Project Splash! Asia to be unveiled next month at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore!
Today’s blog post on Project Splash! Asia was originally posted on the AFCC website and has been reprinted here with permission of the festival organizer, The National Book Development Council of Singapore.
This year will be the United Nations International Year of Water. Community and school programmes in many countries will include reading, performing and creating water-themed stories.
Project Splash Asia! aims to publish a bibliography and collection of favourite water-themed children’s stories from or about the region for AFCC 2013.
The National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) hopes the compilation of a bibliography of children’s stories around a universal theme will be a regular project for AFCC to showcase the diversity of talents and children’s literature in the region.
Message by Evelyn Wong, Partnership Director, AFCC
I signed on for the inaugural Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) in Singapore in 2010, attracted by the red paper airplane flying across “Asian Content for the World’s Children”. I love paper airplanes, and I was curious where this one would take me. I was welcomed by an amazing gathering of people who treasured the joy of reading and its power to inspire and teach, and shared the dream to empower our children in Singapore, and around the world, by setting their imagination free. I have been attending AFCC every year since!
This Festival is the only programme of its kind in Asia, and probably the world, organised annually by the National Book Development Council of Singapore that brings together content creators and producers with parents, teachers, librarians and anyone interested in quality Asian content for children around the world.
One of the many unique features of the Festival is the four conferences, each for teachers, parents, writers and illustrators, and media professionals; and the Media Mart. It includes a wonderful collection of Asian picture books and books for young readers that you can browse through, buy, or add to your list of books to look for in the public library, and enjoy informal conversations about favourite books while you browse. A few of us thought it would be a great project to gather children’s picture books from across Asia on one common theme. The first picture and idea that splashed across our minds was WATER!
Water features in folklore, myths and legends that are part of our heritage in Asia. Water has played an important part in our history, culture. It is a most precious resource in our every day lives. Water is a universal theme that has inspired the imagination and creativity of children and adults alike for centuries everywhere in the world, and 2013 is the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation.
And so we embarked on Project Splash! Asia to collect children’s picture books with Asian content and water as a central theme. We discovered wonderful books in the National Library. Many AFCC partners and supporters contributed stories. The passionate women behind Gathering Books and PaperTigers blogs volunteered to help to gather titles and review the books… (to be continued tomorrow)