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Reading suggestions from and for the teachers/staff/administration of UNIS Hanoi.

Book-a-day Challenge

"If we believe that reading over the summer is important for children, how can we revitalize our own reading lives over the summer? Beyond our responsibility as a reading role model for the young readers in our lives, we need a boost, too."

-- Donalyn Miller (author of The Book Whisperer)

Who Is Reading?

What Are You Reading?

In response to a recent survey, teachers and staff have revealed their recent reads. When do they find time, among all the exams, essays and reports? For many people in the UNIS Hanoi community, reading is a priority. Aside from it being an enjoyable activity, scientific studies show the many benefits of reading every day, including, among others, less stress, healthier lifestyle in general, and greater empathy.

Staff Picks -- What Our Teachers and Staff Are Reading

The Castle

 by Franz Kafka

-- My Nguyen Kieu, Procurement Officer

The Mediterranean Caper

by Clive Cussler

-- Marc Vermeire, MS Principal

Indian Summer

by Alex Von Tunzelmann

-- Maeve O'Donovan, Board of Directors Administrator 

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

-- Lily Liu, Mandarin Teacher

Where the Forest Meets the Stars

by Glendy Vanderah

-- Cody Taggart, Enrichment Coach, Maths Teacher

El Silencio de la Ciudad Blanca

by Eva García Sáenz

-- Aitor Rey, Spanish Teacher

Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire

by Victor Sebestyen

-- Nicholas Valldejuli, MS I&S Teacher

A Long the Riverrun

Richard Ellmann

-- David Carter, ES EAL Teacher

Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures

by Stephen Fry

-- Geoffrey Piggot, MS English Teacher

The Refugees

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

-- Liana Bianchi, Marketing Manager


by Michelle Obama

-- Jesse Bradley, MS Art & Design Teacher

The Whole-Brain Child

by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson

-- To Thu Le, Alumni Officer

The 1,000 Year Old Boy

by Ross Welford

-- Megan Brazil, ES Principal

George Orwell: the Authorised Biography

by Michael Shelden

-- Elliott Cannell, DP Coordinator

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

by Dalai Lama XIV and Desmond Tutu

-- Sarah Schneider, HS Teacher

Training the Best Dog Ever

by Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz & Larry Kay

-- Anya Russo, K2 Teacher

Normal People

by Sally Rooney

-- Bronwyn Hutton, Maths Teacher

The Librarian of Auschwitz

by Antonio Iturbe

-- Nikki Carey, ES Physical Education Teacher

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

by Dashka Slater

-- Kristi Belete, EAL Teacher

We Should All Be Feminists

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Kristi Belete, EAL Teacher

African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan

by Thomas Lockley & Geoffrey Girard

Colin Campbell, CAS Coordinator


by Kazuki Kaneshiro, translated by Takami Nieda

-- Nora Graham, Teacher

The Incredible Book Eating Boy

by Oliver Jeffers

-- Kristin Partridge, Teacher

The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations

by Toni Morrison

-- Casey Nolen-Jackson, Counselor

Gold Run: The Rescue of Norway's Gold Bullion from the Nazis, 1940

by Robert Pearson

--Kirk Jackson, Counselor

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

by Yuval Noah Harari

-- Laura Berrish, ES EAL

[Thiên Táng] = Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet

by Xinran

-- Nguyen Bien Thuy, CSL Officer

Trên Đường Băng


-- Hoang Viet Nga, Advancement Data Curator

The Mind: It's [sic] Projections and Multiple Facets

by Yogi Bhajan

-- Michelle Noullet, Teacher

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

-- Keri Giller, Teacher

Mason & Dixon

by Thomas Pynchon

-- Jackson Garland, Film Teacher/Theatre Manager


by Philip K. Dick

-- Jackson Garland, Film Teacher/Theatre Manager

House of Leaves

by Mark Z. Danielewski

-- Jackson Garland, Film Teacher/Theatre Manager

The Universe in Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time, and Beyond

by Christophe Galfard

-- Donna Frose, Teacher


by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

-- Stacey Maire, Teacher

Do They Hear You When You Cry

by Fauziya Kassindja

-- Sayoko Oda, Teacher

Wild Seed

by Octavia E. Butler

-- Nicole Moodie, EAL Teacher

LEGO Architecture Studio

ed. by Christopher Turner

-- Nghia Pham, Business Systems Analyst

Kiffe Kiffe Demain


-- Valdir Chagas, French Teacher

Eating Dirt

by Steve Gurney

-- Tanya Lee-Parker, HS PHE Teacher

Fantastic Mr. Fox

by Roald Dahl

-- Colin Campbell, Media & Film Teacher, Service Learning


by Madeline Miller

-- Kimberley Yash, Science Teacher


by Nick Drnaso

-- Griffin Loynes, IB MYP/DP Language A Teacher

Pay It Forward

by Catherine Ryan Hyde

-- Nguyen Thu Hang, Teaching Assistant

The Beauty of Humanity Movement

by Camilla Gibb

-- Francesca Biros, EAL Teacher

Active Parenting of Teens

by Michael Popkin

-- Cao Thi Hoai An, Admissions Admin Officer

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)

by Brandon Sanderson

-- Luke Dore, Math Teacher

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

by M.T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin

-- Laura Kaufman, Teacher

A Tale for the Time Being

by Ruth Ozeki

-- Michelle Wise, Visual Art Teacher

Tower of God

by SIU

-- Luke Dore, Math Teacher

Nicholas and Alexandra

by Robert K. Massie

-- Donna Frose, Teachers

My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1)

by Elena Ferrante

-- Seran Choi, Korean Teacher


by Yuyi Morales

-- Kristi Belete, Grade 5 EAL Teacher

Viet Nam: Tradition and Change

by Hữu Ngọc

-- Carlo Palusci, Teacher

Her Fearful Symmetry

by Audrey Niffenegger

-- Emma Hamilton, Art Teacher

Their Eyes Were Watching God

by Zora Neale Hurston

-- Nathan Smith, G5 Teacher

The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity

by Kwame Anthony Appiah

-- Jennifer Louvet, HS English Teacher

The Murmur of Bees

by Sofia Segovia

-- Emma Silva, Director of Advancement

United Nations International School, Hanoi