ISB’s 12th annual Multilingual Book Fair is almost here! Join us on Tuesday, November 8th in the ISB gym. Hundreds of high-quality, multicultural books, book subscriptions, and magazine subscriptions for all ages will be available in French, Spanish, and English. It’s a great opportunity to find gifts for your young readers!
ISB Workshop: “We Need Diverse Books: The Importance of Equal Representation in Children’s Books Panel Discussion with Authors and illustrators Selina Alko and Sean Qualls.”
Friday November 11, 8:30 am – 9:30 am
The United States is becoming more multiracial and diverse, and our world is becoming more connected every day. How can we, as parents and educators, use children’s books to prepare our children for a more global society and foster curiosity and empathy?
Jill Eisenberg, Senior Literacy Specialist from Lee & Low Books (the largest children’s book publisher specializing in diversity and multiculturalism) moderates a panel with Selina Alko and Sean Qualls (who wrote and illustrated “The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage”).
In this cozy setting, our guests will discuss the current state of diversity in children’s’ literature as authors, illustrators, educators, and parents. Come ready to hear, learn, and discuss students’ need for “mirrors and windows”. We will also discuss where to find diverse books and more. This will be followed by an open discussion and book signing, and books will be available for purchase.
RSVPs are encouraged but not required. Everyone is welcome (you don’t have to have a child enrolled to attend) Refreshments will be offered. RVSP here
November 7th-November 11th
What is Literacy Week? Literacy Week is an annual event during which students, teachers, administrators, and parents all celebrate the love of literature. From Nursery school through 8th grade, we celebrate literacy by talking about favorite books, playing word games, storytelling, dressing up as your favorite character and so much more. It is a fun way to encourage our students to keep reading, improving their skills, and branch out while simultaneously celebrating multilingualism.
On September 2016, ISB welcomed internationally renowned artist, illustrator, and writer Hervé Tullet. He led a workshop with our Pre-K through 5th Grade students and kicked off the school year with creativity and collaboration. ISB has many of his more than 30 titles in the Library. Learn more about him by visiting his website. Check out this video of the event by Caleb Cooks:
In October 2015, Beatrice Alemagna read to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades in French. She is the author of many beautiful books such as “Le merveilleux dodu velu petit,”, “Che cos’è un bambino?” and many more. She’s won many awards such as the Mildred L. Batchelder Award, Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Bologna Ragazzi Award honor, among others.
In January 2015, we hosted Adam Gidwitz for the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades. Adam Gidwitz is the author of the “A Tale Dark and Grimm trilogy”, which was named a New York Times “Editor’s Choice”, a Publishers Weekly “Best Children’s Book of the Year”, a School Library Journal “Best Children’s Book of the Year”, and an ALA “Notable Book”.
Check out the book trailer to get a taste of what his books are all about:
In February 2015, George O’Connor visited the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. George O’Connor is the author and illustrator of the Olympians graphic novel series. In OLYMPIANS, author & illustrator George O’Connor draws from primary documents to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren’t sedate, scholarly works. They’re action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures, with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. O’Connor’s vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life, in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology.
Read more about the series on his website: olympiansrule.com
During Mitali’s workshop, students learn about the author’s Bengali heritage as featured in her novel Rickshaw Girl, and how the lives of girls in Bangladesh are changing for the better. Her multicultural presentation was multi-sensory, entertaining, and enlightening.
Students were transported to a Bengali marketplace as they tried on traditional clothing and acted out a scene where they bartered with each other over the price of bananas.
Mitali Perkins is the author of nine books for children and teens, including Rickshaw Girl, Tiger Boy and Monsoon Summer. Born in India, her family moved around the world before immigrating to the United States when she was a little girl. Follow Mitali’s Blog here
Please join us for weekly spring tours beginning April 7th! Whether you are interested in applying for one of our open seats for Fall 2017 or want to get a head start on the 2017-2018 admissions process, we welcome you to come meet our exceptional staff, see our colorful classrooms, and discover our rich Nursery - 8th Grade program.
ISB has celebrated another important milestone with the opening of the new Learning Commons, and the excitement and pride for the new space is tangible! Bringing the Library back to ISB’s main campus has made it more accessible and convenient to visit, opening up new opportunities for our students, and welcoming three times more visitors than before.
By Dr. Liz Helbraun, School Psychologist and Lower School Counselor The Buddy Bench is an anti-bullying, pro-kindness initiative to help students find someone to play with during recess times. An American boy saw the Buddy Bench used in his school in Germany and brought the idea to the US when he returned to school here. Now Buddy Benches are being used all over Europe and the United States.
I started looking into the Buddy Bench after hearing about it from a mother at ISB. What’s nice about this approach is that it’s very child-directed, rather than adult-directed. It gives our students a tool for helping peers and making friends.