WISS Celebrates Reading Month with Visiting Authors
Daring samurai sword fights, an epic journey of a mischievous monkey, a story from the mind – the visiting authors to Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) transported the students into the world of reading as it celebrated Reading Month at WISS! The month started with a spirited and exciting Character Book Parade where students and teachers dressed up as their favorite Book Characters. Next, the visiting authors came to speak to each of the grade levels (Early Years, Primary Years and Middle Years) and present their fascinating work in the world of writing and storytelling.
Regi Carpenter, an award-winning solo performance artist, dazzled the Early Years students with her captivating storytelling. Carpenter encouraged students to go to the library "in their minds" and create their own imaginative stories.
Popular children’s literature author Sarah Brennan, known for her Chinese Calendar Tales series, visited with the Primary Students, bringing along the mischievous Min Kee Monkey! The Tale of Min Kee Monkey is adapted from the famous Chinese tale Journey to the West, giving young readers an important connection to Chinese literature.
Author Chris Bradford, author of the Young Samurai series, brought his books and his samurai sword to show WISS students his craft and passion for the martial arts. Bradford entertained his student audience by introducing the main characters and storyline of his books with a fascinating martial arts and samurai sword demonstration.
WISS readers also participated in a Readathon that raises money for a library associated with the school’s Cambodia service project. Students have been reading all month and collecting sponsors to help fund a new library for a rural community in Cambodia.