It’s a Party in the Library!

Dragons spent their summer reading all over the globe, and last Friday we got together in the library to celebrate a summer of reading. There were delicious snacks from Dragon Dining; raffle prizes of pencils, notebooks, bookstore gift cards and lunch in the library; and fun activities and discussions to fill our time. Let’s keep this enthusiasm for reading going all year!

Check our Facebook and Instagram later this week to see the results of our green screen session where students posed with the covers of their favorite books from the summer.

 

Hogwarts Comes to Life in the YIS Library

A huge congratulations goes out to Vivien, Justin and Aisling of the YIS library council for throwing a successful Harry Potter party this past Friday. 

There was butterbeer and pumpkin juice to drink,

Pottercorn and chocolate frogs to eat,

Harry Potter house mugs and ties to make. 

Of course, no Harry Potter party would be complete without a little bit of Quidditch: Brooms Up!

We ended our evening with a read aloud of the first few scenes of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”. If you haven’t read the play yet, stop by the library today to put your copy on hold! Thanks to everyone who came out to have some fun and celebrate with us. See you at our next lock-in.

 

Summer Reading

The time has finally come! Vacation starts today, and no matter where you’re going, you’re going to need a book. Instead of putting together a prescribed list of books, students at YIS have put together their best recommendations. Whether you’re staying in Japan or traveling for the break, check out what your classmates think you should be reading this summer.

Sakura Book Bowl 2016

11 schools from Tokyo and Yokohama participated

Congratulations Sakura Book Bowlers! In a tight finish, the YIS book bowl team won 2nd place at the 2016 Sakura Book Bowl competition. On Tuesday April 12, eleven teams from international schools all over Tokyo and Yokohama came together to compete for the honor and glory of winning the Book Bowl championship trophy.

Over the course of the school year, members of the book bowl team read the 20 chapter books that are contenders for this year’s Sakura medal. Book Bowl includes five different rounds of competition in which teams had to answer questions that showed their knowledge of the stories by identifying quotes, recognizing symbols, and answering comprehension questions.  There is also a highly competitive expert round, where one representative from each team goes to the front of the room to answer questions about a specific book they’ve been assigned to know inside and out.

While YIS students were pleased to place 2nd at the book bowl, they said the best part of participating is getting to work as a team and read a lot of really interesting books. 4th and 5th graders are eligible to participate every year. We hope to see many of you join us next year as we attempt to win back the trophy!

Thank you to Adam Clark for taking photos of our day.

Dōmo arigatō: An Anthology of Thanks

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お礼 – Thank You photo by Flickr user Japanexperterna.se under CC BY SA 2.0

Naomi Shihab Nye san, dōmo arigatō for the three wonderful days you spent with us at Yokohama International School. Everyone cannot stop talking about how fabulous it was that you came into our lives. There’s amazing writing going on, and the ripples of your visit are still being felt. Thank you so much for being your authentic self. You were kind, giving and just over all lovely. Please come back anytime!

We wanted to thank you for your time and generosity, so the best way we could think of to do that was to share some more of our writing with you. Here is our Anthology of Thanks, made of poems from our community.

 

302 Sunsets – Number Two

A Third Hand – Leah Edwards

Chinese Face – Adam Y.

Compliments – Larissa S.

Dear Naomi – Andrew Hutton

Mrs. Nye, See You Again, The Cat & Goodbye Mrs. Nye – Langston D.

Untitled – Dennis Stanworth

What she brought with her – CB

 

Upcoming Visit: Naomi Shihab Nye

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The library will be hosting Naomi Shihab Nye, a renowned Palestinian-American poet, essayist and educator,from Wednesday January 20- Friday January 22.  While she is here, she will conduct writing workshops with students as well as give a community wide poetry reading on Friday from 4-5 pm.

Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” A poet, song-writer and novelist, she has spent 40 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes. Her books of poetry include 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East , A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, Red Suitcase, Words Under the Words, Fuel, and You & Yours (a best-selling poetry book of 2006). She is also the author of Mint Snowball, Never in a Hurry, I’ll Ask You Three Times, Are you Okay? Tales of Driving and Being Driven(essays); Habibi and Going Going (novels for young readers); Baby Radar and Sitti’s Secrets (picture books) and There Is No Long Distance Now (a collection of very short stories). Other works include several prize-winning poetry anthologies for young readers.  Her collection of poems for young adults entitled Honeybee won the 2008 Arab American Book Award in the Children’s/Young Adult category. Her new novel for children, The Turtle of Oman, was chosen both a Best Book of 2014 by The Horn Book and a 2015 Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association. The Turtle of Oman was also awarded the 2015 Middle East Book Award for Youth Literature.

We hope you enjoy her visit to YIS!

New Books – March 2013

PICTURE BOOKS
Cover imageBedtime is canceled by Cece Meng
When a newspaper headline says that bedtime is canceled, children everywhere rejoice.

Cover imageMr. Zinger’s hat by Cary Fagan
When Mr. Zinger’s hat flies in and interrupts Leo’s playing, the two of them construct a story as to how exactly the hat took off

MIDDLE FICTION

Cover imageEndangered by Eliot Schrefer
Reluctantly accompanying her advocate mother to a bonobo sanctuary, a teen girl participates in a desperate effort to rescue the bonobos and survive in the jungle when a revolution breaks out and the sanctuary is attacked.
Cover imageAshen Winter by Mike Mullin
More than 6 months after the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano, Alex & Darla retrace their steps to Iowa hoping to find Alex’s parents & bring them to the tenuous safety of Illinois, but the journey is ever more perilous as the remaining communities fight to the death for food and power.

Cover imageThe girl of fire and thorns by Rae Carson
A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.

Cover imageIdentical by Ellen Hopkins
Sixteen-year-old identical twin daughters of a district court judge and a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella desperately struggle with secrets that have already torn them and their family apart.

Cover imageThe future of us by Jay Asher
Emma gets her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM in 1996, & when her best friend Josh visits and they log on, they discover themselves on Facebook fifteen years in the future.

Cover imageI, Funny by James Patterson
Resolving to become the world’s greatest stand-up comedian despite less-than-funny challenges in his life, wheelchair-bound middle school student Jamie Grimm endures bullying from his mean-spirited cousin and hopes he will be fairly judged when he enters a local comedy contest.

Cover imageStarry river of the sky, by Grace Lin
An innkeeper’s chore boy discovers that a visitor’s stories hold the key to returning the moon to the Starry River of the Sky.
SENIOR FICTION

Cover imageBring up the bodies : a novel by Hilary Mantel
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012

“The sequel to Hilary Mantel’s 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Wolf Hall delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne’s head?”–
“Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne’s head?”–

Cover imageBilly Lynn’s long halftime walk by Ben Fountain

A satire set in Texas during America’s war in Iraq that explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad. Follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive “Victory Tour” at Texas Stadium, football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters, and cheerleaders.

GRAPHIC NOVEL

Cover imageCardboard by Doug TenNapel

After Cam’s father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday, they fashion it into a man that comes to life, but things spin out of control when a bully steals a scrap of the cardboard to create creatures that disobey his orders and multiply into an army.