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Upcoming Events

 

Author/illustrator Sandrine Revel
-with live music from Hanyi Meng

On Monday May, 8th the French author and illustrator, Sandrine Revel, who just published a graphic biography, “Glenn Gould” will give a live drawing performance. Hanyi Meng performs Gould’s repertoire on piano while Sandrine draws. Students in grades 4 – 8 will participate and the event from 9am – 9:50 in the gym.

About Sandrine Revel:

Sandrine Revel is a prolific French creator of graphic novels. In 2001, she won an award for her work for young readers at the prestigious  Angoulême International Comics Festival. She has published more than ten graphic novels in France as well as a successful line of Children’s comics.  Glenn Gould won her the French Artémisia award, which recognizes female comics creators.

About the book, “Glenn Gould”:

The biography seeks to understand the eccentric personality behind the persona. Who is the mysterious Glenn Gould? Why did he abruptly end his career as a performing musician?  Why did he become one of Glenn Gould was a Canadian pianist, a child genius who became a worldwide superstar of classical music remembered for, among others, his almost revolutionary interpretations of Bach. This graphic novel  the very first of his peers to disappear from the public eye like J.D. Salinger?  Sandrine Revel delves into the life of Gould with hand painted illustrations and the viewpoint of an adoring fan. 2017 marks a number of important anniversaries for Gould: the 85th of his birth and 35th of his death, but also the 60th of his legendary tour of Russia, a first for a Western artist, and of his debuts with the world’s leading orchestras.

About Hanyi Meng:

Born in Tianjin, China, Hanyi Meng began her piano studies when she was four. She earned her first international prize at the 6th Asian Youth Music Competition in 2007. A virtuosic pianist with unique cultural background, Meng is currently exploring the works influenced by traditional Chinese music in Western music genres. She is interested in the intersection of the cultural differences. Meng is currently pursuing her master’s degree at NYU Steinhart with Artist Faculty Alexander

Kobrin. She is the development director at the French-American Piano Society, a non-profit arts organization prompts the cultural exchange between pianist from France and the United States.

 

This event is made possible by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French-American Piano Society

 

 

 

 

Past Events

Literacy week

 

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ISB’s Literacy Week is a celebration that aims to highlight the importance of literacy in our lives and educations

 

 

ISB Multilingual Book Fair

 

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Literacy Week kicked off with the 12th annual Multilingual Book Fair. Book Culture, Bayard-Milan, and l’école des Loisirs/Max Book Club supplied hundreds of high-quality multicultural books, magazines, and games for all ages in French, Spanish, and English. Tables were filled with colorful covers and intriguing titles in a variety of genres! It was delightful to see the enthusiasm on people’s faces as they perused the selection. Students cozied up in the “Book Nook” to read, and Middle School student volunteers read aloud to younger students

 

http://isbrooklyn.org/2016/11/literacy-week-2016-highlights/

 

 

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.”

 

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On Friday, November 11th, ISB parents and staff, as well as local school librarians, teachers, and neighbors, gathered for the culminating event of ISB’s Literacy Week: a workshop focused on the need for diversity and equal representation in children’s literature. This workshop addressed how we, as parents and educators, can use children’s books to prepare our children for a more global society and foster curiosity, empathy and global citizenship.

In this workshop, Jill Eisenberg, Senior Literacy Specialist from Lee & Low Books, the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the country, gave an informative presentation and expertly moderated a panel with Authors/Illustrators Selina Alko & Sean Qualls. Sean, Selina, and Lee & Low are deeply committed to promoting inclusion and diversity. They discussed the lack diversity in children’s literature today and the work that they are currently doing in this field. The panelists then opened the floor to questions from the audience.

 

http://isbrooklyn.org/2016/11/literacy-week-2016-highlights/

 

Herve Tullet

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:

Herve Tullet workshop at ISB from KIDKLASS Enrichment Concierge on Vimeo.

 

Beatrice Alemagna

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.

Read more about her here: beatricealemagna.com/

 

Adam Gidwitz

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”.

Read about the visit: isbrooklyn.org/adam-gidwitz-visits-isb/

Check out the book trailer to get a taste of what his books are all about:

 

George O’Connor

 

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

 

 

Mitali Perkins

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

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Mon Fils Princess

The French Kindergarteners have been discussing the topic of gender identity in class. They explored and shared their ideas about what qualifies as boys' clothes or girls' clothes, boys' haircuts or girls' haircuts. The students talked about this social construct and how it is important to be open minded when meeting people who look and dress differently. As

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Come see what’s in bloom at ISB this spring!

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.

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ISB Learning Commons Opens New Possibilities for Student Collaboration

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.

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