The Barefoot Librarian

Kimbra Power

Books to Eat a Sweet Success

A huge thank you to the 45 participants in Books to Eat Round One. Many 4th and 5th graders collaborated with friends and family to create such a variety of entries. Congratulations to all the participants for taking the time and making the effort to do something new.


Books to Eat 2017

Books to Eat


4th and 5th grade April 10th
2nd and 3rd grade April 17th
PreK, K and 1st Grade April 24th

Where: Drop your creations, and book, off at the Elementary Library on Monday morning.

Why: Because it is fun…and yummy!

Who: We’d love you to work with your family; you can also work with your friends.

… and if you are scratching your head wondering about the What:

*Think of a book, and make something edible to go with the book.

*You could bake a cake, and frost/ice it to look like:

-the cover of the book

-a character from the book

-a scene from the book

*You could make a cake shaped like a character/scene in the book

*You don’t have to make cakes, or cupcakes, or even sweet things…some of our entries have been

-ice cubes (for the book Frozen)

-vegetables (for the book Little Pea, for the book Green)

-cereal (for the book The Infinity Ring, for the book Cornflakes)

-popcorn (for the book Popcorn)

-meat (for the book I smell like Ham)

-bread (for the book The Princess and the Pea)

-pasta (for the book The Pasta Factory)

-jello (for the books Alice the Fairy, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish)

-turkish delight (for the book The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe)

-liquid (for the book Chemical Chaos)

-milk (for the book Fortunately the Milk)

-pancake (for the book If you give a pig a pancake)

*Please make something on the Sunday at your house, or with a friend.

*Bring your creation AND the book (we can help you find it in the library if needed, but give us some notice) in to the ES Library on the Monday morning

*We will all look at it, photograph it, reward it and eat it on the Monday afternoon.

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A Fortunate Life

This year we’ve been so lucky to have so many wonderful authors, illustrators and poets visit Shanghai American School.

David Greenberg, Steve Swinburne, Steve Jenkins, Robin Page, Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger have entertained and educated our students. They’ve shown them insights into a world that often didn’t exist when they were children, a career path that not many of them as students were exposed to. But now our students HAVE been exposed to a life where you can make a living being creative, where following your passion, following your dreams can give you opportunities and experiences you never imagined.

Thank you Shanghai American School for backing up our Mission, and bringing these amazing presenters into the lives, and hearts, of our students.

Our Mission Statement

Shanghai American School inspires in all students:

A lifelong passion for learning

A commitment to act with integrity and compassion

The courage to live their dreams.


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Sold Out

Our Visiting Author books are selling out fast; we will certainly sell out of hardback books by Thursday with these titles already sold out.

We have two or three copies left of each of these- only TWO of Never Smile at a Monkey and Animals by the Numbers; these are for sale at 125 but you’ll have to be quick.

Have a look here if you want to see the schedule for this Thursday and Friday and full list of books for sale.

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Poets and Authors and Illustrators Oh My!

We are so lucky to have not one, not two, not three, but FOUR visiting authors on Pudong Campus this week. Not only do we have the incredibly talented Robin Page and Steve Jenkins here with all of Elementary and 7th grade, but for two whole WEEKS Poets Extraordinaire Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger are back here, for the FOURTH TIME.

With authors and illustrators contacting our library team, faculty and administrators on a weekly basis requesting visits to our terrific school, why would we have the same people back here four times you might ask?

Because they are THAT GOOD. They provide the best ‘bang for your buck’  because they give 110% to the students and teachers, with so many different workshops to offer. As well as being able to do larger more general presentations and assemblies, they also have over 25 writing clinics they offer to classroom teachers. This information is given to us ahead of time, so that teachers can choose which clinic best caters to their needs. Most of these clinics run for about an hour, but again, they can be tailored to the teacher’s needs.

Sara and Michael are so well traveled, truly global visiting authors; they go to International Schools all over the world. What that means for us is that they KNOW our students, they KNOW and UNDERSTAND where they’ve come from and where they’re headed. It really makes a difference. I urge you to read about them on their site and you’ll see what I mean; what they don’t know about Poetry isn’t worth knowing.

Sarah and Michael will be presenting tomorrow to 5th grade, and several times to 4th grade over the next two weeks. Contact your child’s homeroom teacher for details.

Here are some photos from a workshop I went to with these wonderful people just last Thursday, I walked away with more than a few terrific ideas I’ll be trying out with students soon.

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This Time Next Week

Steve Jenkins and Robin Page will be here. They are our final Elementary Visiting Authors for the school year; here at the same time as the wonderful Poets Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger. (Sara and Michael will present to 4th and 5th grade only).

Read more about Steve and Robin’s visit here. In the last two sessions of Library Check-Out time, we have perused Robin and Steve’s books, book-talked several titles in detail, and watched this great clip showing how Steve put together The Animal Book.


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Battle of the Books Shanghai

In 8 weeks from now, 7 SAS Elementary Students from 5th grade, will join many Middle Schoolers from other International Schools in Shanghai to compete in Battle of the Books. Congratulations Roman, Leyee, Emily, Emma, Miranda, Rex and Bryan for taking on this responsibility.

We will be reading wonderful titles such as The War that Saved my Life, The Thing About Jellyfish, Fish in a Tree and Goodbye Stranger. Learn more about these books and all about Battle of the Books here.

The philosophy of the Battle of the Books program is “to encourage reading by all students “.   Students, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints by prominent authors. The game format creates interest and excitement in reading.   Through the fun and excitement of the competition, students improve reading skills, mature in their choices of reading materials, and acquire a broader knowledge base.   Even during the height of the competition, students and coaches should remember that the goal is to READ, not necessarily to win!


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Steve Jenkins and Robin Page are in the house!

News from the Library   

Xin Nian Kuai Le to you and your family

Firstly, a HUGE thank you to the parents who have been regularly volunteering in our library; do you know how great it is to see you here? We appreciate it so much. Thank you for making the effort,

Steve Jenkins and Robin Page Visit  

On March 2nd and March 3rd Pudong Elementary Students (K-5) are in for a treat when not one, but two amazing, award-winning, author/illustrators share their secrets in the Elementary Library. Steve Jenkins and wife Robin Page, have co-authored over a dozen books together, and we have over 30 of Steve Jenkins books in our Elementary Library.

These authors will educate our children on the complex process of book-making, from the research stage right through to publication. On making books Steve says:



Below is the schedule for the authors visit; they are dividing their very short time with Middle School Art, so out time together will be intense and pack a punch. Until their visit, students are exploring all Steve and Robin have to offer as we read and discuss amazing books like Actual Size, Creature Features, Animals by the Numbers and the Caldecott Honor winner, What do you do with a Tail Like This?

Books for Sale

If your child likes books about animals, nature, non fiction, facts, then you are going to want to buy some of the books we have. There are over 500 books for sale. It sounds like a lot right? However, right now they are hidden in the Primary Library and we’ve already sold over 30! The hardback books in particular will sell very quickly, an autographed book always makes a wonderful gift, or personal keepsake.

If you would like to buy a book, look over the available titles below, and send in money with your child as soon as you can; to avoid disappointment, perhaps have a couple of titles in mind. We have many copies of the paperback versions, but like I said, hardback goes fast. They really are beautiful, come by and see them for yourself next time you are in school.

Author Schedule

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Stephen Swinburne Coming Soon

Students are thrilled that our first author for 2017 is Stephen Swinburne as they LOVE nature, LOVE animals, and LOVE music and Steve is bringing all three loves right to our doorstep!

If you’d like to buy one of Steve’s books, send money in to the ES Library and we’ll organize the book to be signed for you and get it back to you during our author’s visit.



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Revelations and Resolutions

How can it be 6 weeks since I’ve blogged here? (That’s a revelation) leading to the resolution…Must Blog More Regularly. aka MBMR!


Our school platform has changed to schoology; after about 10 years with blogs, I’m adjusting to the change.

One of the best things about living in China, and there are many, is that we get TWO chances at New Years Resolutions…the standard old January 1st…. lose weight, exercise more, drink water…blah blah blah…AND we get Chinese New Year, which this year falls on January 28, a wonderful FOUR weeks after our first set of resolutions; so perfect for a little bit of necessary fine tuning…

Resolutions I’m dallying with include…but are not limited to:

*Making more effort (any effort) on Goodreads as right now it is just embarrassing! (so to help that goal, I’ve signed up for the 2017 book challenge to read 250 books this year; started the year with a bang thanks to 12 hours on a plane and have knocked over about 8 so far!)

*Writing letters and postcards, or at LEAST some long e mails. I collect postcards everywhere, I even have some local stamps tucked away. My best writing effort was when my Nanna (grandma) turned 90. I mailed her a postcard a day for 90 days, she loved it! So time to put the pen in to gear and start culling the last ten years worth of collected cards by mailing them to those near and far…Need to smarten up that goal a little, but hey, that’s for CNY!

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-11-52-00-am*I’d like to tighten up my social media presence and get more serious with insta…try a couple more # like #bookaday #authorofthweek #student reader etc. I can do more with my barefoot librarian feed…stay tuned! I might try and get back into FB with the Barefoot Librarian Page…but otherwise, that platform is over for me.

*Keep sorting out our possessions and stop hoarding; enough said.


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