Today marks a very significant day! I am now officially a member of the National Library Board here in Singapore. Hooray, hooray! And yes, I am proudly showing off my Library Card!
Since I pay an annual fee, I get to borrow eight books (alternatively I can borrow 4 cds/dvds and 4 books) instead of the usual six books for the regular non-paying Singapore resident. I truly do not mind paying the annual fee because they have an entire FLOOR just devoted to children’s books, and yet another floor for just the YA fiction. How can you not love that!
I figured that I might as well be a member seeing that my daughter goes to the community library anyway for her piano lessons in Yamaha which happens to be within the same building (The Frontier Community Club). While she does her musical scales, I can occupy my time poring over lovely books, as my husband shoots a few baskets in the nearby basketball court as well. Works wonderfully for all three of us.
Here are the books that I borrowed (yup, I borrowed eight books in all). Might as well, right?
I figured that this would be the perfect chance to borrow Lane Smith books that I don’t have for my Illustrator Feature in GatheringBooks. Seeing that we are all going-gaga over his new book, why not do a review of his other books/illustrations. So here are the Lane Smith titles that I borrowed (hopefully I finish the feature by next week).
These three books, on the other hand, showcase his wonderful artistic collaboration with another one of my favorites, Jon Scieszka:
I am a little intrigued by this Time Warp Series, I bought two myself while I was in the States but have not had the chance to read it yet.
Here are the other books that my daughter, Ela Bella, picked out:
She is undoubtedly, very much into the Diary series (Wimpy Kid, Amos Lee, she adores them).
Apparently, Stink is the younger brother of Judy Moody, another one of her favorites. Looks promising!
This one I chose myself simply because I am, without a doubt, a Joni Mitchell fan. And simply discovering that she has collaborated with an artist to create this picture book to feature her song Chelsea Morning was enough to raise goosebumps. I just had to borrow this book, and needless to say I shall feature this in Gathering Books. I was even thinking that we could do a Music/Picture Book special. This is because I noted that Bob Dylan has a picture book, even Will Smith, and other jazz notables like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday! I am uncertain whether they were active collaborators of the artists like Joni Mitchell in this book, or they just used the lyrical quality of their music and match it with lovely portraits to create picture books for children. We shall see in our next feature. Haha. =)
Happy reading everyone!*Book pictures were taken by me, books borrowed from the community library.