Happy Birthday, Steve!

Steve, in grade 4, donated the birthday book The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Middle School Mayhem by Rachel Renée Russell. This is the second book in the Max Crumbly series, written by the author of the popular Dork Diaries series. Steve enjoyed the first book in this series, so we hope he enjoys this one as much. Thank you for your birthday book donation, Steve!

If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday with the IST Library Birthday Book Club, please contact the librarians at Linnea_Simon@istianjin.net or Eleanor_Surridge@istianjin.net for more information on how to join.

Happy Birthday, Jun Hee!

Jun Hee, in Pre-K, donated the birthday book Dinosaur!, written by John Woodward. We hope Jun Hee, who is already very knowledgeable about dinosaurs, enjoys this encyclopedia packed with information and color illustrations. We are sure that this book will be very popular with our dinosaur-loving students. Thank you for your birthday book donation, Jun Hee!

If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday with the IST Library Birthday Book Club, please contact the librarians at Linnea_Simon@istianjin.net or Eleanor_Surridge@istianjin.net for more information on how to join.

Kindergarten in the Library

Over the last several weeks, kindergarten students have been using their library sessions to support their understanding of their “How the World Works” Unit of Inquiry. In this unit, students are learning about how animal characteristics help them adapt to their environments. The students have been researching, using both digital and print resources, about animals for their inquiries. They have been using information effectively to develop their understanding of different animals and their characteristics.

Kindergarten students understand how the library is organized. They can differentiate between fiction and nonfiction books and, with support, can locate nonfiction books about different animals in the library. They have shown great interest in selecting books that relate to their personal interests, and enjoy sharing books with teachers and each other. They have chosen books about dogs, cats, snakes, zebras, owls, and many other animals. They are confident users of the library and show great enthusiasm when they visit each week.

Nursery in the Library

Nursery students visit the library each week to listen and respond to a variety of stories and songs, and to interact with books. They are beginning to understand that print can serve a variety of different functions such as giving us information or pleasure in stories. They show a growing interest in asking for books to be read aloud and taken home. They enjoy choosing books in the library that match their interests.

They also learn to take care of books by turning the pages carefully and putting the books back on the shelves when they are finished with them. They understand the procedure for borrowing books, and eagerly line up to check their books out at the end of library time. Here are a few photos of Nursery students visiting the library this week.

Book Character Dress Up Day

We wrapped up our celebration of International Schools Library Week on Friday with an elementary library assembly and Book Character Dress Up Day. Students came in a wide variety of fun and creative book character costumes. There were superheroes, dragons, BabyMouse, Captain Underpants, and many more. The students paraded onstage in their costumes during the assembly, and many classes came to the library to take “green screen” photos of their costumes. Please enjoy some photos from the day!

Character dress-up day is coming on Friday, October 20th

It’s time to start thinking about costumes again! This year, in celebration of International Schools Library Week, our Elementary students and teachers will come to school dressed as our favourite characters on Friday, October 20th. There will be plenty of activity in and around the library during that week and we’ll tell you a bit more about those things after our National Day holiday week. In the meantime, we wanted to give everyone a reminder to plan their costumes.

Back in April, Ms. Simon wrote this blog post with many excellent ideas for costume ideas. Be sure to revisit that post for a refresher. For more inspiration, look at this list of “100 Book Character Costumes.”

We won’t be surprised if we see a few Baby Mouse costumes after the success of our recent author visit from Matt Holm!

 

Happy Birthday, Tianluo!

We were very excited to help Tianluo celebrate his 8th birthday recently. Tianluo, in grade 3, donated six birthday books to the library! His books are Meet the Dullards by Sara Pennypacker and Daniel Salmieri; The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield, Kate Fillion, and the Fan Brothers; The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex; Dragon was Terrible by Kelly DiPucchio and Greg Pizzoli; The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable by Aaron Blabey; and The Cave of Aaaaah! Doom! By Jaden Kent and Iryna Bodnaruk. Tianluo will certainly be busy with so many books to read! We hope he enjoys his birthday books.

If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday with the IST Library Birthday Book Club, please contact the librarians at Linnea_Simon@istianjin.net or Eleanor_Surridge@istianjin.net for more information on how to join.

Happy Birthday, Anna!

Thank you to Anna, in grade 2, for her Birthday Book Club donation to the library. Anna’s birthday book is Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Lesléa Newman, which is based on a true story. Because Anna loves the book Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library! by Vicky Myron, which is also based on a true story, we thought she would enjoy reading about Ketzel. Anna was the first student to check out this book from the library. Happy birthday, Anna! We hope you enjoy your book!

If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday with the IST Library Birthday Book Club, please contact the librarians at Linnea_Simon@istianjin.net or Eleanor_Surridge@istianjin.net for more information on how to join.