SEISEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Learning to Love, Loving to Learn

MS/HS Library

Discover passions, reinforce knowledge, and invent a new way of looking at the world!

The library is open from 8:00 to 16:00 on school days. Parents are welcome before and after school.

Students and their family may borrow up to five books and magazines for two weeks. E-books and audiobooks from Overdrive, our digital library, are automatically returned after two weeks. All loans can be renewed twice.

For more information about our collection, please explore this website or, even better, visit us.

Happy reading!

Anne-Marie Thinnes

Blog

Teen Read Week, an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), took place October 16 to 20. This year, the theme was “Unleash your story”. This connected well to Seisen's motto ”Learning to Love, Loving to Learn through Compassion and Gratitude”. With the help of Mrs Varriale, Seisen's school counselor, Middle school students reflected on books they read that foster empathy and compassion while high school students explored Bibliotherapy for Teens recommended books. Please check this page for the middle school and this one for the high school students' book lists.

In connection to Teen Read Week, the library changed into a movie theatre (with popcorns and all…) after school on November first. About 30 students and teachers watched the beautiful movie A Monster Calls, an adaptation of the book which won the Sakura Medal award in 2014.


Sakura Medal

WHAT IS THE SAKURA MEDAL AWARD?

Sakura Medal is a book award program in international schools across Japan that encourages students to read recently published books of literary quality from around the world. There are several categories, each with 25 nominated books.

The winning author receives the Sakura Medal and a diploma containing a certificate and a piece of original art.

HOW DO STUDENTS PARTICIPATE?

Students who read four books (three for High School ) from a list of shortlisted novels are eligible to vote for their favorite at the end of the school year. Votes are then tallied across all participating schools, and the winning author in each category receives a Medal.There is a student art competition for the diploma design.

Please visit the Sakura Medal Blog for current Sakura Medal shortlists, reviews and discussions and our YouTube channel for book trailers.

2017 WINNERS

Middle School Category: Rule of three, by Eric Walter and Echo, by PAm munoz Ryan

High School Category: Six of crows by Leigh Bardugo

PREVIOUS YEARS

Middle School Lists
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 20112012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

High School Lists
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Previous winners, reviews and more about the program
http://sakuramedal.com

Sakura Medal Book Trailers

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Reading Lists

These books lists have been created by your English teachers and your librarian for the Seisen Summer Reading Program.

You should read at least two books during the summer: one from this list or from the Sakura Medal Program and one of your choice.

Please fill out the reading chart for both books.

Choose one entertaining book and one book that is challenging to you. Think about trying a new genre. In any cases, any book by these authors is acceptable. Please check with your librarian. Most classic novels are available as ebook.

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