International Schools Library Week

The IST library celebrated International Schools Library week with fun and exciting activities all week long. We kicked off the week with a launch of the Panda Book Awards, which encourages students to read, share, and vote for their favorite books in four categories. This year’s Panda Book Award nominees are:

We shared the books with students through the week, and helped create buzz about the books with Panda quizzes and prizes all week long.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we hosted the Beijing Foreign Languages Bookstore book fair. Many students, teachers and parents browsed and purchased books at the book fair.

On lunchtime on Monday and Wednesday, elementary students were invited to participate in “Monster Crafts” in the library. We had a lot of fun doing activities that were inspired by the book “Crafty Cat and the Crafty Camp Crisis” by Charise Mericle Harper.

We wrapped up the week with Character Dress-Up Day and the elementary library assembly on Friday morning, and “Celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter” with grades 6-8 students in the afternoon. Watch this space for photos from Character Dress-Up Day and the “Harry Potter” event coming soon! 

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 or for more information on how to join.

Parent & Toddler Story Time

Please join us for the first Parent & Toddler Story Time of the year!

When: Friday, September 29th following the Moon Festival Assembly (9:15 am to 10:00 am).

Where: The IST library’s story room.

Who: Parents and toddlers (ages 0-3).

Why: To enjoy stories, songs, and fun in the library.

We hope to see many parents there! To help us with planning, please RSVP to:


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 or for more information on how to join.

Matt Holm Author Visit

Last week, we were pleased to host author and illustrator Matt Holm for two days of workshops with elementary and secondary students and teachers. Mr. Holm shared his journey to becoming an author and illustrator, and how he creates the artwork for books like the popular Squish and Babymouse series. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed his workshops, and many students were inspired by his visit and wanted to work on their own illustrations. A big thank you to Matt Holm and the team at Obido books who helped make it happen!