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Week 21: ISGR Summer 2020 Reading Challenge

So Many New Books!

All our new, cataloged books are on display in our library. We are so excited by these new titles, and we hope our students are too! Among our new books, we have great fiction for 9 – 12 year olds, internationalized traditional fairy tales, additions to our Disney picture book collection, Swedish non-fiction and bold, colorful picture books.

ISGR Summer 2020 Reading Challenge

It is time again to introduce our Summer Reading Challenge! It is a fun way to encourage students to read through the summer and keep up their reading skills while nurturing healthy reading habits!

This year, upon completion, students will receive a 20% discount voucher for the book store Bokskåpet! Bokskåpet sells books (mostly in Swedish, with some English titles as well) and some craft items, puzzles and games. We are excited to offer this to our students who have successfully completed their ISGR Summer 2020 Reading Challenge. The challenge is for students both in the PYP and LGRP section, from grades K/F all the way up to 5!

If the corona virus circumstances allow us, we will have a Library Party in September with all students who have completed the ISGR Summer 2020 Reading Challenge.

Since upcoming week is a short school week (Monday through Wednesday), students who have their library lesson on Thursday or Friday, can come to the library Monday – Wednesday to pick up their ISGR Summer 2020 Reading Challenge form – or you can download it here:

ISGR Reading Summer 2020 Challenge

Read-A-Thon Results

We had an astonishing number of 32 students participate in our ISGR Read-A-Thon this year! Thank you to all of the families for supporting this event. We will now order the requested titles (students who participated in the Read-A-Thon got to choose a book we should buy for the library), and catalog them as soon as possible! Realistically, students will most likely be able to check out the books after the summer break, though – as week 22 is the last week to check out books!

Looking Ahead

Week 21: Introduction and invitation to the ISGR Summer 2020 Reading Challenge.

Week 22: Last week to check out books. Library lesson used to prepare for the Origami Workshop the next week.

Week 23: All students will return all of their outstanding library books. Origami workshop with Rachel Barron (in the library lesson).

Happy Reading!

Reading Parachute


Week 20: Reading With Your Senses

Reflecting on Reading Festival 2020

What a great Reading Festival we’ve had! It was… different than last year. Not as loud and colorful maybe, but back to basics: celebrating reading and stories by… reading and telling stories!

Take a look at our special Reading Festival 2020 page for the latest (and last!) updates, including a video of our 4D students performing “How to Catch a Leprachaun”!

It is not too late to do to the Read-A-Thon at home! Just remember to hand in the form with your child’s NAME and requested BOOK TITLE. That way, we can purchase the book with the money your child raised, catalog the book, and make sure your child is the first one to check out the book from our library.

On Friday, May 15th, we will place the order for the requested titles. So please hand in the Read-A-Thon form, plus cash/swish payment before Thursday, May 14th. Thank you for your enthusiasm, support and participation!

New Books… Again!

The new books just keep coming in! Well, not “just”. It is due to Sophie’s behind the scenes hard work of labeling, covering and cataloging them. Some of the new books are not on the photos below, because we were too eager to get them into the hands of our students who had been waiting for particular titles for a long time! The free Usborne Books we have received (thanks to your purchases!), are not cataloged yet (obviously). The books on viruses and bacteria are directly used in the new Unit of Inquiry in PYP 5, but will available for all as soon as they are don’t need them anymore.

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Reading With All Your Senses

This week, during our read alouds in our library lesson, the focus will be to “read with all your senses”. We will be listening to the read alouds, not only for story line and the excited feeling of “what happens next?!”, but also to zoom in on which words/phrases are used to describe something we can hear, see, feel or taste. Students can either choose one sense to focus on while listening to the story, or they can choose several. Students can take notes on white boards, or (for the younger years), make a quick drawing to help them remember which word(s) they heard.

We will pick up our exciting read aloud novels again:

PYP 2: A Boy Called Bat

PYP 3: Coraline

PYP 4: The Losers’ Club

PYP 5: Restart

For PYP 1 students, we will give them a few appropriate options to choose from.

Looking Ahead

Week 21 is only a three day week. We will try to post the read alouds for the students whose classes visit the library on Thursday or Friday. Also, that week we will introduce the “ISGR Summer Reading Challenge.” We will post a video explaining the challenge so noone will miss out!

Week 22 will be focusing on preparing for our Origami Week in week 23! More information about that will come next week. Week 22 is also the last week to check out books.

Week 23 will be our Origami Week, in which students have an origami workshop instead of a library lesson. Students will also return ALL their library books that week.

Week 24 is the last week of school. Students will not have library lessons, but the library is open for returning books. Teachers can bring up their classes for read alouds, quiet working/reading time. Sophie and Fleur will be focusing on big library jobs such chasing overdue books, going through the “lost books” list and auditing our collection.

Can’t believe the end of our school year is on the horizon!

Until then…

Happy Reading!

Kid Reading in a Tree

Week 18: Preparing for Reading Festival

Usborne Books Sale

There is magic in being able to browse the books, touch them, open them and ask Yvonne questions right there and then. There is something irresistible about your child’s big puppy eyes begging you to “pleeaase” buy the book. It feels like there are many layers between an online book sale invitation and actually holding your purchased books in your hands. We understand that, and we will definitely have our on-site real-life Usborne Book Sales as soon as we can!

So thank you to all the ISGR families who dove in and participated in the first ever virtual Usborne Book Sale! Your purchases support our school library with even more beautiful, fun and informative Usborne Books in our collection. 

If you still would like to order last-minute, you can email Yvonne directly with your order: Thank you!

Read Alouds

As promised, here are the read alouds for this week: the last ones to be recorded and posted. We will continue reading the novels during our library times from next week on. So catch up on them if you haven’t listened to them before!

New Displays

More new and exciting books are on display in our library! Displays are focused on our Reading Festival in week 19, Mindfulness, New Swedish Fiction and Fractured Fairy Tales.


Reading Festival Information

All the Reading Festival information is now posted on a special tab you can find on the homepage of this blog. Or follow this link:

Library Time Week 18

During our library time next week, we will catch up on our read alouds (what happened in the stories, the chapters we recorded and posted), as well as preparing for our Reading Festival in week 19.


Happy Weekend,

Happy Reading!



my weekend is all booked


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