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Best Childrens Books of 2020

Every year a group of over 60 IB International School Librarians in Japan gather to decide which of the best new* books their students
will read as part of the annual Sakura Medal Book Award.
*Published with the last 2 years
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This list naturally lends itself to be a great selection of books for students and parents to read at home during the COVID-19 Outbreak
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How to recycle old library books

Book Art: Creative ideas to transform your books into decorations, stationery, display scenes, and more.

Book Art by Clare Youngs

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Speaking from experience I recommend you take care where you leave this book. You do not want to encourage younger students to go home and cut up books without asking their parents first. Also, be very clear in your library about which books may be recycled into crafts !
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Luke's Way of Looking by Nadia Wheatley and Matt Ottley

“What a brilliant video. I couldn't have hoped for a better response to mine and Nadia's book - Luke's Way of Looking. Thanks so much” Matt Ottley (YouTube comment!)

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:

• Does everyone look the same?
• Do we all see things the same way?
• What do people think of you?
• How do you…
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Teaching empathy with books

Have You Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud (Author), David Messing (Illustrator)

If you watch one video 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 behavioural issues that arise in my class.

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