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Philippine National Children's Book Day

July 20 is the 27th Philippine National Children's Book Day. YAY!!! Above is this year's Children's Book Day poster. Isn't it great? =D The English translation for the text on the poster is "Who Reads [Books], Wins!" (or "Readers are always winners!").

Thank you, Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY), for the poster!

Author Interview: Uma Krishnaswami

Out of the Way! Out of the Way!, written by Uma Krishnaswami and illustrated by Uma Krishnaswamy (Tulika, 2010), is the story of a boy, a baby tree, a village path in India, and how they grow together. The boy grows up and becomes a father, then a grandfather. The baby tree grows into a giant tree. The village path grows into a city road. In contrast to what the title of the book suggests, the three never get in each other's way. They live together in harmony.

This harmony is also seen in the layout and illustrations of the book. Each spread has ample white space set off by illustrations inspired by Indian folk art. The many, many details in the illustrations will definitely draw young readers in. They will enjoy discovering new things each time they pore over the illustrations. The illustrations are mostly in color, but are very nicely balanced with black and white portions.

Here is a slideshow of some of the illustrations in Out of the Way! Out of the Way!. (Note: The text in the…

New Crayons 6-22-2010

New Crayons is a meme started by Susan at Color Online. It is about sharing the books one has bought, received, or borrowed over the past week - with an emphasis on books featuring people of color and/or written by people of color.

I'm still busy reading children's and young adult books for a special project, so I haven't been able to read for this blog. But I did get some new books for the blog.

My fabulous friend Corinne bought me two picture books in Taiwan! The first book is Spit the Seeds by Lee Chiu Lun (Hsin Yi Publications, 1993).


It's in Chinese.


But it comes with English translations by June Chen...


And audiobooks of both the Chinese and English versions!


The second book is The Little Stone Lion by Kim Xiong (Heryin Books, Inc.).


The illustrations are GORGEOUS.


I have the Chinese edition of The Little Stone Lion. You can buy the English edition here.

My copy comes with audiobooks of both the Chinese and English editions, and a pamphlet (in Chinese) with cultural n…

iRead Taiwan and Beyond

New blog alert! :o) Children's and young adult literature critic Irene Ying-Yu Chen has started a blog on children's and young adult literature in Taiwan. Go and check out iRead Taiwan and Beyond! :o)

Below are a couple of pictures of me with Irene. I had the great pleasure of meeting her at the Asian Festival of Children's Content.


6-8-2010 Miscellany

* Check out MamaSez, an excellent blog on children's literature and children's theater in Singapore by children's book author Sangeetha Madhavan!

* Congratulations to Singaporean children's book author Emily Lim! Her picture book Bunny Finds the Right Stuff (Mustard Seed Books, 2009) has just won a silver medal at the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards. =D

* I was a guest blogger at Multiculturalism Rocks!, a wonderful blog on multicultural children's books by children's and YA fiction writer Nathalie Mvondo. Click here if you are interested in reading my guest post.

* I posted more pictures from the Asian Festival of Children's Content at Color Online, a blog on women writers of color for kids, teens, and adults.

* The awesome Mardel of Rabid Reader has given me a "Cute Blogger Award." Awww, thank you so much, Mardel.

* I'm so sorry I haven't been able to blog much lately. I'm busy working on a really important children's and YA …