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GatheringReaders 1st Session: BookTalk!

As I have shared a few days ago, I am facilitating a book club for young readers here in Singapore in partnership with the Jurong West Community Library. We just had our first session three days ago, Wednesday, 25 July 2012 at the Programme Zone in the Library. There were seven kids in all including my ten year old daughter. We are hoping that there would be more kids who can join us in the succeeding sessions.

As this was the first time that I met some of the kids, it was important for me to really get to know them and to find out what books they read and love. We also discussed our schedule in the next few months and we also nominated a few of the books that we can all read together as a group. The books will be made available to GatheringReaders participants through the Jurong West Community Library. This was the result of our nomination and voting process.

Book for August – Fiction

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

8 August (Wednesday) – Virtual Meeting here in GatheringBooks

22 August (Wednesday), 5-630 pm – Meeting at Jurong West

Book for September – Award-Winning-Book

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman with Illustrations by Dave McKean, a Newbery Medalist book.

12 September (Wednesday) – Virtual Meeting

26 September (Wednesday), 5-630 pm – Meeting at Jurong West

An October Meet a Book Artist Special

Since I am expecting that most of the children will be busy in October as it is an exam period, their only task is to email or get in touch with their favorite author. They are to ask their burning questions as well as share with the author some of their thoughts about his/her books that they’ve read.

10 October (Wednesday) – Virtual Meeting and Update

24 October (Wednesday), 5-630 pm – Meeting at Jurong West. Meet a Book Artist!

November – Visual Storytelling through Picture Books

7 November: Virtual Discussion of Favorite Picture Books

21 November (Wednesday), 5-630 pm: Meeting at Jurong West Public Library

When I asked the children whether they still read picture books, I was dismayed to hear that they thought it was for little kids and they felt ‘proud’ that they have graduated from this genre. I am hoping that I can reintroduce them to visual storytelling and get them to recapture the breathtaking artwork and masterful storytelling that can be found in picture books.

A flurry of hands as the kids scrambled to get their very own special notebooks courtesy of the Library.

December: Graphic Novel

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

12 December, Wednesday, 5-630 pm: Jurong West Public Library

We would not be meeting online in December as this is to be our final meeting. I am hoping that there would be more kids who would join us as they see this fabulous line up of books. I also invite you dear friends to join us in our virtual discussions of the books (and yes, read with us!) so that the children would feel more comfortable in sharing their thoughts in the Comments Section of my post. See you all on 8 August for our discussion of The Mysterious Benedict Society!

** Special thanks to Benedict Yeo from the Jurong West Public Library for taking the pictures during the said event.

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).

2 comments on “GatheringReaders 1st Session: BookTalk!

  1. I have read all of them except the Benedict Society, Myra, & will see if I can join you. I am traveling until the 5th, but maybe I can squeeze it in. What a nice thing to do. I hope it goes well. Good choices!


  2. Pingback: A July Round Up: Blogiversary, Photo Journal, Reading Challenges, July Winner for AWB Reading Challenge and Much Much More «

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