Poetry Month at the Library

We have been having a wonderful time celebrating Poetry Month over the past week. Students have enjoyed creating poems on our magnetic white board, exploring websites where they can read and write poems, and enjoying reading some of our fantastic collection of poetry books.

Next week will be even more exciting with all of the fun events we have planned, especially Character Dress Up Day on World Book Day Monday, April 24th!

New Arrivals!

It is always an exciting day when a delivery of new books arrives in the IST library. Here are just a few of the new books that arrived on Friday. These books (and many more) will be available for checkout next week.

The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett (wordless picture book)

From the publisher:

From the creator of The Boy and the Airplane, a touching wordless picture book about a little girl, a shiny bicycle, and the meaning of persistence—with an unexpected payoff.

A little girl sees a shiny new bicycle in the shop window. She hurries home to see if she has enough money in her piggy bank, but when she comes up short, she knocks on the doors of her neighbors, hoping to do their yardwork. They all turn her away except for a kindly old woman.

The woman and the girl work through the seasons, side by side. They form a tender friendship. When the weather warms, the girl finally has enough money for the bicycle. She runs back to the store, but the bicycle is gone! What happens next shows the reward of hard work and the true meaning of generosity.

Wordless, timeless, and classic, The Girl and the Bicycle carries a message of selflessness and sweet surprises and makes an ideal gift for graduations and other special occasions.

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (graphic novel)

From the publisher:

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake – and her own.

Replica by Lauren Oliver (young adult science fiction)

From the publisher:

Two girls, two stories, one epic novel—now a New York Times bestseller!
From Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, comes an epic, masterful novel that explores issues of individuality, identity, and humanity. Replica is a “flip book” that contains two narratives in one, and it is the first in a duology. Turn the book one way and read Lyra’s story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma’s story. The stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters. The two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to produce an unforgettable journey. Even the innovative book jacket mirrors and extends the reading experience.
Lyra’s story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects—Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72—manage to escape.
Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions.
While the stories of Lyra and Gemma mirror each other, each contains breathtaking revelations critically important to the other story. Replica is an ambitious, thought-provoking masterwork.

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin (middle grades fantasy)

From the publisher:

A New York Times Bestseller
A National Book Award Finalist
An IndieBound Bestseller

This breathtaking, full-color illustrated fantasy is inspired by Chinese folklore, and is a companion to the Newbery Honor winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

Pinmei’s gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller.

Everyone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night. Determined to have her grandmother returned, Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan, a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide. Together, the two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei’s grandmother–before it’s too late.

A fast-paced adventure that is extraordinarily written and beautifully illustrated, When the Sea Turned to Silver is a masterpiece companion novel to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky.

The Happiest Book Ever! by Bob Shea (picture book)

From the publisher:

What could be happier than a book with a dancing cake, a candy parade, and a hug monster? A book with all those things (and more) plus YOU! Your happy, happy thoughts will make this book super happy happy! But something seems off. Could it be that frowny frog? Perhaps we could shake some sense into him, or slap a Post-it over his face. No? Well then, maybe its time for that frog to SCRAM! Hooray! He’s gone! Time for a happy dance! Wait, what’s wrong? Now NO ONE seems happy! Let’s see if we can’t do something to truly make this the happiest book ever.
In his most interactive book yet, Bob Shea proves that happiness is more than just a piece of chocolate cake. (Though that comes pretty close!)

Radiant Child: the Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe (biography)

From the publisher:

A visually stunning picture book biography about modern art phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Javaka Steptoe.

Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe’s vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat’s own introduce young readers to the powerful message and art doesn’t always have to be neat or clean–and definitely not inside the lines–to be beautiful.

Extension Reading

IST Secondary Librarian Virginia Morgan has prepared three recommended reading lists for the holidays. They have been created for students who would like to extend their learning from the different disciplines they study at IST. These subjects are represented in each list; there is one for grades 6-8, one for 9-10, and the last is for DP students. All recommendations are books that are available in our library.

DP Students: Do you study Geography? Take a look at Longitude: the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time by Dava Sobel.

Wondering why you have to study maths? Find the answer in How Math Can Save Your Life by James D. Stein.

 Please stop by and take a look at this resource.

Top Ten Fiction Books in 2014

Here are the top ten fiction books checked out in the 2013-2014. Which one was your favorite? Which one would you like to read next? Let us know in the comments.

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10. Divergent, by Veronica Roth

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F GIE (Also available in French, German, and on the Kindles)

9. Sapphire Blue, by Kerstin Gier


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8. Horse Road, by Troon Harrison

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7. Diary of the Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, by Jeff Kinney

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6. The Kingdom of Fantasy, by Geronimo Stilton

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5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

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4. Hero on a Bicycle, by Shirley Hughes

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3. Wonder, by R.J. Palacios

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2. Ungifted, by Gordon Korman

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1. Ruby Red, by Kerstin Gier

Top Ten Picture Books in 2014

Here are the most checked out picture and elementary fiction books of the 2013-2014 year.  Notice that 5 of the books are from the 2014 Panda Books Awards shortlists and a Panda Book from 2013 still features on the list.

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10. Shoo Fly, by Tedd Arnold. 

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9. Creepy Carrots, by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown (Panda Book for Younger Readers 2014 winner)

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8. Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth, by Sanjay Patel (Panda Book for Younger Readers 2014 shortlist)

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7. I Spy Fly Guy, by Tedd Arnold

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6. Nightime Ninja, by Barbara Da Costa and Ed Young (Panda Book for Younger Readers 2014 shortlist)


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5. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, by William Joyce (Panda Book for Younger Readers 2014 shortlist)

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4. Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking, by Phillipe Coudray (Panda Book for Younger Readers winner 2013)

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3. Mister I, by Lewis Trondheim

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2. Timmy Failure: Mistake Were Made, by Stephan Pastis (Panda Book for Older Readers winner 2014)

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1. Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons, by Eric Litwin and James Dean (Panda Book for Younger Readers 2014 shortlist)

Elementary Student Council Sleepover

The Elementary Student Council is hosting a sleepover for grades 3 to 5 this Friday, 30 May. This is an annual event that students look forward to all year. Information about the sleepover was sent from the homerooms, and here are a few reminders from the Elementary Student Council.

Reminders for ESC Sleepover May 2014


Sleepovers are super fun. We have lots of fiction and information titles in the library about sleepovers, especially in the younger reader sections of the library. Here are a few you might want to check out. 

All book covers and summaries from the library OPAC.

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Eleven-year-old Zelly Fried’s parents will not allow her to have a slumber party until she teaches her mischievous puppy, Ace, to behave, but with Grandpa Ace around, nothing is ever simple.

Published 2013. Reading level: 4.2.

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This book was a Birthday Book Club donation by Jin A last year. Thanks again, Jin A!

Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover, by Cece Bell.

Rabbit is excited about the sleepover he has carefully planned for his friend Robot, but Robot has some different ideas about how things should go.

Published 2012. Reading level: 1.6

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The Berenstain Bears’ Sleepover, by Jan and Stan Berenstain

Brother and Sister Bear have a sleepover with Lizzy and Barry, but their late night antics keep Mama and Papa from getting any sleep.

Published 2009. Reading level: 2.3

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Henry and Mudge and the Big Sleepover, by Cynthia Rylant

Henry and his dog Mudge are invited to a sleepover in Patrick’s attic, where they watch monster movies, eat pizza, and enjoy a contest to determine whose dog is the best popcorn catcher.

Published 2006. Reading level: 2.2.

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The Sleepover Joke Book, by Sandy Ransford

A collection of jokes on various things to do with sleepovers. Divided into sections, it features various sleepover visits, the food, the videos, the games, the music, the gossip, the telling of creepy late night stories, the joke telling and giggling, and the sleeping.

Published 2003. Reading level: 4.5

Need any help locating these books? Come to the library. We’re always happy to recommend a few good reads.


Interview with Stephan Pastis, Panda Book Award Winner

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Stephan Pastis is the author of Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, the first book in the series about boy detective Timmy Failure. This book won the Panda Book Awards for Middle Readers this year. Our library book distributor, Follett, interviewed Mr. Pastis at his home and created a video from that interview.

Students in grades 3 to 5 will be watching the interview in their library sessions and will be invited to checkout other detective stories from the library collection.

If the video below doesn’t load, click here to go to a separate window.

Kindles & Ebooks Requests

Day 179/365- Kindle
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Sean Kelly via Compfight

Lucky Number 4!

The IST library introduced 4 Kindles into circulation in January. The Kindles have been borrowed by students, teachers, even an administrator. Between the pilot introduction in January and the end of April, these Kindles had circulated 41 times! And the collection of Kindle titles has also grown to 41.  In general, the Kindle titles purchased are recent publications that have not yet arrived in print form to the IST Library. Most of the titles are requested by our readers.

If you are interested in borrowing a Kindle and reading an ebook, please stop by the library. You will need to fill out a usage agreement. You can see the list of current titles here. You can request a book here. Actual purchases will be based on our Collection Development Policy, availability, and available funding.

Ying Chang Compestine Books for Sale Now!

The author visit by Ying Chang Compestine is just around the corner, next Monday, 21 April! We just received a shipment of her books from Beijing Star Kids Childrens’ Bookstore and we will start sales tomorrow, Wednesday. If you would like to have Ms. Compestine autograph your book, be sure to purchase your copies by Monday morning as her book signing time will be limited.

The books we have for sale are the following.

Middle school novels

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A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts: A Collection of Deliciously Frightening Tales – 125RMB
Contains eight ghost stories about Chinese cooking and culture; and includes a recipe and historical notes after each.(Review from IST OPAC.)
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Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier 125RMB – NEW IN 2014
In this action-packed adventure, thirteen year-old Ming lives in a village in 1970s Maoist China. His father is convinced that Emperor Qin’s tomb – and the terra-cotta army created to protect him in the afterlife – lays hidden in the hills around them. But if Ming’s father doesn’t prove it soon, the town’s Political Officer will send him away.(Review from the publisher.)

 Childrens’ Picture Books

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The Runaway Wok – 125RMB
On Chinese New Year’s Eve, a poor man who works for the richest businessman in Beijing sends his son to market to trade their last few eggs for a bag of rice, but instead he brings home an empty–but magic–wok that changes their fortunes forever. Includes information about Chinese New Year and a recipe for fried rice.(Review from the IST OPAC.)

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Crouching Tiger – 125RMB
When Ming Da’s Chinese grandpa comes to visit, he overcomes his initial embarrassment at his grandfather’s traditions and begins to appreciate him.(Review from the IST OPAC.)

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The Real Story of Stone Soup – 125RMB
When a crew of Chinese fishermen forget to bring cooking utensils with them, they find creative ways to make do with what they have and what they can find.(Review from IST OPAC.)


Cookbooks – Ms. Compestine is an expert on Asian cuisine and has written extensively in culinary publications. She has a TV cooking show and has been the food editor of Martha Stewart Living magazine.

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Cooking with an Asian Accent  – 245RMB
In Cooking with an Asian Accent, award-winning author Ying Compestine, a nationally renowned authority on Asian culture and cuisine, reveals how to make delicious home-cooked meals that nourish the senses and the soul using accessible ingredients, simple preparations, and thrilling flavors.(Review from the publisher.)
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Cooking with Green Tea: Delicious dishes enhanced by the miraculous healing powers of green tea – 145RMB
Green tea contains the most effective antioxidant known, something more powerful than even vitamins C and E. The compound is known as polyphenol, and in Cooking with Green Tea, you’ll learn how to put this potent protector to work in your cooking. Meet the different kinds of tea and learn why green tea is favored among the rest. Step-by-step guidelines describe how to brew and cook with tea. More than 50 creative, delicious recipes are included.(Review from Amazon.com)

Parents, please remember you are very welcome to either of the presentations. We thank the PFO for their generous sponsorship and we hope to see lots of parents enjoying the presentations as well. 

Both presentations will be in the theater:

  • 11 am for grades 6 to 8
  • 1 pm for grades 2 to 5