non-fiction titles.

Usborne Books 23 – 24 April: As earlier announced our Usborne Book sale will now be held in April. It will be a two day event connected to the World Book Day on April 23rd. (Just to clarify: World Book Day UNESCO is celebrated on April 23rd. In the UK World Book Day is, however, celebrated on March 5th!). Our plan is to allow students to browse (and possibly reserve) the books during the school day. Classes will have a scheduled visit to the book stalls. Yvonne will share the newest titles with them, and gives them personal advice. After school, Yvonne will be there until 16.00, so students can come pick up their books (after their parents have approved their choice, and swished Yvonne) – and of course, parents are invited to come and browse the books themselves after school as well. We will send out more information after the Easter Break. Parent helpers are much appreciated for these two days! Let us know if you are available and interested to volunteer during these days. For now, mark your calendars for the ISGR World Book Day Event with Usborne Books on April 23rd – 24th

In the Spotlight: The following books are in the spotlight and on display the next two weeks. We hope students will make a balanced book choice this week!

Book Club at the Local Library: We would like to pass on the invitation from our local public library at Dr. Fries Torg, close to school, for all 9 – 12 years olds to join the book club on Wednesday, March 4th. For more information follow this link.

We are looking forward to an exciting and busy next few weeks, anticipating and preparing for the Reading Festival!


Happy Balanced Reading!


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