Tuesday 31/3: PYP 2

Good Morning, PYP 2 Families! We hope you had a good start of the week, and slowly getting used to this online learning thing. It’s new for everyone!

  • STORY TIME: A Boy Called Bat by Elena K. Arnold. 
  • SPARK: If you could choose a wild animal to take care of in your home, which one would it be? Why that one? How would you feel taking care of a wild animal, knowing that it has to return to its natural habitat soon? 
  • DO: Make a bird feeder out of a milk carton! Here’s an idea of how to do it, but you can choose if/how you want to decorate it. You can make one, or glue a few together (like in this video). Hang it up outside, so you can see the birds from your window!
  • REASONS TO READ: “For reading to make a difference, it has to be personal. […] We read fiction and go to movies to get lost in the story, to see through eyes other than our own. Almost magically, participating in these vicarious experiences sheds light on our own lives. We compare, test, experience, and come away with new thoughts and visions, wondering how we would have responded in similar situations.”
      • Darrigan, Daniel L., Tunnell, Michael O., Jacobs, James S. Children’s Literature: Engaging Teachers and Children in Good Books. Pearson Education, 2002, pp. 8.

Monday 30/3: PYP K and 1

Good Morning, PYP K and PYP 1 Families! Welcome to a new day, a new week. We hope everyone is in good health and spirits! We hope you enjoy today’s library post.

  • STORY TIME: The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
  • SPARK: Why do you think Vashti says that she can’t draw? Why do you think her art teacher framed Vashti’s paper? Is there something that you think you can’t do? How could you try? Where could you start?
  • DO: Use paper shopping bags to make the biggest paper airplane you can make! You might need scissors, duct tape and wooden skewers too… We did it at home and it was a lot of fun!
  • REASONS TO READ: There are many (many!) read aloud videos online (see our “online resources” tab), but these can’t substitute the story time you have with your child. This is what Aiden Chambers has to say about that: “One of the most obvious but most notable aspects of reading aloud is its socially binding effect. Those who read together feel they belong together as a community, for nothing unites more than the sharing of their imaginary experiences; and they feel together physically, for reading a loud is essentially a domestic, a family-sized activity. Everyone who has read to young children knows this is true. Children sit close, often hugged to you. They relax and become absorbed. As they listen they enjoy the security of belonging. Afterwards they use words, phrases, ideas, characters from the story in their own conversation – linguistic reference points, personal signposts that, for those who shared the experience, say much more than others can know. This is how cultural identity is made.”

      • Chambers, Aidan. The Reading Environment: How Adults Help Children Enjoy Books. Stenhouse Publishers, 1996, pp. 54.

Friday 27/3: Family Fun Day!

The sun is shining, the birds are singing… Could we say Spring is here?

Here’s an idea for today’s Family Fun Day:

Go outside, to a park or a wooded area. Listen for the birds. Listen to their chirping, twittering, shrieking, hooting, singing. Can you imagine what they are trying to say?  What if each bird was a different character in a story… What is happening in the story? What is the problem? How are they trying to solve it? Maybe each person in your family can be a different character… 

Share your story ideas in the comment section below (if you wish!).

Happy Listening! 


Thursday 26/3: PYP 4 and 5

  • SPARK: Read & Respond. Questions to spark conversations between parent and student about their own reading, or the posted read alouds.
    • Questions connected to The Loser’s Club: Why do you think Alec loves reading so much? Why has it become a problem? Do you think it’s fair that he’s sent to the principal for reading in class?
    • Questions connected to Harvesting Hope: Which Sustainable Development Goals can you connect this story to? Why those?
    • General question connected to your story time choice: How is this (bit of the) story connected to your own experiences in life?
  • DO:
    • Pick up a random book, open it to the first page. Write down the first sentence. Then, pick another book, and open it to the last page. Write down the last sentence of the story. Can you try to tell a story, starting with that first sentence and ending with that last sentence? Feel free to share your story with us!
    • Jim Trelease answers, in his Read-Aloud Handbook, why we should continue to read aloud to older children: “… there is a significant difference between listening level and reading level, [knowing that] you can better understand why one should continue to read aloud to children as they grow older. Beyond the emotional bond that is established between parent and child (or teacher and class), you’re feeding those higher vocabulary words through the ear; eventually they’ll reach the brain and register in the child-reader’s eyes.”
      • Trelease, Jim. The Read-Aloud Handbook, seventh edition. Penguin Books, 2013, pp. 39.

Mid-Week Library Spirit

It is very, very empty and much too quiet in our library. But we did have fun with the ones who were here the last two days!

And… we’ve got a bunch of new picture books and non-fiction in Swedish!

Sophie is working on labeling, covering and cataloging all our new books (from AdLibris and Bokskåpet), both in English and Swedish, so we hope our students will have them in their hands soon (as soon as everything is sort of back to normal!).

As PYP has switched to distance learning, our school library will also reach out to those students who are at home. Please read the welcome page of our library blog for more information. Thank you!

Happy Reading!

Week 13: Library at Home & at School

Every Day is Different

We will take the days as they come in the library next week, as every day will give us something new to think about and work with. We will definitely be reading, listening, sharing. We will be, hopefully, learning from our exhibition groups, as they come and talk about their projects to other classes. We will be playing the Once Upon A Time game, now that we have, temporarily, smaller classes. We will be inquirers, caring, knowledgeable – but most of all, we aim to be balanced during these unpredictable times.

Library Time At Home

As so many schools around the world are closed, many authors and illustrators in the children’s literature world are sharing their work, expertise and inspiration with their readers. Here is a selection:

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (author/illustrator of the Pigeon books, and Knuffle Bunny).

Drawing, creative projects, read alouds, book previews, etc by Stimola Literary Studios. Stimola Live is a website of live stream events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators represented by Stimola Literary Studio.

Kate Messner, author and educator, shares a TON of read alouds by herself and her author/illustrator friends. Hours of listening time!

Amazing author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers reads one of his own books a day for all home bound students.

Week 13 is also the “Dav Pilkey Gives You Super Reading Powers-Week”. With tons of creative activities.

Every day a famous actor reads a bed time story, done by the BBC: CBeebies Bedtime Story. Way more professional than the ones Sophie & Fleur shared with you! 😉

Our public library has an amazing section of e-books you can read on your tablet (for free), and AdLibris offers a wide range of e-books (fairly cheap) as well.

And that is only the tip of the iceberg! If you have come across amazing read alouds or reading focused activities, please share in the comment section below!


We will not have our usual board game session this week (Friday). We will pick that back up when more students are present at school. We will play the Once Upon A Time story telling card game instead, during the library lessons.

Please return all public library books that your child has borrowed via our school library. I would like to clear our ISGR school account with the public library, in case of school closure. Thank you for your cooperation!


Happy Reading!

Library For You!

It is World Story Telling Day today!

Story time is one of my favorite things in the library (and in the world). As so many of our PYP students are home, we would like to share some read alouds with you.

Sophie reads The Sound of Silence, written by Katarina Goldsaito and illustrated by Julia Kuo, to our PYP 4E students who were at school today:

The same fourth graders also had a lot of fun with the story cubes:

Fleur reads Little Red Rhyming Hood, written by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Petros Bouloubasis, to all of our PYP 1 students who were at school today:

After that, the students chose a variety of focused activities:

We don’t know what life brings us next week, but we put up some new displays as usual.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stay healthy, wash your hands, and read a ton!


Sophie & Fleur

Keep Calm and Read On