Sakura Medal @ Seisen

Sakura Medal

Sakura Medal Season is underway at Seisen International School, Tokyo!

Today saw the official launch of Sakura Medal.  This week, all elementary classes will be introduced to this year's collection of books.  Ms. Lea & Mrs. Ingrid are very excited, and it has been great to see such a 'student buzz' surrounding Sakara Medal 2016.  Today alone, we have had four elementary classes drop into our newly rebranded media centre to find out this year's contenders.

What is Sakara Medal?
Started in 2006, Sakura Medal is a book award voted on by children and young adults in Japan. Sakura Medal brings together students from international schools across Japan, giving them a voice, each year to vote for their favourite books!
Ms. Lea outlined the process of Sakura selection this morning to a grade 1 class:

Ms. Lea holding two of the books nominated from our school
"Librarians from lots of different international schools meet, with their favourite children's book and then 25-30 books in each of the Sakura Medal categories are selected by the different librarians, working together. The criteria for books chosen is that they are no more than two years old and that are from a variety of backgrounds and across varying levels of reading abilities.
Being relatively new to Japan and being a part of my first Sakura Medal Program, I am looking forward to the next few months and seeing children further develop a real passion for reading! To find out that one of my favourite books 'The Day the Crayons Quit' was last year's winner, I am already hooked until the very end to see what this year's winner is going to be. If only I could vote!"

Seisen's Guidelines
Students from Grade 1 to 5 read at least five Sakura books, and Grade 6 students read at least four.
The list of Sakura Medal short listed books is available online and in the media centre, and may be borrowed from the Elementary Media Centre.
For every four of five books read, each student can place one vote at the end of the programme. For example, if a student reads ten books in the picture book category, she is entitled to put two votes in the box.
Students complete a bookmark for each of the Sakura Medal shortlisted books they have read. These are kept in the Elementary Media Centre and students can refer to them when it is time to vote. Students will vote for their favourite books in April.

The winning book will then be announced, and the author will be awarded the Sakura Medal.

Word of the day (for me at least) Sakura is the Japanese word for cherry blossoms! I cannot wait until spring to see this incredible sight!

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