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Guest Blog Post: Tusitala Books

Tusitala is a digital publishing company in Singapore that publishes books as apps for the iPad and iPhone. By digital publishing, we mean that we're trying to take what is incredible and timeless about books-- all those beautiful illustrations and simple heartwarming stories-- and adding some really great technology to the mix. The results (as we hope you'll see for yourself!) are book-apps that are visually stunning and genuinely enjoyable for kids and parents both.

One of the things we appreciate most about children's literature is how they can be such a wonderful bridge between the worlds of children and adults. When parents read these stories to their kids-- adopting funny voices for different characters or mimicking the actions of various characters-- it creates a lasting bond between parent and child. It's an experience no parent or child should miss out on. Our first series of children's books apps, the Lola Grows Up series was built on this premise of know…

Press Release: Help Spread the LitWorld Girls Clubs for Literacy in Asia

Throughout the world, 774 million people are illiterate, and 2/3 of that number are women.

Because of this, one of the biggest programs of the global literacy organization LitWorld is the LitWorld Girls Clubs for Literacy, a reading and writing program that empowers young women to tap into their extraordinary strengths and meet their personal needs. LitWorld Girls Clubs for Literacy provide support, mentorship, and a safe space for girls to learn, connect, and become part of an international network of young women, encouraging a global perspective and a global connection.

LitWorld has 20 Girls Clubs for Literacy in the U.S., Kenya, Liberia, Ghana, Iraq, and the Philippines, and would like to expand to more countries in Asia. If you are in Asia and are interested in starting a LitWorld Girls Club for Literacy, please email girlsclubs@litworld.org. LitWorld staff provides training (via Internet video conference) and fully supports new partners as they launch this program.

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Asian Festival of Children's Content 2011

The Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) 2011 is:

* the Asian Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference
* the Asian Children’s Publishers Symposium
* the Asian Primary and Preschool Teachers Congress
* and the Asian Children’s Media Summit

It will be held at The Arts House in Singapore from May 26-28 (with a pre-event panel discussion on May 25), and this year's theme is Connecting with Connected Kids.
"Once upon a cyberspace, children explored the world through libraries, bedtime tales and story books. Books are still around, but they are looking different. As technology puts media access into children's pockets and bedrooms, how do content makers stay connected with connected kids?

Join experts from around the world at Asia's gateway to the international children's content market. Celebrate, contemplate and collaborate on exciting new ways to engage, educate and empower the world's children on a global stage through uniquely Asian content."
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Congratulations to the winners of the Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature!

Picture Book Winner:


Yasmin’s Hammer written by Ann Malaspina and illustrated by Doug Ghayka (Lee and Low, 2010)

Picture Book Honor:


Fly Free! written by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by Eujin Kim Neilan (Boyds Mills Press, 2010)

Children’s Literature Winner:


Heart of a Samurai written by Margi Preus (Amulet Books, 2010)

Children’s Literature Honor:


Bamboo People written by Mitali Perkins (Charlesbridge, 2010)

Young Adult Literature Winner:


Shooting Kabul written by N. H. Senzai (Simon and Schuster, 2010)

Young Adult Literature Honor:


A Boy of Heart Mountain written by Barbara Bazaldua and illustrated by Willie Ito (Yabitoon Books, 2010)

The Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature honor and recognize the literary and artistic merit of work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage. Click here to see the winners in the adult fiction and adult nonfiction categories. Congratulations to all! =D