Sakura Medal

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The Sakura Medal program brings together students from international schools across Japan each year to vote for their favorite books. The mission of the Sakura medal award program is to create a

show more community of lifelong readers in international schools in Japan. We aim for a diverse selection of fantastic and engaging books.

Major Themes

Develop a lifelong love of reading

Encourage reading, particularly outside the classroom setting

Create a community of readers, both in our individual schools and in the wider international school community

Highlight Japanese authors, setting, themes and culture

Highlight new and lesser known authors

Diversity of genre, author, countries, experiences, worldview, and underrepresented populations

Expose students to fantastic books in multiple formats, including graphic novels and non-fiction books

Winners of the Sakura Medal are awarded a certificate, a medal, and an original piece of art. We have modeled this after the Nobel Prize. The original art work is selected from a student art competition; an example of a past year's competition can be seen here.

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All, 2023 (9), 2022 (9), 2021 (9), 2020 (11), 2019 (7), 2018 (9), 2017 (10), 2016 (8), 2015 (8), 2014 (7), 2013 (7), 2012 (8), 2011 (9), 2010 (7), 2009 (7), 2008 (6), 2007 (6), 2006 (5)
Starfish by Lisa Fipps
Chapter Books2023
Marshmallow & Jordan by Alina Chau
Graphic Novels2023
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
High School2023
オオハシ・キング ぼくのなまいきな鳥 (みちくさパレット) (Japanese Edition) by Tamaki 当原珠樹 作 Tohara
Japanese Chapter Books2023
小説 聲の形, 上 by Youko Kurahashi
Japanese High School2023
小説 聲の形, 上 by Youko Kurahashi
Japanese Middle School2023
じゃない! by チョーヒカル
Japanese Picture Books2023
When the World Was Ours by Liz Kessler
Middle School2023
Anzu the Great Kaiju by Benson Shum
Picture Books2023
City Spies by James Ponti
Chapter Books2022
Cat Kid Comic Club: A Graphic Novel by Dav Pilkey
Graphic Novels2022
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
High School2022
猫神さまはお怒りです by 廣嶋玲子
Japanese Chapter Books2022
保健室経由、かねやま本館。 by Meguri 松素めぐりMatsumoto
Japanese High School2022
保健室経由、かねやま本館。 by Meguri 松素めぐりMatsumoto
Japanese Middle School2022
細菌ホテル by キム・ソンファ
Japanese Picture Books2022
Bloom by Kenneth Oppel
Middle School2022
Bad Dog by Mike Boldt
Picture Books2022
Ninja Kid by Anh Do
Chapter Books2021
Guts by Raina Telgemeier
Graphic Novels2021
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
High School2021
生き残りゲーム ラストサバイバル 最後まで歩けるのはだれだ! ? (集英社みらい文庫) by Hiraku Okubo
Japanese Chapter Books2021
世界は「 」で満ちている by 櫻いいよ
Japanese High School2021
世界は「 」で満ちている by 櫻いいよ
Japanese Middle School2021
パンどろぼう by Keiko Shibata
Japanese Picture Books2021
White Bird: A Wonder Story by R. J. Palacio
Middle School2021
The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood
Picture Books2021
The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf
Chapter Books2020
The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
Graphic Novels2020
Warcross by Marie Lu
High School2020
ぼくとニケ by 片川優子
Japanese Chapter Books2020
僕は上手にしゃべれない by 椎野直弥
Japanese High School2020
母さんがどんなに僕を嫌いでも by Taiji Utagawa
Japanese High School2020
僕は上手にしゃべれない by 椎野直弥
Japanese Middle School2020
母さんがどんなに僕を嫌いでも by Taiji Utagawa
Japanese Middle School2020
なまえのないねこ by 文子 竹下
Japanese Picture Books2020
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Middle School2020
Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang
Picture Books2020
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
Chapter Books2019
Real Friends by Shannon Hale
Graphic Novels2019
Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
High School2019
ぼく、ちきゅうかんさつたい by 松本聡美
Japanese Chapter Books2019
せかいいち まじめなレストラン by たしろちさと
Japanese Picture Books2019
Refugee by Alan Gratz
Middle School2019
The Bad Seed by Jory John
Picture Books2019
The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
Chapter Books2018
Ghosts: A Graphic Novel by Raina Telgemeier
Graphic Novels2018
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
High School2018
牛乳カンパイ係、田中くん めざせ! 給食マスター (集英社みらい文庫) by Takaaki Namiki
Japanese Chapter Books2018
世界の果てのこどもたち by 中脇 初枝
Japanese High School2018
いい人ランキング by 吉野 万理子
Japanese Middle School2018
てのりにんじゃ by 山田 マチ
Japanese Picture Books2018
The Novice by Taran Matharu
Middle School2018
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt
Picture Books2018
Masterminds by Gordon Korman
Chapter Books2017
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Graphic Novels2017
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
High School2017
羊と鋼の森 by Natsu Miyashita
Japanese High School2017
Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura
Japanese High School2017
繕い屋の娘カヤ by 曄田 依子
Japanese Middle School2017
おなやみ相談部 by みうら かれん
Japanese Middle School2017
チュンとカァのじゃんけんぽん! (PHPにこにこえほん) by 大森 裕子
Japanese Picture Books2017
The Rule of Three by Eric Walters
Middle School2017
Ida, Always by Caron Levis
Picture Books2017
Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
Chapter Books2016
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Graphic Novels2016
The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
High School2016
アヴェ・マリアのヴァイオリン (角川文庫) by 香川 宜子
Japanese High School2016
Futari by 2013. editor: ToÌ"kyoÌ" : KoÌ"dansha
Japanese Middle School2016
村上海賊の娘 上巻 by Ryō Wada
Japanese Picture Books2016
Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones
Middle School2016
The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak
Picture Books2016
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
Chapter Books2015
Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell
Graphic Novels2015
Butter by Erin Jade Lange
High School2015
慈雨の人 by 江宮 隆之
Japanese High School2015
クサヨミ (21世紀空想科学小説 3) by 藤田 雅矢
Japanese Middle School2015
Bodyguard Hostage Book 1 by Chris Bradford
Middle School2015
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Picture Books2015
Bodyguard Hostage Book 1 by Chris Bradford
Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O'Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind by Tom Angleberger
Chapter Books2014
Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
Graphic Novels2014
Every Day by David Levithan
High School2014
ルーズヴェルト・ゲーム by Jun Ikeido
Japanese High School2014
心の森 by 小手鞠るい
Japanese Middle School2014
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Middle School2014
Anton and the Battle by Ole Könnecke
Picture Books2014
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon
Chapter Books2013
Divergent by Veronica Roth
High School2013
あけちゃダメ! by Hideko Ogawa
Japanese Chapter Books2013
ぼくらのメリークリスマス (「ぼくら」シリーズ) by 宗田理
Japanese High School2013
地球をほる by Makoto Kawabata
Japanese Picture Books2013
Legend by Marie Lu
Middle School2013
E-mergency! by Tom Lichtenheld
Picture Books2013
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
Chapter Books2012
Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman
High School2012
さらば、シッコザウルス by 服部千春
Japanese Chapter Books2012
お父やんとオジさん by 伊集院 静
Japanese High School2012
秘密のスイーツ by Mariko Hayashi
Japanese Middle School2012
こんもりくん by Genichi Yamanishi
Japanese Picture Books2012
Blood Ninja by Nick Lake
Middle School2012
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
Picture Books2012
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Chapter Books2011
The Nest by Paul Jennings
High School2011
小さなりゅう by 長井るり子
Japanese Chapter Books2011
神様のカルテ by 夏川 草介
Japanese High School2011
招福堂のまねきねこ by 茂市久美子
Japanese Middle School2011
べべべん べんとう by Shinobu Saitō
Japanese Picture Books2011
むしばいっかのおひっこし by にしもとやすこ 
Japanese Picture Books2011
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Middle School2011
The Book That Eats People by John Perry
Picture Books2011
Sisters of the Sword by Maya Snow
Chapter Books2010
Numbers by David A. Poulsen
High School2010
はなこ 八月七日にひろったこねこ (ポプラちいさなおはなし) by なりゆき わかこ
Japanese Intermediate2010
ナニワのMANZAIプリンセス (ノベルズ・エクスプレス) by Hiroko‏ Arai
Japanese Intermediate2010
100かいだてのいえ by Toshio Iwai
Japanese Picture Books2010
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Middle School2010
The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg
Picture Books2010
The Name of This Book Is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Chapter Books2009
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
High School2009
夢をかなえるゾウ by 水野 敬也
Japanese High School2009
夢をかなえるゾウ by 水野 敬也
Japanese Middle School2009
ふしぎなでまえ (講談社の創作絵本シリーズ) by かがくい ひろし
Japanese Picture Books2009
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Middle School2009
Penguin by Polly Dunbar
Picture Books2009
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Chapter Books2008
Firestorm by David Klass
High School2008
獣の奏者 I 闘蛇編 by 上橋 菜穂子
Japanese High School2008
獣の奏者 I 闘蛇編 by 上橋 菜穂子
Japanese Middle School2008
Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie
Middle School2008
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
Picture Books2008
Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith
Chapter Books2007
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
High School2007
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
High School2007
佐賀のがばいばあちゃん by 島田 洋七
Japanese High School2007
The Recruit by Robert Muchamore
Middle School2007
Dougal The Garbage Dump Bear by Matt Dray
Picture Books2007
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
Chapter Books2006
Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz
High School2006
幸福な食卓 by 瀬尾 まいこ
Japanese High School2006
Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz
Middle School2006
Mystery at the Club Sandwich by Doug Cushman
Picture Books2006


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