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Author Interview: Christopher Cheng

Today, let's get to know award winning Australian children's book author Christopher Cheng. I've asked Chris a few questions so that he can introduce himself and his work to readers of Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind.

Thank you so much for sharing, Chris!

What was it like growing up Asian Australian? How has the experience informed, influenced, and/or inspired your work as a writer for young readers?

My dad is from Hong Kong and my mother was born here of European ancestry. I have the best of both worlds being half Australian born Chinese. I got to live in Australia but travel to Hong Kong regularly as a kid, meeting relatives and having just the best fun!!!! Growing up I was in a school with kids whose parents were of a range of different heritages. There were though only a few of Chinese ancestry and I would think that it is true to say that I really didn't think that I was much different to any of the other kids - although I did have a Chinese name! Now as I trav…

Updates

My beautiful cousin Kate, who lives in Manama, Bahrain, has sent me a copy of Abdullah and His Grandfather, written by Andy McNab and illustrated by Patricia Al Fakhri. I can't wait to read it and blog about it!



Abdullah and His Grandfather was published in 2008 by Jerboa Books. Jerboa Books is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is dedicated to producing top quality children's books with a focus on Arabia. I am so glad to have discovered this publisher!







Mardel of Rabid Reader has given Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind a Beautiful Blogger Award. Thank you so much, Mardel!

By the way folks, Mardel is a really youthful and cool grandmother! :o)

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New Asian Children's Book Awards!

*The National Book Development Board - Philippines and the Philippine Board on Books for Young People will present the first National Children’s Book Awards in July. The awards will honor the ten best books in the Philippines for children and young adults (from the years 2008 and 2009).

Nominations for the awards are now open and will close on April 15. Click here for the award rules (click on the image to enlarge it). The nomination form is available here.

*Two new children's book awards will be announced at the first Asian Festival of Children's Content in May: the Asian Children's Book Prize, and the Hedwig Anuar Children's Book Award for Singaporean children's books.

I am so excited about all these awards! =D

Miscellany

*Check out Color Online's latest Women Writers of Color blog post featuring Filipino Italian American children's book author Dorina Lazo Gilmore. Dorina is the author of Cora Cooks Pancit. (Pancit!!!)

*Don't forget about Color Online's week-long book discussion of the YA novel Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger. (Neesha Meminger was born in India, grew up in Canada, and now lives in the U.S.!) The discussion starts next Friday, March 19.

*Thank you so much to Angel of Story on a Page for giving me the Beautiful Blogger Award. I'm now supposed to say seven things about myself and pass on the award.

About those seven things... Ask me questions in the comments section! I really don't know what to say right now. :o) So ask me any question. I'll pass on the Beautiful Blogger Award to these Asian YA book blogs/bloggers:

Between the Lines (Bangladesh)
Dissecting Perfection (Pakistan)
LiyanaLand! (Singapore)
Serenehours (Vietnam)

Illustrator Interview: Fereshteh Najafi

I was checking out the website of the Noma Concours for Picture Book Illustrations and I saw these illustrations:




They are illustrations by Fereshteh Najafi for The Princess, the second prize winner for the 16th Concours (2008). I was intrigued. The illustrations are truly different from other children's book illustrations I have seen. I just had to get to know the illustrator!


The gorgeous Fereshteh Najafi was born in Tehran, Iran in 1973. She has a BA in graphic design and an MA in illustration from Tehran Art University. Below is my interview with Fereshteh. She was really candid about her work and children's literature in Iran!

How would you define Iranian children’s literature?

Literature in Iran has a very old and rich heritage. Many Iranian poets, such as Ferdosi, Nezami, and Molavi, are famous in the world. The main part of contemporary stories were inspired by them. As you know, children have always been attracted to fairy tales and find them pleasant, but there are some…

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

On March 24, the winner/s of the 2010 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award recognizes the best contemporary children's and young adult literature from all over the world. The candidates for the award are authors, illustrators, oral storytellers, and promoters of reading. Below are the 2010 nominees from Asia, and the 2010 nominees of Asian descent:

Adarna House
Reading promotion organization
The Philippines

Akal, Aytül
Author
Turkey

Carmi, Daniella
Author
Israel

Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV)
Reading promotion organization
Turkey

Gamos, Albert
Illustrator
The Philippines

Havkin, Hilla
Illustrator
Israel

Hemati Ahoui, Abolfazl
Illustrator
Iran

ILKYAR
Reading promotion organization
Turkey

Jamba, Dasgdondog
Author/Promoter of reading
Mongolia

Kelompok Pencinta Bacaan Anak (Society for the Advancement of Children's Literature)
Reading promotion organization
Indonesia

Knowledge Without Borders Campaign
Reading promotion organization
United Arab E…
I've interviewed YA author Malinda Lo about the research she did for her debut novel Ash, which is a retelling of Cinderella. Click here to read the interview at Color Online!

YA author Medeia Sharif gave Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind the Honest Scrap Award. Thank you, Medeia! I can't wait to read Medeia's debut novel The Bestest Ramadan Ever, which will be published by Flux in 2011!

For the Honest Scrap Award, I am supposed to say something honest about myself. Plus, Tuesday is known as Confession Tuesday across the blogosphere. So here goes:

I am crushing pretty hard on Filipino American Olympic medalist J.R. Celski. *blush*