In the Philippines the end of May means the end of summer and the beginning of another school year. Here at Gathering Books the end of May marks an end to a busy month that has allowed us to make new acquaintances and build better bridges in the world of literature.
The AFCC (Asian Festival of Children’s Content)
I begin here as this is the freshest of experiences for Gathering Books. Myra was fortunate enough to be part of this festival and meet up with fellow bloggers Tarie and Corrine, while at the same time meet other bloggers, authors, illustrators and publishers. While Fats and I weren’t able to make it to the event, like you, we satisfied our curiosity with Myra’s four-part feature on the event.
- A Panel Discussion of Building a Nation of Readers via Web 2.0 -An introduction to Kidlitosphere and YA Blogsphere- features GatheringBooks, Asia in the Heart World on the Mind and Paper Tigers.
- Day One of the AFCC featuring Keynote speaker Stephen Mooser from USA, authors/illustrators such as Christopher Cheng from Australia, Choi YangSook from US/Korea, Liz Rosenberg from the US and author/illustrator Pooja Makhijani
- Day Two of the AFCC: Snapshots and Summaries with author Dianne Wolfer from Australia, children’s lit academic John McKenzie from New Zealand, pointers from topnotch literary agent Kelly Sonnack about what’s working and what’s not in children’s lit and YA and a video clip from author/film maker Nina Sabnani’s presentation.
- Final AFCC Post: Singapore’s Children Literature Lecture by His Excellency Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, President of Timor-Leste and Awarding of the Inaugural Scholastic Asian Book Awards 2011 and the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award.
1:4:1000 Book Drive
Our anniversary is just a month away and we are gearing up towards getting all those books to Samar. We’re still short of 1000 books and we hope that everyone out there could support this drive as we make this an annual event. So far however, we’ve received much support from the following book donors and pledges:
- Libby and Les Cohen
- Corrine from Paper Tigers
- Janus Education Services
- Pauline Funa (The Wannabe Literati)
- Anne Stockwell (Academic Excellence Lewis Center for Educational Research)
- Celina Bacani (Celina Books and Magazines)
- The Knoers (Chula Vista, CA)
- Stacy Johnson (Chula Vista, CA)
Thank you so much to these individuals for sharing with us their books. Some of the Gathering Books members will be donating their books as well. Also, in relation to this drive we’ve been posting every Wednesday since two week ago to remind everyone of our 1:4:1000 book drive. The posts are as follows:
For this week, expect a photo blog post on the books we’ve received from our generous donors. We’ll be accepting donations until JUNE 18. This is to ensure that all books shipped to Samar will get there in time for our visit in July.
GB Bimonthly Special: Mystery, Crime and Suspense (a whodunit challenge)
Our May/June theme is tied to the reading challenge we’ve been hosting since January 2011. For this theme we’ve reviewed only a few titles, a combination of picture books, YA literature and general (grown-up) fiction. Here’s the titles we’ve covered:
- Whoddunit? by Caroline Browne
- Detective Small in the Amazing Banana Caper by Wong Herbert Yu
- Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard and James Marshall
- Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective by David Biedrzychi
- Bad Day at Riverbend by Chris Van Allsburg
- Thirteen O’Clock by James Stimson
- Dovey Coe by Frances O’ Roark Dell
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
- The Black Book of Secrets by FE Higgins
We’ve reviewed nine (9) books so far. We’ll be adding more this June so watch out for that.
Our Whoddunit Reading Challenge
Our Whoddunit Database is growing and I’m hoping to be able to read some of the titles that I haven’t read before. I’m eyeing the Bradley Books. Anyway for May our contributions mostly came from Blackplume and Mental Wayfarer. New on the list are the following:
- Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich
- Confessions of a Death Maiden by Ruth Francisco
- Bad Girls don’t Die by Kate Alender
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Dying for Chocolate by Dianne Mott Davidson
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
For the links to the review check out our Whodunit Database. Thanks again to everyone who have participated in the challenge. THERE’S ONE (1) MONTH LEFT! We close the challenge in June and give our final three awards then.
365 Books Reading Project
We haven’t read as many books this May compared to the other months. I guess it also has to do with the amount of offline activities we participated in. For this project our goal is to collectively read 365 Books this year and here are the numbers:
- Jan/Feb: 94 Books
- Mar/April: 96 Books
- Myra: 9 Books
- Mary: 11 Books
- Fats: 8 Books
- Total: 28 Books
So, for the past 5 months we’ve read a total of 218 books. We still have 147 Books to go. That is 21 Books for the next seven (7) months. Not Bad! Whew! Almost thought it would be worse.
I’m typing this round up and I feel its going to be endless. Have we been this busy? Hmmm…crazy indeed.
On Reading Challenges
So in January we joined a few challenges. We haven’t progressed much, but let me share the numbers:
- South Asian Reading Challenge: 3 out of 7 (Pending one more review for Unaccustomed Earth, but we’ve posted the review for Anil’s Ghost)
- Murakami Reading Challenge: 1 out of 7 (Finally posted the review for Dance, Dance, Dance)
- Picture Book Challenge: 75 out of 120 (We originally had it at 72, but we decided to increase the goal to 120).
- POC Reading Challenge: We are done here, but just so we can contribute to its database we’re at 35 (out of 25)
As of last month we finished Paper Tigers’ Read the World Challenge. The progress has been great. For the South Asian Challenge I have few more to read, namely: Baumgartner’s Bombay and Madras on Rainy Days.
We have quite a number of submission for our Quill Junior from lovely Kids from Singapore and New Zealand. Will be posting some more in June. In May however we were happy to have Aila Orillaza, a Filipino based in New Zealand. Here’s the link:
If you know children/teenagers who may want to share their thoughts about a book they have recently read, visit our homepage (here) for the details. Thanks Aila for the review!
Finally, we welcome June and as we prepare to read more and do more this June we would like to thank everyone who has made this month such a fruitful and beautiful month for all of us. Gathering Books has been blessed with great readers, great participants and great friends this month! Until next!