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Scythe by Neal Shusterman - Science Fiction Winner of The Sakura Medal

Scythe by Neal Shusterman - Science Fiction Winner of The Sakura Medal

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The linked pdf file is large so it should print nice and clearly at A3 for a wall display, A4 for a notice board display, and A6 for for a shelf or book front display. Or really go to town and set your printer to Poster and print 2x2 A3 !

If you would like further posters pleas let me know below. Thank you - Tim

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Sakura Medal Graphic Novels 2019

Sakura Medal Graphic Novels 2019

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Sakura Medal 2018 Nominees - International School Book Reading Competition, Japan.

Over 25 International Schools and over 20,000 students in Japan take part in the Sakura Medal annual book reading competition. Nominated books must not be more than 2 years old are are chosen by student, staff and librarians. All are recommended reading for children.

2018 Nominees in English

Elementary School - Chapter Books

Elementary School - Graphic Novels

Elementary School - Picture Books

Middle School

High School

2018 Nominees in Japanese


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Luke's Way of Looking by Nadia Wheatley and Matt Ottley


Made in iMovie
This high quality multimodal text / video introduces the ideas behind Nadia Wheatley and Matt Ottley's delightful Luke's Way of Looking. It is designed for Years 1 and 2 but equally suited for ages 5 to 10 and up. I suggest setting this video to watch as flipped classroom homework, or use in class as a way into the book. Potential enquiry questions include:
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Children's Book of the Year Awards 2015

children book award

A handy book list from The Children's Book Council of Australia

Short List 2015

Crichton Award Short List 2015

Early Childhood Notables for 2015

Eve Pownall Notables for 2015

Younger Reader Notables for 2015

Older Reader Notables for 2015

Picture Book Notables for 2015

Links for 2013-2014 too.

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Don't Squeal Unless It's a BIG DEAL

Classroom behaviour management.

Update: August 22nd 2015.

I see that there is a book of the same title available from Amazon:

Book - Don't squeal unless it's a big deal

Amazon: In this highly entertaining story for young children, kids will learn...

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Little Red Riding Hood - Fixed Fairy Tales

From YouTube: Fixed Fairy Tales is an animated series that takes classic fairy tales and gives them a new twist. From the creators of How It Should Have Ended and Klomp! Animation comes a fun new animated collection of stories told high in a castle tower with your host, Vincent Featherbottom, the Story Changing Owl.

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Have You Filled a Bucket Today? Read Aloud

If you watch one thing in my blog please make it this. A truly delightful book. I read it on day one with my K3 students and refer back to it when ever there is any behavioral issues that arise in my class.

I picked mine up in Amazon. Also available in Japanese.

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Author: Hi, I’m Tim from The Magic Crayons. I am a GradDipT, CELTA, and CELTYL qualified Primary and Kindergarten Teacher from the UK working at a Tokyo International School as an English Language Support teacher (ELS/EFL). IT Integration Specialist, and Teacher Librarian. This blog reflects my Graduate Diploma in Teaching studies with the University of South Queensland, Australia, PD, and ICT in the classroom interests. I create all the artwork and videos for the teaching materials within this website. New products and special offers will be announced here first. Everything I post is about products or services that I have tried in my own classes.

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Sakura Medal Winner - Scythe by Neal Shusterman
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