LIBRARY NEWS

February 2018

Celebrating World Book Day! Thursday 1st March

World Book Day is a celebration!


It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.


On 1st March Peak School will be celebrating with the rest of the world!


We have a whole host of activities lined up for students in the Library and throughout the school on that day. This year, all our events will be held on the one day, so below is an outline of activities and what you need to remember.

Character Dress Up Day

Our Character Dress Up Day is always a hit with the children and teachers alike, so mark it in your calendar now. Thursday 1st March, children should come to school dressed as their favourite book character.


We will have a costume parade first thing in the morning where students can show off their creativity and flair!

Library Open House

We are hosting a library open day with tea, coffee and cake at 10am and again at 2:15pm.


Come and check out our amazing book collection, sign up for your very own Library Card, and ask us about how the Library works at Peak School.


It is important for us to support every Peak student in their reading journey so this is your opportunity to talk to us about your child's reading, their interests and anything you would like to discuss about their library book choices.


We look forward to seeing you on Thursday morning or afternoon!

Book Sale

Fields will be hosting their annual Book Sale on Thursday, so don't forget to send in money with your child. HK100 will be plenty to purchase one paperback book.


We will run the sale with different year groups at certain times:


10:30 am: Years 1 & 2

Lunch: Years 3-6

3:00 pm: Open for parents

Library Activities

Thursday will kick-off our competitions and quizzes in the Library! Here are some of the things we have lined up:
Extreme Reading: Take a picture of yourself reading in any way, shape or form. The more whackier the better! We've had bathtub reading, horseback reading, upside down reading, rope balancing reading, yoga reading... see what you can come up with and we will post your picture in the Library!

Book Spine Poetry: Create an original piece of poetry by picking books off the shelf and using their titles as each line. It takes a bit of patience and brain power but when you're done, take a picture and you'll have prose worth printing! We will display entries in the Library.

Cover Art: Don't think that the cover to your favourite book is actually the right one? Can you think of something different for the book you are reading? This is where you create your own original book cover design and make it as spectacular and fanciful as you like.
Story Sacks: build a model, decorate a box, fill a container - use your imagination to create a story sack about your favourite book. Need inspiration? See our Pinterest page for some ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/peakschllibrary/story-sack-ideas/
And much more...: we will have quizzes, bookmark colouring, book reviewing and storytelling set up in the Library to divert and enthrall every student in each year!

D. E. A. R.

Drop. Everything. And. Read.

The alarm at Peak School is going to sound.

Fire drill? Lock-down?

No! It's a full-on reading smackdown!

All students will stop what they are doing and read a book for 10 minutes. Playing the glockenspiel with Ms. Engelman? Drop it and grab a book. Papier maché in the art room? Drop it and read a book. Dribbling skills on the football pitch with Mr. Erwin? Stop, drop and read that book!

Our Author Visits

Rather than have all our visiting authors crammed into one week, we have spread the schedule throughout the year so we have a wider selection of speakers and the children have time to join in workshops if they are offered.


This helps us target more authors and plan better presentations!


We've already hosted Chris Haughton, and Stuart Reid and there are more before the end of the school year.

Stuart Reid

Last week, Stuart Reid delighted all Peak School students with his hilarious presentation and reading from his Gorgeous George books. He regaled all year groups dressed in his kilt, and the kids could not stop laughing at his jokes and antics!


He also came to the Year 3 classes who participated in a writing workshop to coincide with their How We Express Ourselves unit of inquiry.

Ritu Hemnani

Ritu Hemnani is a former teacher who is ethnically Indian, holds a British passport and calls Hong Kong home. Her short stories and articles have been published in the Asian Literary Review, Reader's Digest and Expat Living Magazine. Gope and Meera - A Migration Story is her first published children's book. Ritu is coming on Tuesday 27th February to speak with the Year 6 classes during their unit of inquiry on Human Migration.


For more information on Ritu: https://www.rituhemnani.com/

Sonia Leong

On 8th March we will host Sonia Leong, a leading Manga artist and presenter. Her visits to schools are inspirational and help to motivate students to look at literature through the art of Manga, which is accessible and extremely popular with all our students.

We aim to hold two presentations and workshops for some year groups. We are very excited to host someone from this genre to help children gain some understanding of the process that goes into creating these popular books.


For more information on Sonia: http://www.authorsabroad.com/author/sonialeong/

Eric Litwin

On 24th April, Eric Litwin will be visiting Peak School! He is a song singing, guitar strumming, Number 1 New York Times Best Selling author who brings early literacy and music together. He is the original author of the Pete the Cat series as well as the author of The Nuts and Groovy Joe. Eric's books have sold over 10 million copies, been translated into 15 languages, and won 19 literacy awards.


For more information on Eric: https://www.ericlitwin.com/

... so for Thursday March 1st

All you need to remember for World Book Day is the costume, some money for a book, and a little bit of your time to come in and visit during our Open House (10 and 2:15) - the rest we will take care of!

Gung Hei Fat Choy!

Have a restful and happy Chinese New Year holiday!


The Library Team

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