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GatheringReaders 2013: A Book Club for Young Readers in Singapore

And we are back for the New Year! I am very happy to share that the book club for young readers that I am facilitating at the Jurong West Public Library would be continuing its run this January – June 2013. Here is the poster that was created by the fabulous NLB People.


Book Talk: First Session

We just had our first session yesterday, and as per usual, it was devoted to ‘booktalking’ whereby we nominate and decide on the books that we would be reading for the next five months. And the children have spoken, the books have been selected.

Photo courtesy of Meena from NLB.

February: Poetry

3 February  Virtual Discussion (
17 February  Jurong West Public Library, 2nd level, 11-12nn

The kids were given a choice of whether we would be reading Requiem: Poems from the Terezin Ghetto by Paul Janeczko, Margarita Engle’s Surrender Tree or Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. And the children’s choice is:

where the sidewalk ends

March: Email an Author/Meet a Book Artist

10 March  Virtual Discussion

17 March  Jurong West Public Library, 2nd level, 11 am – 12nn

Since this is quite a busy month for most of the kids, we are hoping to invite an author, book artist, storyteller for our face-to-face session on the 17th of March and hopefully the kids can also get in touch with an author of their choice.

April: Fiction

7 April  Virtual Discussion

14 April  Jurong West Public Library, 2nd level, 11 am – 12nn

I was very pleased to see that the kids came prepared for this session. Most of them brought their ‘favorite’ books for nomination as could be seen in the spread of books here, and they gave pretty good justification as to why they think the books should be read by the rest of the group.

Many thanks to Meena from NLB for taking this picture.
Thank you Meena for taking this lovely photo.
Thank you Meena for taking this lovely photo.

I also shared a few titles alongside neat book trailers. And the children have chosen this book for April:


May: Award Winning Book

5 May  Virtual Discussion

12 May  Jurong West Public Library, 2nd level, 11 am – 12nn

We have quite a few nominees for this one: The Giver by Lois Lowry, from the mixed up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by e.l. konigsburg and Brian Selznick’s WonderstruckAnd the children’s choice is:


June: Graphic Novel

9 June  Virtual Discussion

16 June  Jurong West Public Library, 2nd level, 11 am – 12nn

The nominees for this category include Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet Book One: The Stonekeeper, Gene Luen Yang’s Level Up, David Almond’s Slog’s Dad, and Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol. And the children have chosen:

anya's ghost vera brosgol

Looking forward to our upcoming sessions. For people who may still be interested to join, do email gatheringbooks (at) yahoo (dot) com to register.

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).

4 comments on “GatheringReaders 2013: A Book Club for Young Readers in Singapore

  1. Nice plans for the club, enjoy!


  2. They chose some good books, Myra. I’ll look forward to hearing more about your group this year!


  3. hey everyone.
    this is malavika. i know, this has been a loooong time since i had come to one of the sessions. i’m not sure if i can continue. anyway, hope all of you will enjoy this year’s sessions. have a great time. miss you all!!!


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