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 Ups 2013

It’s been a terribly busy time here at the IST library, and I haven’t had the time to sort through all the great pictures that we took on Character Dress Up Day. Here are a few of my photos from the day. To see the photos that were taken in the photo booth by Mr. Skinner, please visit the IST website’s Media Center. 

There were so many excellent costumes. I particularly liked the ones that were made from materials students found at home, because those showed that they’d been thinking about their characters and taking action in bringing them to life.

If you have photos from Character Day and an Instagram account, please tag them with #istianjinreads. They’ll show up on our sidebar widget.

Can you guess who is what character? Here’s a challenge. Whoever correctly writes all 16 characters or the books they’re from in the comments gets a prize from the library.

Character Dress Up for Girls

Yesterday I posted three character costumes from elementary fiction books, but I didn’t notice all three were for boys until I had finished writing the post. So here are three character costumes just for girls:

Katniss costume from Hunger Games Katniss from the Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.You’ll need a toy bow and arrow, and you’ll need to braid your hair down the side. Wear cargo pants, lace up boots, a lightweight black hooded windbreaker and an utility belt.The Hunger Games series can be found at the IST library with the call # F COL.

Cruella de Ville costume


Cruella de Ville from 101 Dalmatians, by Dodie Smith. Before it was a movie, the 101 Dalmatianswas a book published in 1956.Costume is “a little black dress”, a leopard print coat, lots of long bead necklaces and a head dress in black and white made from two boas fastened onto a head band. Complete the ensemble with bright red lipstick and elbow length gloves.You can find the 101 Dalmatians with the call # F DOD.

Angelina Ballerina costume


Angelina Ballerina from the series by Katharine Holabird. This is basically a ballet outfit with mouse ears and makeup. Angelina also has a red rose pinned at her waist. She loves to pirouette!You can find the Angelina Ballerina at our library with the call # E CRA. There are lots of books about the mouse who loved to ballet.

More easy costumes for Halloween or Character Dress Up Day on my Pinterest Board. 

Character Dress Up – Elementary Fiction

Here are some easy character dress up ideas from books found in our E (picture books), ER (early reader/red sticker) and ELE F (beginning chapter book/yellow sticker) sections. — Apologies to the girls. After I uploaded this, I noticed they were all boys! Will post some elementary fiction girl characters tomorrow!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid costume
Wimpy Kid This is the easiest character dress up ever! Of course, the Wimpy Kid isn’t really a comic book, but he does love drawing cartoons in his diary so we’re going to include him here.You’ll need a white t-shirt, a black backpack, regular pants and sneakers. Carry the book with you to show everyone how very much like the Wimpy Kid you look.The Diary of the Wimpy Kid is written by Jeff Kinney. The first book in the series came out in 2006, but it was first a web-based comic. There are 7 books in the series so far and the eight book comes out soon. We can’t wait!

Fly Guy costume


Fly Guy– You’ll need a headband with a pair of oversize eyes, black clothing and a pair of white wings. You can make the eyes out of paper plates and the wings using wire hanger and white nylon stockings.The Fly Guy series is written by Ted Arnold, who has also written many other fun children’s books. We have lots of his books. The Fly Guy series can be found in the ER section, in a basket of its own.
  Arthur – Another easy one with items from your closet: yellow cardigan, polo shirt, jeans, sneakers. Add round ears and rimmed eyeglasses.Arthur the aardvark is just a normal boy, having normal boy adventures with his sister and friends. Written by Marc Brown, the Arthur series is very popular. The IST library has many of the Arthur books in the E (picture book) collection.

Character Dress Up Day 2012

What a day this was for demonstrating IST’s love of reading and books! We had a lot of fun dressing up as a character from a book and seeing our friends’ costumes. We hope that seeing a character “in flesh” will spark even more reading this year.

See below for slideshows with IST’s favorite book characters.

Character Day 2012 on PhotoPeach

More Character Day 2012 on PhotoPeach

Dress-Up-As-Your-Favorite-Character Day a success!

Thanks to everyone who dressed up on Friday and made Dress-Up-As-Your-Favorite-Character Day a success.

I would also like to congratulate the G1-2 Library Club for an excellent job presenting the kick off assembly for International Library Week. They performed beyond my expectations and we received many enthusiastic congratulations from the IST community.

Here are some photos from Dress-Up-As-Your-Favorite-Character Day. You didn’t dress up? Don’t worry. There’s always next year!
Click on the thumbnail to see the image in a larger size. Apologies to Snow White, The Man in the Yellow Hat, and the Paperbag Princess because the program cut off your head in the thumbnail. The enlarged photo shows your lovely faces, don’t worry.