Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) Book Hunting Expeditions

Book Hunting Expedition (3): Library Love, AFCC Loot, and May Winner for the AWB Reading Challenge

It’s Sunday! Time for us to post the books that we have ‘hunted down’ during the week for our Book Hunting Expeditions Sunday theme. I have no recent acquisitions but I shall be featuring the books that I borrowed from our libraries here in Singapore as well as the books that were given to me during the recent Asian Festival of Children’s Content here in Singapore.


One of the greatest things about the AFCC for me is the chance to reconnect with old friends, meet new ones, and the booksbooksbooks that fall into your lap. While I restrained myself from buying a lot of book goodies, a few old friends and new ones gave me several. How sweet is that!

These beautiful picture books are from the talented Naomi Kojima who I met a year ago during the AFCC. Here is her The Alphabet Picture Book and Singing Shijimi Clams. 

Aren’t signed books the best? Naomi actually meant to give this to me last year, I’m happy that we found each other this year and reconnected. 🙂

This lovely book is from one of our featured authors Ken Spillman several months back. It was great to see him again and to receive this lovely book from him: Jake’s Concert Horror as illustrated by Chris Nixon.

It was so nice to also receive this beautiful picture book from the author/illustrator himself, Jomike Tejido: Si Dindo Pundido. It was truly wonderful knowing so many Filipino authors and illustrators during the Festival. All Fall Down: A story of survival by Sally Nichols is a special gift that was given to me by the beautiful Candy Gourlay with the biggest heart imaginable. Thank you so much, Candy. I shall enjoy this book – because you gave it to me.

Featured Book

I was salivating as I stared at this book, and I am so grateful that Frances Ong from Tahanan Books gave it to me as a present: Doll Eyes written by Eline Santos, paintings by Joy Mallari and translated into Filipino by Augie Rivera. This book is simply luscious with glossy pages and such beautiful story-telling. I can’t wait to share my excitement over this book with all of you. 🙂

Library Love: The Central Public Library in Singapore

One of the new aspects of our Book Hunting Expeditions is to also share where our books came from. I managed to borrow a few books from the Central Public Library here in Singapore for our current bimonthly theme Festival of Asian Literature and the Immigrant Experience.

A 24-hour book drop. You just have to love our libraries. Here are the books I borrowed.

As you can see, a lot of Allen Say love going on here: Home of the Brave, Music for Alice, The Sign Painter, The Boy in the Garden, Kamishibai Man.

And because we love Ed Young: My Mei Mei.

A small tall tale from Far Far North by Peter Sis also promises to be a riveting read.

Very glad to have found these books as well: The Two Brothers by William Jaspersohn and illustrations by Michael Donato and I Hate English by Ellen Levine and Illustrations by Steve Björkman.

And of course there’s got to be some YA love thrown into the mix: Brooklyn Bridge by Karen Hesse and Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson.

May Winner for the Award-Winning-Books Reading Challenge

And we have a winner this May for the AWB Reading Challenge!

Congratulations to Darlene of Darlene’s Book Nook for her review of The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong. Do email me your contact details, Darlene, so we can send your book prize, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon courtesy of Pansing Books.

Whew! That was it. How about you? What are your book finds for the week?

4 comments on “Book Hunting Expedition (3): Library Love, AFCC Loot, and May Winner for the AWB Reading Challenge

  1. Lots of good finds here Myra. I looked up All Fall Down-interesting premise. I suspect older students would like it very much. I will look for more of those Allen Say books-know some but not all. I went to our library too yesterday & am checking out more Elephant & Piggie for my granddaughter & just to know all the stories for younger students too. I have been listening to more audio books, so found The Rag & Bone Shop by Cormier, Jesse, Gary Soto’s first novel, and Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor. Good finds! Thanks much for all this!


  2. I love the look of those Allen Say books – will certainly look for those. Hope you like All all Down – I love Sally’s books. Only wish I managed to get her to autograph it before giving it to you.


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