WISS Today Article

Today, the world celebrates World Book Day. At the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS), reading is essential and we know that books have the power to broaden our views, make us more tolerant, or simply entertain.  

During normal times books are important, but especially now when much of the world is hunkering down at home, reading is a welcome pastime. So join us as we celebrate by sharing the books that have made our #WISScommunity fall in love. 

Happy World Book Day

WISS Teachers’ Favorite Books

Faye White, Kindergarten Teacher at WISS

Reading has always been one of my favorite pastimes since I was a kid, starting with Harry Potter and Nancy Drew.  Now, I try to find pockets of reading time where I can, mostly during commute times. 

I like reading biographies, historical fiction, realistic fiction, romance, humor, memoirs, children’s books, and occasionally some reference books.  I’ve enjoyed quite a few stories, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be The Kite Runner by Kahled Hosseini.   

It’s a beautiful and intense story about the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, growing up in Afghanistan.  I would highly recommend this book as it will be hard to put down. 

Faye White, Kindergarten Teacher at WISS

Jaimi Litus, English Language Teacher at WISS

I enjoy books with a lot of action. My favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. 

The novel is about Edmund Dantes, a young man who has everything going for him at the moment – he is being promoted at work, has a good family, and he has a beautiful fiancé. However, some of his friends become jealous of him and fabricate a plan that throws him in prison for 14 years. He escapes, comes into money, and meticulously plans his revenge. 

I would recommend this book because it is an exciting tale of adventure and revenge. 

Jaimi Litus, English Language Teacher at WISS

Linnea McCully, Grade 4 Teacher at WISS

I have a pretty wide range of interests in books! I especially love mysteries, epic fiction, magical realism, memoir, and psychology. In the last few years, I have been trying to read an even wider range of books from authors around the world and about different experiences. During the Coronavirus crisis, I have been reading more than usual, as it is something that helps me to relax. I am now more than halfway through my reading goal for the year. 

It is really hard to choose a single book as my favorite! If I have to pick, I would say my favorite book is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It is the epic story of a family, told through different people and generations. I would recommend this book because the writing is beautiful and I’ve never read anything else like it. 

James Murphy, Nursery Teacher at WISS

I like to read all kinds of books.  Usually, I read books that are recommended to me by my family and friends.  Currently, I am reading a book called Little Bee by Chris Cleave. This book was highly recommended by my friend and fellow WISSian, Faye White.   

Being an Early Years teacher, I definitely read children’s books more than any other type.  One of my all-time favorites is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.  I remember reading this book when I was in kindergarten and have loved it ever since! 

James Murphy, Nursery Teacher at WISS

David Vega, Spanish Language Teacher at WISS

I like to read books from different genres. My favorites are historical fiction, mystery, and dystopian novels. Same as genres, I have many favorites books. One of my favorites is 1984 from the British writer George Orwell. 

The book is set in a dystopian future in which London is part of a totalitarian country called Oceania. It’s about a government employee who discovers that the government is lying to the public. 

First of all, the story is highly engaging, and it has many moments of action and suspense. From the beginning, you want to keep reading more and more. 

Secondly, the book makes us reflect on our role as citizens in society, and it helps us develop our thinking skills. 

David Vega, Spanish Language Teacher at WISS


And what about you? What is your favorite book, and why would you recommend it?  

World Book Day isn’t the only time WISS celebrates the love of reading!  

Take a look back at WISS Book Week and check out the WISS Library in our 360° VR Tour