Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just book love miscellany in general.
One of the reasons why we are featuring China at GatheringBooks for the next two months is because it is the country of focus for this year’s Asian Festival of Children’s Content.
Lunchtime Talk: Celebrating Diversity in Children’s Literature
31 May 2015, 145-245 pm, Imagination Room, Level 5, NLB
This is a panel that I am sharing with Nithya Rajamohan. Together we will be talking about multicultural children’s literature and sharing titles that promote empathy, compassion, peace, humanity.
Fun with Words: Children’s Reading Choices
3 June 2015 (Wednesday), 12-1 pm, Visitors Briefing Room, Level 1, NLB
I am so stoked to be doing this panel yet again for AFCC. This time I have tweeners 10-13 year olds who would be talking about their reading lives and their reading choices. And I am so pleased to have my daughter as part of the young readers’ panel, this time around.
My Book Launch – Forest of Stories: An Annotated Bibliography of Tree-Themed Picture Books
3 June 2015 (Wednesday), 1:00-1:30 pm, My Tree House B1 Central Public Library, NLB
I am giving away free bookmarks during the launch of our tree-themed annotated bibliography, courtesy of my every-supportive husband who made this! 🙂
My Book Launch – Asia: Land Of Perennial Stories
3 June 2015 (Wednesday), 2:30-3:00 pm, B1 Exhibition Area, Central Public Library, NLB
Asia: Land of Perennial Stories is my third edited book for the AFCC Publications: Asian Festival of Children’s Content. The edited books highlight a multi-disciplinary lens, providing a first-hand knowledge of personal reflections ranging across picture book makers, artists, graphic novelists, poets, and middle-grade and young adult fiction writers coming from Asia. The series also includes perspectives from publishers, literary agents, members of the book industry, in addition to academic reflections on Asian children’s literature. This third book to be launched this year at the AFCC, highlights the history and development of children’s stories from India as perceived by publishers, academics, and practitioners in the industry.
Contributing authors are literary experts, authors and literary agents including Andrea Pasion-Flores (Philippines), Fatima Sharafeddine (Lebanon), Mariko Nagai (Japan), John McKenzie (New Zealand), Linn Shekinah (Singapore), Manasi Subramaniam (India), Navin Menon (India), Atanu Roy (India), Nina Sabnani (India), and Sampurna Chattarji (India).
My profuse gratitude goes to the fabulous editorial team: Marjorie Coughlan(UK), Candy Gourlay (UK), Tuting Hernandez (Philippines), John McKenzie (New Zealand), Isabel Roxas (USA), Ken Spillman (Australia).
Free bookmarks and tote bags for those attending the book launch!
Hearing from the Dads
31 May 2015 (Sunday), 1030-11:30 am, B1 Exhibition Area, Central Public Library, NLB
I am excited to be moderating this panel during the Parents Forum/Teachers Congress of the AFCC. Sunday duties!
Keynote I: Why Asia Needs More Writers for Children and Young People
3 June 2015, 9-10 am, Possibility & Imagination Rooms, Level 5, NLB
I am truly excited to spend time with multi-award-winning YA novelist, Candy Gourlay, once again here in Singapore. We did manage to spend stolen moments together yesterday before she left for Bintan this morning to serve as a Retreat Facilitator for the first ever Writers and Illustrators Retreat held at Angsana Bintan Hotels and Resorts in Indonesia.