"In the Know" Weekly Newsletter - The International School

Elementary Reading Challenge Begins Nov 3!

It is time for the Annual TIS Library Reading Challenge! It runs from November 3 to February 5, 2016 and this year's theme is We ♡Oregon. The main focus is on the experiences of the characters, real or fictional, humans or animals, past or present, who live in Oregon or the Pacific Northwest.

The goal of the reading challenge is to promote a community reading experience, to introduce students to high quality literature they may not otherwise read, and to promote literacy and a love for reading.


Students should read on their own or with an adult at least five books from the appropriate list and return the challenge form to the librarian no later than Friday, February 5. Certificates and prizes will be awarded to each student who completes the challenge.


The books have been selected by our beloved former librarian Tamara Beecroft.  The books are available in the TIS Library, your local public library or bookstore. There are two reading lists for K-2 and 3-5. If you would like your child to read a book or two from the list designated for students in a higher or lower grade level, feel free to do so, but please choose the majority of the books from the appropriate grade so your child can enjoy discussing the reading with their peers.

CLICK HERE for the Kinder through Grade 2 book list

CLICK HERE for the Grades 3 - 5 book list

ART PROJECT (Optional)

In addition to completing the challenge and reading books, students are encouraged to create an art project based on one of the books. We would like to see your art that reflect on what you have read, to creatively express ideas or emotions about the reading. This can be anything from a drawing or painting of a character or scene from the book, to a diorama or any other media or art form that you or your child can think of. Don’t make it too big!

Special thanks to Tamara for her work preparing the reading challenge!