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Week 20: Returning to Read Aloud

Dear Readers,

It was an exciting week last week! So many new books to share, and such great STEAM books to promote. We are going to keep our STEAM and new books up on the display this week as well, so everyone gets a chance to read at them.

In this week’s post you will find information about the Storyweaver website, the Usborne Book Sale (25/5), more new books and… the video which I have been promising for the last couple of weeks! And of course, the plans for the PYP library times.

General Library News

In last week’s blog post, we put photos up of our new books in different Indian languages. We’d also like to highlight the reading and listening website StoryWeaver. There are 45.000 stories to read, in 314 languages! Pratham Books, the publisher behind this website, is passionate about making books accessible to as many children as possible:

“Since 2004, Pratham Books has been creating engaging storybooks in multiple languages and formats to help children discover the joy of reading – in languages they can understand, set in locations they can recognise, featuring characters with whom they can identify, and telling stories that capture their attention and fuel their imagination. Fired by our mission of ‘A book in every child’s hand’, we realised that in order to accelerate progress towards SDG 4, we need innovative solutions that bring books to children in a scalable and sustainable manner. In 2015, we created StoryWeaver – a new platform approach for book creation and distribution – that is taking books to some of the most disadvantaged children globally, particularly where chronic under-investment in the availability of mother tongue reading resources poses a significant barrier to literacy.” Read their full story HERE.

As you probably know, Yvonne Kennedy has been coming to our school for the past five years. She’s brought Usborne Books to our ISGR families, and our school library – because with every book sale the school received free books. Yvonne will not be working with Usborne Books anymore, so she will have one last book sale here at our school! She is going to bring all the books she’s got in stock, and will sell them at a reduced price.

Here are photos of the books on offer:

If you’d like, you can pre-order book(s). Here is how it works:

  1. Choose the book(s) you’d like to buy.
  2. Email Yvonne (ykenglishbooks@gmail.com) with the name of your child, class and the title of the book.
  3. Yvonne will email you back with instructions for payment. She will set the book aside for you as soon as it’s been paid for.
  4. On Wednesday the 25th, after school at the book sale, your child can pick up the book.

If you’d like to keep track of which books are still available, you can see that HERE in this spreadsheet. Yvonne will do her best to keep it updated. First come, first serve!

You don’t have to pre-order! You can also just stop by with your child(ren) at the Usborne book sale on Wednesday, May 25th, 14.30 – 16.00 (above the reception)! Payments can be made with cash or swish. See you there!

More new books in the library! Take a look, and see what you’d like to read with your children:

Finally! HERE is the compilation video in which students tell us about their favorite stories and books, and why it is their favorite story or book. It’s quite long, but I hope you can sit back, relax and enjoy!

What I Appreciate (Sharing Favorite Stories) from Fleur Doornberg-Puglisi on Vimeo.

When I was in the Sci-Fi Book store (again), I saw this poster, and I thought I’d share it with you. You’d might like to be part of, or just watch, this parade on Thursday, May 26th. It’s basically like the Dress Up Day we had at the end of our ISGR Reading Festival, but then times a 100! They start walking at Götaplatsen, and then down to Domkyrkan. Read more about this event HERE.

PYP Library Times

This week, during our library lessons, I will give the students a bit of logistical information about the next few weeks (see below), show them our new books, and read a picture book to them. That’s right, a picture book to all classes, all the way up to PYP 5. Picture books can be pieces of art, and can be enjoyed by all ages. I’ll share a few of my favorites, hoping they’d be checked out by the studens throughout the week.

The logistical information concerning reserving, checking out and returning books:

Week 20 (this week): Last week to reserve books from our school library, but only if there are no more than three students waiting in line. No more inter-library loans (i.e. no more reservations from the public library).

Week 21: No more reservations from the public library, nor our school library. Students can start reserving books again when we start back up in August.

Week 22: Return ALL public library books. Last week to check out books from our school library.

Week 23: Return ALL books! No checking out books. Students will receive information about how to get a public library card, so they can read through the summer break!

In the next few weeks, you might receive an email from us reminding you to help your child find and return their library books. Thank you in advance for your book-hunting!

Let us know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Week 19: STEAM Week!

What a sunny start of this week! Wonderful!

Here are a few last notes on the Reading Festival events:

We have received two more Read-A-Thon donations (total 400 sek), which I swished to Rädda Barnen (see receipt below). The next day, we realized how close we were to 4000 sek, so I swished the remaining few kroner. So in total we’ve raised 4000 SEK during this year’s Read-A-Thon. Wow! Thank you!

Last week, both in the PYP and LGRP classes, we have reflected on the author-illustrator workshops with Hanna Olausson, Elise Gravel and Victoria Jamieson. All students were very positive! We have written down their detailed and specific learnings, which we will feed back to Kulturrådet (The National Council of the Arts), as part of the Skapande Skola (Creative School) cycle. After the events, you have to submit your evaluation as well as your accounting of the events. When they approve of our evaluation, it means that we don’t have to pay back the grant we have received.

The compilation video with students’ reasons for their favorite books and stories is finished but quite long (11 mins!). I am trying to figure out how to get it off the iPad, and onto the Drive, YouTube or Vimeo. You will get to watch it one day, I promise!

General Library News

It is STEAM week at ISGR this week! Last week, our librarian Sophie cataloged new books that are on the topics of STEAM. We will show and promote these books this week during the library lessons, but students are welcome to come after school to take a look as well. Some have already been checked out today, but we can easily place reservations.

Even though we’ve got plenty of new STEAM books, we’ve prepared more books to share, including picture books.

We’ve got some more new books, including Graphic Novels and full-colour Tin Tin comics, as well as some bilingual books. The bilingual books are in English and an Indian language. In the last year, we have built up our Indian languages section, and these bilingual books are the last to be added (for now).

Looking ahead, each class will have one more Creative School workshop this term:

Next week (wk 20), artist and designer Nathan Clydesdale is working with PYP and LGRP 4 students on sculpting a time capsule.

The week after that (wk 21), artist Rachel Barron will be working with PYP and LGRP 2 and 3 students on stamping and painting.

In week 22, we welcome Danilo Borgerth who will be holding a music workshop for PYP and LGRP F and 1 students.

The workshops have the theme of “appreciation”, which links all of the Creative School workshops together throughout this school year.

PYP Library Times

This week in library, we look at the (new) STEAM books together, I show them the other newly cataloged books, and I inform them about the upcoming Creative School workshops. A lot of information in a short time!

Looking ahead, week 22 will be the last week to check out books for the PYP classes. If your child has long overdue books on their name, this is the time of year to do an extra-super-good search around the house (or the classroom, or PAL)! If you still can’t find it, we kindly ask you to pay a flat fee of 100 sek, to put towards the replacement copy. Thank you for your understanding!

Now it’s time to enjoy this beautiful sunshine (because it might rain tomorrow!).

Happy Reading!

Week 17: Reading Festival Day 5!

First of all, we would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the three author-illustrators: Hanna Olausson, Victoria Jamieson and Elise Gravel who worked with the students this year. Thank you for your inspiring and fun workshops. We learned so much! Thank you also to the teachers, students, and the parents. Thank you for your engagement! Without your enthusiasm, the Reading Festival would be very boring. Thank you to Skapande skola too. Thanks to this governmental grant, we are able to fund the author visits.

Here’s the video message for Day 5:

The total amount for the Read-A-Thon sponsor money has come to 3538 SEK! It has been donated to Rädda Barnen, to their general fund.

On the webstie, it says: “Tack vare din och andras vilja att hjälpa till kan vi fortsätta vårt livsviktiga arbete för barnen. Din gåva ger barn mat och medicin, möjlighet att gå i skolan, en meningsfull fritid och skydd mot våld och krig. Pengarna du skänker används där våra experter bedömer att behoven är som störst och där de gör mest nytta.Tillsammans ger vi barn en ljusare framtid.”

Which translates into: “Thanks to your and others’ willingness to help, we can continue our vital work for the children. Your gift gives children food and medicine, the opportunity to go to school, a meaningful leisure time and protection against violence and war. The money you donate is used where our experts judge that the needs are greatest and where they do the most good. Together we give children a brighter future.”

So… Thank you! 🙂

Dress Up Day was so much fun!!! We went around the school and asked each other which characters we were dressed up as. I’ve learned about many new characters! For example about The Happy Prince (Oscar Wilde):

We’re learning about The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

There were so many great costumes! Here’s a selection:

The Book Sale was a success! Thank you everyone for reading the information carefully: all the children came prepared with either cash, or with their swisher! All of Victoria Jamieson‘s books were sold out, but no one was left disappointed because they couldn’t get the book they wanted. Phew! 55 books was the perfect amount, it seemed! Hanna Olausson also sold many books, and it was great to see that our international students bought the books – even though they were in Swedish! It will be a great opportunity for them to practice their Swedish. Elise Gravel‘s books have been ordered, and Elise will work on the stickers to go into the books. We hope to hand out the books in week 20. Thank you for your patience!

The promised compilation video of the students’ mini-interviews about their favorite books and what they appreciate about certain kind of stories, need some more editing. No point in rushing the creative process. 😉 I hope to include this video in week 19’s blog post.

Thank you all again! And a personal thank you to my Reading Festival partner-in-crime: Sophie!

Week 17: Reading Festival Day 4!

The fun-filled, action-packed days just fly by!

Here is today’s video message, a longer one this time! Hope you had fun with our challenges so far! One of the students asked me how she will proove to us that she has completed the challenges, and what the price would be. I told her that she can tell us what she’s done and learned, and that the price is the knowledge she gained!

What a joy to have Hanna Olausson back at ISGR! Her workshops today were inspiring and fun, and all the students were engaged with her stories, and later on with their own drawings. Hanna will be with us tomorrow as well.

Victoria Jamieson had another day of fantastic workshops! We’ve received positive feedback from both students and teachers alike. Tomorrow is her last day already. (But I hope she’ll come back in a few years!).

Elise Gravel has had early starts of her days this week: her online workshops with us start at 7.30 am for her (13.30 for us), and tomorrow she will work with our last class (LGRP 3)… starting at 6.30 am for her! Thank you, Elise! Our guest teacher Tom, who was with 3D today, said that he had found the workshop very inspiring, and enjoyed the students’ engagement with Elise and the way she answered their questions. All in all a positive experience, again!

Tomorrow is the last day of the Reading Festival: Dress Up Day! Remember: no full face masks (face paint is okay), and no weapons (wands are okay). It is totally voluntary, but we do hope to see many students dressed up as book characters from tomorrow! Even if it’s a small thing: a crown, or a funny hat!

After school tomorrow is the book sale. We would like to remind you of the following:

  • The books available to buy are the books by our Reading Festival guests: Victoria Jamieson, Hanna Olausson and Elise Gravel. 
  • The book sale takes place on Friday, April 29th in our school library from 14.30 – 16.00
  • If you’re interested in Hanna Olausson’s books: she will sell her books, and sign them as well. Her picture books cost 140 SEK. 
  • If you’re interested in Victoria Jamieson’s books: she will be there to sign her books as well. Her full-color graphic novels cost 95 SEK (Roller Girl), 100 SEK (Pets on the Loose), and 125 SEK (When Stars are Scattered and All’s Fair in Middle School). Please note that we’ve got 55 of her books to sell.
  • If you’re interested in Elise Gravel’s books: she won’t be there to sign them. So here’s what we’ve come up with: students choose a book to buy from the posters we’ve put up (see the pdfs below for the options and prices). They pay then & there (swish or cash). We will then order all the Elise Gravel books that have been purchased by the students during the book sale. Elise (in her studio in Canada!) will make a personalized, signed sticker to put in the book. We will put the right stickers in the right books and give these to the right students!
  • If students come to the book sale by themselves, we ask them to pay with cash. Students who are with their caregivers, can pay with swish. We want the “swisher” to be present, so we can immediately see that the swish was successful. If it’s really busy, we don’t have the time to go into our swish app and check to see who’s paid for what – it’s much easier if the person who swishes is right there to show us their proof of the swish transaction.
  • Please don’t swish/give us cash before Friday for the book sale. This year, we don’t have it set up for pre-ordering. Thank you for your understanding! 
  • We expect it to be busy, especially in the first half hour or so. This might mean some waiting time outside the library. We ask you kindly to be patient! Thank you!
  • Please don’t hesitate to email us with any questions: fleur.doornberg-puglisi@staff.isgr.se.

Believe it or not, but we are now at a total of 3413 SEK from the Read-A-Thon! Tomorrow is the last day to swish your sponsor money. On the weekend, when I post the update for Day 5, I will let you know what the grand total is. Thanks again!!!

Week 17: Reading Festival Day 3!

Another Reading Festival Day! Here is today’s video message:

Today, we welcomed Victoria Jamieson to our school. One of our students saw her in the hallway this morning, then looked at the photo of Victoria on the poster on the wall, then looked at Victoria again and her jaw dropped. “I’ve read one of your books, and it’s so good!” she said with a big smile as we walked past. A great start to three days filled with illustration workshops!

As predicted, we’ve received more swishes for the Read-A-Thon. Our total is now 3118 SEK! Wow, thank you for your generosity – and thank you to all our Read-A-Thon participants who read a ton! Please note that Friday is the last day to swish your sponsor money. Thank you!

To make our book sale on Friday run as smoothly and joyfully as possible, please read the information below carefully:

  • The books available to buy are the books by our Reading Festival guests: Victoria Jamieson, Hanna Olausson and Elise Gravel. 
  • The book sale takes place on Friday, April 29th in our school library from 14.30 – 16.00
  • If you’re interested in Hanna Olausson’s books: she will sell her books, and sign them as well. Her picture books cost 140 SEK. 
  • If you’re interested in Victoria Jamieson’s books: she will be there to sign her books as well. Her full-color graphic novels cost 95 SEK (Roller Girl), 100 SEK (Pets on the Loose), and 125 SEK (When Stars are Scattered and All’s Fair in Middle School). Please note that we’ve got 55 of her books to sell.
  • If you’re interested in Elise Gravel’s books: she won’t be there to sign them. So here’s what we’ve come up with: students choose a book to buy from the posters we’ve put up (see the pdfs below for the options and prices). They pay then & there (swish or cash). We will then order all the Elise Gravel books that have been purchased by the students during the book sale. Elise (in her studio in Canada!) will make a personalized, signed sticker to put in the book. We will put the right stickers in the right books and give these to the right students!
  • If students come to the book sale by themselves, we ask them to pay with cash. Students who are with their caregivers, can pay with swish. We want the “swisher” to be present, so we can immediately see that the swish was successful. If it’s really busy, we don’t have the time to go into our swish app and check to see who’s paid for what – it’s much easier if the person who swishes is right there to show us their proof of the swish transaction.
  • Please don’t swish/give us cash before Friday for the book sale. This year, we don’t have it set up for pre-ordering. Thank you for your understanding! 
  • We expect it to be busy, especially in the first half hour or so. This might mean some waiting time outside the library. We ask you kindly to be patient! Thank you!
  • Please don’t hesitate to email us with any questions: fleur.doornberg-puglisi@staff.isgr.se.

Tomorrow we will welcome Reading Festival author/illustrator/painter Hanna Olausson, who will be working with the F and 1 students!

Week 17: Reading Festival Day 2!

Wow! Another fun-packed Reading Festival day has just gone by!

During the library circles, we shared what we appreciate about certain stories, and certain kinds of books. We made some great connections with each other, and discovered some new books to read!

Here is our video message for today (and don’t forget about the challenge!):

Today was our third online workshop with Elise Gravel. We had some technical difficulty with our projector, but our teacher Hannah helped us out and we were able to enjoy Elise’s funny stories, questions and her interesting answers to our questions!

This afternoon, our Read-A-Thon took place. So many eager students joined us! The amount of sponsor money is overwhelming. So far, we have collected 2270 SEK! And I’m sure there’ll be more swishes coming in over the next few days. Please note that Friday is the last day to swish. Thank you! On Friday, we will donate the money to Rädda Barnen (Save the Children). We hope you all feel that this is a good charity to send the money too.

There was a bit of confusion for some students today, since they hadn’t understood that you were supposed to bring the sponsor form to the Read-A-Thon event. We only welcomed students who had their form with them, because then we knew that they had come prepared, that they knew what the expectations were (read for a long time!) and that they had their parents’ permission. We are sorry if this caused your child to be disappointed. It was written on the form, “remember to bring this form with you to the event,” and reiterated in the library lessons, but now I know for next year to also clearly repeat this instruction in communication with the parents. We are all life-long learners, and your child is welcome to join in the Read-A-Thon next year – with a filled-out form, please! 😉

Tomorrow, we will welcome Victoria Jamieson to our school! She will work with the 4th and 5th grade students for the next three days. Each class will have a 60 minutes “graphic novel creating” workshop. We are very excited and honored to welcome her to ISGR!

Week 17: Reading Festival Day 1!

Reading Festival 2022 has begun!

Here is the video message for Day 1:

Last Friday and today, we’ve had our first illustration workshops with Elise Gravel! She is so funny and inspiring. Very open too, and easy to talk with. She loved all the students’ questions!

This week during library lesson, it’s all about sharing our favorite book and our favorite kinds of stories. Students are invited to bring books from home! We’ve had wonderful sharings today, some of which I was able to record. Our aim is to make a compilation video of everyone sharing their favorite book, and post it next week for you to enjoy.

Tomorrow we’re looking forward to more sharings about why we appreciate certain books and stories. As well as our Read-A-Thon after school! We’re going to read a ton! We will decide with the students who are participating in the Read-A-Thon which charity we will donate the raised money to. When you swish the sponsor money this week, please be sure to note your child’s name, class and “Read-A-Thon 22”. Thank you!

This week, we will post a daily update with our video messages, footage of the day, reminders, etc. – right here on this library blog. So please subscribe to our blog if you don’t want to miss anything! Thanks!

We’re looking forward to a fun-filled and inspiring week!

Happy Reading,

Sophie & Fleur

Week 16: Almost Reading Festival…

Hope you’ve had a hopping Easter Break, and that you enjoyed the sunshine! Before we jump into this week’s blog post, I’d like to take a moment for two reflective questions: What can books mean to you? And… What is the importance of a story? I found a possible answer in a poem I read last week, and also in a book called Mac B. Kid Spy Top Secret Smackdown (I’m eternally thankful to Anush in 4D for recommending this amazing series to me!). Before you read on, think about what your answers would be to those questions…

General Library News

This week, we will prepare ourselves for meeting our Reading Festival author/illustrators, Hanna Olausson, Elise Gravel and Victoria Jamieson. We will discuss our questions we want to ask them. We will also clarify anything left lingering unclear regarding the Reading Festival next week!

Please note that the library will be closed for book returning & borrowing after school next week on Tuesday (26/4) and Friday (29/4) due to the Read-a-Thon and Book Sale at these times. Students are welcome to browse and borrow as usual on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday during week 17. Thank you for your understanding!

PYP Library Times

Next week, students are invited to share a book from home that they love. So this week, please talk with your child(ren) about which book from home they’d like to bring to school to show us during library lesson. It doesn’t have to be a book that you own, you can borrow it from the public library (or a friend!) too. Students will share what it is that they appreciate about this book or story!

Week 14: Preparing for Reading Festival!

Last Friday, we welcomed ten International School (Teacher-)Librarians from all over Sweden to ISGR. We visited our two libraries (Guldheden and Götaberg campus), as well as the public library. We shared our best practices, asked each other burning questions and everyone left with new ideas and useful information!

General Library News

The additional Storytime Hub trial accounts we had received, disappeared within 15 minutes! If you have not received a message from me, it means that there were no more accounts to be given out. I have saved all of your account requests, though, in case we receive additional trial accounts. Thank you for your interest!

Before we jump into the Reading Festival information, please mark your calendar for “free books” on Friday, April 8th (14.30 – 15.00). Students are welcome to our school library this Friday afternoon to choose books from our withdrawn books. As you know, we add new books to our library collection constantly. We withdraw (slightly) damaged books, or outdated ones. They are still very readable, and we don’t want to just toss them in the recycling bin. So all students are welcome to browse these withdrawn books and choose whatever they like, to take home and keep forever. Happy Re-reading!

The Saturday (23/4) before the Reading Festival, it is the UNESCO World Book Day on which you are challenged “to explore new topics, formats, or genres that out of your ordinary. Our goal is to engage people in reading, and to have fun doing so!” A perfect kick-start to get in the mood for ISGR’s annual Reading Festival!

Now, here comes the Reading Festival information! Are you excited? We certainly are!

This year’s Reading Festival takes place in week 17 (April 25 – 29) with its theme of “appreciation”. Sophie and I will prepare short daily video messages for the students to watch in class. Each video will focus on a different genre and what can be appreciated about it. Each video will end with a question for the students to discuss in class. These videos will be posted on our library blog as well, so you can watch them at home too if you’d like!

Every class gets to meet, work with and learn from an author-illustrator! We would like to welcome back Swedish author and illustrator Hanna Olausson, who will be working with all the PYP and LGRP F and 1 students. Canadian author and illustrator Elise Gravel will do online workshops with the PYP and LGRP 2 and 3 students. Welcome to graphic novel creator Victoria Jamieson, visiting from Pennsylvania (USA), who will be working with all the PYP and LGRP 4 and 5 students. We are super excited to be learning from such inspiring and skilled author-illustrators! These events are made possible by the Creative School (Skapande Skola) grant we have received from the National Council of the Arts (Kulturrådet).

On Tuesday, April 26th, there will be a Read-A-Thon after school (14.30 – 16.30) in the library. Students find sponsors (family, friends, neighbors, etc.) to raise money for a certain amount of time that they’re reading. For example, 10 kronor for every 30 mins. The total amount they raise, will be donated to a to-be-determined charity. In previous years, we’ve let the Read-A-Thon participants choose which book(s) should be bought for the school library with the money they had raised. But this year we felt it was appropriate to donate the money to children who need it (much) more than we do. We’ve already got an amazing, well-stocked library! And the students I spoke to today, agreed! Forms for the Read-A-Thon will be handed out after the Easter Break. They will be downloadable from this blog then as well.

On Friday, April 29th, it will be Dress Up Day! Students are invited to dress up to look like their favorite book character. No need to buy expensive costumes, be creative with what you’ve got, borrow from friends, or make something fun out of cardboard! (Become a character from the Cardboard Kingdom!). No face masks please, face paint is okay. No weapons, but wands are accepted. It is voluntary to dress up, but we hope many will join in the fun!

On Friday, April 29th, we will have a book sale after school (14.30 – 16.00) in the library. Students, and their parents, can buy books by Hanna Olausson and Victoria Jamieson. The visiting authors will be there to sign these books! You’re also welcome to just come say hello to the authors and to tell them why you love their work!

The students who would like to buy books by Elise Gravel, will need to be patient! Because it will work like this: we will have a display of Elise Gravel’s books. Students will choose which book(s) they’d like to buy. We will write this down, while the parent swishes us the amount. After the book sale is over, we will order all the books. In the meantime, Elise Gravel will prepare a dedication and signature on a sticker for each student who has bought a book (she will receive a list of names and titles from us). Once the books and those stickers have arrived, we will put the right sticker in the right book and hand the books out to the students. Elise is doing virtual visits and is not able to attend the book sale in person, but because we think it is special and valuable to buy a book by an author you’ve met, and have it signed, that we’ve come up with a way of achieving this!

Today, students have asked, “What about DEAR?”. DEAR means “Drop Everything And Read”, which we have done in the previous years. We haven’t organized this as a school this year, but students are very welcome to organize DEAR with their class! Together with their teacher, they can decide which day works best for them to do DEAR. And that goes with any other reading-related initiative students come with to add to the Reading Festival activities, like “share your favorite book day” or “recite a poem day”, etc. We are looking forward to seeing student agency!

PYP Library Times

Last week, we heard some insightful reflections as to which character we felt the most/least connected to, and why. For example, a student shared that she also shows only happiness to others, even though she feels sad inside – just like the character in the book. We heard many more of these thoughtful connections with different fictional characters. I felt honored and moved by the sharing that took place last week.

This week, the lessons will have a very different character: I will share everything the students need or want to know about the Reading Festival happening in week 17!

Week 13: Meetings & International Children’s Book Day

This week is full of meetings: ISGR staff has an evening meeting today, a PD-day (professional development) all day Tuesday, our regular staff meeting on Thursday, and to round off the week – Sophie and I are hosting an International School Librarians Day this Friday at ISGR! As if that is not enough, it is International Children’s Book Day on Saturday, April 2nd. Boom!

Check out this year’s theme Stories are wings that help you soar every day HERE, and their flyer in many different languages HERE.

General Library News

In the spirit of International Children’s Book Day coming up this Saturday, we have set up displays, both in Swedish and English, with books connected to the theme of stories helping you soar as well as stories from around the world:

We have received a grant from the government to purchase graphic novels, “bridge books” (books that bridge the gap between graphic novels and chapters books), as well as non-fiction titles that support our curriculum. We have spent about half of that money now, and here are some of the books we purchased – ready to be checked out by the students!

PYP Library Times

Last week, I showed the students lots and lots of different books in the context of being courageous. Many students were courageous and open-minded and tried the books I shared with them! This week, we dive back into our read-alouds. Before we read though, I will pose the question, “Which character do you feel the most/least connected to, and why?”. After the read aloud, students are invited to share their thoughts. I’m curious to hear their connections! As part of the ATL skills (Approaches To Learning), students are asked to developed their social skills – one of which is developing social-emotinal intelligence. Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes (even if they are fictional!) is doing exactly that!

In PYP F and 1, we will be reading the following books, connected to the International Children’s Book Day:

Students will also have the opportunity to listen to stories from the Storytime Magazine.

In PYP 2, we will read a legend from Storytime Magazine, connected to their current Unit of Inquiry on artifacts:

On Friday, when we have our International School Librarians Day, our guest teacher Mona will take the last two classes (3F and 1D) of the day.

We are looking forward to a week full of meetings, with real people and fictional characters!