Asa Stahl, a graduate student in astrophysics at Rice University, never expected to write a children’s book. His book, The Big Bang, presents the mystery of how the universe began in a way we can all understand.
If you are in Grades 4-5 and love to read, you might enjoy the Sakura Book Bowl after school activity which begins in January. Elimination rounds will take place in March. Elimination rounds for the “traveling team” will be in mid-March. Twelve book bowlers who qualify for the “traveling team” will participate in this year’s Sakura Book Bowl Tournament at the end of April.
You will be required to participate in weekly activities, keep a reader’s notebook and read three books from one of the categories below, as well as two additional “everyone reads” books. If you qualify for the team, you will be required to read an additional “expert” book.
The Sakura Medal program brings together students from international schools across Japan each year to vote for their favorite books.
Each year, librarians from various international schools meet and select 25-30 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.
Students who read five books (four for Middle School and three for High School books) in any category will be eligible to vote for their favorite. Votes will then be tallied across all participating schools and the winning author in each category will receive a Sakura Medal. While staff and parents are encouraged to participate, voting is only open to students. The deadline for voting will vary for each participating school, so please contact your library for details.
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Sakura is the Japanese word for cherry blossoms, which are celebrated in Japan each year as a sign of spring.