Reading our way towards (and throughout) the winter break!

We’ve had a great term in the library since autumn break. PYP Students have been risk-takers and trying out unfamiliar books that have won the Newbery Literary Award. The American book prize has been awarded annually for 100 years (1922-2022) so some of the books are considered modern classics now and were published decades ago. I challenged them to think about whether they thought the books were still outstanding by today’s standards. On the Swedish shelves, we’ve been celebrating great international illustrators and authors with Astrid Lindgren’s Memorial Award (ALMA) prize-winning books. This prize, set up in the famous Swedish author’s honour, also celebrated 20 years in 2022. Prizes are also occasionally nominated to international organisations that promote literacy. I also displayed books by the nominees of the 2023 prize… who will win next year?


The leaves have fallen from the Why Read tree, just like those outside. Here are some of the reasons to read your children came up with:


Now our minds are turning towards Christmas and the winter break so the shelves are now full of these types of books, perfect for cozy dark winter evenings.

It is also nearly time to launch the annual ISGR winter reading challenge with the children! This year I’ll be using quizzes created by the fabulous Barnens bibliotek ( that will be available in the original Swedish and that I’ve translated to English. There are quizzes to test the knowledge of Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans and a wintery reading bingo for the children to choose from. Good luck everyone!

Children will still be able to borrow books over the winter break but if you are travelling abroad, please make sure the library books don’t get left behind!

Finally I want to wish everybody a (slightly premature) happy festive season, happy holidays and happy reading!


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