“Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.”—Edwin Percy Whipple
We all see the world in different ways, and reading is undoubtedly the simplest way to perceive the world through the eyes of others. Through books, not only do we have the privilege of engaging with the characters in the book, but we can also connect with the author, thus, enhancing our life experience.
Although we cannot currently achieve our travel dreams due to the epidemic, our exploration of the world does not need to be hindered. As the Chinese New Year holiday approaches, XLIS teachers have prepared a special list of books in different languages for their students to expand their minds and embark on new adventures. We hope that during these challenging days, all of you can find your own escape in books!
Books For Lower Primary Students
Little People, Big Dreams
Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, born in Barcelona, Spain, is a writer and creative director in constant search of new concepts for children’s books and the author of the multimillion-copy bestselling Little People, a BIG REAMS series of picture books that explore the lives of outstanding people. Working for more than fifteen years for clients in top advertising agencies, her books combine creativity with learning, aiming to establish a new relationship between children and pop culture.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!”, is a children’s picture book by Mo Willems. Released by Disney-Hyperion in 2003, it was Willems’ first book for children and received the Caldecott Honor. The plot is about a bus driver who must leave the bus, so he asks the reader not to allow the Pigeon to drive the bus. The Pigeon tries and tries to persuade readers into letting him drive the bus. An animated adaptation of the book won the 2010 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video.
Can I Play Too?
The Colors of Us
How Full is Your Bucket?
The Rainbow Fish
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Not a Box, Not a Stick
The Giving Tree
What do you do with an Idea?
The Book with No Pictures
This is the 24 Solar Terms
A little girl named Yaya comes to her grandparents’ home in the countryside. Crops that are planted in the spring and grow in the summer are then harvested in the autumn and preserved in the winter. Yaya experiences the changes of the “24 solar terms” there.
The Vegetables with Spirit
My First Shopping Adventure
Older Lin and younger Lin
Fly! Red hair
Books For Upper Primary Students
Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers
Getting to know world-famous musicians is also a relevant activity that will boost your children’s musical interests through literacy. In this book, children will learn about the lives of four renowned composers and the masterpieces they have created, in a fun and humorous way.
The Wizard of Oz
“The Wizard of Oz” is an American children’s novel written by author L. Frank Baum. The story chronicles the adventures of a young farm girl named Dorothy in the magical Land of Oz, after she and her pet dog Toto are swept away from their home in Kansas by a cyclone.
The last kids on earth
Lost and Found
Fortune Cookie – The Chocolate Box Boy
Everything on a Waffle
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Chinese History in the Museum: Time Travel on the Silk Road
In the history of the unification of the Qin and Han Dynasties, the flourishing of the Tang Dynasty, and the silk road stretching East and West, we can find “material evidence” in this book, revealing its vivid appearance.
Mattia and grandpa
Letters to My Young Readers
Books For M1-M3 Students
“Ender’s Game” is a 1985 military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. Set at an unspecified date in the Earth’s future, the novel presents an imperiled society after two conflicts with the Formics, an insectoid alien species dubbed the “buggers”. In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, children, including the novel’s protagonist, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, are trained from a very young age by putting them through increasingly difficult games, including some in zero gravity, where Ender’s tactical genius is revealed.
One Crazy Summer
A Long Walk to Water
Almost American Girl
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)
Inside Out and Back Again
“Souvenirs Entomologiques” is a long-length biological catalogue created by French entomologist and writer Jean-Henri Casimir Fabre. This book focuses on insect biology and summarizes the types, characteristics, habits and reproductive habits of insects. It records the real life of insects, expresses the “spirit” shown by insects when they fight for survival, and also records Fabre’s passion for insects. This book promotes: research motivation, life ambition, knowledge background, living conditions, etc.
My mother is an elf
I and the Temple of Earth
Im Westen nichts Neues
Record of Lady Sa’s Southward Journey
This 18th-century Korean novel by Kim Man-jung is a record of Lady Sa’s Southward Journey is an. Set in the Ming dynasty of China, it was written in the eighteenth-century during the Joseon dynasty under the reign of King Sukjong. Unlike most written works of unknown authorship, the novel has been attributed to a single author.
The Diary of a Young Girl
The Houseguest and My Mother
Books For M4-DP2 Students
“Every Day” is a young adult, romance and fantasy novel written by American author David Levithan. “Every Day” is also a New York Times bestseller. Compared with previous works, American writer David Levithan’s “Every Day” can show the author’s ingenious ideas and writing. Readers can think about love and loneliness, belonging and leaving, belief and dreams…. This book has been ranked among Amazon’s 2012 Top 100 Books, Best Youth Books and other various lists.
The Red Queen
The Sun is Also a Star
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Graveyard Book
The Little Prince
And Still I Rise
The Hate you Give
I’ll Give you the Sun
The Right Stuff
Ready Player One
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Lovely Bones
Flowers for Algernon
The Fault in our Stars
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Into Thin Air
Guns, Germs, and Steel
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
How to Be an Anti-Racist
The Red Tent
Don Quijote de la Mancha
Don Quijote de la Mancha is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes. It was published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615. A founding work of Western literature, it is often labeled “the first modern novel” and many authors consider it to be the best piece of literary work ever written. Don Quixote also holds the distinction of being the second-most-translated book in the world after the Bible.
The most beautiful life of life is the Qing Dynasty
The First Half Of My Life
Skylark crowed all day
Kim Joo-young’s “Robbery Training” deals with major problems in modern society. It properly combines the core characteristics of Kim Joo-young’s work, such as the“growth of children” and “urban poverty”. His main motif is about wandering, and mainly deals with the strong bond of the underdogs that go against the injustices of authority. Kim Joo-young delivers a “people-centered” interpretation of history.
The Canning Factory
I Am Food
Burying a Treasure Map at the U-turn
Puy, Thuy, Whatever
Spring Afternoon, Three Widows
The writer Zhi’An once said:” The greatest meaning of reading is to be able to meet all kinds of talented people between the lines.” With the help of books, we can gradually shape a unique self, improve self-cultivation and our knowledge. Finally, we can complete our self-education, step by step. We hope that the above reading materials will help students to meet their better self during this vacation!
The books are recommended by：
Marly Song（P1A Homeroom Teacher & ECE Lead Teacher）
Dominika Kawalek（P6A Homeroom Teacher & Upper Primary Lead Teacher ）
Winnie Huang（Primary Chinese Language teacher, Primary Chinese Language Lead Teacher）
Joey Fordyce（Head of EAL, MYP English Language Acquisition Teacher, Language Acquisition Subject Leader）
Susan Kim（MYP/DP Korean Literature Teacher）
Eunice Hou（MYP/DP Chinese Language & Literature Teacher, Secondary Chinese Language Lead Teacher）