I hope to see you all at the Asian Festival of Children's Content in the Arts House, Singapore! On May 25, 5:30 – 7 p.m., I will be part of a panel discussion on the kidlitosphere and using the kidlitosphere to build a nation of readers, with Corinne Robson, associate editor of PaperTigers.org , and Dr. Myra Garces-Bacsal founder of GatheringBooks.org . On May 27, 3:45 – 4:45 p.m., I will be facilitating "The Engineering and Publishing Genius of Pop Up Books" by Andrew Yeo of Tien Wah Press. On May 28, 11:45 – 12:45 p.m., I will be facilitating "The Future of Media in Children’s Education" by Elvina Lopez-Bautista, the founder of The Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc., and 4:45 – 5:45 p.m., I will be facilitating "Teaching Prediction Strategies Using the Short Film" by Dr. Dennis Yeo. Promise me you'll stop by and say hi? :o)
My Mother's Garden by Emila Yusof ( OneRedFlower Press , 2010) follows a little girl as she spends the day in her mother's garden. This little girl looks shy and reserved, but one can tell through her expressive eyes and through her story that she has a rich and lively imagination. She watches birds, she dances with butterflies and dragonflies, she imagines that she is a flower with a head of silky petals... until it starts raining and she must go back indoors. Once indoors, she is already looking forward to when the rain stops and she can play in her mother's garden again. I was pleasantly surprised by the end of the story: The flowers and other plants found in the little girl's garden playground are shown again, this time with their scientific names, English names, and Malay names. This will greatly satisfy the sense of wonder and the curiosity in little minds - as well as greatly satisfy their parents' desire to buy picture books with "added value"
I celebrated Free Comic Book Day by attending the launch of the first comic compilation of the Foldabots series by Jomike Tejido - who, by the way, continues to amaze me with how well he gets along with kids. There were fun games and giveaways, but what I really enjoyed watching was the kids truly engrossed in reading, creating fan art, and discussing the Foldabots series. =D Inspiring! Buy your own copy of the first comic compilation of the Foldabots series at branches of Papemelroti or from the official website !
I'd like to share this video with all of you because Sambat Trust is an organization that puts books into children's hands in the Philippines. . . and because they are promoting some of the winners of the 1st Philippine National Children's Book Awards ! =D Won't you please consider donating a book?