Organizing a Nationwide International School Reading Festival

Singing, collaboration and the thrill of competition is a winning combination for our international readers. Seeing students smile with pride at their accomplishments plus working with students from other schools makes all the effort of planning worthwhile. The power of the International School Librarian Network of Singapore (ISLN) made it all possible. Katie Day and Barb Reid hosted a session on the power of a good librarian network and an event such as the Readers Cup really highlights the level of collaboration and interaction.

This year's Readers Cup Festival had a number of components: book trivia quizzes, book cover competition, viewing book trailers and, what I feel was the most enlivening component, students from different schools mixing together to work together on book-related activities. Our books are based on our 'Red Dot Books' which are selected by teacher librarians in the ISLN and are a diverse set of books from authors from various countries as well as a di…

The Value of Book Week

After an action-packed, at least from my perspective, Book Week I began to wonder what is the value added? 

My Book Week included daily mother tongue read alouds by parents in two different locations in the school, 5 local author visits so that every grade level saw someone, mystery readers hosted by the facility and the traditional Character Day. Inside the library, there was a 'Genre Graph' to track students from K-12 favourite fiction genre and a 1 question survey to ask about genrifying them. Also in the K-3 library was a 'Wonder Wall' for questions and students could add a book recommendation to a padlet. The Gr.4-6 students could make recommendations on a padlet and use a variety of QR codes to watch student trailers and publisher created trailers. Our last big event was a competition for our book club groups in a Kahoot team showdown with about 70 kids. However, after all of this by Friday afternoon, I felt like Drew Daywalt's pink crayon, who I happened to d…

Library integration: January 16

Curious KindergartenerImmersing yourself into the mind of a kindergarten student can be a wonderous thing, I think every adult should have to do it since it often gives you a new perspective, or just makes you laugh. Curiosity is dynamic and widespread in Kindergarten, these students are filled with questions and with a touch of guidance things take off. 

With Junior Kindergarten kids we were using books to look at how they need to organize themselves in order to make ice cream.

In small groups, we viewed and read these books to check-out the process from milk to ice cream and recorded in their journal a step by step procedure with pictures. There were some interesting comments about a cow's boobs (thanks to my son), and thereby I could introduce the word 'udder' to their vocabulary. Since the pictures were quite complicated with machinery and cow udders I modeled what a procedure journal entry could look like. Using simple words and labels for each step, the students know n…