Why I Can’t Miss the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) 2013 in Singapore ~ by Mr. John McKenzie

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

AFCC logoPaperTigers is a proud sponsor of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) , an annual event held in Singapore that brings together content creators and producers with parents, teachers, librarians and anyone interested in quality Asian content for children around the world. This year’s conference will have an added emphasis on young adult literature and children’s works in translation and will be featuring Malaysia as the country of focus. As we lead up to the 2013 AFCC (May 25 – 20th) we will be blogging about featured speakers, program details and more.  Both Marjorie and I will be attending the 2013 AFCC and we hope to see you there! For more information about the AFCC visit the festival website by clicking here.

Today’s blog post by Mr. John McKenzie was originally posted on the AFCC blog and has been reprinted here with permission of the festival organizer, The National Book Development Council of Singapore.

Why I Can’t Miss AFCC 2013 ~ by Mr. John McKenzie

I am excited! I don’t know about you, but whenever I see a programme for a festival or conference, I am excited about two things. One thing is the new learning that the programme seems to offer and the second thing are the new people that I will get to know. Even at my ripe old age, I look forward to another learning journey, a journey where one never arrives! So, I want to share with you my excitement about AFCC 2013. Firstly, as a Kiwi who comes from a rather remote island “down under,” the idea of focusing on a particular country is great! My experience of Malaysia is limited (other than a brief journey 30 odd years ago) so I am eager to hear Cinthia Koeskal tell her story in becoming a young adult writer and to explore the degree to which there are universal dilemmas in her novels that speak to young people across cultural boundaries. In a similar way, I want to explore the art works of  Yusof Gajah and negotiate any cultural particularities that speak of national identity. I have to admit that I am passionate about picture books and will have enormous pleasure searching the book stalls for new treasures like Emilia Yusof’s picture books. I am particularly interested in representations of folktale  and I look forward then to the Malaysian focus during the Festival.

My love of the visual means that I always look for novels that include images as much as narrative, especially for an older audience. For example, when I read in the AFCC web-based review of Dianne Wolfer’s book Light Horse Boy that “the story is told via text and letters, interspersed with stunning charcoal sketches by Brian Simmonds, primary source documents and historical photographs,” I know I have to go knocking on the door The Plaza, National Library on 28th May at lunchtime and enjoy hearing about this book that is to be launched on this occasion. To add depth to my understanding of the picture book, the sessions on the art of the picture book by Patrick Yee and Julia Kaergel, the paper engineering session by Joseph Tan  and the exploration of graphic novels by Wolfgang Bylsma, Paolo Chikiamco  and Sonny Liew are all high on my agenda.

However, what I really appreciate about AFCC is the chance to go in depth as part of the AFCC Seminars and Master Classes where a full day can be spent on professional development. This year, a newish door is being opened up to me through the work of Kate McCallum and the idea and practices of transmedia productions. We live in an age of multi-literacies whereby story is presented though many platforms thanks to digital technologies. From film to computer games, web pages to phone applications, story is now visualised as moving images. The questions that are in my mind are, what is gained and what is lost though this complex interweaving of media; how can children become active creators as well as engaged participants? I am sure Kate will passionately share her knowledge and perspective on this.

I look forward to my return to Singapore. The warmth of the hosts (as much as the weather), my sense of safety and comfort in wandering around the many shops and spaces of Singapore and above all the friendliness of previous visitors as much as strangers makes all the difference. If you see a slightly balding old fella with a Kiwi accent, say hello!

John McKenzieAs a Principal lecturer at the University of Canterbury College of Education, John McKenzie designed and implemented the graduate level Diploma in Children’s Literature. He has many conference papers to his credit and is involved in the development of literacy qualifications in South Africa. He received the Betty Gilderdale Award for services to NZ children’s literature.

2013 Asian Festival of Children’s Content ~ Singapore

Monday, February 11th, 2013

PaperTigers is a proud sponsor of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content, an annual event held  in Singapore that brings together content creators and producers with parents, teachers, librarians and anyone interested in quality Asian content for children around the world. Dates for the 2013 AFCC have been announced – May 25th  – 30th , and festival organizer, The National Book Development Council of Singapore, is hard at work ensuring that this year’s program is equally, perhaps even more so, inspiring than previous years. The AFCC website has recently been relaunched and details for the 2013 festival are being added daily. Early bird registration has begun and the call for submissions has gone out for the Book Illustrators Gallery.

Both Marjorie and I plan on attending this year’s AFCC and will be speaking in several of the sessions. I was blessed to be able to attend the 2011 AFCC and have been counting down the months until I could return. It will be such a thrill to reconnect with old friends and make new ones all while being immersed in the world of Asian children’s literature! If you are able, do try to attend. It may take a wee bit of time to travel to Singapore but it will definitely be worth the effort!

(Read PaperTigers’ July 2011 issue to learn more about my time at the 2011 Asian Festival of Childrens Content).

 

February 2013 Events

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

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Exhibits of Winning Entries from the 2012 Growing Up Asian in America Contest~ ongoing until Feb 2013, USA

National Storytelling Week~ ongoing until Feb 2, United Kingdom

Taipei Book Fair~ ongoing until Feb 4, Taipei, Taiwan

Kolkata Book Fair~  ongoing until Feb 13, Kolkata, India

Nami Island International Illustration Concours for Picture Book Illustrations~ submissions accepted until Feb 15, Korea

Children’s Literature and Social Justice~ ongoing until Mar 19, Portland, OR, USA

Tall Tales & Huge Hearts: Raúl Colón~ ongoing until Mar 29, Abilene, TX, USA

AFCC’s Book Illustrators Gallery~ submissions accepted until Mar 31, Singapore

Skipping Stones Youth Honor Awards Celebrating Multicultural Awareness, International Understanding and Nature Appreciation~ submissions accepted until June 25, 2013, USA

Black History Month~ Canada

African American History Month~ USA

National African American Read-inUSA

14th Annual SCBWI Winter Conference~ Feb 1 – 3, New York, NY, USA

28 Days Later: A Black History Celebration of Children’s and YA Lit~ Feb 1 – 28, USA

Concordia University Workshop: Using Children’s Literature to Explore Diversity and Cultures~ Feb 2, Chicago, IL, USA

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival: Presents The Kids Lit Fest 2013~ Feb 2 – 10, Mumbai, India

MA Children’s Book Illustration Exhibit~ Feb 4 – 9, London, United Kingdom

World Book Fair ~ Feb 4 – 10, New Delhi, India

Minsk Book Fair: Focus on Russian Children’s Books~ Feb 6 – 10, Minsk, Belarus

Sun Gallery’s  Annual Children’s Book Illustrator Exhibit~ Feb 6 – Apr 6,  Hayward, CA, USA

Pratham Books’ Events at the Kala Ghoda Kids Lit Fest~ Feb 7 and 9, Mumbai, India

21st Annual African American Children’s Book Fair~ Feb 9, Philadelphia, PA, USA

The Carle Museum Presents: Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, Author and Illustrator of the 2013 Caldecott Honor Book Extra Yarn~ Feb 10, Amherst, MA, USA

First Nations Public Library Week: From Campfires to the Digital World: Storytelling Through Time~ Feb 11 – 16, Province of Ontario, Canada

Imagine Children’s Festival~ Feb 11 – 24, London, United Kingdom

Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children’s Literature Featuring Margarita Engle~ Feb 12, Davis, CA, USA

International Book Giving Day~ Feb 14

2012 Cybils (the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards) Winners Announced~ Feb 14

ALSC Webinar: Expanding the Caldecott Experience: Programming with Caldecott Winning and Honor Books~ Feb 20

Chapter & Verse’s (A Book Club for Adults Discussing Children’s Lit) Discussion of ALA/ALSC Award Winners~ Feb 21, USA

International Mother Language Day~ Feb 21

21st Annual Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference~ Feb 23, St. Paul, MN, USA

LibraryPalooza 2013 – an Author Festival for Teens~ Feb 23, San Antonio, TX, USA

All In! Young Writers Media Festival~ Feb 23 – 24, Singapore

Freedom to Read Week~ Feb 24 – Mar 2, Canada

The Literature Centre (formerly Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre) Exhibits and Programs~ Fremantle, Australia

Dromkeen National Centre for Picture Book Art Exhibits~ Riddells Creek, Australia

Books Illustrated Events and Exhibitions~ Middle Park, Australia

International Youth Library Exhibits~ Munich, Germany

Tulika Book Events~ India

International Library of Children’s Literature Events~ Tokyo, Japan

Newcastle University Programme of Talks on Children’s Books for 2011-2012~ Newcastle, United Kingdom

Seven Stories (the National Home of Children’s Books in Britain) Events~ Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Discover Children’s Story Centre~ London, United Kingdom

Arne Nixon Center’s Children’s Literature Book Clubs for Adults Events~ USA

Events Sponsored by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress~ USA

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art~ Amherst, MA, USA

The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature Exhibits~ Abilene, TX, USA

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Events

September 2012 Events

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

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National Year of Reading~ Australia

Américas Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award Presentation~ Washington, D.C., USA

Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF)~ ongoing until Sep 2, Beijing, China

The Word on the Street National Book and Magazine Festival: Celebrating Reading. Advocating Literacy ~ (September dates vary by location), Canada

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

2012 South Asia Book Award~ submissions accepted until Dec 31, 2012

SingTel Asian Picture Book Award 2013~ submissions accepted until Dec 31, 1012, Singapore

Exhibits of Winning Entries from the 2012 Growing Up Asian in America Contest~ ongoing until Feb 2013, USA

Skipping Stones Youth Honor Awards Celebrating Multicultural Awareness, International Understanding and Nature Appreciation~ submissions accepted until June 25, 2013, USA

Singapore International Storytelling Festival (SISF)~ Sep 1 – 5, Singapore

Delhi Book Fair~ Sep 1 – 9, Delhi, India

Ghummakkad Narain – the Traveling Literature Festival~ Sep 1 – 30, New Delhi, India

¡Cuéntame un cuento! : Latino Cultural Inclusion in Juvenile Collections Webinar~ Sep 4

Nairn Book & Arts Festival~ Sep 4 – 9, Nairn, United Kingdom

International Children’s and Youth Literature Festival~ Sep 4 – 16, Berlin, Germany

Brisbane Writers Festival~ Sep 5 – 9, Brisbane, Australia

Moscow International Book Fair~ Sep 5 – 10, Moscow, Russia

International Literacy Day~ Sep 8

UNESCO Literary Prize Awards Presentation~ Sep 8, Paris, France

Book Blogger Appreciation Week~ Sep 10 – 14

Fairytale Town’s Giving Voice to Children’s Literature: Parent  Workshop~ Sept 12, Sacramento, CA, USA

The Manila International Book Fair: Words Without Borders~ Sep 12 – 16, Manila, Philippines

Ethics and Children’s Literature Symposium~ Sep 13 – 16, Greencastle IN, USA

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre Presents: The Art of the Picture Book Exhibition~ Sep 14 – Oct 14, Montreal, QC, Canada

Flor y Canto Children’s Poetry Festival~ Sep 15, San Francisco, CA, USA

Hispanic Heritage Month~ Sep 15 – Oct 15, USA

Telling Tales: A Family Festival of Stories~ Sep 16, Rockton, ON, Canada

BANNED! [The Title of This Event Has Been Censored]- a lively panel discussion of literature and censorship with authors, educators, and librarians~ Sep 16, Minneapolis, MN, USA

5th Conference on South African Children’s and Youth Literature~ Sep 18 – 20, Potchefstroom, South Africa

Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC)~ Sep 19 – 23, Kansas City, MO, USA

Chapter & Verse, a book club for adults discussing children’s lit~ Sep 20, USA

The Carle Honors 2012 Annual Gala and Art Auction~ Sep 20, New York, NY, USA

International Day of Peace~ Sep 21

Thin Air – Winnipeg International Writers Festival~ Sep 21 – 29, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

International Day of Peace~ Sep 21

4th Annual Elizabeth York Children’s Literature Festival~ Sep 22 Anderson, IN, USA

National Book Festival~ Sep 24 – 25, Washington, D.C., USA

Appeldore Book Festival Family Day~ Sep 26, Appledore, United Kingdom

Reading Association of Ireland Annual Conference: From Literacy Research to Classroom Practice: Insights and Inspiration~ Sep 27 – 29, Dublin, Ireland

National Young Writers Festival~ Sept 27 – 30, Australia

The Boston Globe–Horn (Children’s) Book Awards Ceremony~ Sep 28, Boston, MA, USA

6th Annual KidlitCon~ Sep 28 – 29, New York, NY, USA

Bath Festival of Children’s Literature~Sep 28 – Oct 7, Bath, United Kingdom

Wigtown Book Festival~ Sep 28 – Oct 7, Wigtown, United Kingdom

The Children’s Bookshow: Stories From Around The World~ Sep 28 – Nov 8, United Kingdom

Horn Book at Simmons One-Day Colloquium: Look Out!~ Sep 29, Boston, MA, USA

ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival~ Sep 29 – 30, Sacramento, Ca, USA

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read~ Sep 30 – Oct 6, USA



Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre Exhibits and Programs~ Fremantle, Australia

Dromkeen National Centre for Picture Book Art Exhibits~ Riddells Creek, Australia

Books Illustrated Events and Exhibitions~ Middle Park, Australia

International Youth Library Exhibits~ Munich, Germany

Tulika Book Events~ India

International Library of Children’s Literature Events~ Tokyo, Japan

Newcastle University Programme of Talks on Children’s Books for 2011-2012~ Newcastle, United Kingdom

Seven Stories (the National Home of Children’s Books in Britain) Events~ Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Discover Children’s Story Centre~ London, United Kingdom

Arne Nixon Center’s Children’s Literature Book Clubs for Adults Events~ USA

Events Sponsored by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress~ USA

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art~ Amherst, MA, USA

The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature Exhibits~ Abilene, TX, USA

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Events

April 2012 Events

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

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13th Annual Chicago Latino Book & Family Festival~ ongoing until Apr 1, Cicero, IL, USA

Sun Gallery’s Twenty-third Annual Children’s Book Illustrator Exhibit~ ongoing until Apr 7, Hayward, CA, USA

Ilustarte: 5th International Biennial Exhibition of Children’s Books Illustration ~ ongoing until Apr 8, Lisbon, Portugal

40th National Book Fair and 10th Bangkok International Book Fair~ ongoing until Apr 8, Bangkok, Thailand

The Writer’s Union of Canada’s Annual Writing for Children Competition~ submissions accepted until Apr 24, Canada

Exhibit: The Illustrators Curated by Julia Donaldson~ ongoing until Apr 28, Newbridge, Ireland

Pratham Book’s Retell, Remix and Rejoice Contest~ submissions accepted until Apr 30, India

Picture This: 90 Years of Storybook Art~ ongoing until May 6, Wenham, MA, USA

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

 

 

National Poetry Month~ Canada and USA

School Library Month: You Belong @ Your Library~ USA

International Children’s Book Day~ Apr 2

Storylines Margaret Mahy Day~ Apr 2, Auckland, New Zealand

Winner Announced in School Library Journal’s Battle of the Books~ Apr 2

Telling Tall and Tiny Tales~ Apr 3 – 29, Dublin, Ireland

LibrAsia: Second Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship!~ Apr 5 – 8, Osaka, Japan

Art, Children’s Literature, and the Environment: Art and Photography from Green Earth Book Awards~ Apr 6 – June 10, Salisbury, MD, USA

National Library Week~ Apr 8 – 14, USA

Salisbury University’s Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival: Read Green~ Apr 10 – 14, Salisbury, MD, USA

National Bookmobile Day~ Apr 11, USA

45th Annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival~ Apr 11 – 13, Hattiesburg, MS, USA

National D.E.A.R Day – National Drop Everything and Read Day~ Apr 12, USA

Support Teen Literature Day~ Apr 12, USA

28th Annual Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth: Voices, Visions and Verse~ Apr 12 – 13, Kent, OH, USA

The Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ 2012 Conference: Worlds Within Words~ Apr 13 – 15, Bradfield, United Kingdom

Young Poets Week~ Apr 15 – 21, Canada

London Book Fair~ Apr 16 – 18, London, United Kingdom

Young Alberta Book Society Presents: Wordpower~ Apr 16 – 20, Fort McMurray, AB, Canada

Border Book Festival~ Apr 19 – 22, Mesilla, NM, USA

Book Bash! Children’s Literature Festival~ Apr 21, Toronto, ON, Canada

World Book Night~ Apr 23

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival~ Apr 23 – May 2, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Conference~ Apr 25 – 27, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Creating an Authentic Cultural Voice with authors Donna Jo Napoli and Mitali Perkins~ Apr 26 – 28, Honesdale, PA, USA

International Conference -Building Cultural Bridges: Integrating Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Translation and Journalism into Education”~ Apr 26 – 28, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan

Stranger in a Strange Land 2012 – A Children’s Literature Conference Organized by Graduate Students of the University of British Columbia~ Apr 28, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Children’s Literature Council Spring Workshop – Serving Children With Autism: Literature, Libraries and Learning~ Apr 28, Pasadena, CA, USA

The Foundation for Children’s Books Presents: What’s New in Children’s Books~ Apr 28, Boston, MA, USA

Albany Children’s Book Festival~ Apr 28, Albany, NY, USA

Children’s Day/Book Day – El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día)~ Apr 30

 

 

Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre Exhibits and Programs~ Fremantle, Australia

Dromkeen National Centre for Picture Book Art Exhibits~ Riddells Creek, Australia

Books Illustrated Events and Exhibitions~ Middle Park, Australia

International Library of Children’s Literature Events~ Tokyo, Japan

International Youth Library Exhibits~ Munich, Germany

Newcastle University Programme of Talks on Children’s Books for 2011-2012~ Newcastle, United Kingdom

Seven Stories (the National Home of Children’s Books in Britain) Events~ Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Discover Children’s Story Centre~ London, United Kingdom

Events Sponsored by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress~ USA

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art~ Amherst, MA, USA

The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature Exhibits~ Abilene, TX, USA

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Events

March 2010 Events

Monday, March 1st, 2010

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Bath Literature Festival~ ongoing until Mar 7, Bath, United Kingdom

Exhibition of Joy Mallari’s Artwork From the Book Doll Eyes~ ongoing until Mar 9, Makati City, Philippines

Entries Accepted for the Growing Up Asian in America Contest~ ongoing until Mar 10, San Francisco, CA, USA

The Making of the Word Witch: The Poetic & Illustrative Magic of Margaret Mahy & David Elliot~ ongoing until  Mar 14, Ashburton, New Zealand

21st Annual Children’s Book Illustrators Exhibit~ ongoing until Apr 3, Hayward, CA, USA

Heart and Soul: Art from Coretta Scott King Award Books, 2006–2009~ ongoing until Apr 18, Chicago, IL, USA

New York Public Library Exhibit: 2010 Caldecott Winner Jerry Pinkney’s African-American Journey to Freedom~ ongoing until Apr 18, New York City, NY, USA

Read Across America Day~ Mar 2, USA

Papirolas Festival for Children and Youth~ Mar 2 – 7, Guadalajara, Mexico

20th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair~ Mar 2 – 7, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

World Book Day~ Mar 4, United Kingdom and Ireland

New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards Finalists Announced and On-Line Voting Begins~ Mar 4, New Zealand

Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature Conference Mar 5 – 6, Dublin, Ireland

The Environmental Imagination and Children’s Literature~ Mar 5 – 6, Toronto, ON, Canada

Shanghai Literary Festival~Mar 5 – 21, Shanghai, China

Western Washington University Children’s Literature Conference~ Mar 6, Bellingham, WA, USA

Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Choices Day and Charlotte Zolotow Award Presentation~ Mar 6, Madison, WI, USA

SCBWI Conference: Creating Diversity in Children’s Literature~ Mar 6, Frederick, MD, USA

SCBWI Writers’ Day with Holly Thompson (Includes a session entitled “Plotting Across Cultures: A Workshop on Writing Intercultural Fiction”)~ Mar 6 – 7, Hong Kong

YALSA’s Teen Tech Week~ Mar 7 – 13, USA

Share a Story – Shape a Future, A Blog Tour for Literacy~ Mar 8 – 14

SCBWI Presents From Literature to Theatre~ Mar 9, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Writing Across Cultures~ Mar 9 – 10, Hong Kong

13th Time of the Writer International Writers Festival~ Mar 9 – 13, Durban, South Africa

New Zealand Post Writers & Readers Week~ Mar 9 – 14, New Zealand

IBBY Ireland Celebrates Hans Christian Andersen~ Mar 10, Dublin, Ireland

California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) Annual Conference~ Mar 10 – 13, San Jose, CA, USA

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature~ Mar 10 – 13, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Arabian Reading Association (TARA) and the Teachers of Young Children (TOYC) 2010 Conference~ Mar 11, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

The Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival~ Mar 11 – 14, Hong Kong

The 14th Annual Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival~ Mar 12 – 13, Redlands, CA, USA

My Biggest Writing/Illustrating Challenge and How I Solved It with Panelists Elise Broach, Lita Judge, Grace Lin, Sara Pennypacker~ Mar 13, Amherst, MA, USA

Storytelling by Winners of the First Time Writers & Illustrators Publishing Initiative 2009~ Mar 13 and 20, Singapore

Tucson Festival of Books~ Mar 13 – 14, Tucson, AZ, USA

Children’s Book Week~ Mar 13 – 28, Belgium

42nd Annual Children’s Literature Festival For Children in Grades 4-10~ Mar 14 – 16, Warrensburg, MO, USA

Somerset Celebration of Literature: Reading Locally, Learning Globally – Creating a Universal Experience~ Mar 15 – 19, Mudgeeraba, Australia

Into the Wood: Antonio Frasconi’s Art for Children~ Mar 16 – Jun 13, Amherst, MA, USA

All Saints’ College 9th Festival of Children’s and Young Adult Literature~ Mar 17 – 19,Bull Creek, Australia

40th Annual Conference on Children’s Literature~ Mar 19 – 20, Athens, GA, USA

Multicultural Literature Advocacy Group Presents Books By the Bay 2010 Annual Multicultural Literary Conference~ Mar 19 – 21, Mobile, AL, USA

World Storytelling Day~ Mar 20

Stories Day and Night: A Celebration of Storytelling~ Mar 20, Singapore

Music for Literacy~ Mar 20, Stafford, TX, USA

The Norman Lindsay Festival of Children’s Literature~ Mar 20 – 21, Faulconbridge, Australia

Harmony Day~ Mar 21, Australia

World Poetry Day~ Mar 21

Exhibit of Sally Rippin’s Illustrations for Peeking Ducks~Mar 22 – Apr 11, Melbourne, Australia

Hans Christian Andersen Award Winners Announced~ Mar 23, Bologna, Italy

Once Upon a Time . . . Children’s Book Illustrators, Then and Now~ Mar 23 – May 27, Oakland, CA, USA

Public Library Association’s National Conference~ Mar 23 – 27, Portland, OR, USA

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Winners Announced~ Mar 24, Vimmerby, Sweden

Salon du livre de Paris~ Mar 26 – 31, Porte de Versailles, France

38th National Book Fair & 8th Bangkok International Book Fair~ Mar 26 – Apr 6, Bangkok, Thailand

Discovering Buried Fairy Tales: Adventures of a Scholarly Scavenger~ Mar 27, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Margaret Mahy Day~ Mar 27, New Zealand

The Piece by Piece Storytelling Mash-Up~ Mar 28, Toronto, ON, Canada

September 2008 Events

Monday, September 1st, 2008

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Library Card Sign-up Month~ USA

National Poetry Week~ ongoing until Sep 7, Australia

Singapore International Storytelling Festival~ ongoing until Sep 9, Singapore

Children Should Be Seen: The Image of the Child in American Picture-Book Art~ ongoing until Sep 14, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Beijing International Book Fair~ Sep 1 – 4, Tinjian, China

National Literacy and Numeracy Week~ Sep 1 – 7, Australia

New Zealand Book Month~ Sep 1 – 30, New Zealand

Christchurch Writers Festival: Getting Between the Covers~ Sep 4 – 7, Christchurch, New Zealand

Shanghai Conference On Children’s Publishing~ Sep 5 – 6, Shanghai, China

Cape Clear Island Storytellling Festival~ Sep 5 – 7, Cape Clear, Ireland

31st IBBY World Congress~ Sep 7 – 10, Copenhagen, Denmark

Hans Christian Anderson Awards Presentation~ Sep 7, Copenhagen, Denmark

International Literacy Day~ Sep 8

UNESCO Literary Prize Awards Presentation~ Sep 8, Paris, France

29th Manila International Book Fair: Words Without Borders~ Sep 12 – 16, Manila, Philippines

Bath Festival of Children’s Literature~ Sep 19 – 28, Bath, United Kingdom

Brisbane Writers Festival~ Sep 17 – 21, Brisbane, Australia

CYA later, Alligator – Children’s and Young Adult Writers And Illustrators Conference~ Sep 20, Brisbane, Australia

6th Annual Houston Latino Book and Family Festival~ Sep 20 – 21, Houston, TX, USA

International Day of Peace~ Sep 21

9th Annual Hog Wild About Reading: A Motorcycle Ride For Literacy~ Sep 21, Port Moody, BC, Canada

Raise-a-Reader Day~ Sep 24, Canada

International Children’s and Youth Literature Festival~ Sep 24 – Oct 4, Berlin, Germany

National Book Festival~ Sep 27, Washington, D.C., USA

Kidlit Bloggers Conference~ Sep 27, Portland, OR, USA

SCBWI Illustrator Day~ Sep 27, San Francisco, CA, USA

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read~ Sep 27 – Oct 4, USA

Word on the Street Book and Magazine Festival ~ Sep 28, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Entry Deadline for the Noma Concours for Picture Book Illustrations~ Sep 30