News & Announcements


Kids Read China Finals being held in February

posted Sep 4, 2011, 5:47 AM by ISLNSingapore

You and your students are invited to join the 2011-2012 Kids Read China Finals, a literature competition for middle schools students. Kids Read is our very own reading initiative, thanks to the effort of Nadine Rosevear, the MS Librarian of International School of Beijing (ISB), China, back in 2009. This year's event will be held at Tianjin International School (TIS) on February 24, 2012 at their brand new campus.

Please visit the following wiki to learn more about the event and to read questions from the past competitions. These will be great resources to start up your own reading group and to start practicing. The wiki has a question bank and members are invited to add and share their own questions on books to this resource. It will also serve as a communication tool between international schools in China to share ideas on how to promote the KIDS READ program.

For more information, please send an e-mail to Phoebe Kao ( ) who will be the event organizer this school year.

Jennifer Nelson has Red Dot Books

posted Jun 11, 2011, 3:28 AM by Kim Klein

If you're interested in purchasing the Red Dot Award books Jennifer Nelson has been able to locate and supply almost all of them.  If you have any questions, please contact Goran directly.  Here is the e-mail we received from him:

I am happy to inform you that we have been able to locate and supply the Red Dot nominated titles for 2011-2012. Due to the international nature of the selection, we shall supply from 3 sources – Children’s Plus Inc (USA), Browns Books for Students (UK) and Glee Books (AUS).  For your convenience we have created the attached Red Dot Award Nominations SY11-12 Order Form”, which you will be able to simply complete and email to me.

We would like to note that there are several titles which can only be purchased locally in Singapore

1. Sir Fong's Adventures in Science: Book 1: Models, Atoms, Molecules, Elements + Compounds, by Otto Fong  

2.    Whoopie Lee, Almost Famous, by Adeline Foo    

3.    Bunny Finds the Right Stuff,  by Emily Lim

Once you have placed the order, I will get back to you with questions on the details of any cataloging and processing requirements you may have and, of course, will be very happy to respond to any requests or questions you may have on this.

We very much hope that this will enable you to considerably reduce the time and effort you have spent up to now on sourcing Red Dot titles. As ever, please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or require any further information.

Wishing you relaxing Summer Holiday!

Best regards,


Goran Secerovic

Sales Manager, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and Australia

Jennifer Nelson, LLC

Office (Chicago, IL USA) +1-847-380-2101

Skype goran.secerovic  (Please note: NEW WEBSITE ADDRESS)


Kevin Hennah - Rethink. Reinvent. Rejuvenate.

posted May 28, 2011, 6:01 AM by Kim Klein   [ updated Jun 2, 2011, 7:10 PM by Barbara Philip ]

Kevin Hennah is coming to The Garden School - Kuala Lumpur to present his Rethink. Reinvent. Rejuvenate. workshop.  If you're interested in attending the workshop - most likely the 6th of September, 2011 - please e-mail an expression of interest to Siobhan Roulston at  asap. The cost of the workshop will be dependant upon the number of people attending, but we're hoping to keep it at around $100.00 USD.

Special Offer from APD: Professional Resources re Litearcy

posted May 3, 2011, 10:32 PM by Katie Day

APD Singapore Pte Ltd. is offering us a 25% discount on titles from Linworth / Libraries Unlimited, a leading publisher of professional resources for librarians and literacy teachers -- until May 31st. They will be attending our meeting with a display of some of the titles. For full information -- and a full list of titles, click here. (Don't miss the link at the bottom of their website, which takes you to a spreadsheet with many more titles, all included in the 25% offer.)

Updates to Professional Development & Author/Illustrator News

posted Apr 8, 2011, 7:41 PM by Katie Day

There are quite a few new postings on the separate blogs re Professional Development and Author/Illustrator News.

For example, at the end of May there is the AFCC (Asian Festival of Children's Literature) with several authors and illustrators coming into town - all available for school visits.  There are also local Singapore authors with new books who are anxious to do school visits.  One author, Dipka Rai, is doing a writing workshop at SAS this week, which you are all invited to attend.

Click on the above links to read all the new announcements.

Panda Awards announced

posted Apr 8, 2011, 1:01 AM by Katie Day

Our counterparts in China run the Panda Awards and they recently announced their winners:


This is our third year of running the Panda Book Awards in China. Support and enthusiasm has been growing every year and this year we had a participation of 19 schools and 3,774 students!

Here are the students' choices for Panda 2010:

Younger Readers

The Book that Eats People by John Perry

Middle Readers

I Spy Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold

Older Readers

Leviathan by Scot Westerfeld

Mature Readers

The Lost City of Z: a tale of deady obsession in the Amazon by David Grann

Visit the wiki for more info on the Panda Awards:

Nadine Rosevear 
Middle School Librarian, Int'l School of Beijing

Did you know Tim and Jenna have a blog?

posted Apr 7, 2011, 10:25 PM by Katie Day

Yes, our favorite Follett reps have a blog: -- and the latest post is about how SAS has opened up their cataloging via a Z39.50 port.  Read all about it on the blog.

Red Dot Book Awards 2010/11 Update

posted Feb 26, 2011, 12:48 AM by ISLNSingapore   [ updated Feb 26, 2011, 1:06 AM ]

After several people commented that the Red Dot posters -- available on the Promotional Materials webpage of the Red Dot website -- was misleading in saying just "Red Dot Awards 2010", we have produced new editions of the posters which say "Red Dot Awards 2010/11".  Go to the website to download them.

Also note the new Blog Promotion posters (thanks, Joy!) and the Book Review posters (thanks, Mick!).

Voting begins in 11 days!  It closes on March 16th!    More information will be posted on the Voting page.


New webpage: Charity/Service projects

posted Feb 26, 2011, 12:45 AM by ISLNSingapore

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