[Saturday Reads | AFCC 2015] Children’s Panel, Forest of Stories, Asia: Land of Perennial Stories, and Samsung Kidstime Authors Award 2015

SaturdayReads

Myra here.

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.

Yesterday officially marked the end of this year’s Asian Festival of Children’s Content, even though there are still masterclasses that are ongoing today. Here are a few photographs that I managed to take over the past several days.

Fun With Words: Children’s Reading Choices

11351199_10205753758016076_1308461652948916572_n

11393209_10205753754095978_5028944167062633605_n

It was interesting to discover how Disney seemed alive and well for some of these young readers and quite heartening to see how a few are in love with fantasy, science fiction, comics, and even crime thrillers. A few are reading classics and bestselling novels by Dan Brown! 🙂

Keynote: Candy Gourlay

11139441_10205752165216257_7192547077498048665_n

Candy Gourlay’s impassioned speech on Why Asia Needs More Writers for Children and Young People, and why #WeNeedDiverseBooks.

Book Launch – Forest of Stories

11391114_10205753799657117_3566896472165636558_n

With local authors R. Chandran and Gelyn Ong – and quite a few published/aspiring authors who attended the first-ever AFCC Writers Retreat.

11391430_10205753796977050_4026480092664693271_n

We are very pleased to share that this is our third themed annotated bibliography since 2013. This year we are celebrating Forest of Stories, tree-themed children’s stories from around the world. Beside me is Evelyn Wong who along with myself and the AFCC team helped compile and select the picture books that were included in this bibliography. We held the book launch at My Tree House in the Central Public Library.

Book Launch – Asia: Land Of Perennial Stories

11390236_10205752901394661_6904939402348081147_n

11401244_10205753800457137_8169546275341351514_n

11401260_10205753801337159_4080306543882483508_n

This is my third edited book for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content.

11061994_10205753802097178_1330601549560372980_n

The crowd during the book launch.

11350579_10205753800937149_5894058808245564951_n

11407227_10205753802857197_7719755139791210048_n

I am grateful to the many people who attended the book launch, and very thankful to Candy Gourlay who mentioned the book during her Keynote Speech – which might explain the crowd here.

Samsung Kidstime Authors Awards

11377161_10205763848028320_257216239230418736_n

I am very honoured to be the Chief Judge this year for the Samsung KidsTime Authors Award (SKTAA). There were 149 entries in all from the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar. I worked with a panel of international judges from Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Mam Neni Sta Romana Cruz from the Philippines. Very proud that there are two grand prizes from the Philippines: Russell Molina’s “Anong Gupit Natin Ngayon” and “Halo-Halo Espesyal” and eight merit/consolation prizes. These works will be turned into an ebook/mobile app via the Samsung Kidstime Platform and will be made available internationally. Congratulations to the winners!

Mam Neni Sta. Romana Cruz writes about the SKTAA in her Philippine Daily Inquirer Column today. Here is the online version you may wish to visit.

2 Comments on [Saturday Reads | AFCC 2015] Children’s Panel, Forest of Stories, Asia: Land of Perennial Stories, and Samsung Kidstime Authors Award 2015

  1. It was an elevating, inspiring time. Thank you for introducing me to some new tastes and for the amazing work you did on your new book. Glad we managed to have time together before the AFCC maelstrom sucked us in!

    Like

  2. This year;s AFCC was inspirational to me, Myra. I realise that I am an Asian with a white face. And I especially love trees. Thank you for all your hard work to make such events happen. (Heart-warming to see your daughter in action too!)

    Like

1 Trackback / Pingback

  1. [Saturday Reads] Launch Of New Website on Themed Stories From Asia – Part Three of Four: Forest Of Stories – Gathering Books

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: