ISB is hosting virtual admissions tours this fall! Join us for a virtual tour to discover our program, get to know our school, and look inside our classrooms.


ISB is hosting virtual admissions tours this fall! Join us for a virtual tour to discover our program, get to know our school, and look inside our classrooms.


Upcoming Library Events


Multicultural Book Club 2020-2021


ISB’s librarians, Library Committee, and Diversity Committee are excited to announce book selections for the 2020-2021 Multicultural Book Club! This club is open to parents and staff. Contact the for more information.

Dance on the Volcano by Marie Vieux-Chauvet 

Thursday October 22, 2020

Set in late-18th century Haiti, Dance on the Volcano follows the extraordinary career of Minette, who uses her prodigious voice to cross racial barriers. Praised but unpaid, applauded but shut out, Minette develops a political and racial conscience that won’t rest as long as slavery still exists on the island.

Born in Port-au-Prince in 1916, Marie Vieux-Chauvet is widely considered one of the greatest writers of the francophone Caribbean.

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Juliet Milagros Palante, a 19-year-old Puerto Rican college student from the Bronx, comes out to her family the night before flying to Portland, Oregon, to intern with her favorite feminist writer–what’s sure to be a life-changing experience.

In a summer bursting with queer brown dance parties, a sexy fling with a motorcycling librarian, and intense explorations of race and identity, Juliet learns what it means to come out–to the world, to her family, to herself.


Space Invaders by Nona Fernández 

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Translated Literature

A dreamlike evocation of a generation that grew up in the shadow of a dictatorship in 1980s Chile. Space Invaders is the story of a group of childhood friends who, in adulthood, are preoccupied by uneasy memories and visions of their classmate Estrella Gonz lez Jepsen. Growing up, these friends–from her pen pal, Maldonado, to her crush, Riquelme–were old enough to sense the danger and tension that surrounded them, but were powerless in the face of it.

Deacon King Kong by James McBride 

Thursday, May 20, 2021

In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .38 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project’s drug dealer at point-blank range.

As the story deepens, it becomes clear that the lives of the neighborhood’s residents–caught in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New York–overlap in unexpected ways.

Told with insight and wit, Deacon King Kong demonstrates that love and faith live in all of us.


Stay tuned for more Library events! 



Past Events


Illustrator Visit: Ingrid Godon

Monday, May 4

Grade: 1-5

As a child in her native Belgium, Ingrid Godon always loved to draw. Now, as a professional artist and illustrator, she works with well-known publishers around the world. I Wish juxtaposes sensitive illustrations by Godon, based on old-fashioned portrait photography, with short texts from the writer Toon Tellegren.

This event included a hands-on art activity.


Illustrator Visit: Ana Aranda

Wednesday, April 22

Grade: PreK-5

Ana Aranda is an artist and illustrator originally from Mexico who studied illustration in France and the U.S. and currently lives in California. Among other books, Ana illustrated the bilingual title Our Celebración!  and the hilarious The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra.

This event consisted of mini-workshops with an interactive art activity, first in French at 3:30 pm and then in Spanish at 4 pm. 


Author Visit: Susan Robeson

Tuesday, April 21

Grade: 5

Susan Robeson is an author as well as a film and television producer. She is also the granddaughter of singer and activist Paul Robeson. Grandpa Stops A War, her first picture book for young readers, tells the story of Paul Robeson’s peace activism during the Spanish Civil War.

Mystery Reader Series

Grade: PreK – 5

The Spring 2020 Mystery Reader series featured guest stars from the ISB community reading stories of their own choosing in Spanish, French, and English!


Clue #1: The reader loves baguettes. Clue #2 The reader misses ISB. Clue #3: The reader is passionate about Greek Mythology. Who could it be?

Mystery Reader #1, in French: Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 4 pm.

Can you guess the identity of our second Mystery Reader? Clue #1: The reader has a history in comedy. Clue #2: Some people consider the reader to be a goddess. Clue #3: The reader is the mother of an ISB 2019 graduate.

Mystery Reader #2, in Spanish: Thursday, April 23, 2020, at 4 pm.

Can you guess the identity of our third Mystery Reader? Clue #1: This person pops into all the LS classes, Clue #2: This person loves small heels, Clue #3: This person likes to help children solve problems.

Mystery Reader #3, in French: Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 3:30 pm.

Can you guess the identity of these special guest readers? Clue #1: They both used to work at ISB, Clue #2: They are working together again at a school in the desert, Clue #3: One of them is fluent in Spanish, the other is fluent in French.

Special Morning Mystery Readers, Spanish/English bilingual: Friday, May 1, 2020, at 9:00 am.

Clue #1: This Mystery Reader does special work with kids, Clue #2: This person has A LOT of toys in their office, Clue #3: This person is a recess duty regular.

Mystery Reader #4, in English: Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at 3:30 pm.

Clue #1: This person teaches mostly on the first floor. Clue #2: Their name starts with the letter R. Clue #3: They are from a Spanish speaking country in Europe.

Mystery Reader #5, in Spanish: Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at 4:00 pm.

Clue #1: This Mystery Reader is French, Clue #2: They love the circus, yoga and puppets, Clue #3: They love to work with kids with Brooklyn Beanstalk.

Mystery Reader #6, in French: Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 4:00 pm.

Clue #1: You see this person on days that you don’t feel well, Clue #2: This person usually wears glasses, Clue #3: This person likes to collect band-aids.

Mystery Reader #7, in English: Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at 4:00 pm.

Clue #1: This person is an ISB parent who also works at ISB; Clue #2: This person has been at ISB since 2005; Clue #3: This person loves plants and is often found watering the 1st-floor plants.

Mystery Reader #8, in Spanish: Thursday, May 28, 2020, at 4:00 pm.

Clue #1: This person can speak all 3 ISB languages: French, Spanish, and English; Clue #2: This person is an artist as well as a teacher; Clue #3: This person has a shadow puppet theater – and will use it for storytime!

Mystery Reader #9, Thursday, June 4 at 4:00 p.m.

Clue #1: Students often comment on this person’s zipper lanyard; Clue #2: This person is one of the last to leave ISB each day; Clue #3: This person doesn’t speak French or Spanish, but does speak Russian, Italian, and some Azerbaijani.

Mystery Reader #10 (in English) Thursday, June 11 at 4:00 pm.


Storyteller Visit: Antonio Rocha

Wednesday, April 15

Grade: PreK – 5

Antonio Rocha is an acclaimed storyteller and storytelling coach. He has twice presented as a TEDx speaker. He also incorporates mime into his performances and has trained extensively in that capacity, including with Marcel Marceau.

Originally from Brazil, Mr. Rocha is a longtime resident of Maine. He tells tales from all over the world and his culturally diverse performances feature a range of themes, from ecology to respect to conflict resolution.

Student Book Club


This group of 5th Graders met every Thursday from January 30th to March 12th.

The book for discussion:

Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani.


Project Cicero Book Drive


In March 2020 the ISB community donated 26 boxes of new and gently used books, preschool to high school level, to Project Cicero. Project Cicero donations benefit kids in under-resourced New York City schools who need books in their classrooms.

Books Through Bars Book Drive


In March 2020, the ISB community donated 5 boxes of gently used paperbacks to Books Through Bars to be given to people who are incarcerated.

Author Visit: Carolyn Mackler

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Grade: 4

Carolyn Mackler‘s latest middle-grade novel, Not If I Can Help It, has received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal and a glowing review in The New York Times. The story ties in perfectly with our 4th grade’s “Human body” unit. She is the acclaimed author of several YA novels and the middle-grade novel, Best Friend Next Door. Carolyn’s award-winning books have appeared on bestseller lists and been translated into more than twenty-five languages.



Speculative Fiction Workshop with Diana Nucera


Participants received a crash course in the basics of what makes up AI. They created a collaborative speculative story exploring the forms AI takes today and depicting a future of technology that is equitable and inspiring. The project resists narratives of dystopian futures by using popular education, design and storytelling to lay the groundwork for creative imaginings.

Learners walked away with a greater understanding of AI in our everyday lives and the agency they have in shaping the future of technology. 

Date: Wednesday, January 29 2020

Time: 6-8pm

Who: Parents and caregivers, teachers and students in grades 5 – 8.

Location: Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, 185 Court St, in the Firehouse


Diana Nucera, Technology and Media Educator


Author/Illustrator Visit: Chen Jiang Hong

Friday, January 17, 2020

Grade: 3

Chen Jiang Hong was born in Tianjin, China, where he studied fine art at the School of Arts before completing his postgraduate education at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. After graduating, he moved to Paris where he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and began his career as an artist. His artwork has been exhibited around the world, notably at the library gallery at the Louvre, at the Centre Pompidou, and at Versailles. His work is in the permanent collection of the Snite Museum at the University of Notre Dame. He illustrated 22 books and wrote 12 of them, combining traditional techniques -such as Chinese ink painting on rice or silk paper- with a modern conception of storytelling and mixing Chinese legends, culture, history and universal emotions and questionings. – from Cultural Services, French Embassy in the United States

“Chen’s expressive brush paintings shift deftly between fearsome and warm, conveying the tigress’s inner conflict using body language and expressions without anthropomorphizing her. Readers will recognize these characteristics and conflicts within themselves and realize that only bridges of compassion will truly build lasting peace. This richly illustrated tale is both emotionally compelling and thought-provoking, and its timely message of understanding and compassion will resonate with readers of all ages.”
—Kirkus Reviews


Mosaic Design Contest


The ISB Library won a Visionary grant from the Association of Independent School Librarians for a Mosaic Project for the Learning Commons. The purpose of this mosaic is to direct people to the library, express the love of the library and literacy, and create something beautiful. Students in grades 3-8 submitted design plans for consideration. Students then had the chance to participate in painting tiles, breaking tiles, and assembling the winning design.


Illustrator/Author Visit: Cynthia Alonso

Tuesday, November 12

Grades: 1-2

Cynthia Alonso is an illustrator and graphic designer originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina and currently living in Berlin. Her illustration work has been included in the Society of Illustrators’ Annual Exhibition, among others, and was shortlisted for the NAMI CONCOURS in 2019. In addition to working on children’s books she also does lettering, animation, surface design, and editorial illustration.

Cynthia is the creator of The Aquarium, a dreamy wordless picture book about a girl who tries to transform her home into a habitat for a beautiful orange fish. It received a starred review from School Library Journal. El Raton de Biblioteca, known in English as The Reader was written by Luciana De Luca and illustrated by Cynthia Alonso. It follows a girl who is lucky to be a passionate reader surrounded by books. Alonso’s vivid, color-soaked illustrations bring the young protagonist’s literary explorations to life.

Author Visit: Kyle Lukoff

Wednesday, November 6


Grades: Pre-K4 and Kindergarten


Kyle Lukoff is an author and school librarian who writes about transgender kids, poetry, and queer lives. In addition to writing and librarianship, he also participates in sensitivity readings and presents across the country about the importance of children’s and youth literature.

Kyle’s book When Aidan Became a Brother is a heartwarming story about a transgender child whose parents are expecting a new baby. It received starred reviews from a variety of publications like Kirkus and School Library Journal. A Storytelling of Ravens is a playful book illustrating some esoteric collective nouns, a nuisance of cats and a smack of jellyfish among them. The Max and Friends series follows the experiences of a trans child. Forthcoming books include Explosion at the Poem Factory.

Multilingual Bookfair, Nov. 5th, 2019:



Multicultural Book Club Meeting

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 8:30am-9:30am

in the ISB Learning Commons

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

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Thursday, January 16, 2020, evening

at a Private Home.

Women’s Work: A Reckoning with Work and Home by Megan K. Stack

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Another Country by James Baldwin

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Evening

Via Zoom


Whatchu’ Know About Data?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 6:00pm sharp-8:00pm

in the ISB Gym


Grades: 5-8, parents and teachers

What: Digital Citizenship, Ethics, Data, AI, & the Future workshops


“Whachu’ Know About Data?” (from Our Data Bodies) was the first of a two-part workshop series exploring our understanding of how data impacts our daily life. Together, through interactive activities and discussion, participants opened up the conversation on what data is, the types we encounter, how we share it, and why it matters not only to ourselves but the greater community. 


Author Visit: Scholastique Mukasonga

Monday, September 23, 2019, 8:30-9:30am

in the ISB Gym

Grades: 6-8

Born in Rwanda in 1956, Scholastique Mukasonga experienced from childhood the violence and humiliation of the ethnic conflicts that shook her country. In 1960, her family was displaced to the polluted and under-developed Bugesera district of Rwanda. Mukasonga was later forced to flee to Burundi. She settled in France in 1992, only two years before the brutal genocide of the Tutsi swept through Rwanda. In the aftermath, Mukasonga learned that thirty-seven of her family members had been massacred. Her first novel, Our Lady of the Nile, won the 2014 French Voices Award and was shortlisted for the 2016 International Dublin Literary award. In 2017 her memoir Cockroaches was a finalist for the LA Times Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose.

ISB parent, writer and curator, Omar Berrada translated. This event was held in the gym.


Zine Mania! Workshops 2019


.An after-school workshop series for 4th – 8th graders about zines and zine making led by a diverse group of artists and educators.


Alison WilgusMonday, February 4thCollage Comics
Alison Wilgus is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and cartoonist. She has worked for Cartoon Network as colorist and staff writer, published two nonfiction graphic novels. She currently co-hosts a podcast about comics publishing called “Graphic Novel TK” with Gina Gagliano.


Aatmaja PandyaWednesday, February 27thHalf-letter books

Aatmaja Pandya is a cartoonist and illustrator from New York. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2014 with a BFA Illustration degree. Her current project is Travelogue, a fantasy “diary” comic with a focus on worldbuilding. She likes drawing comics about wizards and video games and surly teens.


Elisa Hevia & Hermann MejiaWednesday, April 10thMixed Media Zines

Hermann Mejía is a Brooklyn based visual artist born in Caracas. He was recently featured by the Huffington Post as one of 15 famous Venezuelan artists its readers “should know about”. Before being published and showing work in international galleries, Hermann was part of the street art movement. His distinctive tags and murals decorate street corners and main thoroughfares in Caracas.

Elisa Hevia, Hermman’s wife, is a talented mixed media artist and beloved Spanish Nursery teacher at ISB.


Christina LongMonday, April 22ndAnimated Zines

Christina Long, MFA, has been the Creative Director of #Blkgrlswurld ZINE, a small press that celebrates and documents Women of Color who participate in heavy music genres like Metalcore, Hardcore, Punk and Mathcore. #Blkgrlswurld Zine have been collected by libraries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art P.S. 1, the Schomburg Center for Research On Black Culture, The Barnard Zine Library and Wasted Ink Zine Distro.



Author Visit: Michael Hearst

Monday, May 13th

As a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer, Michael Hearst takes his fascination with extremely specific themes together with his desire to learn as much as he can about almost everything and creates unique books, lyrics, and soundtracks that appeal to children and adults alike. His most recent project is a three-part book series, each book geared toward a different large theme: Curious Constructions, Unusual Creatures, and Extraordinary People.


Hearst has performed and given lectures and workshops at universities, museums, and cultural centers around the world. He has toured with The Magnetic Fields, performed with The Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall, and has appeared on such shows as NPR’s Fresh Air, A+E’s Breakfast With The Arts, and NBC’s The Today Show. While best known for his solo albums Hearst also a founding member of the band One Ring Zero, whose most recent compilation is The Recipe Project, in which the band has taken recipes from today’s top chefs (Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio, David Chang, etc.), set them to music, and sing them word for word.




Author Visit: Jorge Luján

Thursday, April 18th 2019


Jorge is an author, musician, and architect born in Córdoba, Argentina and living in Mexico. Together with talented illustrators from all over the world, he has created a profound and sensitive body of work that has received numerous awards and distinctions, including a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book award, the ALIJA Poetry Prize for Children, and five Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominations. He has published more than 40 books translated into many languages and 8 CDs. Check him out on Facebook, Youtube, Bandcamp, Spotify, and at! This multilingual event was set in collaboration with Enchanted Lion Books and was attended by 3rd and 4th Graders.








Author / Illustrator Visit: Marc Boutavant

Thursday, March 14th 2019


Born in Bourgogne in 1970 and currently living in Paris, Marc is known for his bestselling children’s series Around the World with Mouk as well as his monthly Ariol comic strip in J’aime lire, a magazine for young readers. Both series have been adapted into popular animated TV shows. He has also created several popular puzzles for children.

Several of his works have been translated into English and published in the United States, including Around the World with Mouk, The Day No One was Angry, and Ecology and the Environment: Step-by-Step.   Most recently he illustrated the book Dumpster Dog, written by Colas Gutman and translated from the French by Allison Charette. Dumpster Dog will be published shortly by Enchanted Lion.

Book Drives

Monday, March, 4th – Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Project Cicero  



ISB’s Middle School student book club, the Booklets, spearheaded a Book Drive for Project Cicero and Books through Bars from March 5th through the morning of March 9th, 2019.


Project Cicero is an annual book drive whose mission is to supply under-resourced public schools, homeless shelters, juvenile detention centers, and other public community centers in the NYC area with books. These books are collected through generous donations by communities like ours!


Books Through Bars is an organization that collects adult paperback books for people incarcerated in jails around the country. Men and women in our jails have very little access to books. Inmates are not allowed to use the internet and rarely have access to computers. This is why providing them with books is a very important thing to do.

Heroes, Gods & Quests: An ISB Odyssey

Friday, February 8th, 2019 from 6–10pm


On Friday, February 8th, 2019 the ISB Library hosted a one-of-a-kind, magical evening exploring the world of Greek Mythology exclusively for 4th Graders!


The Librarians, the Booklets, parent volunteers, teachers, and fantastic guest artists collaborated to create a magical Greek Mythology themed event in the library and beyond. This special evening immersed the students into the world of Greek Mythology through performances, a workshop with George O’Connor, theater, crafting, storytelling, games and a magnificent Greek feast in our transformed spaces. Wreath crowns were made, togas were worn, poetry was recited, and Gods and Heroes made appearances!






Author Visit: Gabrielle Balkan

January 14th, 2019


Gabrielle Balkan, author of Book of Bones: 10 Record-Breaking Animals, 50 Cities of the U.S.A.: Explore America’s Cities with 50 Fact-filled Maps, The 50 States: Fun Facts: Celebrate the People, Places and Food of the U.S.A! among other gorgeous and informative map and activity books came to speak to 3rd and 4th Graders this January. Gabrielle, a local Brooklyn resident, has been writing and editing books for young readers for over 15 years.

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Visit: Bryan Collier

December 11, 2018

The ISB Library hosted Caldecott Honor-winning children’s book author and illustrator Bryan Collier for 1st and 2nd Graders.  Bryan is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King award which recognizes outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience, as well as the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award for Uptown, the first book he both wrote and illustrated. He has collaborated with a number of notable authors including Langston Hughes, Mo Willems, Nikki Grimes, and more. 

Bryan has created art for many award-winning children’s books, including his master achievements, Rosa, Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Freedom River, and John’s Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon. Most recently Bryan has illustrated The 5 O’Clock Band, a companion to the award-winning 2017 book Trombone Shorty.


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Illustrator Visit: Violeta Lópiz and Valerio Vidali

November 16, 2018


The New York Times celebrated illustrators of The Forest by Riccardo Bozzi came to ISB to speak (in English and Spanish) to our Kindergarten students about their gorgeous, critically acclaimed work. 


“Like a fairy-tale walk in the woods, “The Forest” is a thrilling visual excursion into uncharted territory featuring elaborate die-cuts, gatefolds and embossed images created by two artists from Italy and Spain.” -L.M. NYTimes



ISB Multilingual Book Fair

Tuesday, November 6th, 8am-4pm



On Monday, November 5th, from 6:00pm-7:30pm, ISB is hosted its 2nd Annual Book Fair Preview Evening. ISB parents, staff, and alumni parents were invited to enjoy wine, cheese, and conversation while perusing the bounty of shiny new books set to debut at the 14th Annual Multilingual Book Fair.


The Preview Evening featured a presentation by ISB parent and writer/translator/curator Violaine Huisman on her novel Fugitive parce que reine, as well as musical stylings by ISB parent and award-winning cellist Jeffrey Zeigler.


Past 2018-2019 Multicultural Book Club Meetings


Multicultural Book Club 2018 – 2019

Library Committee and Diversity Committee are delighted to announce our book club for parents and staff. Contact the for more information.

May 15

Hunger by Roxane Gay

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March 13

9:30 – 10:30am in the ISB Library

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee


Jan 24 (evening)

March [Trilogy] by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

This special book club meeting took place at 6:30 pm on January 24th in the gym at ISB. The meeting was organized in small student lead discussion groups and was open to students in grades 5-8 and their parents, older siblings, teachers, and staff. The trilogy is available at the ISB school library, public libraries, and in the middle school classrooms.


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October 23

The Book of Emma Reyes: A Memoir by Emma Reyes


Author Visit: Matteo Farinella

Matteo Farinella combines scientific expertise with a life-long passion for drawing, educational comics, illustrations and animations to make science more clear and accessible. He is the author of Neurocomic (2013), Cervellopoli (2017) and The Senses (2017). His illustrations won the NSF Science Visualization Challenge (2015), and have been featured in exhibitions such as the Society of Illustrators (2015) and STEAM Within the Panels at the AAAS Art gallery (2017). In 2016 Matteo joined Columbia University as a Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, where he investigates the role of ‘visual narratives’ in science communication. Working with science journalists, educators and cognitive neuroscientists he aims to understand how these tools may affect the public perception of science and increase scientific literacy. If you want to know more about this project please visit






Zine Mania! Workshops 2018


An after-school workshop series for 4th – 8th graders about zines and zine-making led by a diverse group of artists and educators.



Thursday, April 5th – Leigh Hurwitz: An Introduction to Zines

School Outreach Librarian with the Brooklyn Public Library and founder of Genderful! A space for kids ages 6-12 and their caregivers to explore gender through art and creativity.


Tuesday, April 17th – Sara Varon: Accordion Zines

Sara Varon is a printmaker, illustrator and author of beloved graphic novels including Robot Dreams, Chicken and Cat, and Odd Duck.


Wednesday, May 2nd – Eliseo Rivera:  Photo Collage Zines

Eliseo Rivera is an artist, tech integrator and photography teacher at Brooklyn Heights Montessori.


Thursday, May 10th – Ayde Rayas: Zine Making With Students from Cooke Academy

Ayde Rayas is Licensed Creative Art Therapist and art educator at Cooke Academy High School for students with special needs.


Tuesday, May 15th – Esther K. Smith: Book making // Zine Construction

Esther K. Smith is the author and designer of HOW TO MAKE BOOKS, Making Books with Kids, and 4 other book arts book. Artistic Director of Purgatory Pie Press, one of the longest running artist/presses she hand-makes limited editions and artist books in NYC, collaborating with the Press’s founder and letterpress printer Dikko Faust, and other artists and writers.


Wednesday, May 30th – Elvis Bakaitis: Biographies // Autobiographies

Elvis Bakaitis is a librarian, cartoonist, author of many zines. They are the co-founder of the NYC Feminist Zinefest and Coordinator at the Lesbian Herstory Archives.



Multicultural Book Club 2017-2018

ISB’s Multicultural Book Club kicked the 2017-18 school year off with a discussion of The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid on Tuesday, October 23 in the Learning Commons.


Monday, December 11 – PM – Private home

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander


Tuesday, February 13,  8:30-9:30 am – Learning Commons

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


Monday, April 16th, 6:00-8:00pm – Private home

Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan


Tuesday, May 22, 8:30-9:30am – Learning Commons

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson


Drag Queen Story Hour


The International School of Brooklyn had the pleasure of hosting Drag Queen Story Hour for Nursery, Pre-K, Kindergarten, First Grade, Second and Third Grade classes on May 7, 2018.


Drag Queen Story Hour began in San Francisco in 2015, and over the next two years, became a popular event at libraries, schools and community centers throughout New York City as well. The School hosted Angel Elektra, a drag queen who was trained by librarians to read relevant picture books and lead crafts that celebrate all forms of self-expression.


They have received tremendously positive press, including this write-up in the New York Times


Author Visit: David J. Smith

On Thursday, April 19th, as part of Culture Week, the award winning author David J. Smith presented to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. Smith has been teaching middle and high school English, geography and social studies for over 25 years around the world. He is the author of the following books:


If– : a mind-bending new way of looking at big ideas and numbers

Presents and illustrates a way to scale down concepts, including space, time, inventions, resources, humanity, and more.


If the World Were a Village

Breaks down the population of the world into a collection of one hundred representative people and describes what one would find in this global village, covering languages, ages, religions, food, air and water, schooling, and possessions, accompanied by vivid color illustrations.


This Child, Every Child: a book about the world’s children

Looks at how children live in countries around the world, discusses whether their basic needs for clean air and water, adequate food, health care, and education are being met, and shares stories of individual children.




Author Visit: Emma Otheguy

ISB’s library was honored to host a rising star in the world of Children’s Literature, Cuban-American writer and historian Emma Otheguy. Students were treated to her “Research for Kids” presentation, delivered in English for French students, and for Spanish classes, in their target language. Critics are hailing her debut book, Martí’s Song for Freedom (Martí y sus versos por la libertad), as a “poignant tribute to one of Latin America’s most important historical figures.” In supple, bilingual verse, Otheguy chronicles the life of revered poet and revolutionary José Martí, who kindled the fight for Cuban independence using the power of the pen. Martí’s words remain strikingly relevant today, and his “crusade for justice” is sure to resonate with ISB’s budding political theorists.



Emma Otheguy, a New York native whose parents emigrated from Cuba, is a former elementary school Spanish teacher and current PhD candidate in History at New York University, focusing on Spain and colonial Latin America. Martí has garnered numerous accolades, having been named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and the New York Public Library.


Movie view: Screenagers

On October 24, 2017, The International School of Brooklyn collaborated with Brooklyn Heights Montessori School to screen Delaney Ruston’s award-winning documentary, “Screenagers” followed by small group discussions with students and parents.


Fun fact: ISB parent Paul Brill composed the music for the film!


Do you ever wonder how screen time affects your child’s development? How does social media affect our relationships? Watching this film will not give us all of the answers, but it will open up the conversation. It probes into the corners of family life, starting with Ruston’s family, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain, scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.




ISB Book Fair 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

ISB gym; 192 Luquer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 Open to the public


8:00am – 4:00pm, Book Fair!

The 2017 ISB Book took place on Tuesday, November 7, and featured hundreds and hundreds of authentic French and Spanish books for all ages, as well as a curated selection of English titles and multilingual magazine subscriptions. The 2017 vendors were: La Librairie des EnfantsChau Chau LunaStories Bookshop & Storytelling lab, L’ecole des Loisirs, and Bayard/Milan. Visitors young and old enjoyed story-time reading with middle school students in our pop-up Book Nook. In addition to books, ISB gear, including a new ISB library tote bag was available for purchase.

The day also included a book signing with writer/ISB parent Florence Mars and illustrator Pauline Leveque for their new book, “Say Bonjour to the Lady.” A special thanks to Pauline for designing our flyer!


Author/illustrator Jacques Goldstyn

On Friday, September 15th, 2017, Jacques Goldstyn, Canadian author, illustrator, and geologist extraordinaire mesmerized the 1st grade with his stories and drawing demonstrations in the learning commons. Thanks to the local publishing house, Enchanted Lion, Jacques shared his books, “Bertolt” and the wordless “Letters to a Prisoner.” He showed the students his tools: pencil colors, markers, pens, and a watercolor kit as well as his sketchbook. Students has the opportunity to ask thoughtful questions such as, “Who are they sending the letters to?” “Where are the bees in winter?” and “How do you make a book cover?”




Here are some reviews about the book:


Publishers weekly

Kirkus reviews




Author/illustrator Sandrine Revel with live music from Hanyi Meng

On Monday May, 8th the French author and illustrator, Sandrine Revel, who published a graphic biography, “Glenn Gould” gave a live drawing performance. Hanyi Meng performed Gould’s repertoire on piano while Sandrine drew. Students in Grades 4 – 8  participated and the event from 9 am – 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 a 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



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 education.





ISB Multilingual Book Fair 2016

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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


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.


Artist/Illustrator Visit: Hervé 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.


Author Visit: Magali Le Huche

French Author/Illustrator Magali Le Huche visited the French Pre-K, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade classes. Magali read aloud from her book series about Pascal the platypus.


After the read aloud, the students learned how to draw Pascal themselves.


Video: What are you going to wear Pascal?

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Author Visit: 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:


Author Visit: 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:

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




Author/Illustrator Visit: 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:


Author Visit: 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.



“Same Sun Here”: the 5th Grade Winter Book Club

At the beginning of 2020, twelve ISB 5th Graders signed up to participate in a new Library initiative: a student book club. From late January to mid-March, the group met in the Library every Thursday afternoon. Students gathered over lunch to have conversations about a book selected by Head Librarian Maria Falgoust: Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani. The lively discussions and engaging activities that followed were co-facilitated by ISB parents and Library Committee members Shayna Wellington and Marianne Gimon and Associate Librarian Eli Hetko.

Student Action Brought Composting to ISB!

After three months of students consistently separating food waste from other trash, the habit of composting is now firmly established in the ISB Cafeteria.

Literature, Life, and the Love of Reading in the Learning Commons

By Jasmine Chu, Sophie Amieva, and Regan Penaluna, Library Committee Co-Chairs Everyone loves to linger in the ISB Library! Preschoolers cuddle up in the morning with their parents and a good book. Lower Schoolers gather to do homework or unwind on the bean bag chairs. Middle Schoolers collaborate on group projects. Students especially adore adore