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What is the Sakura Medal?
- The Sakura Medal is a
library reading program that has been designed to encourage
students to read and enjoy books of good literary quality.
It was launched in the 2005-2006 school year for students in
participating International Schools throughout Japan. This
year at St. Mary's, students in grades 2 through 5 will be
participating in the program.
Picture books :
2nd and 3rd grades
Chapter books : 4th and 5th grades
Graphic Novels : 4th and 5th grades
Japanese Picture and Chapter books : 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades
Only students may checkout "current" Sakura Medal Books.
- Chapter Book List (20bks) for 4th and 5th grade
- Graphic Novel Book List (12bks) for 4th and 5th grade
Picture Book List (20bks) for 2nd and 3rd grade
- Japanese Picture Book List (20bks) for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade
- Japanese Chapter Book List (12bks) for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade
The Sakura Medal was started by a group of teacher-librarians from International Schools throughout Japan. The books on the list have been published within the last three years and were selected on the basis of the following criteria: international authors, originality, literary quality, interest and appeal, and age appropriateness.
- Students in 4th and 5th grade must read at least five Sakura Medal Chapter books.
December 14th : 2 books
February 8th : 4 books
March 8th : 5 books
- Students will be given the list of Sakura Medal short listed books and may borrow copies from the Elementary Library (multiple copies available), other libraries or read their own copies.
- For every 5 or 3 books read, each student can place one vote at the end of the program. For example, if a student reads 10 books in the picture book category, he is entitled to place two votes.
- Students will be asked to keep a log of the Sakura Medal short listed books they have read. These logs will be kept in the Elementary Library and students can refer to them when it is time to vote.
Students will vote for their favorite book in April. The winning book will then be announced and the
author will be awarded the Sakura Medal.
←Winning books have this sticker on the book cover.
Sakura Medal Book Winner list
対象学年： ①低学年の部：G2,3 ②高学年の部：G4、5
用紙・字数： 400字 原稿用紙 ３枚以内（1200字以内）
応募作品： 日本語で書かれたもの 個人のオリジナルかつ未発表のもの
Sakura Medal Book Review Contest
Which schools in Japan are participating in the Sakura Medal Program?
Each year we participate in an art contest for the
Sakura Medal Program.
The three best posters for each category (Chapter books, Picture books and Japanese Chapter/Picture books) will be selected to advance to the final stage of the competition, the All-Japan International School Sakura Medal Art Contest.
Who may participate? : Students in 2nd Grade to 5th Grade
Theme: Sakura, Reading, Books, Japan themes ( please do not base your artwork on a specific book title)
The art should be the student's original artwork.
A4 sized paper: no exceptions
Full name, class and category on the back of the paper
Deadline: Tuesday, March 7th 2017 at 4:15
See the winner of Sakura Medal Art Contest from St. Mary's
2017 The All-Japan International School Sakura Art Contest Finalists
2016 The All-Japan International School Sakura Art Contest Finalists
2015 The All-Japan International School Sakura Art Contest Finalists
2014 The All-Japan International School Sakura Art Contest Finalists
2013 The All-Japan International School Sakura Art Contest Finalists
2012 The All-Japan International School Sakura Art Contest Finalists
How can I find out more about the Sakura Medal Program?
- If you have any other
questions about the program, please contact Ms. Hays in the
Elementary Library, Monday to Friday, 8:15-4:15.