And we are back for the New Year! I am very happy to share that the book club for young readers that I am facilitating at the Jurong West Public Library would be continuing its run this January – June 2013. Here is the poster that was created by the fabulous NLB People.
Book Talk: First Session
We just had our first session yesterday, and as per usual, it was devoted to ‘booktalking’ whereby we nominate and decide on the books that we would be reading for the next five months. And the children have spoken, the books have been selected.
3 February Virtual Discussion (http://gatheringbooks.wordpress.com)
17 February Jurong West Public Library, 2nd level, 11-12nn
The kids were given a choice of whether we would be reading Requiem: Poems from the Terezin Ghetto by Paul Janeczko, Margarita Engle’s Surrender Tree or Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. And the children’s choice is:
March: Email an Author/Meet a Book Artist
10 March Virtual Discussion
17 March Jurong West Public Library, 2nd level, 11 am – 12nn
Since this is quite a busy month for most of the kids, we are hoping to invite an author, book artist, storyteller for our face-to-face session on the 17th of March and hopefully the kids can also get in touch with an author of their choice.
7 April Virtual Discussion
14 April Jurong West Public Library, 2nd level, 11 am – 12nn
I was very pleased to see that the kids came prepared for this session. Most of them brought their ‘favorite’ books for nomination as could be seen in the spread of books here, and they gave pretty good justification as to why they think the books should be read by the rest of the group.
I also shared a few titles alongside neat book trailers. And the children have chosen this book for April:
May: Award Winning Book
5 May Virtual Discussion
12 May Jurong West Public Library, 2nd level, 11 am – 12nn
We have quite a few nominees for this one: The Giver by Lois Lowry, from the mixed up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by e.l. konigsburg and Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck. And the children’s choice is:
June: Graphic Novel
9 June Virtual Discussion
16 June Jurong West Public Library, 2nd level, 11 am – 12nn
The nominees for this category include Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet Book One: The Stonekeeper, Gene Luen Yang’s Level Up, David Almond’s Slog’s Dad, and Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol. And the children have chosen: