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Sakura Medal 2018 Nominees - International School Book Reading Competition, Japan.

Over 25 International Schools and over 20,000 students in Japan take part in the Sakura Medal annual book reading competition. Nominated books must not be more than 2 years old are are chosen by student, staff and librarians. All are recommended reading for children.

2018 Nominees in English

Elementary School - Chapter Books

Elementary School - Graphic Novels

Elementary School - Picture Books

Middle School

High School

2018 Nominees in Japanese

More details about the Sakura Medal >>>


Mr. Tim's recommendations

For High School students. Enjoyed by young adults and teachers alike - Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah



For seemingly every grade 4 to grade 7 student - Ghosts by Reina Telgemeier (Author-Illustrator)



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Author: Hi, I’m Tim from The Magic Crayons. I am a GradDipT, CELTA, and CELTYL qualified Primary and Kindergarten Teacher from the UK working at a Tokyo International School as an English Language Support teacher (ELS/EFL). IT Integration Specialist, and Teacher Librarian. This blog reflects my Graduate Diploma in Teaching studies with the University of South Queensland, Australia, PD, and ICT in the classroom interests. I create all the artwork and videos for the teaching materials within this website. New products and special offers will be announced here first. Everything I post is about products or services that I have tried in my own classes.

Amazon recommendations - May

The Handmaid's Tale
Amazon’s #7 most read. This on my students required reading list again this year - Tim
The ABC Murders: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot series Book 13).
If you are from the UK you will associate Agatha Christie with Sunday afternoon BBC TV. For secondary students it’s a gripping tale ! - Tim
National Geographic Kids Print Magazine
Great regular content for your child or students - Tim
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Buying the book is a start I guess ! - TIm