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.


Around two months ago, a research project that I headed (and recently concluded) with a few other colleagues in our institute has been featured in the papers. We looked into the reading lives of Singapore teachers (and teachers-in-training) and developed a database of multicultural picturebooks for social and emotional learning, which we are hoping to launch here at GatheringBooks soonest. Since a great deal of those titles have to do with experiences of refugees, immigrants, children in-between countries or are moving from one place to the next, I thought it would be a good excuse to share that Straits Times feature here today. Do click on the image or the link to be taken to the original Straits Times online article.
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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).

3 comments on “[Saturday Reads] Because Picturebooks Truly Aren’t Just For Children

  1. Linda Saad - Elementary Library and Inquiry Centre Teacher

    Congratulations.

    I use your list of books always. For a learning and discussing a theme and to introduce teachers to new books. Many teachers who use these books weekly in the library have been very complimentary on the choices of books, so thank you.

    Kind Regards,

    Linda Saad

    Upper Elementary Library Teacher

    From: Gathering Books
    Reply-To: Gathering Books
    Date: Saturday, 18 November 2017 at 9:01 am
    To: Linda Saad – Elementary Library and Inquiry Centre Teacher
    Subject: [New post] [Saturday Reads] Because Picturebooks Truly Aren’t Just For Children

    Myra GB posted: ” 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 “

    Liked by 1 person

  2. So true, of course. And read-alouds aren’t just for the little ones either. Love the photo of you in the article!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Pingback: [Saturday Reads] Think Equal: Empowering Change through Education – Gathering Books

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