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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 21 ISB Languages

May 18th, 2020 · No Comments

Many ISB families are enjoying Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone this month, thanks to the MS Faculty Read-Aloud. Did you know that this book is free online in many languages during COVID-19? 

To browse the ebook, audiobook, and print versions available in Thailand, visit Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 21 ISB Languages!

(Tip: log in to Sora first.)

Happy reading and listening!

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Audiobooks in Eight ISB Languages

April 30th, 2020 · No Comments

Need some screen-free fun (and listening practice)? Children’s audiobooks in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Japanese are available free at Audible Stories: Discover during COVID-19. Options range from novels to storybooks like Der kleine Siebenschläfer (The Little Dormouse) by Sabine Bohlmann, read in German by the author. Click to listen!

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Native Language Books Have New Home in MS/HS Main Library

May 29th, 2019 · No Comments

Need some multilingual reading for summer? Native Language books in ISB’s Main Library for MS/HS have moved to the tall shelving in the Literary Lounge, the room to the left as you enter the library.
The collection currently includes books in Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Turkish and Thai, and is due to to expand in both language range and book quantity in coming months (hence the extra space).
Meanwhile, summer checkout begins on Tuesday, June 4. Parents as well as students are welcome to borrow books! 
Summer checkout in the ES Library (Hub) also begins on June 4; the Native Language collection here includes books in Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish, and Thai.

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March 20th, 2019 · No Comments

The saying “a book is like a garden (carried in your pocket)” adorns pillows, mugs, bookmarks, t-shirts, and doormats in English, and the graphic above this paragraph was made by a user of German. But the proverb originated in Chinese.

And ISB’s Chinese parent community has given a gift of books to our students.

Proceeds from the Chinese stand at last year’s International Family Fair (IFF) have gone to fund two orders of books in Mandarin, for the ES Library (Hub) and the MS/HS Library. All of the books are now on shelves. These books were ordered by librarians in collaboration with Mandarin faculty to facilitate independent reading.

The title of this post features a version of the book/garden proverb in Traditional Chinese. Here is a version in Simplified Chinese:


We would like to say to parents 謝謝 and 谢谢!

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Books Signed for ISB Students in Korean

November 27th, 2018 · No Comments

A book signed 책과 함께 멋진 미래, “I wish you a wonderful future with this book,” for students at ISB.

On a recent storytelling trip to South Korea, ES Librarian Nat Whitman brought back several picture books signed in Korean by the authors. These books are now displayed in the ES Hub. They join a surprising number of signed titles in ISB’s Native Language collections, in both the ES and MS/HS libraries. It’s great to see authors send messages to ISB’s multilingual readers. 

An author encouraged ISB students by writing 오늘도 화이팅, “good luck” or “go for it!”

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Thai Books Available at ES Book Fair

October 4th, 2018 · No Comments

Nothing encourages children to read quite like attractive books, readily available. Today and tomorrow, October 4-5, families have the opportunity to buy Thai-language children’s books as part of the Book Fair in the ES Learning Hub. Open from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. today, and 7 a.m-2:30 p.m. tomorrow, the Nai-In stand (above) offers picture books through novels in Thai. Happy shopping!


Tags: Books · Mother tongue at home · Native Language at ISB

ISB Offers French, Spanish Picture Books Online

May 8th, 2018 · No Comments

Buying picture books in Romance languages in Asia can be a challenge. Did you know that the ES Hub (ES Library) offers online picture books in French and Spanish via Here are the steps to view a selection of books in these languages. To receive the username and password, ask in the ES Hub or email

1. Go to and enter ISB Username and Password.

2. Click on TumbleSearch. 

3. Go to Search by Language, and select language. French and Spanish currently offer the best selection of titles in addition to English. 

4. Browse book descriptions, and click Read Online to view a book.

5. Enjoy! Picture books on this site feature sound and animation.


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Two Multilingual Parenting Books, Two Places

March 21st, 2018 · No Comments

Not long ago, ISB welcomed education researcher Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, who teaches the course “Neuroscience of Learning” at Harvard University. Dr. Tokuhama-Espinosa’s books The Multilingual Mind and Raising Multilingual Children are helpful reads for ISB parents, and available to borrow in two places: the ES Hub and the Learning Design Center. Please stop by and browse!


Parenting books in the ES Library (Hub), including The Multilingual Mind and Raising Multilingual Children.


Language learning books in the Learning Design Center. The LDC is accessible from the top floor of the MS/HS Library. Parents welcome!


Tags: Books · Mother tongue at home

Books for International Mother Language Day 2018

February 19th, 2018 · No Comments

In observance of International Mother Language Day on February 21, the ISB libraries have displayed books in several languages represented on the ISB student body. To see the books, please visit the MS/HS Library or the ES Hub. 



Occasionally, community members express interest in donating books in various languages to the libraries. If you wish to do so, kindly speak with a librarian first about what titles suit the libraries’ needs. 

Whether you read a book from ISB, a local bookstore, or your home bookshelves, reading is a wonderful way to celebrate International Mother Language Day!

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What I’m reading…..

January 24th, 2017 · No Comments

Raguenaud, V. (2009) Bilingual by Choice. Boston: Nicholas Brealey Publishing

Wang, X-L (2008) Growing up with Three Languages. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters

Tokuhama-Espinosa, T (2003) The Multilingual Mind. London: Praeger

Tags: Bilingualism · Books · Mother tongue at home · Multilingualism