Every Sunday, we share the books that hunted us down over the past several weeks and found their way into our hearts, hands, and into our bookshelves. Today is extra special as we are launching our reading theme this July-August: Diversified – Rainbow Colours of Literature.
Poster courtesy of the immensely talented Iphigene.
Our theme is especially apt given the recent US Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage across all states in the United States. #LoveWins.
For the next two months we would be featuring multicultural titles that highlight diversity not only in race/ethnicity, but also books about children and adults who are different from the white middle-class mainstream regardless of religion, race, ability, gender, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, body image, language, political beliefs, or ethnicity. These books also help promote inclusive practices in the classroom and hopefully would serve to open the sensibilities of young readers and make them realize how big, bright, and beautiful the world is.
The Double-Up-Your-Reading promo at the National Library Board here in Singapore has just concluded end of June. But before that happened, I made sure I borrowed as many books as I possibly could. Maxed out all our library cards for our current reading theme. Woohoo!
Graphic Novel Love
Rollergirl by Victoria Jamieson.
The Baby-Sitters Club adaptations of Raina Telgemeier: Kristy’s Great Idea and Claudia and Mean Janine.
Someone can’t stop reading this new-old series. Raina Telgemeier is the Queen of Comics.
El Deafo by Cece Bell.
Displacement: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley, Bad Kitty Makes Comics and You Can Too! by Nick Bruel.
The Cosmo-biography of Sun Ra by Chris Raschka, The Art Of Miss Chew by Patricia Polacco.
Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh, Barack Obama: Son Of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes and Bryan Collier, Manjiro by Emily Arnold McCully.
If You Lived Here: Houses of the World by Giles Laroche, The Librarian Who Measured The Earth by Kathryn Lasky and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.
Hey Charleston! The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne F. Rockwell and illustrated by Colin Bootman; Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown and illustrated by Frank Morrison; Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa by Veronica Chambers and illustrated by Julie Maren.
Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings.
Book Gifts from Canvas (Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development)
Last Friday night, my family and I met up with immensely talented artist Daniel Palma Tayona who is visiting Singapore this weekend.
He brought me two bags filled with books – a few I will be giving away to the libraries here in Singapore – and a few I will be giving to children and colleagues.
My Book Loot
The Cat & The Bat And Other Fables adapted by Rhandee Garlitos and illustrated by Elmber Borlongan, Message in the Sand by Charmaine Aserappa and paintings by Roel Obemio.
My Big Sister Can See Dragons by Rocky Sanchez Tirona and art by Liza Flores, Nadia and the Blue Stars by Francesca Nicole Chan Torres and art by Liv Romualdez Vinluan.
Sol: A Legend about the Sun by Agay Llanera and illustrated by Farley Del Rosario, The Triangle Man and the Flightless Diwata by Kate Osias and Art by Dex Fernandez.
While I was in awe of all the books, this was the one that made me hyperventilate: Rizalpabeto by Vim Nadera and art by Elmer Borlongan.
For Give-Aways: Book Gifts for my Colleagues
Just a few days ago, my book club at my institution (GatheringReaders at NIE) was just discussing climate change. We mused about the lack of picturebooks that deal with this topic. I didn’t know then about Message in the Sand – will definitely share this with them, and the gorgeous book Nadia and the Blue Star.
For the folks at the AFCC: Singapore Book Council/ Jurong West Public Library
Nadia and the Blue Stars by Francesca Nicole Chan Torres and art by Liv Romualdez Vinluan, Message in the Sand by Charmaine Aserappa and paintings by Roel Obemio, Ang Dyip ni Mang Tomas by Genaro R. Gojo Cruz and art by Anthony E. Palomo.
To be given to the International Youth Library in Munich
I will be traveling to do research at the International Youth Library in Munich during the first week of August – I will be bringing these CANVAS books with me including Earth Tales: 3 Ecofables for Children.
These books are being given away for free! I would be giving my book club at the Jurong West Public Library copies of these. If you want a copy of Ang Dyip ni Mang Tomas to be given to children/ schools/ classrooms, let me know!