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World Read Aloud 2018

​This year in the ASIJ Elementary School will celebrate World Read Aloud Day on February 14th.  Our theme this year is Books We Love!  Thanks to a generous PTA Grant, the elementary library has 54 NEW Japanese picture books that are translations of some of the most highly circulated books written in English.

Join the Elementary Library Team and the Elementary Japanese Department on February 14th and celebrate Books We Love! in both the English and Japanese languages.

How you can participate:

Come to the library during any recess to hear a guest reader read a Books We Love!

Read aloud a book you love to a friend, classmate, or family member this Valentine’s Day!

Let’s Celebrate – World Read Aloud Day

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The ASIJ Elementary Library is joining thousands of schools  and libraries worldwide to celebrate World Read Aloud Day on February 24th.

How can you prepare for World Read Aloud Day?

  • Checkout a recommended read aloud book on display in the elementary library today!
  • Checkout your favorite read aloud chapter or picture book and practice reading with expression.

How can you participate on Wednesday, February 24th?

  • Come to the elementary library during any recess to read aloud your favorite picture book or chapter from your favorite chapter book to a group of ASIJ friends.
  • Listen to a “mystery reader” read aloud a story in the elementary library.
  • Read aloud to a friend, teacher,  parent, or sibling anytime throughout the day or evening.

Recommended World Read Aloud Day Book (click here for a copy of this story)

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This is an excellent read aloud to discuss compassion, friendship, belonging, confidence, and hope.

Click here for more information about World Read Aloud Day.


Visiting Author – Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab NyeThe week of January 25-29, ASIJ has the honor of hosting the internationally recognized and award-winning poet, Naomi Shihab Nye.   Our fifth graders will have the opportunity to work with Ms. Nye in both large and small groups throughout the week of her visit.

In 2009, Ms. Nye was named as one of PeaceByPeace.com’s first peace heroes.  Additionally, she has has won many awards and fellowships, among them four Pushcart Prizes, the Jane Addams Children’s Book award, the Paterson Poetry Prize and in 2013 the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature.

In addition to having works at the adult and young adult levels, she also has several works appropriate for our upper elementary students.  The following books, written by Ms. Nye, are available in the ASIJ elementary library.

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“We’re all poets when we’re little and some of us just keep up the habit!”  William Stafford