MIS Book Week – ‘Go green at the library’ 

The much-anticipated MIS Book Week was celebrated from 18th to 22nd March 2024. The theme this year was ‘Go green at the library’ and this aligns with our school’s sustainability goal. 

Primary engagements and learnings 

Monday saw us launch the week with a focus on digital reading materials; Sora, a reading app available to our school for K-12 students, was a focus point. This platform provides access to age-appropriate eBooks and audio books for learners. Each home room from EY1 to P5 chose a book to read from Sora and devised a related follow up activity. The goal was to promote this wonderful reading resource and encourage our community to keep exploring Sora. 

Image credits – Book covers from Sora 

On Tuesday, the P3 to P5 learners had a great opportunity to e-meet New York times bestselling author Susan Verde. The focus of all three interactions was her book titled ‘The Water Princess’ based on supermodel Georgie Badiels’s childhood and her mission to bring drinking water to her African village. After reading to each year group, she thoughtfully responded to the learners carefully crafted and curated questions around the book, the inspirations etc.   

P5 questions- 

  1. I wonder how did you talk to Georgie Badiel, who this book is based on, and how was the process & what research went into making this book?  
  1. What is the theme of your next book? 

P4 questions- 

  1. Out of all your books which one is your favorite?  
  1. How long did it take for you to complete this book? 

P3 questions- 

  1. Which is your favorite UN sustainable development goal?  
  1. Is Georgie Badiel your friend now? 

For our P5 learners Ms. Susan also read ‘I am Me; a book on Authenticity, to inspire our P5 learners as they begin their PYP exhibition journey.  

Francophonie day and book week met hand-in-hand on Wednesday. Francophonie day was celebrated to honor the French language and culture. EY1 to P5 learners participated in activities planned around reading, cooking and the linking stories read to several UN sustainable development goals. 

The Water Princess. www.susanverde.com/the-water-princess. Accessed 22 Mar. 2024. 

Artistic Thursday, saw all our learners embraced their imagination. Each learner received a colorful book jacket, on which they worked their creative magic to make collages, posters, more book jackets or bookmarks. Witnessing the results of their efforts was truly delightful. The homerooms will showcase these creations in the classroom for everyone to appreciate. 

The school buzzed with energy and excitement on Friday, as students showcased their eco-friendly costume designs. P5 dazzled us with their creations in their sustainable fashion show, exhibiting creations from their Art class with Ms. Sabine. P4 dressed as characters from ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ by Lynne Cherry. Our younger learners, from Early Years 1 to Grade 3, proudly displayed their intricately crafted book-inspired costumes that were created at home. In keeping with our theme, we encouraged: 

  • Homemade costumes 
  • Reused, recycled and repurposed materials 
  • Student imagination and creativity 
  • An understanding of process and not perfection 

To top it off, our primary faculty presented a skit based around Nan Bodsworth’s book ‘A Nice Walk in the Jungle’. 

Another major event of the week was the ‘Book Swap’, which replaced the traditional book fair. The Book Swap provided a delightful opportunity for book enthusiasts to exchange their favorite reads with fellow book lovers. Participants brought gently used books to share and trade with others, fostering a sense of community and a love for reading. 

During the week, the primary students utilized the outdoor green reading areas to enrich their reading experiences. They were read aloud to by many members of our school community. This activity facilitated the building of new relationships and bonds between learners and members of the school community. 

Book Week in the Secondary 

ELA (English Language Acquisition) students took the spotlight, showcasing their rich heritage through food, clothing, literature, art, and music from five countries. The Human Library students connected with the visitors through storytelling and embodying the essence of their respective cultures. 

Jyoti Shinoli, an award-winning journalist and author, offered a unique perspective on human rights and migration. By sharing her experiences, mainly through the story ‘Lost in Translation’, she highlighted the often-overlooked struggles migrant families face concerning education. The videos of students overcoming challenging obstacles to attend school made a profound impression on the MYP 3 students. 

The celebration of World Poetry Day shows diversity and cultural richness. The choice of poems focusing on sustainability adds another layer of significance. The students from MYP 1-3 recited poems from different native languages, showcasing MIS’s diverse culture. 

The students in MYP 2 have recently been studying a unit that focuses on the use of creativity to distinguish between fact and fiction. As part of this unit, each student read a historical fiction book and then used their knowledge of the global context of Orientation of Time and Space to create their own historical fiction story. The students used the ‘Book Creator’ tool to transfer their work into a book format.  

Dr. Ranjan Kelkar’s  highly informative and interactive session. It’s great to see that he has made the effort to address some of the fundamental questions related to the environment and climate change. Encouraging students to think critically about their surroundings and instilling a sense of gratitude and honesty is invaluable. Dr. Kelkar’s message of gratitude and honesty is profound and practical, offering a simple yet powerful approach to navigating the complexities of environmental stewardship. 

Authored by the MIS Library Team