Monday, April 29, 2013

The 1st Asia & Oceania regional IBBY Congress in Bali - May 23-26

"Indonesian Section of IBBY is excited to announce the 1st Asia and Oceania regional IBBY Congress to be held in Bali, Indonesia, May 23rd -26th, 2013. 

This inaugural congress will facilitate various ideas of efforts to strengthen IBBY National Sections in the region, featuring the uniqueness of Asia and Oceania regional stories which can play in the world of children’s literature market and to be used idealistically to educate children about respect, understanding, and tolerance in the global multicultural society.

The congress is open to children’s literature specialists, writers, illustrators, educators, publishers, librarians, storytellers, journalists, activists, children’s book promoters and all cultural enthusiasts from all over the world. Bali is a perfect place for relaxation, stimulating meetings and discussions with rich cultural heritage, arts, and literature to enjoy."

If you're unfamiliar with IBBY, go explore the international home page.

Reminder: AFCC at the end of May

Don't forget to check out the schedule of the Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC), 25-30 May.

Our own Nancy Johnson is the keynote at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 28, 7:30pm – 8:30p.

iStory: An Invitation, Challenge, and Dare
Story connects us across time, place and culture. It is as ancient as a human experience and as fresh as a download onto a wireless device. This lecture invites, challenges, and dares us all to commit to the “i” – identity, information, imagination, illumination – to keep story alive, even (and especially) in a high tech world.

Our own Ben Farr is on a panel about book selection, Tuesday, May 28,  5:30pm – 6:30pm.

The World at Your Fingertips: The Art of Book Acquisitions

LEO VINCENT (Director, Advance Library Services Pte Ltd), BENJAMIN FARR (Librarian), PANNA KANTILAL (Librarian)

Libraries are repositories of knowledge, making librarians all-powerful gatekeepers who choose what books will be added to that collection of knowledge. When acquiring books, what does a librarian, a library supplier and a bookseller has in common. What decides which books are chosen? Find out all this and more in this discussion panel so that you know what sells.

So attend at least the Tuesday evening and see both of them!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Add to our Red Dot 2013-2014 LONG LISTS

There are four lists on GoodReads' Listopia where we are gathering suggestions for next year's Red Dot Book Awards.  Please go and add yours -- and vote on books already in the lists.

Holly Thompson available for school visits May 30, 31

On Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 2:37 PM, Holly Thompson <> wrote:
Hi Katie,
I hope all is well with you. I'm sorting out my plans for Singapore and AFCC and I'm wondering if you could share the following announcement with librarians in Singapore. I'm available for two days of school visits on May 30 and 31. My airfare is covered, so I will just need my fee and accommodation (probably just for 1 night). The Language Inside pubs on May 14 and has received some great reviews--there will be a launch event at AFCC. 


Holly Thompson, author of the young adult verse novels Orchards (APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature) and the forthcoming The Language Inside (May 2013)the picture book The Wakame Gatherers,and the novel Ash, and editor of Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction: An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories is available to do school visits in Singapore on May 30 and 31. She charges $600 per day for up to 5 classes plus accommodation (she will not need airfare as she will be speaking at AFCC May 27-29). Information about Holly's books and presentations, as well Reader's Guides for Orchards and Tomo and numerous interviews, are on her website
Raised in New England, Holly is a longtime resident of Japan, where she teaches writing at Yokohama City University. She serves as the Regional Advisor for the Japan Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Holly has presented and led writing workshops at conferences, schools and universities in the U.S., Japan, China, Cambodia, Australia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Mongolia. She is happy to present to students from elementary grades through grade 12. All presentations include interactive components. She will gladly combine presentations and adapt them to fit a particular curriculum unit, teaching focus or specific workshop need. Details are on her website.
Visit her website and her blog  Please contact Holly directly if you are interested in having her visit your school: