In line with the BHA Library vision, the library encourages a love of reading by linking students with a broad range of literature, authors, and storytellers that celebrate a wide spectrum of cultures and perspectives.
Students in the Junior School are offered weekly library visits with their Homeroom classes and bi-weekly visits with their language classes to borrow books that support their interests and languages.
Students in the Middle and Senior schools can access the library on a flexible basis either individually or with their class teachers.
Online Reading Sources
There are lots of other ways to expand your reading choices. Simply click on the links below to open up a new world of reading opportunities!
Epic! - check if your teacher has a class account, or subscribe to use at home
Epic! was born out of a single question: How do we make books more accessible to kids?
Today, Epic! has grown into an award-winning subscription service, which gives millions of families and classrooms instant, unlimited access to thousands of books, videos and quizzes from leading publishers to help kids everywhere read, learn and grow.
Global Storybooks is a free multilingual literacy resource for children and youth worldwide. Read, download, toggle, and listen to a wide variety of illustrated stories from the African Storybook and other open sites. Development continues at the University of British Columbia, Canada.
The ICDL Foundation's goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children's literature from the world community.
Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
Tumblebooks - ask the Library team for the password
TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TBL also includes National Geographic videos and games.
An ever-growing streaming library of animated children’s storybooks.
Our aim is to encourage the love of reading by retaining all of the important elements of story time: an intentional pace, life lessons, and a visual connection between words and text. It’s screen time you can feel good about.
At Unite for Literacy, we picture a world where all children have access to an abundance of books that celebrate their languages and cultures and cultivate a lifelong love of reading.
Promotional Reading Activities
Throughout the year BHA library offers opportunities for students and parents to get involved in different reading activities. Click on the links below to find about more.
Students from Junior School will take part in a question/answer round-robin type competition about 10 chapter books chosen by the Korean International Librarian Association.
One book to connect the world
A book is chosen to read aloud to students during a set 6-week period, starting in early October and running through mid-November, and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be
Every year BHA library offers holiday reading suggestions. There is a summer reading challenge for Junior, Middle and Senior School and also a Winter reading challenge for Middle and Senior school.
An Annual Book Award Selected by International School Students in Korea
The Morning Calm Medal is an annual award given to deserving authors from around the world. Each year, international school librarians from across Korea nominate a range of books for the Morning Calm Medal. Students then read these books, share their thoughts and comments online and in their schools, and then vote for their favorite books. Once all of the student votes are counted, a Morning Calm Medal is awarded to the winning authors in each of the categories (lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school, and high school)
LitWorld founded World Read Aloud Day in 2010 as an opportunity for people all around the globe to celebrate the joy of reading aloud, and advocate for literacy as a fundamental human right that belongs to everyone. Over the last ten years, World Read Aloud Day has evolved into a global movement of millions of readers, writers, and listeners from communities all across the world coming together to honor the joy and power of reading and sharing stories, and continue expanding the definition and scope of global literacy.