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A Warm Welcome to our January-February 2014 Guests


Myra here.

We have just recently launched our new bimonthly theme for January-February 2014. We are also very excited to share that we have a new feature here in GatheringBooks called GatheringWriters.


Since I already have my Gathering Readers book club for young readers aged 9-12 here in Singapore, I thought it makes sense to also feature young writers’ works here in our website. Our first featured aspiring young writer, Aila, also happened to be one of our Quill Junior contributors a few years back when their family was still based in New Zealand. She shared her thoughts about Mortimer’s First Garden by Karma Wilson and Dan Andreasen back in 2011 when she was only four years old. It is our pleasure to welcome her back as a young writer.

GatheringWriters features Aila Orillaza


Name: Aila Hauora Barra Orillaza
Age: 7 years old (25 September 2006)
School: UPIS
Grade: I
She started coming up with lyrics of her songs when she was 4, writing poems when she was 5 years old and short stories when she was 6 years old.


Illustrator’s Sketchpad: Isabel “Pepper” Roxas


We are also very excited to have Isabel “Pepper” Roxas as our featured guest here in GatheringBooks finally. We are huge fans of Pepper’s artwork. Earthy, whimsical, and perfectly captures the awe-inspired spirit of childhood. She also designed the book cover and the gorgeous layout of our edited AFCC book: Beyond Folktales, Legends, and Myths (see our sidebar for this). Warm hugs and welcome to Pepper!

Isabel Roxas, a Fulbright scholar, illustrator and graphic designer, illustrates magazine covers, design websites and create picture books in her Brooklyn, NY studio. Born in Manila, she received her M.S. in Communications Design at the Pratt Institute. She has illustrated over a dozen storybooks for children including Day at the Market (Adarna House), which received the Philippine National Children’s Book Award in 2010. 

How about you, dear friends, what’s going in your blog this January-February?

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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).

1 comment on “A Warm Welcome to our January-February 2014 Guests

  1. Love the GatheringWriters thing! 😀


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