Book Week here at ISA has always been quite an exciting event for the children. This year, the Book Week starts from 12th until 16th April 2010. The school will normally arrange for a few events to foster the goodness of reading in children and adults alike, and they do it in such interesting ways too.
Normally on Monday, there is a "Poem In My Pocket" day. On this day, whoever wants to participate will write a poem(s) and keep them in the pocket. If someone asks them, they will read the poem to that person. You can write your own poem or copy your favourite poem from the book. To ensure that people are aware that you have a poem, a sticker will be given by the homeroom teacher and you can paste it on your clothes.
Every morning from 8.15 to 8.30 am (before classes start), there is a mystery reader in the library. Children do love for someone to read a story to them!! The mystery reader could be a teacher, a parent or an invited author and the best thing is, sometimes they dress the parts too.
During one of the day in the week, the school will invite an author to come and visit the Lower School classes. The author will be the mystery reader in the morning and later after school, he/she will conduct a workshop for parents and students on topics related to "writing a book or story". This year's invited author is someone from Ireland I believe.
During one day of the week, at a specified time everybody must stop whatever they are doing and read for half an hour. Now I do not know how they actually do this because last year, I was not in school area at that time. But I think it must be interesting to see everybody reading.
There is also Book Fair in the school foyer from Monday to Thursday. The school will normally invite at least 2 bookshops (English) and also by this Scholastic Books publisher (I think).
And last but the most exciting event of all for the kids, on Friday they get to dress as their favourite book characters for the whole day of school! So you will get to see many princesses, witches, animal characters, knights, Harry Porter look-alike, even superheroes (not encouraged) and so on. Not only the students, but the teachers and the staff must also dress up!!
During the morning assembly, they should bring their books as well (from which the character comes from).
Here are some pictures from Book Week last year. Ilham had dressed up as a penguin after his favourite book at the time "Tacky the Penguin". So for the whole day, whenever his teacher was referring to him, she would call him Tacky :))
Tacky the funny penguin and Kai the Knight-in-shining Armor and below, with Nandinee the Wicked Witch ...
Listening avidly to the mystery reader in the library with friends Pau the Monkey and Stanley the Bee.Sitting at the front, Ilham (in bright green shirt) listening to the story read by the PE teacher.
Teachers dressing up as book character and also as mystery readers
This year, Ilham doesn't want to be a penguin anymore, he wants to be Greg from Diary Of The Wimpy Kid book. Greg always wears white shirt and a black short. What kind of dressing is that? No one will recognise him as Greg because the clothes are too normal. I told him to a vampire or a Harry Porter because we already have a cape and we have the books too. But he doesn't want to be a Harry Porter because he has yet to read the book !!! So we just have to wait and see what's going to happen in the next few days....