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Hello From Yvonne!

If you weren’t able to attend the zoom “book presentation” this morning, you can click here for a two minute book presentation by Yvonne!

You are welcome to log in to the Q & A happeningNOW (12 – 1 pm):

You can call Yvonne this afternoon if you’d rather do that: 070 978 8790

Or email:

You can also directly order via this google form:

So many options!

Happy World Book Day! Happy Reading!



Virtual Usborne Book Sale

Usborne World Book Day

Welcome to our Virtual Usborne Book Sale!

Here is the link to the interactive book presentation at 9 am:

Here is the link to Q & A lunch session at noon:

Remember that you can already look at the catalog and order using this online order form:

Here is the full link:

The latest orders can be placed, is on Thursday, April 23rd by midnight.

DO NOT order via the Usborne website because our school library will not benefit from that. So please order using the form above, so we receive free Usborne books for our library collection.

The books will be delivered to our school first week of May (if all goes smoothly).

Thank you!

Virtual Usborne Book Sale


Great Start + Online Library Learning

You know it’s going to be a great start of the week when your Monday looks like this:

… and this…

When you notice half-empty displays because new books have been checked out:


We hope to see many more students coming back to school, to enjoy all those beautiful new books that we have!


PYP K – 1: What Does it Mean to be Present? Written by DiOrio and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler (PYP 2 – 5 Read Alouds will come later this week, I promise!). If you’d like to read this story without being interrupted by stuffed animals’s too high-pitched voices, you can borrow the book from our school library!


If I Built a School by Chris van Dusen. What would your “If I Built a School”-book look like? Hear Chris van Dusen talk about his book. Share you version of the book during our Reading Festival in week 19!


Write your A4-story (one-sided) for our Story Wall!


Listen to Rita Carter and find out why reading fiction matters.


ISGR Reading Festival 2020 (1)

ISGR Reading Festival 2020 (2)

Week 17: Preparing for Reading Festival

The beautiful weather is such a blessing! We hope your weekend looks something like this…

It was good to see a few more students coming to school last week. We have missed everyone! We hope to see all of you back again at school soon.

Tomorrow, we will post the Read Alouds and the online library learning ideas. In this post, you will find information about the following:

  • World Book Day: Virtual Usborne Book Sale on Thursday, April 23rd
  • Reading Festival: week 19
  • Origami Week: week 23
  • New Books in our Library

World Book Day: Virtual Usborne Book Sale

Everyone (students, parents and teachers) in our school community is invited to join our virtual celebration of World Book Day on Thursday, April 23rd with an online Usborne Book Sale with Yvonne. Here is how it works:

  • Follow this link to a google form to place your order. Yvonne has included top-sellers and special offers for this sale!
  • Deadline to place your order is April 23rd by midnight.
  • Yvonne is available via phone and email all week for any questions or recommendations.
    • Phone: 070 978 87 90
    • Email:
  • On the day itself, Yvonne will hold an online “Book Talk” in the morning (9 – 10 am) and will be available for an online “Q & A” (12 – 1 pm) as well. Invitations for both of these virtual events will be send out on Wednesday, April 22nd.
  • Payment can only happen through swish. Yvonne has a different swish number for payments, which she will send out to you when you have placed your order.
  • Yvonne will aim to deliver your books to our school on Friday, May 8th (the last day of our Reading Festival). Please be understanding if there are delays because of the new corona virus situation.
  • For every book you buy, we get a percentage with which we can choose free books from the Usborne Catalog for our school library. Thank you for your support!

Reading Festival in week 19

I love reading

Despite the fact that Ali Sparkes will not join us, we are still super excited for our annual ISGR Reading Festival in week 19. We will find ways to celebrate! We will have our dress up day, “share your favorite book”, D.E.A.R., Read-A-Thon, story wall, make your own book, etc. A day-to day schedule for the week will be shared with you in the blog post for week 18. We will not have gatherings and special events in the library after school, so we will focus our celebration of reading during the library lessons, and during the school day in the classroom. There will be daily posts to help families celebrate if they are at home.

Origami Week in week 23

Rachel Barron will be our workshop leader for the origami workshops during week 23. OrigamiAll students will, during their library time that week, join the origami workshops. In the weeks leading up to it (but after Reading Festival!), we will work with the students to create a concept, an idea of what they will be working on. This special week is funded by the Creative School grant which we received from the National Council of the Arts.

New Books in the Library

Sophie has been working from home, and cataloging tons of new books (covered by Simone)! A few of them have been delivered by Tom (her husband), and now we’ve put them up on display. Have a look! (The try-our-new-manga display is to encourage students to uh… well, try our new manga! But the actual manga books arrived when we updated our graphics section a few months ago.)


We will keep you posted as more and more new books will trickle on. We are so lucky and privileged to have such a well-stocked, diverse school library!

This week, our library lesson will look like this:


Tomorrow more on our blog with the online library learning ideas, including the Read Alouds!

For now, happy reading and enjoy the sunshine!




Dates and Such: Usborne, Ali Sparkes and Reading Festival

Many events and gatherings have been cancelled in Sweden, and around the world. So none of you will be surprised when we say that we will not have our Usborne Book Sale next week (April 23 – 24) as planned. And that author Ali Sparkes can’t come in Week 19 for the writing workshops. Sad, yes. But not surprised.

But these times also force us to think outside the box!

Yvonne (from Usborne Books) and I have put our heads together and came up with the idea to have a book sale using some sort of online conferencing program. You can ask her tons of questions, she can show you the books, and you can order directly online. That is the plan, at least. This is just as new for us as it is to you! It would take place on April 23rd, on World Book Day. We will send you details as soon we know more! But mark your calendars for Online Usborne Book Sale with Yvonne on April 23rd!

Ali Sparkes understands that we have to postpone her visit to ISGR. We are looking at dates in September, assuming that things have stabilized by then. Students who are currently in 5th grade and have been really looking forward to meeting her, will be invited to join one of the workshops – even though they’ve moved on to MYP/LGRM.

We will have our Reading Festival in week 19! We are currently working on an alternative program, so we can reach both the students on campus and the children at home! More information coming soon!

Our library lesson this week.
Check out our new picture books!

Happy Reading!

Week 16: Puzzled in the Library!

Hope you enjoyed the virtual ISGR Easter Egg Hunt in the last post! And we hope you had a restful Easter Break too.

This week in the library, we will be doing this quiz: Week 16_ Library Quiz. You can do it at home as well, if you’d like!

We are hoping to have lots of time for the Read Alouds during library time this week. If you can’t be at school, we’ve uploaded the audio files of the planned story times below. You are very welcome to choose your own reading for story time/read alouds when you are at home.


PYP K – 1: The Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson. Want to hear it sung to you? Click here! 

PYP 2: A Boy Called Bat by Elena K. Arnold

PYP 3: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

PYP 4: The Loser’s Club by Andrew Clements

PYP 5: Restart by Gordon Korman


Choose one moment in the story where one of the characters does something you fully disagree with. Why do you disagree with that decision, choice or action? If you were the writer of this story, would you change that moment in the story? Why (not)? How does that serve the story?

DO: (This will be the Library Challenge of the Week; LEGO pieces will be available in the library!).

Take four bricks of LEGO (see photo on the left). In how many differentLego Brick ways can you put it together?

How is this connected to reading, you may wonder. Because reading is a puzzle. I’m not only talking about decoding the symbols on the paper, but also puzzling out the story. Each story (or most of them anyways) have similar elements (lego bricks): characters, plot, setting, tone, point of view – just to name a few. All these different elements can be put together in many (many!) different ways to make a variety of different stories. You can also think within genres, for example a detective novel. Each story has similar structural elements that the reader helps understand the story. It’s the skeleton of the story (don’t mind the pun), but the flesh on the bones is different for every single detective story. If that makes sense.

So much brain power goes into reading: decoding, comprehending, interpretation, connecting, predicting, deducting, judging, etc. And so it goes for figuring out in how many ways you can put four LEGO bricks together. And no, you’re not allowed to google it.


“A reader will often express dislike for elements of the story that have puzzled him – things he has found difficult to understand. ‘What did it mean when…’ he’ll say, or: ‘Did you understand the where…’ … The friends discuss the puzzle and the suggested explanation, and out of this comes an understanding of (or an agreement to disagree on) what the text is ‘about’ – what it ‘means’ – to that group of readers at that time.”

    • Chambers, Aidan. Tell Me: Children, Reading, and Talk. Stenhouse Publishers, 1996, pp. 9.

Reading Quirks Comic Overcome Emotional Intensity

Happy Reading!




Less Is More + Easter Egg Hunt!

Less is More

When your local public library branch closes. When tape on the floor in the supermarket tells you to keep your distance from others. When your son has his first Zoom-call with grandparents/auntie from the States and The Netherlands to celebrate his sixth birthday. When you’re not seeing your best friends on the other side of town because you are avoiding public transport. When all of these things happen, you know that the new corona virus affects us all. Even a young, healthy family like ours.

Every day, I am thankful for our health, and for the health of our dearest and nearest. I hope you can start your day feeling grateful as well. If you can’t, my thoughts go out to you. I hope that, whoever it is you are worried about, will be healthy and strong soon. We all do the best we can to keep each other safe.

With all of the uncertainty, worry and a whole range of feelings you may feel (anger, frustration, sadness, hopelessness), with all of that also comes a strange sense of simplicity. There’s a range of things you should not do, maybe even are not allowed to do. Visit friends, travel, go to stores, eat out, etc. So what is left? Walking in the forest or a park, playing games with the people you live with, reading, getting to know your neighbors (from a two meters distance, though), and I am sure you can add other things to my short list.

So there is still a lot of things we can do. Alone, together, for each other. If you add to that the overwhelming amount of suggestions and possibilities in our virtual reality you could stay at home forever. Which we don’t want, of course. But you could.

I know this is a bit cliche, but I think there is a lot to say for simplifying your life. For really living and feeling the moment you are in. With the people you are sharing this moment with. It is painfully sad and horrible that it has to come at such high cost. That it is because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s not pretend that we were all waiting for this forced opportunity for spiritual growth. But it is an opportunity, and it’s yours if you want it.

With this in mind (simplifying our lives), we turn to our school library.  In the spirit of Mr Morris Lessmore’s (fictional) life, we are now posting online library learning content on Mondays only. So weekly posts, instead of daily. You will recognize the structure of the post: READ ALOUD, SPARK, DO and REASONS TO READ. We will include read alouds for all grades, and everything else will be applicable (with your creative modification, if necessary) to all students. Pick and choose what your child is interested in. Because really, the goal is that our students, your child(ren), are reading for fun! That they are reading what they are excited by, interested in. Books that they want to talk about, to share, are puzzled by, want to read over and over again. That is what a school library (and its library people) are for, that is our goal; that students pick up a book because they want to. And you don’t need five hundred thousand different ways to be reminded of that. I think.

If you don’t have access to books (in English), contact the public library to set up e-book loaning, or look at our updated “online library resources” tab where you can find many referrals to online read aloud sessions and story connected activities, including a brand-new fact book for children about the corona virus.

ISGR Easter Egg Hunt

Now for the fun part! We are super excited to announce the first virtual literary ISGR Easter Egg Hunt! Simply download the pdf, and follow the instructions there. The idea is simple: find the egg, and follow its link to a… surprise!

ISGR Easter Egg Hunt 2020

Happy Hunting!

(And… Happy Reading, Listening, Coloring, Laughing, Writing, …!)

Your book-loving library teacher,


Book Dragon




Friday 3/4: Family Fun Day (2)

Today’s idea for the Family Fun Day is to write acrostic poems. A poem with each sentence/line starting with the letters of your name. You can write an acrostic poem with your name, about yourself. Or maybe you can honor your family members with an acrostic poem!

It is not an easy thing, actually (maybe it depends on your name and self-knowledge!). I find it easier to write them for someone else. So this is what I have come up with for my husband (Brent) and my son (Philip, almost six years old!).













I got stuck with my own name. I can think of “Friendly” for F. And “Reader” for R. Maybe you’re more creative than I am?

Feel free to share your acrostic poem in the comment section below!

Have fun!

Our next library post will launch the start of a virtual Easter Egg Hunt with lots of special surprises… just for our ISGR students!

Stay tuned! 



Thursday 2/4: PYP 4 and 5

Good Morning, PYP 4 and 5 Families (and welcome to everyone else too!). We’re getting the hang of this online learning, and we hope the library posts are helpful and meaningful, and fun too!

  • SPARK:
    • For The Loser’s Club Readers: Do you have a book you know as well “as your backyard,” like Alec does? Which one is it? Would you recommend it to a friend? Why? 
    • For Restart Readers: How would you feel if you’d wake up one day and can’t remember anything in your life? Like Chase said, “I’m like a computer with its hard drive wiped clean. You can reboot it and the operating system works fine. But when you look for a document or file to open, nothing’s there.” At the end of the chapter he asks himself, “What kind of person am I?” How do you think others would describe you?
  • DO: Reflect on your reading environment.
    • Look around your home. Where are the books kept? Why there?
    • Do you own any books? Did you buy them? Were they gifts? 
    • Where do you keep your favorite books? Why there?
    • How, do you think, does your reading environment affect your reading behavior?
    • Which books would you still like to read/buy/borrow? Why those?
    • Can you recommend a book to us? Use the comment section below, or use these templates: Book Recommendation Book MarksBook Recommendation
  • REASONS TO READ: “If we want students to be motivated readers, let’s look at how motivated readers read. Teachers sometimes believe that students need careful preparation to read a book or that they have to be bribed or prodded into reading. Yet some children jump right into the books, reading without the benefit of preparatory steps or the intervention of either a carrot or a whip. Two principles underlie the motivation of these eager readers: First, reading is personal, and second, reading is a natural process. […] Motivated readers read not for others but for their own purposes. They read what is important to them and know real reading is not to answer someone else’s questions or to fill out a worksheet. […] Motivated readers feel free to talk about what they read from their own point of view. They are not hesitant about passing judgement on a book.” So, please feel free to let your child choose their book to read (or for you to read to them), to share their own questions and connections about their reading, and find their way of talking about it! As the text continues, “… teachers with the best intentions can interfere with motivated readers. Often the most difficult hurdle is simply getting out of their way. Whatever an adult does that keeps the child from becoming involved with the book, is something to be avoided.”
      • Darrigan, Daniel L., Tunnell, Michael O., Jacobs, James S. Children’s Literature: Engaging Teachers and Children in Good Books. Pearson Education, 2002, pp. 412 – 413.

Wednesday 1/4: PYP 3

Good Morning, PYP 3 Families (and everyone else who is checking out our posts on a daily basis!). Our fifth day of online library learning. So far, so good! March is behind us; hope you’re having a terrific start of April!

  • SPARK:
    • For Frindle Readers: Make up your own word! What would it be? Why? Please share it in our comment section below. Maybe we will start using your new word until it becomes a real word in the dictionary!
    • For Spud Murphy Readers: Are you surprised by the ending? Why (not)? How do you feel about the librarian? Think of three words to describe her in the beginning of the story. Then think of three words to describe her in the end. Is there a change? Why (not)? Do the same for Will. What change do you notice? How did the change happen?
  • DO: Now that you are spending more time at home, maybe you have more time to read as well. It can be hard to keep track of all the books you have read. Keep a reading diary! There are many ways to do that. From a simple notebook in which you write the title, author, publishing date, reading date and a few personal comments to making your own creative, original one, or buying one. Here is a template: __________’s Reading Journal (template)
  • REASONS TO READ: “If reading doesn’t affect our lives, doesn’t change us or influence our behavior, it is no more than a pass-time entertainment, and hardly worth all the fuss we make of it. But if reading books affects our lives emotionally, intellectually, ethically, and in all sorts of other ways, as I believe it does, then it matters which books we put into our heads. And if it matters what we put into our heads, it also matters that we remember what those books were.” 
    • Chambers, Aidan. The Reading Environment: How Adults Help Children Enjoy Books. Stenhouse Publishers, 1996, pp. 39.