This is my first round-up post since Iphigene is a bit tied at the moment. We are also doing this a few days early so that we can likewise join the Carnival of Children’s Literature which is being hosted this month by Great Kid Books.

Fractured Fairy Tale Special

We have reviewed quite a number of fractured fairy tales for this month and we will be extending this ’til the first week of September so do watch out for other exciting titles that we have in store for you. In August though, here are the links to our reviews:

Reading Challenge Update

Since we were ambitious at the beginning of the year, we thought that we could take on FOUR reading challenges, we are doing good so far (ok, some better than others). And here are our numbers.

  • Picture Book Reading Challenge Update: 99 out of 120 – I must confess that this is my favorite reading challenge. Lovelovelove picturebooks!
  • Persons of Color Reading Challenge Update: 41 (out of targeted 25) – we have long since completed this challenge so we are just including our links as part of the PoC’s database – and to hopefully win a few more book prizes (teehee).
  • Murakami Reading Challenge Update: 2 of 7 (check out Iphigene’s review on What I talk about when I talk about Running) – this reminds me I need to help Iphigene on this one
  • South Asian Challenge Update: 4 of 7 (finally, I was able to post something here with Paro Anand and Atanu Roy’s Wing Less).

365 Reading Project: 2011

We never seem to run out of creative ideas here in GatheringBooks – and I am very happy that my two lovely ladies indulge me with these bursts of creative insights. One such idea is our intention to collectively read 365 books for 2011. Here is our progress so far:

  • January-February – 94 books
  • March-April – 96 books
  • May-June – 62 books
  • July: 65 books
  • August
    • Myra – 37 books
    • Iphigene – 3 books
    • [Fats – To be Announced and posted in September]
    • Total: 40 books

This means that for eight months, the three of us were able to read 357 books in all. We would then need to read 8 more books in the next four months to reach our 365 goal. Dare I claim that we might even exceed our 365 Target! That’d be awesome. Let’s keep our fingers crossed with that one.

Quill Junior

We are privileged to continually represent children’s fresh young voices in our site. We try to publish one post from a tweener, teenager, a child’s voice every 7th of the month. Click here for more details.

For August, our GatheringBooks Quill Junior Contributor is Nurul Iiman Bte Said, a 15 year old girl from Hougang Secondary School in Singapore. Here is her review entitled: Mighty Men – Heroes who Made a Difference.

Poet’s Sanctum

For the months of July and August, we are privileged to feature Tita Lacambra Ayala’s Poetry which we share during Poetry Fridays. Here are some of our posts for the month of August:

Blog Meme and the Kidlitosphere

We continue being active in the kidlitosphere and the blogosphere through our participation in themed-days as hosted by wonderful bloggers/ librarians/ bibliophiles as could be seen below.

Nonfiction Monday

Book Talk Tuesday

Interview Wednesday

It is exciting that for a particular week, we actually hosted Interview Wednesday here at GatheringBooks. We have a 2-part feature on Graphic Novelist Paolo Fabregas this August as could be seen below:

With Paolo and his Graphic Novel

Here is the round-up post for Interview Wednesday which we hosted on the 3rd of August.

In My Mailbox

We have also participated quite regularly with the meme In My Mailbox as hosted by Story Siren every Sunday. Here are some of our posts and recent buys for August:

Academic Nook

Last but not the least, we are particularly proud of Prof. Tuting Hernandez’ piece entitled “Done Kissing Frogs” over at Behind the Books which fits perfectly with our Fractured Fairy Tale Bimonthly theme. This incisive, sharp, and witty essay was likewise reposted in an online progressive Filipino Newspaper (P3) as could be seen here.

Academic Nook: Prof. Tuting Hernandez

Wow, that was a long round-up post. Looking forward to the last four months of the year. 2011 would be over before we know it.

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).

5 comments on “Carnival of Children’s Literature and Round-up for August

  1. Oh, my, when you lay it all out like this I am in awe of all you achieve on the blog in a month (and a holiday month at that!)… Gathering Books is going strong!


    • Hahaha. We do try, dearest Joanna. It’s been a tradition now to do round-up posts every month. Must be the ‘teacher’ mode in us, wanting to organize and lay out things in this fashion.


  2. Pingback: Carnival of Children's Literature and Round-up for August | | Children Picture Book

  3. You are busy!


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