Saturday, April 2, 2016

Schools : International Children's Book Day 2016

credits: Ziraldo, IBBY Brazil
Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, the 2 April, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire the 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 2016 is "Once upon a time...". The host country is Brazil.

The invited author is Luciana Sandroni and 
the illustrator is Ziraldothe poster designer.

Here the message by Luciana Sandroni (English):

credits: Elyx

Once upon a time ....

Once upon a time there was a...Princess? No.
Once upon a time there was a library. And there was also a girl named Luisa, who went to the library for the first time.  The girl walked slowly, pulling an enormous backpack with wheels. She looked around at everything in amazement:  shelves and more shelves filled with books…tables, chairs, colorful pillows, drawings and posters on the walls.
“I brought a picture of myself,” she said shyly to the librarian.
“Wonderful, Luisa! I’m going to issue your library card. In the meantime, you can choose a book. You can choose one book to take home, ok?
“Only one?” she asked, disappointed.
Suddenly, the telephone rang and the librarian left the girl with that difficult task of choosing only one book from that sea of books on the shelves. Luisa pulled around her backpack and searched, searched until she found her favorite: Snow White.  It was a hardback copy with beautiful illustrations.  With the book in hand, she pulled the backpack again and, just when she was leaving, someone tapped her on the shoulder.  The girl almost fell backwards in surprise: it was nobody less than Puss and Boots with his book in his hands, or rather, in his paws!
“How are you? How do you do?” asked the cat in reverence. “Luisa, don’t you already know everything there is to know about these stories about princesses? Why don’t you take my book, Puss and Boots, which is much more fun?" (...)

Continue to read the message here

written by: Luciana Sandroni

It's a lovely message talking about a library where Snow White, Puss in Boots, The Tin Soldier and Little Red Riding Hood are 


“Fairy tales are a nice way to think about life. I think that the everyday life is hidden in them in a very nice way. They can be guides for us or just places to drift to with adventures and different landscapes from our daily lives,” 

Anna Emilia Laitnen

My usual readers know me ! And they read along the years how often I write about books, specially children's books

I am a huge fan of reading in school education. If you read my blog for students, you will find numerous posts on books and reading. 

As teachers, we have an ubiquitous responsability to encourage the love of reading in our students by enhance this magical skill wich will allows the learning for life. At school during our lessons we must read and ask our students to read.

The reading level will be improved, they learn new vocabulary. Their ability of reading will grow through the different books they read.

International Children's Book Day is a fantastic motivation to teach our students how reading skill 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 the pleasure they have reading afford loving moments in Languages curricula, in the classroom or on blended learning.

Of course, on this day is the fay of reading by pleasure! Let your students read what they like the most. Reasons?

  • Benefiting those students in your classroom that wish to read in your class. Youmust let them be free to choose  the books they love.

  • You could reap the exponential rewards that their choices offer. 

 Because, this a special day, here my choice for this year. 

  • Some children's books : 

Casa di Fiaba
Giovanna Zoboli
illustration: Anna Emilia Laitnen

Casa di fiaba (2013) or House of Fable. Home is where your heart is. Or your heart is where your home is. Fire burns where your home is, so your home is also where the fire burns.

Casa di Fiaba
Giovanna Zoboli
illustration: Anna Emilia Laitnen

Casa di fiaba is a poem about homes and different kinds of houses written by Giovanna Zoboli and illustrated by Anna Emilia Laitnenpublished by Topipittori.

The Usborne Illustrated Hans C Andersen Fairy Tales

It's Hans Christian Andersen's birthday Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales have delighted children the world over for generations, with their iconic characters and universal themes. I could'nt forget to include Andersen's fairy tales into this post.

The Ugly Duckling
Hans Christian Andersen
The Usborne Illustrated Hans C Andersen Fairy Tales

“In the 1980s Usborne published the first, illustrated children’s books on computers and coding – or programming as we called it then.

Kids Get Coding Our Digital World
Heather Lyons & Elisabeth Tweedale

"Kids Get Coding is a fantastic, hands-on resource for anyone looking to get started with coding." 

There are four books cover key areas of the KS1 computing curriculum with simple text. Each title contains practical on- and off-line activities that are easy to follow and fun to try on your own or with friends. 

A Palavra Perdida
Inês Fonseca Santos
ilustração: Marta Madureira
Edição Abysm, 2013

“Esta palavra é uma coisa que perdi. Tive sorte: não perdi o meu nome, uma outra coisa com que me baptizaram e uso como coroa. Ou como capacete.” 

A Palavra Perdida
Inês Fonseca Santos
ilustração: Marta Madureira
Edição Abysmo, 2013

Manuel diz-nos logo de início que gosta de “andar pela rua com as palavras nos bolsos”. Não consta que estivessem rotos e sabe-se que eram fundos. Ainda assim, a palavra escapou-se. “Aquela palavra que perdi deixou-me um espaço em branco.”

"A Lost World" is about a boy called Manuel who lost a word. With the help of his friends and cousins he finds words who come from the heart and stay there.

I Lived On Butterfly Hill
Marjorie Agosín
illustration: Lee White
Winner of the Pura Belpré Award, I Lived On Butterfly Hill is the story of eleven-year-old Celeste Marconi, a young poet who lives in the harbor city of Valparaiso, Chile. When the country falls under dictatorship, Celeste is sent to live with her Aunt in Maine. As she struggles to fit into her new home while trying to understand what’s happening in her native Chile, Celeste slowly learns what it means to have her heart split in two places in this beautiful, haunting, and poetic tale.

I am Yoga
Susan Verde
illustration: Peter H. Reynolds

"An eagle soaring among the clouds or a star twinkling in the night sky . . . a camel in the desert or a boat sailing across the sea yoga has the power of transformation. Not only does it strengthen bodies and calm minds, but with a little imagination, it can show us that anything is possible."

I am Yoga, 2015
Susan Verde
illustration: Peter H. Reynolds
I Am Yoga “encourages children to explore the world of yoga and make room in their hearts for the world beyond it. A kid-friendly guide to 16 yoga poses is included.
I hope you love the children's books on this post. Some books can be read online (excerpts) Pay attention and tell your students. They digital reading very much.

Some thoughts:

Students become better readers when their teachers love books and love to read. Believe me. You will be their inspiration to love books. Even for those students who are poor readers on the beginning. Reading has a curative power as well.

Many students have growing up in my class reading fiction and poetry. We had lovely moments reading at school,formal and informal learning.

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

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


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