Academic Nook Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) Meet the Storyteller Reading Themes Universal Republic of Childhood

[Featured Guests for May-June 2016] Storyteller Sophia Lee and Teacher Tanya He


Myra here.

We have just launched our new reading theme this May-June: The Universal Republic of Childhood.

I am happy to resurrect our Academic Nook by inviting a higher degree student of mine at the NIE to contribute an essay about reading. I am also excited to feature another author from the Philippines for Meet the Storyteller. Welcome to GatheringBooks!


Meet the Storyteller: Sophia Lee

Sophia N Lee Author Photo

Sophia N. Lee wanted to be many things growing up: doctor, teacher, ballerina, ninja, crime-fighting international spy, wizard, time traveler, journalist, and lawyer. She likes to think she can be all these things through writing. She loves words and the meanings behind them. Her favorite word is chance. What Things Mean is her first book. She lives in Manila, Philippines. Learn more about her at


Academic Nook: Tanya He

Tanya Photo

Tanya He is a research assistant and Masters in Education English Language student at the National Institute of Education, Singapore. Having spent many years in classrooms trying to nurture a love for books and literature, she is particularly interested in reading and education. More than just reading for information, she would like her students to read for pleasure. Her other loves include her husband, furbaby (toy poodle), animal welfare causes, running, swimming and baking.  

How about you, dear friends? What’s going on in your blog/website in the coming months? 

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).

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