2011_Sakura_Medal_Label_(color_for_print).jpgThe Sakura Medal 2011

A book award program held at International School Libraries throughout Japan

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A Sakura Medal Blog for students

The Sakura Medal is a reading program designed to encourage reading and enjoyment of good quality books. It was initiated in the 2005-2006 school year for students in participating International Schools across Japan. Students read books from short lists prepared by library media specialists in the participating schools and voted in April 2006 for a winner. The winning author received the Sakura medal and a diploma containing a certificate and a piece of original art. There was a student art competition for the design of the diploma art.
The participating schools in 2010-2011
The American School in Japan
The British School in Tokyo
Canadian Academy
Canadian International School Tokyo
Christian Academy in Japan
Hiroshima International School
Hokkaido International School
International School of the Sacred Heart
Makuhari International School
The Montessori School of Tokyo
Nagoya International School
Nishimachi International School
Osaka International School
St. Mary’s International School
Saint Maur International School
Seisen International School
Tokyo International School
Yokohama International School

Past Winners

Picture Books: The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg
Chapter Books: Sisters of the Sword by Maya Snow
Middle School: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
High School: Numbers by David A. Poulsen
Japanese Picture Books: 100かいだてのいえ by 岩井 俊雄
Japanese Intermediate (tie):ナニワのMANZAIプリンセス (ノベルズ・エクスプレス) by 荒井 寛子 and は なこ 八月七日にひろったこねこ by なりゆき わかこ
Japanese Middle/High School: 告白 by 湊 かなえ
Picture Books: Penguin by Polly Dunbar
Chapter Books: The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Middle School: Unwind by Neal Shusterman
High School: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Japanese Picture Books: [[http://sakuramedal.wordpress.com/2008/12/07/ふしぎなでまえ-fushigina-demae-by-かがくいひろし-hiroshi-kagakui/|ふしぎなでまえ (Fushigi na demae) by かがくい ひろし (Hiroshi Kagakui)]]
Japanese Middle/High School: 夢をかなえるゾウ (Yume o kanaeru zo) by 水野敬也 (Keiya Mizuno)
Picture Books: Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen & Kevin Hawkes
Chapter Books: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Middle School: Girl Missing by Sophie McKenzie
High School: Fire Storm by David Klass
Japanese Picture Books:
Japanese Middle/High School: 獣の奏者 by 上橋 菜穂子
Picture Books: Dougal the Garbage Dump Bear by Matt Dray
Chapter Books: Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith
Middle School: The Recruit by Robert Muchamore
High School: Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Japanese High School: 佐賀のがばいばあちゃん by 島田 洋七
Picture Books: Mystery at the Club Sandwich by Doug Cushman
Chapter Books: Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
Middle School / High School: Arkangel by Anthony Horowitz
Japanese High School: Koufukuna Shokutaku by Maiko Seo

There are eight separate categories for 2010-2011:
|| English Picture Books ||
Japanese Picture Books
English Chapter Books
Japanese Chapter Books
Japanese Middle School Books
English Middle School Books
Japanese High School Books
English High School Books

The most important aspect of this program is that it encourages students to read quality books for fun. Although designed and initiated by teacher-librarians, this program is intended to involve all participants in the educational community: classroom teachers, administrators, librarians, and of course parents.