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[Pre-AFCC Glitter] Meet the AFCC Babies! Children, Speak Up! Panel

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I am doing a series of interviews with invited guest speakers and other conference attendees: a Pre-AFCC 2013 Glitter, if you will. A shower of golden fairy dust and pixie glitter and virtual confetti to signal the coming of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content this year!

Today I am introducing something different, as I will be sharing about a panel that I am very proud to moderate, the Children, Speak Up! Panel happening on the 28th of May 2013, 530-630 pm at the Visitors’ Briefing Room of the Central Public Library.

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I have been meeting with these hardworking and talented young readers for several consecutive Sundays now to prepare for their presentations. To say that they are excited would be an understatement. We have also invited the amazing kidlit book blogger, Erik Weibel of This Kid Reviews Books fame to be with us via Skype. Check out Erik’s post about the event.


Rather than do an email interview with the Children, Speak Up! Panel, I thought it would be lovelier if you actually see and hear them invite you all to the festival. Here is a teaser from the kids that I put together for your enjoyment.

Here are some of the gorgeous photographs that my own eleven year old daughter, Myka Aaviela, has taken from several of our meetings. Hope you enjoy them!

Meet the Kids

Akarsh, 10 years old

Akarsh, 10 years old

cute Akarsh

Vaishnavi, 12

Vaishnavi, 12 years old

Vaishnavi from Yuvabharati International School

Malavika, 12

Malavika talking about her favorite books

Malavika, 12 years old

Caleb, 10

another young author Caleb Loh

Caleb, a P4 student at Catholic High School

Oscar (Chen Kai), 11

Chen Kai (Oscar), a P6 student from Kranji Primary School

young author Chen Kai practicing his spiel

Sophie, 11

the lovely Sophie

beautiful Sophie

Älvi, 9

Alvi, one of my favorite girls

The spirited 9 year old Alvi

Madilyn, 9


Madi's Favorite- The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

The Kids Hard at Work

dividing tasks and responsibilities

children, this is what we're going to do...

so ladies, what's the plan?

beautiful young ladies [figuring out how the microphone works]

more planning and plotting

planning what they're going to say

my young ladies having fun

reading break

Sophie writing down what she plans to say on video

Tale of Desperaux! Library Book!

Vaishnavi and Akarsh -)

Goofing Around

beautiful readers

my baby girls



they seem up to no good

the young voices of AFCC - come see them!

Please come join us for the Children, Speak Up! Panel at the Visitors Briefing Room of the Central Public Library, 28 May 2013, 530-630 pm. See you there!

AFCC Babies

one more time - with their favorite books

Children, Speak Up! (missing in the photo- Malavika)

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).

15 comments on “[Pre-AFCC Glitter] Meet the AFCC Babies! Children, Speak Up! Panel

  1. (Please delete if this is double post…)

    I was just thinking how wonderful that you’re having a Children’s panel! Children’s participation rocks 🙂 Maybe some of them would even be interested in sitting in on other panels and maybe having the chance to give a reaction? Will they be able to do that?

    Anyhoo, best of luck on the conference!


    • Hi Vera! Unfortunately the kids still have school so chances of them attending the actual conference itself might be close to nil. But there are kids’ events that AFCC is hosting as well on Sunday (arts events hosted by Susanna Goho-Quek). I’m sure the children would be checking those out. Wendy Orr (of Nim’s Island fame) also has a workshop prepared for children. 🙂


  2. Malavika, Akarsh

    Hi everyone!
    Malavika and Akarsh here. we’re very excited for the actual AFCC Children’s SPEAK UP! Panel. Will meet you there, ready and enthusiastic. Bye-bye for now!!
    -Malavika and Akarsh.


  3. This is defintiely going to be a highlight – looking forward to it! Just the photogrpahs convey such a bubble of energy – imagine what the actual session is going to be like!


  4. Nice! I can’t wait to talk to these guys! (I might actually get up extra early to see the whole thing!) 😀


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  6. Malavika

    That’s wonderful- will ‘SEE’ you there! Woo-hooo!!


  7. Vaishnavi

    I’m very excited…!!!!!!!!!


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