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A Collective Book Launch by Coonoor Kripalan (free admission and open to public)

25 May

4.00pm – 5.30pm / Living Room - New
A Collective Book Launch
by Coonoor Kripalani, Singapore

Known for her bilingual children’s books (in English and Hindi), Coonoor Kripalani will launch her 3 books: Jungle Animals which tells of the adventures of Titli in the jungle where she meets her animal friends; Market which tells the story of Frog and Titli going to the market, meeting their friends and discovering the exciting foods, flowers and toys for sale; and In The Park, where Squirrel introduces Titli to her bird and animal neighbours, as they watch people and children in the Park.

Guest of Honour: Mr. T C A Raghavan, High Commissioner of India to Singapore
Building a Nation of Readers via Web 2.0: An Introduction to Kidlitosphere and the YA Blogosphere

Featuring speakers from three major blog-sites that promote children’s and young adult fiction based in the U.K., U.S, Canada, Singapore and the Philippines.

Reach out to your current and prospective readers who are on the Internet.

Date: 25 May 2011, Wednesday
Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Venue: The Arts House
Email [email protected] with your name and contact number to book your seat.

What is the Kidlitosphere?
The Kidlitosphere is an international community of reviewers, librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, publishers, parents, and other book enthusiasts who blog about children’s and young adult (YA) literature. It’s a passage to the wonderful variety of resources available from the society of bloggers in children’s and YA literature.

Blogging is the 21st century’s “word-of-mouth marketing,” and it is presently one of the most popular ways to market and celebrate children’s and YA literature. Harvest this very powerful tool for promoting Asian children’s and YA books, and reach international audiences.

Corinne Robson, Canada,
Associate Editor of Paper Tigers is a website, blog and outreach programme centered on multicultural children's and YA books written in English from anywhere in the world, with a particular focus on the Pacific Rim and South Asia.

Its award-winning website and blog feature insightful books reviews, interviews, and opinions; a gallery of world-class illustrations; and more.

Tarie Sabido, Philippines
Founder of Asia in the Heart

Tarie Sabido was a lecturer of writing and literature at De La Salle University-Taft and Ateneo de Manila University, and editor of instructional materials at goFLUENT International.

She was a judge for the 2009 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (CYBILS) and the 2010 Philippine National Children's Book Awards.

Dr. Myra Garces-Bacsal
Singapore Founder of GatheringBooks

The team of three, from Singapore, Philippines, and San Diego, endeavors to build a meaningful resource for educators, parents, and bibliophiles who have a passion for children’s and YA fiction. The website features book reviews that include teacher resources and videoclips to assist educators and parents in enriching their children’s experience with the written word.

 Come, Learn and Share:

  • The kidlitosphere and YA (Young Adult) blogosphere
  • Building international networks, partnerships, and collaborations with authors, illustrators, educators, parents, and avid readers
  • Challenges faced in using Web 2.0 tools to promote readership in children’s literature and YA fiction – Blog Events, Reading Challenges, Literature-related Events across the globe.
  • The future of Book Blogging and using ICT to enhance love for reading and passion for books.

Already registered for AFCC 2011?
Sign-in on 25 May when you come for the talk and avoid the queue on the actual day!

Have yet to register for AFCC 2011?
This day is your last chance to join the Asian-wide movement to create and promote quality children’s material with Asian content!

Register here now!

Festival Organisers:

Book Launches (free admission and open to public)

26 May

3.00pm – 4.30pm / Earshot
The Hayley's Series
by Mohana Gill, Malaysia

Hailed from Malaysia, author Mohana Gill will launch her Hayley's Series. The series attempt to introduce children to the world of fruits and vegetables at a very early age. Through her adventures, the vivacious Hayley will soon become both a friend and a teacher to readers who will be enthralled by her journey of discovery!

5:00pm – 6.30pm / Earshot
A Collective Book Launch
by Adeline Foo & Eliza Teoh, Singapor

Mischief, Misbehaviour and Mirth: Authors Adeline Foo and Eliza Teoh give insights into how their children influenced their new books.

In Adeline's Whoopie Lee. Almost Famous, Whoopie, also known as Amos Lee's Whiny, Pesky & Irritating sister, is just dying to list a feat in the Singapore Book of Records. How far will she go to prove that she is more famous than her toilet-diary-ranting brother?

In Eliza's Ellie Belly: Follow That Bird!, the cheeky and irrepressible Ellie Belly discovers a sunbird in distress! Can she and best friend Cammy find a way to help it in time? Will their pesky classmate Megan or their sharp-eyed form teacher Mrs. Goh ruin their plans?

27 May

3.00pm – 4.30pm / Earshot
A Collective Book Launch
 by Yusof Gajah Lingard Literary Agency Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

Yusof Gajah Lingard Literary Agency Sdn Bhd is introducing a number of picture books illustrated by award-winning illustrators from Malaysia. The illustrators include Yusof Gajah, Jainal Amambing, Awang Fadilah and Emila Yusof. Come and let these beautiful books take you to the wonderful world of stories and magic!

5.00pm – 6.30pm / Earshot
The Magical Shirt Interactive App Launch
by Eugene Evasdo (Author) and MA. Lourdes B. Aguinaldo (Producer), Philippines

Based on the printed storybook of the same title, The Magical Shirt is the story of Juancho and his "magical" shirt that seems to endear him to everyone he encounters.

What does it take to extend the same “magic” of the printed storybook on today’s modern devices? The author and producer will discuss and share their experiences in producing Philippines’ first bilingual English-Filipino interactive storybook app with fun activities, now available on the Android Market and the Apple store.


7.00pm – 8.30pm / Earshot
Bumping Bumpity Bob
by Sid Hamid, Singapore

Appropriate for school-aged children, families and professionals working with children, this colourful educational tale with a magical twist tells a story of Bumping Bumpity Bob who has a little problem which his town does not quite know how to deal with. As Bumping Bumpity Bob goes through his misadventures with people in his town, the story takes a look into the world of a child who experiences sensory processing issues and the people around him. Like any other child, Bumping Bumpity Bob wishes for acceptance and love from his parents, friends and people around him and be treated just the same like other children.

28 May

3.00pm – 4.30pm / Earshot
ImpART Programme Launch
by Kenneth Quek, Singapore

The ImpART programme was created to train talented underprivileged and refugee teenagers as apprentice art instructors. Currently underway as a pilot scheme in Kuala Lumpur, the programme equips the teenagers with skills to conduct art classes for younger children aged 4 to 12, with a method of using simple shapes to enhance creativity and drawing skills. The teenagers are also introduced to different painting techniques and styles, and given the opportunity to develop their talent.

All nett printing proceeds from the sales of posters and cards from ImpART will be channelled to running the programme.

5:00pm – 6.30pm / Earshot
The Ice Ball Man and Other Poems
by Angelia Poon (Editor), Singapore

Margaret Leong’s sharply observant, lyrical poems address the natural and social world of Singapore-Malaya in which she was immersed as wife, daughter-in-law and mother in an extended Chinese family. The poems collected in The Ice Ball Man and Other Poems are from her previously well-loved published works that have gone out of print.

The festival organisers reserve the right to change speakers, events and/or session times, dates, and other details as necessary.