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Asian Festival of Children’s Content

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Amidst the troubles experienced by the world, from the pandemic to environmental disasters to war and destruction, it can be difficult to find the silver lining among the storm clouds hovering overhead. In this lecture, hear from award-winning author Margarita Engle on how she envisions books as a refuge, and the important lessons that they can offer to readers.

Mental Wellness Writing for Children and Youths

Margarita Engle

Margarita Engle (US)

Margarita is the Cuban-American author of many verse novels, memoirs, and picture books, including The Surrender Tree, Enchanted Air, Drum Dream Girl, and Dancing Hands. Awards include a Newbery Honor, Pura Belpré, Golden Kite, PEN U.S.A., and NSK Neustadt, among others. Margarita served as the national 2017-2019 Young People’s Poet Laureate. She is a three-time U.S. nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Book Award. Her most recent books are Your Heart, Light for All, Rima’s Rebellion, and Singing With Elephants.

(Photo by Shevaun Williams)

Kim Beeman

Moderator Kim Beeman (Singapore)

Kim Beeman is Head of the Senior Library at Tanglin Trust School in Singapore. She has previously worked as a teacher-librarian at independent schools in Bangkok and New York City, and was a cookbook librarian in New York City for many years. Kim has a Masters of Library and Information Science from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

All programme dates and times are subject to change and existing COVID measures.

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