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Soon I'll be wrapping up my series of interviews with the winners of the first Philippine National Children's Books Awards and will be reviewing books again. I've bought or received some beautiful, impressive books from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and India, and I'm excited to discuss them here. I've also got some really great books from the U.S. with Asian and/or Asian American content.

What have you been reading lately? Any book recommendations for Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind? :o)

And oh! Have you seen The New York Times' list of Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2010? Shadow (Chronicle Books) is on the list - it's the work of Korean illustrator Suzy Lee. (Is Suzy Lee still living in Singapore?) Big Red Lollipop (Viking), written by Pakistani Canadian author Rukhsana Khan and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, is also on the list. Woot woot!!

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