Books are Love – 1:4:1000 Book Drive

When we first envisioned our One Year Blogiversary, we knew what we were in for: the logistical nightmare with three countries involved, the shipping costs, the challenge of bringing the books to the children in Samar. And we have tried to anticipate all that by planning ahead, documenting everything, and making sure that everything is accounted for and shared with everyone. What I did not anticipate was this outpouring of support, encouragement, and love through books.

I have personally scoured my own bookshelves, bargain stores here in Singapore to donate 100 books. Here is my family’s donation:

Collection of teacher resources, children's books, etc.

I am also very fortunate that so many other people here in Singapore have shown such generosity of spirit and kindness of heart as could be seen in their contributions found below.

From Janus Education Services, 80 books in all (thanks to Catherine Khoo and Carlo Venson for organizing everything!).

80 books in all donated by Janus!
Books written by children FOR children. How absolutely inspiring.

These books were donated by a Filipino based here in Singapore, Gladys Pacis (17 books, 8 magazines). Thank you so much Gladys.

Gladys handing over the books.
Gladys' beautiful daughter =) Thank you for sharing your books, dearest.

These are the lovely books shared by Maureen and Doug Neihart (37 books)!

Such lovely titles!
More books from the Neiharts!

A Filipino Lecturer from my Institution, Tracey Alviar, also donated five of her own books and asked some of her colleagues if they have any books to spare – and we received 17 more books and 8 magazines!

Handing over of books with Tracey
Tracey's lovely books
More books from Tracey's colleague
and magazines too!

I am also immensely grateful to the National Book Development Council of Singapore/ SG Book Council/ Asian Festival of Children’s Content for donating four huge boxes of luscious books to our project (approximately 220 titles in all – some of them have never been opened!). Before I flew to Penang last Friday for a conference, they have managed to leave a message for me on Facebook about their donation – and last Monday they have donated yet another box! Thank you so much Mr. Rama and Jade for arranging this and making this possible. The kids and the teachers in Samar would truly be very happy with all these lovely titles.

Blessings to you Jade and Mr. Rama (and the rest of the National Book Development Council of Singapore and AFCC) for your generosity of spirit.
Jade and the Trolley of Books!
Additional box donated last Monday! =)

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “Books are Love – 1:4:1000 Book Drive

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