I just met up with my GatheringReaders babies barely ten hours after my plane landed in Singapore from Manila last Sunday, 28 July 2013 at the Jurong West Public Library. It really helps that I love doing this. Meeting with avid young readers always invigorates and inspires me.
Our July meeting is always dedicated for some Booktalking as we discuss the books that we will be reading for the rest of the year. I email my participants a few weeks ahead of time to let them know what the genre/theme would be each month and they are encouraged to give suggestions/recommendations during our session. I also prepare book trailers for possible book titles for the kids to choose from.
August: Books Published in 2012/2013
The book choices are: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool and Doll Bones by Holly Black. And this is the children’s choice:
Virtual Meeting: 4 August 2013, GatheringBooks
Face to Face Meeting: 18 August 2013, Sunday, Jurong West Public Library, 2nd level, 11-12
September: Children’s Classics
The book choices are: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and illustrations by John Tenniel, The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay, and The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer. And our book for September is:
For those who may be interested, I have done a detailed book review of this hilarious novel here.
Virtual Meeting: 1 September 2013, GatheringBooks
Face to Face Session: 15 September, Sunday, Jurong West Public Library, 11-12 nn
October: Meet an Author
This October, we are very privileged to invite the husband-and-wife tandem who use the pseudonym AJ Low for their bestselling series Sherlock Sam in GatheringReaders. The book club participants would be reading Sherlock Sam and the Missing Heirloom in Katong so they could ask thoughtful questions when they meet the authors.
Virtual Meeting: 6 October, GatheringBooks
Face to Face Session: 13 October, Jurong West Public Library, 11-12 nn
Seeing how the kids are very much into fantasy/adventure, I made sure I include this category/theme. Book choices are: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander. And the children’s choice is:
Virtual Meeting: 10 November, GatheringBooks
Face to Face Session: 17 November, Jurong West Public Library, 11-12 nn
December: Science Fiction
Book choices are the following: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick, and Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien. And the children’s choice is: