Wednesday, April 1, 2015

International Children's Book Day 2015 at School : let's read !

illustration : Nasim Abaeian | UAE

Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, 2 April, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books.

Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD

It decides upon a theme and invites a prominent author from the host country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster. 

These materials are used in different ways to promote books and reading. Many IBBY Sections promote ICBD through the media and organize activities in schools and public libraries. Often ICBD is linked to celebrations around children's books and other special events that may include encounters with authors and illustrators, writing competitions or announcements of book awards.

The theme 2015 is "Many Cultures One Story". The host country is UAE (United Arab Emirates)

The invited author is Marwa Obaid Rashid Al Aqroubi and the illustrator is Nasim Abaeianthe poster designer.

  • Message 2015:

Many Cultures One Story

“We speak many languages and come from different backgrounds, Yet we share the same stories”
International stories... folklore stories
It’s the same story told to us all
In different voices
In different colors
Yet it remains unchanged...
And End...
It is the same story we all know & love
We all heard it
In different versions by different voices
Yet it is always the same
There is a hero... a princess... & a villain
No matter their language Their names
Or their faces
It is always the same Beginning,
And Ending
Always that hero...that princess and that villain
Unchanged through centuries
They keep us company
They whisper to us in our dreams
They lull us to sleep
Their voices long gone
But they live in our hearts forever
For they bring us together in a land of mystery and imagination
So that all different cultures melt into One Story

written by: Marwa Al Aqroubi 

credits: unknown


My usual readers know how I love reading. I often write about books, specially children books

I am a huge fan of reading in school. As educators, we have an ubiquitous responsibility to encourage the love of reading in our students by exploring this wonderful and magical resource in our lessons, formal and informal learning.

International Children's Book Day is a fantastic motivation to tell and demonstrate our students how reading can be a gift by stimulating the imagination and "offering creative solutions to obstacles that we will find along the way."

The love of books and reading books are beautiful moments in Languages curricula, in the classroom or on blended learning.

Of course, today is the fay of reading by pleasure! Let your students read what they like the most. There are two reasons for this:

  • One is benefiting those readers in your classroom that wish to read from you and need to let them be free. 
  • Secondly, it is so you can reap the exponential rewards their choices offers. 

By inviting your students to go at the school library and choose a book to read aloud in the classroom will let them free to read a book they like.

  • Some children's books : 

This is Stop Motion Animation of the book The Most Magnificent Thing written and illustrated by Ashley Spires. Ripped Apart and animated by students of Elmwood School in Ottawa.

The Most Magnificent Thing
Ashley Spirits

Lovely, isn't it? Visit the website of the author. There are other children's books.

As teachers, can we make every day an International Children's Book Day? Yes! We can! And those special days and awards are always a fantastic reason to do it.

As you know the 52nd edition of Bologna Children's Book Fair closed today, 2 April 2015. This year were in competition 1.250 books from 42 countries. Wow !

Portuguese authors and illustrators are among the winners. Lá Fora by two biologists, Maria Ana Peixe Dia and Inês Teixeira do Rosário, illustrations by Bernardo P. Carvalho wins the Bologna Ragazzi Award Opera Prima. Hoje sinto-me... text and illustrations by Madalena Moniz.

Lá Fora
Maria Ana Peixe Dias & Inês Teixeira do Rosário 
illustrator: Bernardo P. Carvalho
Planeta Tangerina

  • Winner Opera Prima 2015

Lá Fora . Guia para Descobrir a Natureza

Text by Maria Ana Peixe Dias and Inês Teixeira do Rosário, illustrations by Bernardo P. Carvalho

What the jury said:

«This dense volume is beautifully designed with elegant typography and a bold two-color palette. However, its true beauty lies in contrast of the traditional ‘guidebook’ format and clear scientific explanations with the playful and lyrical illustrations. Lá Fora book is an excellent solution to engage its readers and teach them to admire and respect everything "out there", just as the title suggests.»

Lá Fora : Guia para Descobrir a Natureza
Maria Ana Peixe Dias /Inês Teixeira do Rosário 
illustrator: Bernardo P. Carvalho
Planeta Tangerina

Lá Fora: Guia para Descobrir a Natureza 

De quem será esta pegada?
O que faz aqui esta minhoca?
Será um sapo ou uma rã?
Como se chama esta árvore?
Mesmo que moremos numa grande cidade, existe sempre natureza lá fora: nuvens e estrelas, árvores e flores, rochas e praias, aves, répteis ou mamíferos.

O que esperamos então?

Saltemos do sofá e iniciemos a exploração!

Criado com a colaboração de uma equipa de especialistas portugueses, este livro pretende despertar a curiosidade sobre a fauna, a flora e outros aspectos do mundo natural que podem ser observados em Portugal.

Lá Fora : Guia para Descobrir a Natureza
Maria Ana Peixe Dias /Inês Teixeira do Rosário 
illustrator: Bernardo P. Carvalho
Planeta Tangerina

Inclui propostas de actividades e muitas ilustrações, para ajudar professores e pais a sair da sala de aula ou de casa e descobrir – ou simplesmente contemplar – todo o mundo lá fora.

Lá Fora: Guia para Descobrir a Natureza, obra da autoria das biólogas portuguesas Maria Ana Peixe Dia e Inês Teixeira do Rosário com ilustrações de Bernardo P. Carvalho. 

Combina o lado lúdico com o lado mais científico, venceu o galardão Bologna Ragazzi na categoria Primeira Obra.

Hoje sinto-me...
Madalena Moniz
Orfeu Negro

  • Winner Opera Prima 2015 : Special Mention

Hoje sinto-me...

Text and illustrations by Madalena Moniz

What the jury said:

« Avoiding cliché, this beautiful and unusual alphabet book uses whimsy, wit, and metaphor in unexpected, charming illustrations for each letter. Illustrating emotions instead of objects or actions, Hoje sinto-me... is a wonderful dictionary of feelings.»

Um livro poético e destemido, com ilustrações pintadas a aguarela e a tinta-da-china, que reinventa as ligações entre palavra e imagem, texto e ilustrações de Madalena Moniz.

Ao longo deste abecedário, acompanhamos a nossa personagem e o que ela vai sentindo letra a letra: Audaz, Baralhado, Curioso. 

I hope you love the three children's books on this postStudents become better readers when their teachers love books and love to read. Believe me. It's a 'transmissible' pleasure easy to pass to our young readers. Even for those students that at the beginning are poor readers. Reading has a curative power as well.

Many students have growing up in my class reading fiction and poetry. We had great reading moments in formal learning and informal learning. 

credits: unknow
via Google Images

Some thoughts:

This year all these important subjects and special days happen on Spring break. So students are not at school. Holidays time.

No problem! All these activities can be developed every day. 

It occurred to me that there is a simple pedagogical principle that explains the appeal of very early learning, homeschooling, and reading began at home, with parents since childhood. But sometimes this is not possible. There are some poor readers among parents.

So educators are an important reference to students. We must valorize books and read a lot in the classroom. We can do a better job if we are rich readers.

Reading is a pleasant act that must start at kindergarten and must be continued along all school degrees.

Reading out loud is a pleasant way that students love the most. One important point: schools need more time for reading aloud, choosing new books, and sharing the pleasure of reading full books and not just excerpts. Teachers can make reading exciting hrough all school levels.

I quite agree about the stimulation and success of International Children's Book Day as well International Book Giving Day . 

These special events always generate huge enthusiasm to read to children and young people. Let's keep it every day!


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