The Panda Book Awards were founded at the International School of Beijing in 2009 by Nadine Rosevear. In 2015 the Panda Book Awards expanded to include Chinese Literature. ISB participates every year. Learn more here
Welcome to 2020 Chinese Panda Reading Initiative! To maintain, develop and improve our students’ proficiency either in their mother tongue or in their bilingual literacy, this initiative has been a Prek-12 effort to build capable and lifelong Chinese readers for 5 years.
Our Chinese Panda Reading Initiative also has attracted other international schools to join us in the past. We hope to create a reading culture for bilingual literacy in International School Community. Promoting independent, self-selected and joyful reading experience can help reach that goal.
For more information about this reading initiative, the booklists from the previous years, and the Panda literacy events, you may visit here.
We look forward to another year of celebrating reading with you!
The Panda Book Award, initiated in 2008 by librarian Nadine Dewit Rosevear, invites students and teachers from participating international schools in China and beyond to vote for their favorite book published in the previous school year.
Titles chosen for the shortlists of the Panda Book Award meet selection criteria that focus on social justice, diversity and inclusion by up and coming authors and illustrators from across the world. There is an added spotlight on titles that feature Asian settings, characters or creators.
The Panda Book Steering Committee, which includes an international representation of school librarians, is responsible for collecting input from schools, advertising the initiative, and organizing the voting.
There are seven separate title lists according to age level:
The panda was chosen as the program’s mascot as it holds a special place in the hearts of the Chinese people and is a symbol of peace and a token of forging friendly ties.
The Panda Book Award reading program promises to take our students on an exciting reading adventure. Classroom teachers, language arts teachers, and librarians are encouraged to distribute the reading lists to their students and to incorporate them into their daily teaching.
Fill out the registration survey (see left hand side of the page). This will ensure that your school's name will appear on the Panda voting site that you will receive by email in the lead up to voting.
Your students will have three weeks to cast their votes.
December - January : nominating titles for next year
July – August :
September – Chinese New Year: activities in schools culminating in voting
After the voting : and the winners are....