Sakura Medal Reading Programme is Underway

Sakura Medal Reading Programme is Underway
Lea Morton

This week Grade 4 have been completing their goals for the Sakura Medal Programme.


Each year, librarians from various international schools meet and select 10-20 books in each of the Sakura Medal categories (Picture Books, Graphic  Novels, Chapter Books, Middle School, High School, Japanese Picture Books, Japanese Chapter Books, Japanese Middle School, and Japanese High School).  Books are chosen that are no more than two years old and that are from a variety of backgrounds and across a wide range of reading abilities. The programme will run from November to April. It brings together students from international schools across Japan each year to vote for their favourite books.

Books are available from the ES library and also online (using Overdrive).

This week Grade 4 have been completing their goals for the Sakura Medal Programme. Thanks to the parents and teachers who have been signing these goals. Once they are returned to the school library students may begin to borrow these books.

As you can imagine it is important to have a system so that everyone has access to the books. Returning the books as soon as possible is very important.

This year the students have to fill their reading responses online using a seesaw classroom. Students had the opportunity to sign into this classroom in their library lesson. The code changes and is available in the library.

We are very excited to bring you the following books and hope you all enjoy reading them.


  • Library
  • Sakura
  • Specialist

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