Hear us roar!

By rtaylor

In the ES library, we are turning up the volume on student voice!

We know that giving students an authentic audience for their ideas and opinions is crucial for their development as passionate, empowered users of information.

Over the past couple of months, we have been using a variety of apps to amplify student voice.

One of our favourites is Flipgrid – I bet your child has spoken about it!


We have used Flipgrid to share our reflections on author Sarah Brennan’s visit to our school and also to share book recommendations with one another.

We have #flipgridfever! Can you catch it too?

Yours in reading,

Ms. Bec

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We are excited about World Read Alouds!

By rtaylor

Last week many classes celebrated Dr.Seuss’ birthday.

Those students who came to the library on that day were in for a treat!

They watched educators around the world read “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” (my favourite Dr. Seuss title) aloud to them!

The #WORLDReadAlouds website and social media movement is a fantastic initiative aimed at supporting children in their love of reading.

The latest educational research tells us that children learn better, and more, when they are read aloud to on a daily basis: the more books the better!

What will you check out to read to your child today?

Yours in reading,

Ms. Bec

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“悦读熊猫”中文读书计划 Chinese Panda Book Award

By rtaylor

The Panda Book Award also includes Chinese books!





² 首届“熊猫杯”书行万里国际学校读书挑战赛



For more information, 联系人:Fiona Yu-Jia (fjia@isb.bj.edu.cn);Jane Li (jli01@isb.bj.edu.cn

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Panda Book Awards Voting Begins!

By rtaylor

The time has come to vote for your favourite Panda Book Award book!

Vote now by clicking on this picture!

Students have been voting during their library time this week and will continue into next week.

Families and staff are also strongly encouraged to vote!

You can find out more about each book here or here -> PBA author illustrator qr codes

What is the Panda Book Award?

The Panda Book Award initiative invites students and teachers from participating international schools in China and beyond to vote for their favorite book published in the previous two years. The Panda Book Steering Committee, which includes an international representation of school librarians, is responsible for collecting input from schools, advertising the initiative, and organizing the voting.

There are four separate title lists according to age level:

  • Young Readers (4 to 6 years) – picture books – Elementary School
  • Middle Readers (7 to 10 years) – chapter books – Elementary School
  • Older Readers (11 to 14 years) – Middle School
  • Mature Readers (15 to 18 years) – High School

The panda was chosen as the program’s mascot as it holds a special place in the hearts of the Chinese people and is a symbol of peace and a token of forging friendly ties. The Panda Book Award reading program promises to take our students on an exciting reading adventure. Classroom teachers, language arts teachers, and librarians are encouraged to distribute the reading lists to their students and to incorporate them into their daily teaching.

Yours in reading,

Ms. Bec and Mr. Wong


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Book Fair 2017! November 30 & December 1

By pwong

Dear Community,

It’s book fair time! We will have a great collection of books for sale during two days.

Teachers are encouraged to take their students to the book fair at a time that is convenient.

Parents can choose to send money to school with their child if they wish for their child to purchase books.

Parents are also welcome to attend the book fair when they have time to do so.

Mobile methods of payment will also be available.

Thank you for your support.




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Get yourself some #kidlit!

By rtaylor

Oh my goodness, there is just so much to explore here!

Podcasts, book trailers, crafts and so much more, all centred on the most amazing kid lit (children’s literature) around!


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Give us your unwanted books!

By rtaylor

The ES library is excited to begin their inaugural ISB book drive in conjunction with the Grade 1 students!

During the month of October, Grade 1 and the Library will be collecting your good quality but unwanted books and donating them to a local school.

How did this project come about?

Reading opens doors to opportunities.

Grade 1 have been learning about needs, wants, goods and services. They have been working hard, thinking about their place in the local and global economy. One of the many ideas students brainstormed to raise money in order to buy the things their classes wanted was a yard sale. A yard sale is where families sell the items their families no longer need or want. They then use the money to purchase new items that they DO need or want.

This concept is especially important and useful for children as they quickly outgrow many toys and books. Instead of throwing these items away, selling them to another family is both a great way to protect the environment but also to earn income to make further purchases. In a community where it can be challenging for children to earn their own money through part time jobs, experiencing earning income through the selling of their unwanted toys and boys can be an incredibly helpful life lesson.

Reading opens minds.

While being involved in this unit, we in the ES library were thinking about how we could offer service to our wider community using our own passions and skills. We are all most certainly passionate about reading and the access being literate, especially in multiple languages, gives to the individual and community.

When Fiona Yu-Jia, from the Chinese department, mentioned she was working with an ISB HS student organization named ESEE (Empowerment Through Self-Esteem Education) and a local school to increase the student’s literacy in English, we saw a golden opportunity to live the school vision statement: “our community will model integrity and seek opportunities to serve with compassion and conviction.”

According to Fiona Yu-Jia, “…ESEE has been working with KongGang Primary School for more than five years. KongGang is the nearest and the largest local school which was combined with three nearby village schools a few years ago (when the villagers were asked to relocate). The school is about 5-7 minutes drive from ISB, and there are kids from Gr 1 to Gr 6.”

So we have banded together to offer the service of collecting your unwanted books – in Chinese or English. We will deliver them to the local schools at the end of October.

Reading opens hearts and emotions.

We have a target of 500 books. Can you help us achieve this target?

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Why can’t sharks stop swimming?

By rtaylor

Want to know the answer?

Well, come check out our new look non-fiction section!

Mr. Wong and I have been very busy over the past couple of weeks reorganising the non-fiction section to make it more open and comfortable to settle in for some hard core researching.

Our non-fiction section is organised using the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system. The DDC system allows information about the same topic to be grouped together. This helps people find related information more quickly.

I’m a DDC nerd – go on, ask me what DDC number you might find a topic in, I bet I can answer it!

Yours in reading,

Ms. Bec


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ISB Book Club Fall Order

By pwong

Dear ISB Community,

The ISB Book Club Fall Order is here. Thank you, to Miranda Luo, Daisy Song and Sheena Lai for being our ISB Book Club Coordinators. The credit we receive from the book orders will be used to purchase the Panda Books in ES and MS libraries. A flyer for this fall book order will be given to students by their classroom teacher. Additional flyers are available in ES and MS libraries.

Start  date: Thursday 7th September.

End date: Friday 15th September.

All books can be ordered and paid for online only. visit: www.obido.cn/pay

You will be asked to select and enter the following information online

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact ES and MS librarians.

Bec Taylor: rtaylor@isb.bj.edu.cn

Paul Wong: pwong@isb.bj.edu.cn

John Lemley: jlemley@isb.bj.edu.cn

Nadine Rosevear: nrosevear@isb.bj.edu.cn

The ordering instructions are on the back of the flyers.

Click below to view flyers online:

Early Years 0 to 3 years Code 2017FALL03

Emerging Readers 4 to 6 years Code 2017FALL46

Lower Primary 7 to 9 years Code 2017FALL79

Upper Primary 10 to 12 years Code 2017FALL1012

Middle and High School 13 years plus Code 2014FALL+

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Welcome to the ES Library Media Centre!

By rtaylor

Welcome to a new school year in the ES Library Media Centre (LMC)!

The ES library has a updated team and name this year! The whole team – Ed Tech Facilitators and Librarians – all based out of the Elementary School LMC on the ground floor, opposite the ES Cafeteria.

This year, the ES LMC is welcoming three new staff:

Mr. Paul Wong (Grade 2-5 Teacher Librarian),

Mrs. Rebecca (Bec) Taylor (PreK3 – Grade 1 Cybrarian)


Mr. Sam Griffin (Grade 2-5 Ed Tech Facilitator).

The librarians, Mr. Wong and Ms. Bec, continue to be ably supported by the Library Assistants, Mr. Alex Wills and Ms. Jenny Wang. Their friendly natures and expertise will help the school community continue to use and enjoy the library every day.

Mr. Sam and Ms. Bec will be working with Ed Tech Teaching Assistant, Ms. Susan Su, to integrate technology into teaching and learning across the school.

All of the LMC staff are here to serve the ISB community’s information needs – we welcome all kinds of questions related to reading, researching and technology.

You can contact the Librarians and Ed Tech Facilitators via email (rtaylor@isb.bj.edu.cn; pwong@isb.bj.edu.cn; sgriffin@isb.bj.edu.cn) or better yet, drop by and say hello to us!

Check our blog regularly to find out about upcoming library events, including parent workshops and visiting authors!







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