Archive for the ‘Eventful World’ Category

Celebrating René Colato Laínez’s 10th book release “Señor Pancho Has a Rancho”!

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Rene Colato LainezRené Colato Laínez is the Salvadoran American award-winning author of many multicultural children’s books and has been a featured guest blogger here on the PaperTigers blog. Earlier this month René’s 10th book, Señor Pancho Has a Rancho, was released!  As René says in his blog post introducing the book:

When I came to the United States, I discovered that not only people had problems learning a second language. Many farm animals had the same challenge too! El pollito said pío pío and the chick said peep peep. I am sure that you know that Old MacDonald had a farm. Now, he has a new neighbor, el señor Pancho, and in his rancho he has many animales.”


Señor Pancho Has a Rancho
By René Colato Laínez, illustrated by Elwood Smith (Holiday House, Inc.)senorpancho

“Old MacDonald Had a Farm” goes multicultural in this rollicking Spanish-English rendition.

The barnyard animals on Old MacDonald’s and Señor Pancho’s farms have a hard time communicating. MacDonald’s rooster says cock-a-doodle-doo! While Señor Pancho’s gallo says quiquirquí. The English-speaking chick says peep, peep, but el pollito says pio, pio. Then the cow says moo—and la vaca says mu! Maybe they’re not so different after all! So all the animals come together for a barnyard fiesta, because dancing is a universal language.

… [Readers]  will enjoy learning the names of the animals in both English and Spanish and comparing the onomatopoeia in each language. Chock-full of bicultural fun on the farm. -Kirkus Reviews

This is an excellent choice for read-alouds, but it also includes a glossary and pronunciation guide, making it useful in one-on-one contexts for young readers looking to develop Spanish vocabulary. -School Library Journal

To celebrate the book release René has been deemed  Luna Press and Bookstore’s author of the month in September and will be appearing in the store on September 14th to read from and sign his books.  Lots of fun activities are planned and you can visit Luna’s Facebook page or René’s blog for more details. The store is located at 3790 Mission Street in San Francisco.

Anitha’s Bookshelf: Hyderabad, India

Monday, August 12th, 2013


Bookshelf #29:
Anitha Ramkumar
Hyderabad, India

Anitha is Head of School Library Services at , a Children’s Library and Experience Center located in Saptaparni, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. She also blogs over at Saffron Tree: a potpourri of book reviews and literary resources for children for a lifelong love of reading. Back in 2009 Anitha blogged about her bookshelves here. Since then she and her family have  moved continents and have bookshelves all over the house with the pièce de résistance being this teak, 100 year old bookshelf she inherited.

For details on how to submit a photo of your child’s bookshelf to our Around the World in 100 Bookshelves, click here.

A Shout Out for Our “Around the World in 100 Bookshelves Project”

Friday, August 9th, 2013

If you scroll down our blog page and look at the widgets on the right-hand side you will see one entitled “Around the World in 100 Bookshelves”. What is this you ask?

We started our Around the World in 100 Bookshelves project in 2009 in the hopes of featuring 100 of our readers’ bookshelves from, well, around the world! It is our hope that our combined photos will offer a glimpse of a big world made smaller through books and reading. So far we have received pics from India, Canada, UK, Philippines, Hong Kong, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, Jamaica and the USA (click on the “Around the World in 100 Bookshelves” widget or here to see all the photos submitted to date).

Whether your child has too many or too few, in shelves or piles, tidy or scattered on the floor, we would love it if you could send us a photo of their books! Email the photo in .jpg format along with your child’s first name, age, city and country, to corinne(at)papertigers(dot)org and we’ll post the photo here on our blog. If you have a kidlit blog please let us know and we will include that link too. Don’t worry about capturing the whole bookshelf/book collection in the photo. A partial image, along with a reading-related anecdote and/or a few lines describing the bookshelf’s content, should be enough to help us connect across languages and cultures. We hope to feature bookshelves from all over, so please help us spread the word!

August 2013 Events

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

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American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference~ ongoing until July 2, Chicago, IL, USA

ALSC Events at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference~ ongoing until July 2, Chicago, IL, USA

YALSA Events at ALA’s 2013 Annual Conference~ ongoing until July 2, Chicago, IL, USA

Write Up a Storm: Foyle Young Poets Competition~ submissions accepted until July 31

Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature~ submissions accepted until Aug 31, United Arab Emirates

The Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA)~ submissions accepted until Oct 21, Singapore

Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award 2013~ submissions accepted until Dec 31, 2012, United Kingdom

42nd Annual SCBWI Summer Conference~ Aug 2 – 5, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Tulika Books Launches The Bee Master, written by Lata Mani, illustrated by Priyankar Gupta~ Aug 3, Koramangala, Bengaluru, India

8th National Conference of African American Librarians~ Aug 7 – 11, Covington, KY, USA

The Bhutan Festival of Literature, Arts and Culture~ Aug 9 – 11, Thimphu, Bhutan

The Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators~ Aug 10 – 18, Auckland, New Zealand

Edinburgh International Book Festival (Baillie Gifford Children’s Programme)~ Aug 10 – 26, Edinburgh, Scotland

Writing & Book Camp for Kids 11+~ Aug 12 – 16, Vancouver, BC, Canada 

Tulika Books Hosts Author Pika Nani Reading From Her Book Little Indians: Stories From Across the Country~ Aug 15, Koramangala, Bengaluru, India

CBCA Book of the Year Winners Announcement~ Aug 16, Australia

Children’s Book Week: Read Across the Universe~ Aug 17 – 23, Australia

Kids’ Book Review Reading Hour Photo Challenge~ Aug 17 – 24, Australia

Meet Author Grace Lin and Join in a Discussion of Her Book Starry River of the Sky~ Aug 18, Easthampton, MA, USA

Melbourne Writers Festival (Children and Youth Programme)~ Aug 22 – Sep 1, Mebourne, Australia

National Reading Hour 5 – 6pm~ Aug 24, Australia

Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival Featuring Joy Kogawa~ Aug 24, Vancouver, BC, Canada

How To Teach Using Comics~ Aug 24, Singapore

Jump Start 2013: Focusing on the children’s books from India and abroad~ Aug 29 – 30, New Delhi, India (more…)

Grace Lin’s “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” has been adapted for the theatre!

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Exciting news from Grace Lin regarding her Newbery Honor Book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon!

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon at Wheelock Family Theater

Tickets on sale now!

As I mentioned last month, Wheelock Family Theater will be presenting Where the Mountain Meets the MoonWhere the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin in the spring! It will be the New England premiere! The schedule has been set and you can now buy tickets. If you are a teacher, consider bringing your students for a field trip! They even have special 10am school matinees!


April 11 – May 11, 2014

Wheelock Family Theatre
200 The Riverway, Boston, MA, USA

Friday nights at 7:30; Saturday & Sunday matinees at 3:00
School vacation week matinees (Tue 4/22 – Fri 4/25) at 1:00
10am school matinees Wed 4/16, Thu 5/1, Tue 5/6, and Thu 5/8

Performances will be interpreted in American Sign Language on Thu 5/8 at 10am, Fri 5/9 at 7:30, & Sun 5/11 at 3:00.

Performances will be audio-described for folks with visual impairments on Thu 5/8 at 10am, Fri 5/9 at 7:30, & Sun 5/11 at 3:00.

A “Relaxed” performance for people with sensory sensitivities will be on Saturday May 3 at 10am

Tickets are $35 – $20 based on seating. Groups of 15 or more can take $5 off the regular ticket prices. Tickets can be purchased online at or over the telephone: 617-879-2300 (Tue – Fri; 10am to 6pm)

For additional information or for specific seating needs, please contact Charles Baldwin at 617-879-2300 or cbaldwin(at)wheelock(dot)edu.

NB: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was one of the books we selected to be included in our 2010 Spirit of PaperTigers Book Set.  Read our review of the book here and our interview with Grace here. We also have two galleries of Grace’s ilustration work here and here.

Since 2010 PaperTigers has sent carefully chosen books to particular schools and libraries in various parts of the world. The books chosen seek to provide “multicultural” or “trans-cultural” stories that promote awareness of, knowledge about, and positive acceptance of “the other” in ways children can learn and enjoy. We are convinced of the crucial role of literacy and reading in an education that fosters understanding and empathy. To learn more about our Outreach program click here and to read our announcement of the 2012 book set click here.

PaperTigers Theme: Journeys

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Illustrations by Nilesh Mistry (top) and Lak-Khee Tay-Audouard (bottom)

“…travel is important, not only because we can meet new people and see what amazing cultures there are around the world, but also because by doing so we can come to appreciate how similar we all are.”

~ Nilesh Mistry


Do you agree with the maxim that there are only seven stories in the world? It’s a bit of a conundrum, isn’t it, but our new theme, Journeys, has got me thinking about it, because, really, every story involves some kind of journey.

So we have flung the theme wide open to embrace both physical and spiritual journeys. The authors and illustrators we profile in this issue have all created books that narrate some kind of journey; do join us as we ask them about their own voyages of discovery in creating their books…

Demi, picture-book creator extraordinaire. Find out about her biographies of famous historical figures and spiritual leaders, and join herin her studio, where she works close by her Buddhist altar…

Nilesh Mistry, illustrator of many children’s books including Stories from the Silk Road. Read also about his artistic encounter with elephants…


Award-winning author Na’ima B. Robert takes us on a journey of exploration into her latest gripping YA novel Black Sheep

paw_sm3Author Gabrielle Wang talks about her journey as a writer…

Lak-Khee Tay-Audouard, illustrator of Adventures of the Treasure Fleet and the newly released Chinese Fables: The Dragon Slayer and Other Timeless Tales of Wisdom. Find out about some of the more unusual media she incorporates into her work…

paw_sm3Jimmy Liao shares some moments from his vibrant “journeys of the Imagination”…

paw_sm3Nilesh Mistry takes us on a journey through his work that encompasses book illustration, design, and painting elephants…

It’s Not the Destination. It’s the Journey” by author and illustrator James Rumford

paw_sm3The Journey of Translation: Walking with Jimmy Liao’ by Sarah L. Thomson

Escaping Conflict, Seeking Peace: Picture books that relate refugee stories, and their importance” by PaperTigers Editor Marjorie Coughlan

And do join us here on the PaperTigers blog, on Facebook and on Twitter to share news about your own reading journeys across the world of children’s and YA books…

Happy reading!

The Tiger


Image credit: top, © Nilesh Mistry; bottom © Lak-Khee Tay-Audouard

Gabrielle Wang launches her book The Wishbird this weekend and you’re invited to attend!

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

thewishbirdOur current issue of PaperTigers is entitled Journeys and includes an interview with Australian Gabrielle Wang in which she talks about her journey from an artist to a children’s book writer. Gabrielle’s newest book for middle grade readers  The Wishbird  is being launched this weekend and all are invited to attend! Signed limited edition Giclee prints (very high quality prints)  of selected internal illustrations will be available for sale on the day.

Imagine a world without music.

Imagine if all the singers and musicians disappeared, never to be seen again. Music is outlawed. Even birds are killed because they sing. And because birds live in forests then the forests all around are burnt to stumps. 

Music is an integral part of human existence. Every culture in the world makes music. Without it, the soul dies.

This is at the heart of The Wishbird



759 Nicholson St, Carlton North VIC

PLEASE RSVP: gabrielle(at)

Published by Penquin Books Australia, The Wishbird is receiving rave reviews and I can hardly wait to get my hands on a copy. Do pay a visit to Gabrielle’s blog and listen to her read the first two chapters of The Wishbird here. You can also listen to her radio interview on Radio National, Books and Arts Daily HERE . To celebrate the book’s release Gabrielle is giving away 6 signed copies on Goodreads. Check out her Facebook page for the entry link. Congratulations Gabrielle!!


2014 Asian Festival of Children’s Literature Call for Papers!

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

You’ve heard us rave about the 2013 Asian Festival of Children’s Content and now here’s your chance to get involved next year. Hot off the press news from the festival organizers:

AFCC Call for Papers!

AFCC is calling for papers! We are looking for new insights on trends, observations, and AFCC logodevelopments in the field of children’s content with proposed sessions that will be useful to AFCC attendees and encourage discussion. AFCC is a conference for creative professionals, publishing industry professionals, and media industry professionals, not an academic conference, and all proposals should be targeted accordingly.

In order to qualify as a presenter, you should be published or have relevant experience in your field. Proposals should include a session outline and a one-paragraph biography of the presenter.
Deadline: 19 August 2013
strong>Geographical coverage: Worldwide
Topic: related to Asian content for children
Reading Fee: none
Contact: kenneth(at)bookcouncil(dot)sg or stephanie(at)bookcouncil(dot)sg

For further information, please check out this link.

Scholastic Asian Book Award 2014

The Award is presented biennially for an unpublished manuscript targeted at children aged 6 to 18 years, written by authors of Asian descent, living in Asia, who are 18 years of age and above. The Scholastic Asian Book Award 2014 offers a prize of S$10,000 and will be presented during the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in May 2014.The closing date for the submission is 21 October 2013.
Visit the website for more details!

Malaysia Focus Guest Post – Malaysia Night at the 2013 Asian Festival of Children’s Content

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Peter Duke moderating Yusof Gajah's session at AFCC 2013Drawing to a close our series of guest posts by author Peter Duke about the Malaysia-focused/perspective presentations at this year’s AFCC.

Peter has written a number of children’s books that have been published under the name Peter Worthington by the exciting Malaysian publisher Oyez!Books. Originally from the UK, Peter has lived and worked in different countries in Asia, including Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. He first served in the British army and was global partner of a major management consultancy firm until his retirement.



Malaysia Evening at 2013 Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC)

Malaysia Evening at 2013 Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) - students from Sekolah Seni Johor

Malaysia Evening at 2013 Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) - students from Sekolah Seni Johor perform "The Proud Butterfly and the Strange Tree" adapted from the book by Jainal Amambing

Malaysia Evening at 2013 Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) - students from Sekolah Seni Johor, the cast of

Malaysia Evening at 2013 Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) - post performance by Sekolah Seni Johor students of "The Proud Butterfly and the Strange Tree"

Malaysia Evening at 2013 Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) -HRH Raja Zarith Sofia of Johore is presented with a copy of "My Mother's Kitchen" by its creator Emila Yusof

During AFCC, Malaysian Book Organisation Kota Buku hosted an evening of Malaysian music, fun and food for more than 120 guests. As the guests assembled and moved to their seats the youth orchestra and singers from the Malaysian School of Art Sekolah Seni Johor entertained us with some excellent music and songs, both traditional and modern.

The guest of honour for the night was HRH Raja Zarith Sofiah, the Sultana of Johor. She and all the guests were made to feel very welcome by Tan Sri Dato’ Asiah Abu Samah, the chairman of Kota Buku. In her welcoming speech, Tan Sri also thanked AFCC for inviting Malaysia as the country of focus at AFCC 2103 and stated that she and all the members of the Malaysian delegation extended their heartfelt thanks to Ms Claire Chiang and Mr Ramachandran and their staff for making this possible. In addition, she said she hoped that this was the start of many years of close cooperation between Kota Buku and AFCC and the first step in a journey of bringing like-minded organisations from Asian countries together in close cooperation.

After Tan Sri’s speech, Emila Yusof of the Malaysian delegation, and this year’s Guest illustrator at AFCC, presented The Sultana with one of her iconic pictures and two of her latest books. Ain Maisarah, Malaysian author of the ‘Wannababe…’ series presented the Sultana with a set of her books. Then it was time for music food and fun. The tables groaned under masses of excellent Malaysian-style food including giant prawns, Nonya style curried chicken, beef rendang, fried rice, steamed vegetables and noodles followed by a typical Malaysian desert and fruits; a seemingly endless stream of food to suit all tastes.

Malaysia Focus Guest Post – IBBY President Ahmad Redza on “Celebrating Diversity Through Multicultural Children’s Literature”

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Peter Duke moderating Yusof Gajah's session at AFCC 2013Continuing our series of guest posts by author Peter Duke about the Malaysia-focused/perspective presentations at this year’s AFCC.

Peter has written a number of children’s books that have been published under the name Peter Worthington by the exciting Malaysian publisher Oyez!Books. Originally from the UK, Peter has lived and worked in different countries in Asia, including Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. He first served in the British army and was global partner of a major management consultancy firm until his retirement.


Ahmad Redza

IBBY President Ahmad Redza at 2013 Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC)

Ahmad Redza, who is currently the President of IBBY (the International Board on Books for Young People), gave a very polished presentation on his chosen subject. He made the point a number of times of his firm belief that children and books together create a greater understanding of different races, cultures and religions.
He stressed that children are our future and by bridging the gap through literature we create a platform for peace. A well-illustrated picture book can be read and understood in any language. Literature serves as a powerful vehicle for helping children understand themselves, their communities and the world.

‘Children in crisis’ is an important IBBY project. The key thrust of this is to bring knowledge through books and literature to children who are recovering from trauma caused by earthquakes, rebellion, loss of citizenship and being separated from their parents and often being driven from their homes. Reading, and learning to read, can bring peace of mind and help in a child’s recovery. But just giving a child a book is not sufficient; he or she needs to be taught how to use a book to gain greatest benefit from them.

In conclusion Redza reiterated his belief that through literature, children can bridge the gap between races, religions and cultures across countries and make the world a better place for all.

Then, at the end of his talk Redza also gave a brief overview of IBBY and its roles and projects.