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GatheringReaders: Session on Favorite Authors

Last week, I shared about the book club for young readers (GatheringReaders) here in Singapore that I have organized only for this month (December). For our second session in GatheringReaders, we shared some of our favorite authors and brought some of their books. Here are some of our photos from this afternoon’s session.

This is Jiaqi talking about her favorite author, Emily Gravett – also one of our absolute favorites here in GatheringBooks. I have actually done a review of four of her books as can be found here.

Brothers Andy and Jason shared that they mostly read information-themed books this week. They also noted that they love Geronimo Stilton.

The very lovely Sophie chose Brian Selznick – this young reader managed to read the entire book The Invention of Hugo Cabret in four days time! How’s that for fast?! Way to go, Sophie! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book.

My nine year old, Myka, reading off her list of books that she managed to read this week – she wrote it in her book journal.

Mother and daughter having a short discussion.

Myka’s favorite author: R. L. Stine. I told ya she’s deeply into the Goosebumps thing.

Jiaqi actually did a whole research into Emily Gravett and her life, where she’s based, and some of the books she has created. I am always amazed by this girl.

Älvi’s favorite author is Roald Dahl – and she brought three of his books with her!

This is Älvi – excitedly reading a passage from The Twits – she seems to have memorized the entire book!

The kids spread out on the floor with their books.

Älvi sharing another passage from this Roald Dahl book.

7 year old Madilyn shared some of the books she has read this week with the rest of the group.

Now it’s my turn to share my favorite author, Suzy Lee, and her book Alice. Her adaptation of the classic Alice in Wonderland.

Kids couldn’t seem to get enough of the book.

I also shared with them my other favorite author, Shaun Tan! And we all watched his The Lost Thing together based from his picture book. It was a beautiful discussion talking about lost things we have found and discovered and what we did with them. I found the entire film on youtube:

I also borrowed all these lovely books from our library for the kids to go over. I also asked them to share what they loved most about the books that spoke to them. All of these titles are wordless picture books. I would be coming up with a list of our recommended wordless picture book titles in a few weeks’ time before the year ends.

That was a pretty good session that we had. Until next week, kids!

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).

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