A book is a gift you can open again and again (Garrison Keillor). This year, on April 23rd, we’ll be celebrating the 25th anniversary of World Book Day.
It was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.
During Covid-19, we all had to isolate ourselves at home as this would be the best way to protect ourselves and others. Suddenly, many of us found ourselves with more time to think and to read than we’ve had in a long time. This has enabled us to reconsider the way we looked at ourselves, at the world, and to stimulate our minds.
To foster good reading habits among the teachers, the school launched its first staff reading programme – the Newton Reading Award. We encouraged all staff members to read in quarantine, and to share their book list as well as their feelings in writing. At last, five winners were awarded as the Newton Reading Star and they are Ms. Linda, Mr. Markus, Ms. Lina, Mr. O’neal and Ms. Evangeline.
为了营造浓厚的读书氛围，培养全校员工良好的阅读习惯，我校开展第一届“牛顿阅读奖”，倡导在疫情期间，积极利用宅家时间开展阅读，分享好的书单以及读后感。通过综合评比票选，共有五位老师脱颖而出，获得了“牛顿阅读之星”的荣誉称号，他们分别是Ms. Linda, Mr. Markus, Ms. Lina, Mr. O’neal, Ms. Evangenline, 恭喜并祝贺他们！
Excerpt from a winning book review
I seem to be able to find myself in this book, though as a teacher. I am strict with the children, and the minor issues could easily make me lose my temper. I totally forgot what it was like being a child. Looking back to my childhood, I was so eagerly hoping that my elders could communicate their thoughts and feelings to me through language or characters. An idea occurred to me when I finished reading this book. Why not write down my feelings and my love for the children when I find it hard to control my temper?
Great love is like a mountain, whether it is between a father and a daughter or between a teacher and a student, while I am willing to be a climber.
— Review on Fu Lei’s Home Letters
Feng Zikai, Chinese painter, comic artist and writer,
there is no limit to reading, like the water never stops flowing.
Open a book, open a world.
Readers are like quiet travelers –
they read people and life between the lines and pages.
Never put off till tomorrow the book you can read today (Holbrook Jackson). Let’s explore the pleasures of books and reading!