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Aklatan: The First All-Filipino Book Festival
September 7, 2013
The Tents, Alphaland Southgate Tower
EDSA corner Pasong Tamo Extension, Magallanes
Makati City, PhilippinesDoors open at 8 a.m.!
The Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards develop awareness and appreciation of Philippine literature, recognize the reader’s role in creating the meaning and experience of a literary work, and give readers a voice in the Philippine book industry.
For the 2013 Filipino Readers' Choice Awards, you may now nominate your favorite Philippine-published books from 2012, in the following categories:
* children’s picture book
* chick lit
* novel in English
* novel in Filipino
* comic/graphic novel
* short story anthology
* essay anthology
Nominations are open until August 23. To nominate a book, just fill out the online nomination form on the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards website.
I promise to give multicultural books as gifts to the children in my life for ONE year.
I promise to encourage them to read about and appreciate diversity in all its forms.
I commit myself to building a new generation of readers!
Click on the picture above to understand why I won't stop blogging anytime soon. There's still A LOT of work to be done.
Illustration by Tina Kugler
Fully Booked (Philippines)
hosts Ransom Riggs
, author of the New York Times
-bestselling young adult book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
The Q&A and book signing will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, in Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street (Taguig).
for more information.
The students, teachers, and staff of Obelisk Interlinked Learner's Home do the Harlem Shake!
Don't forget to watch it in 480p. =P
Happy International Book Giving Day!
We hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy giving a book to a kid! Please share a photo of you celebrating via Instagram or Twitter (hashtag #giveabook).
Do you remember Ratha's Creature
by Clare Bell (first published in 1983)? I reviewed it here
several years ago! There is a Kickstarter
project underway to help fund a graphic novel version and I encourage all of you to check it out and contribute to the cause. Ratha's Creature
is an excellent and truly unique young adult novel that should be introduced to a new generation of readers (especially those who love cats)!
The Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards returns for its second straight year, engaging the Filipino reading public in honoring their favorite Philippine-published titles.
An initiative of the Filipino Book Bloggers Group and Filipino book clubs, the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards debuted at the 2nd Filipino Reader Conference in 2012, and was established to develop awareness and appreciation of Philippine literature, recognize the reader’s role in creating the meaning and experience of a literary work, and give the readers a voice in the Philippine book industry.
For 2013, the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards will be open to books published from January to December 2012. The nomination period is set for May 2013, in preparation for the awards ceremony at the 3rd Filipino Reader Conference in August.
The 2012 winners of the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards (books published 2010-2011) were: “But That Won’t Wake Me Up!” by Annie and Anelka Lumbao and Liza Flores, Adarna House (Children’s Picture Book); “Fairy Tale Fail” by Mina V. Esguerra, Summit Books (Chick Lit); “Ilustrado” by Miguel Syjuco, Anvil Publishing (Novel in English), “Ang Huling Dalagang Bukid at ang Authobiography na Mali by Jun Cruz-Reyes, Anvil Publishing (Novel in Filipino); “KikoMachine Komiks Blg 6” by Manix Abrera, Visprint (Comics/Graphic Novel); “Alternative Alamat” edited by Paolo Chikiamco, Rocket Kapre and Flipside (Short Story Anthology); “It’s A Mens World” by Bebang Siy, Anvil Publishing (Essay Anthology); and “Off the Beaten Track: Tulaan sa Tren 2,” NBDB and Vibal Foundation (Poetry Anthology).
A preliminary survey for the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards is now ongoing at http://filipinoreadercon.wordpress.com/readers-choice-awards/frca-2013-survey/.
We are looking for children’s book illustrators from countries around the world to design bookplates for International Book Giving Day 2013! If you are interested in designing a bookplate, please contact Amy Broadmoore at amy dot broadmoore at gmail dot com.
International Book Giving Day is a grassroots, 100% volunteer initiative to encourage people to give books to children on February 14, 2013. To celebrate, people are invited to 1) give a book to a friend or family member, 2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read, or 3) donate a book to an organization that distributes books to children in need.
Children’s book illustrators are invited to design bookplates that celebrants can attach to books they give to children. We welcome bookplates written in a variety of languages. The bookplates must be 11.4 cm x 6.9 cm (or 4.5 inches x 2.7 inches) in size. We will make the bookplates available for free at the International Book Giving Day website for people to download and print themselves. We will also offer the bookplates for sale as inexpensively as possible at International Book Giving Day’s Zazzle store
Other ways for children’s book authors and illustrators to support International Book Giving Day:
- Add your name to the list of people giving books for International Book Giving Day. Fill out the very brief form on the home page of the International Book Giving Day website.
- Invite others to celebrate International Book Giving Day.
- Take a photo of yourself leaving a book in a waiting room, giving a book to a child, or otherwise celebrating International Book Giving Day for us to share at our website or Instagram page (#giveabook).
For me, the best thing about blogging is the people - the community I am a part of. It's a joy interacting with other lovers of kidlit and YA lit, and I have some truly amazing friendships because of the kidlitosphere/YA blogosphere. I've been able to meet many book bloggers in the Philippines, and last month in Singapore, I met Liyana of Liyanaland. We were so happy to be spazzing over YA authors and K-pop together IN PERSON. We thought, why not do this with other kidlit and YA lit bloggers? Why not have an INTERNATIONAL book bloggers meetup? If you're interested in getting together with kidlit and YA lit bloggers from all over the world, please click here to fill out Liyana's survey. Help us plan this international meetup. I think we can really make this happen!
Literature, Media, and the Romance of Childhood: States of Innocence and the Business of Frightening Our Children, an interdisciplinary conference for early career researchers and postgraduates
MA/MS/PhD students and independent researchers are welcome.
When: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 (9 a.m. - 6 p.m.*) and Wednesday, August 22, 2012 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Where: The University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City (specific rooms to be announced)
We welcome 250- to 300-word abstracts from postgraduates and early career researchers who would like to contribute 20-minute papers to a two-day conference at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Paper topics include but are not limited to:
innocence and experience
the sexualization of children in literature and in the media
the gothic imagination and the literature of horror
conduct literature and media didacticism
maternity, paternity, and parenting
the Harry Potter phenomenon and relevant popular literature
eroticism in literary material for children and teens
laws for the protection of children
the infantilization of women in print and visual culture, film, and/or music
anxieties of masculinity and sexual offense
parents' responses to the hyperreal and the hyper-connected world
the social impact of niched cable and TV channels for children
ante-natal parenting programs at hospitals and the economics/politics of childcare
publishing for children
omnigamy, polyamorous partnerships, the neo-nuclear family, the child-raising village
pictures/images/movements of health, illness, and rehabilitation
population and crowding, playgrounds and spaces
fashion, ethics, aesthetics for restless, disaffected, and/or anti-social youth
publishing conduct literature for the 21st century
The first day of the conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners engaged in the fields of Childhood Studies, Gothic Literature, Media Studies, Gender Studies, Early Childhood Development, Women's Health, Visual Arts and Mass Media, Children's Literature, Publishing for Children, Child Protection Services, Social Work, Community Development, and other related areas. It is hoped that the interdisciplinary nature of the conference opens up the terrain to a multitude of issues, topics, and theories surrounding Philippine and international perspectives on childhood and children's texts in various media.
The second day of the conference features artists, illustrators, publishers, bloggers, and other practitioners who have had years of experience in producing and reviewing reading material for children. Blogger-teacher Tarie Sabido chairs and moderates this round-table discussion.
All are welcome. Free admission for non-readers. Paper-readers can register at the door**.
Email 250- to 300-word abstracts and 50-word author bios to email@example.com
Deadline for abstract submissions: Monday, July 23, 2012
Conference website: to be posted at a later date
*Wine reception follows a tour of the Main Library Reading Rooms and archives
**Registration fee for conference packet photocopies
Filipino book bloggers and book club members have put together the 1st Filipino Readers' Choice Awards! The Awards aim to: develop awareness and appreciation of Philippine-published books, engage Filipino reading communities and honor their favorite Philippine-published books, and give Filipino readers a greater voice and recognize their vital role in the Philippine book industry.
Do you have favorite Philippine-published books from 2010 or 2011? Please nominate them for the 1st Filipino Readers' Choice Awards! Here are the categories for the Awards:
* Children’s picture book
* Chick lit
* Novel in English
* Novel in Filipino
* Comic/graphic novel
* Short story anthology
* Essay anthology
* Poetry collection
Click here for the nomination form. Nominations close next Monday, July 23!
Friday July 20, 6 p.m. at Powerbooks Greenbelt 4 is the book signing event with New York Times bestselling YA author Alyson Noël! See you there. =D
Click here to see all the finalists for the 1st Filipino Readers' Choice Awards! Congratulations to all the finalists!
The 2012 winners of the Golden Baobab Prize, a leading African literary award, have been announced. This year Joy Nwiyi of Nigeria, Jenny Robson of South Africa and Botswana, and Rutendo Chabikwa of Zimbabwe were selected as the distinguished winners by a prestigious panel of judges. They join the growing circle of promising authors chosen by the Golden Baobab Prize, which is the only prize of its kind. It is awarded annually to inspire the creation of quality African literature to be enjoyed by youth readers in Africa and around the world. The prize offers a monetary award to its winners and connects outstanding stories with an array of African and international publishers.
This year, Nwiyi’s Something for Next Time won her the Golden Baobab Prize for the best story written for ages 12-15 years. Robson’s Wha-Zup Dude? was named the Golden Baobab winner for the best story written for ages 8-11 years. Finally, Chabikwa’s A Healing Adventure and Letters from the City earned her the Golden Baobab Rising Writer Prize, which is given to a young writer, 18 years or under, who shows exceptional literary promise for his or her age.
The 2012 Golden Baobab Prize Honorable Mentions for the Junior Category (stories targeted at readers 8-11 years):
Yaba Badoe (Ghana), The Fish-Man of Purple Lake
Daniel Ansah Akrofi (Ghana), The Stray
Yaba Badoe of (Ghana), The Fisherman's Daughter
The 2012 Golden Baobab Prize Honorable Mentions for the Senior Category (stories targeted at readers 12-15 years):
Gothataone Moeng (Botswana), Absolute Truth about Red Mite
Sedem Agbolosu (Ghana), Transfiguration
The 2012 Golden Baobab Rising Writer Prize Honorable Mention (for a promising writer 18 years and younger):
Sarah Juma (Nigeria), Grey Marine
The 2012 Golden Baobab Prize featured a panel of renowned judges. They are CNN Hero and children’s librarian Yohannes Gebregeorgis, international children’s librarian Tanja Galetti, award-winning young African writer Kopano Matlwa, esteemed scholar Vivian Yenika Agbaw, South African children’s publisher Carol Broomhall, and acclaimed writer of African children's stories Atinuke Akinyemi-Sears.
The mission of the Golden Baobab Prize is to ensure the creation of high quality literary content for children and young adults by discovering, nurturing, and promoting African talent.
For further information, photos, or to arrange interviews, please contact Deborah Ahenkorah via our website, Facebook, or Twitter.
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International Book Giving Day is a volunteer initiative aimed at getting books in the hands of as many children as possible on February 14th, 2013.
International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to engage in simple acts of giving. We will invite individuals to: 1) give a book to a friend or family member, 2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read, or 3) donate a book to a local hospital, shelter or library or to an organization that distributes used books to children internationally.
In addition, we will encourage people to support the work of nonprofit organizations (i.e. charities) that work year round to give books to children, such as Room to Read, Books for Africa, Book Aid International, The Book Bus, Indigenous Literacy Foundation and Pratham Books.