November 2011 Events

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

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Picture Book Month

American Indian Heritage Month~ USA

National Novel Writing Month: NaNoWriMo for Youth~ Australia

ALA Online Course: Introduction to Graphic Novels for Children~ongoing until Nov 4, USA

Kuala Lumpur Children’s Book Festival~ ongoing until Nov 4, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Art Institute of Chicago Presents: Artful Alphabets: Five Picture Book Artists~ ongoing until Nov 6, Chicago, IL, USA

2012 PBBY-Salanga Prize~ entries accepted until Nov 11, Philippines

31st Santiago International Book Fair~ ongoing until Nov 13, Santiago, Chile

The Children’s Bookshow: Stories From Around The World~ ongoing until Dec 7, United Kingdom

The Original Art: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration~ ongoing until Dec 29, New York, NY, USA

Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary: Children’s Books and Graphic Art~ ongoing until Dec 30, Chicago, IL, USA

2012 South Asia Book Award~ entries accepted until Dec 31

Budding Writers Project~ entries accepted until Jan 6, 2012, Singapore

Exhibits of Winning Entries from the 2011 Growing Up Asian in America Contest~ ongoing until Feb 2012, USA

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NAME’s (National Association for Multicultural Education) Annual Conference~ Nov 2 – 5, Chicago, IL, USA

SCBWI Israel Event: Interactive Digital Children Books~ Nov 3, Tel Aviv, Israel

Children’s Literature Council Fall Gala~ Nov 5, Los Angeles, CA, USA

15th Annual Rochester Children’s Book Festival~ Nov 5, Rochester, NY, USA

OKI (Ohio Kentucky Indiana) Children’s Literature Conference~ Nov 5, Crestview Hills, KY, USA

Once Upon A World Children’s Book Award Ceremony~ Nov 6, Los Angeles, CA, USA

21st Annual Children’s Illustration Show~ Nov 6 – Jan 1, Northampton, MA, USA

National Young Readers Week~ Nov 7 – 13, USA

Northern Children’s Book Festival~ Nov 7 – 20, United Kingdom

Bookaroo in the City~ Nov 8 – 24, Delhi, India

Two-time Caldecott Medal-winner Chris Van Allsburg at Kidsbooks~ Nov 9, Vancouver, BC, Canada

CILIP YLG Wendy Drewett Ireland Book Day~ Nov 9, Bangor, Ireland

Green Inking: Graphic Novels & Comic Books by and about the Irish~ Nov 9, Dublin, Ireland

National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference~ Nov 9 – 13, Atlanta, GA, USA

A Journey Without End: Ed Young~ Nov 11 – Jan 28, 2012, Abilene, TX, USA

The 18th Annual British IBBY/NCRCL MA Children’s Literature Conference: It Doesn’t Have to Rhyme – Children and Poetry~ Nov 12, London, United Kingdom

SCBWI Belgium Event: A Day with the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Nominees~ Nov 12, Brussels, Belgium

Connecticut Children’s Book Fair~ Nov 12 – 13, Storrs, CT, USA

Istanbul Book Fair / IBBY Turkey Announces Children’s Books of the Year~ Nov 12 – 20, Istanbul, Turkey

Reading Association of the Philippines Midyear Demofest~ Nov 13 – 15, Dipolog City, Philippines

National Book Awards~ Nov 14 – 16, New York, NY, USA

National Book Week: Wings  of  Imagination~ Nov 14 – 20, India

2011 Governor General’s Literary Awards Winners Announced~ Nov 15, Toronto, ON, Canada

Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable and the Museum of Anthropology Panel Discussion: Joy Kogawa and Maggie DeVries~ Nov 15, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2nd Annual Children’s Poetry Festival~ Nov 16 – 18, San Salvador, El Salvador

Sharjah International Book Fair and Announcement of the Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature Winner~ Nov 16 – 26, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Children’s Literature Assembly Events at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention~ Nov 17 – 20, Chicago, IL, USA

Children’s Africana Book Awards Ceremony~ Nov 18, Washington, DC, USA

Penang International Kids Storytelling Festival (PINKS)~ Nov 19, Penang, Malaysia

Bookamania~ Nov 19, Chicago, IL, USA

10th Annual International Children’s and Young Adult Literature Celebration: Open a Door, Open a Book, Open your the World~ Nov 19, Madison, WI, USA

Savannah Children’s Book Festival~ Nov 19, Savannah, GA, USA

SCBWI British Isles Conference~ Nov 19 – 20, Winchester, United Kingdom

USBBY Co-sponsored Session at the NCTE Annual Convention: Outstanding Books For and About Young People with Disabilities~ Nov 20, Chicago, IL, USA

Assembly on Literature for Adolescents Workshops~ Nov 20 – 22, Chicago, IL, USA

UK Muslim Book Awards Presentation~ Nov 22, London, United Kingdom

Oh the Places You’ll Go! Journeys for the Young Interdisciplinary Traveler | Music and Literary Arts Workshop~ Nov 23 -25, Singapore

2011 Governor General’s Literary Awards Winners Ceremony~ Nov 24, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Authors Sarah Ellis and Julie Lawson at Kidsbooks ~ Nov 24, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Bookaroo~ Nov 25 – 27, Delhi, India

Keeping Books Alive Conference~ Nov 26, Melbourne, Australia

Guadalajara Book Fair~ Nov 26 – Dec 4, Guadalajara, Mexico

Calgary Children’s Book Fair and Conference~ Nov 27, Calgary, AB, Canada

I Have a Dream | Writing for Social Change by Pooja Makhijani~ Nov 30 – Dec 2, Singapore

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Tulika Books Author Events~ India

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

Screenings for Library of the Early Mind: a documentary film exploring childrens literature~ Canada and USA

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

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

Myra Garces-Bacsal of Gathering Books blogs about a recent presentation she attended in Singapore

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Several weeks ago Janet Evans, Literacy and Educational Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Education at Liverpool Hope University, visited the National Institute of Education in Singapore and gave a presentation entitled “Exploring Comics, Graphic Novels and Picture Books as Multimodal Texts with Particular Reference to Raymond Briggs and His Partnership with Controversy.”  Myra Garces-Bacsal of Gathering Books attended the lecture and emailed me soon after to say that she was so impressed with Janet’s presentation that she stayed up until 2am to blog about it!

Truth be told, I have little inkling about who Raymond Briggs was, but I love graphic novels and I adore picture books. I thought that it was another blogworthy post for Gathering Books. True enough, it was the highlight of my day.

Janet’s 60-minute talk this afternoon (and I really feel it was waayyyy too short, I could have spent an entire day just listening and talking to Janet who is a fantastic and animated speaker) – basically centered on the subtle differences between comics, graphic novels, picture books and illustrated books. She also discussed the themes in Briggs’ work as a graphic novelist and how comics and graphic novels can be effective conduits to philosophical discourses, existential issues, and profound ruminations about life, death, war, tragedy, you name it – his picture books have them.

Now I feel like a total lark not knowing about Raymond Briggs. His works are now considered classics, extremely rare (thus expensive), and yes, he has a cult following. When Briggs was just beginning (1970’s) to publish his works which may be seen as a cross between comic strip, picture books and graphic novels all rolled into one – this kind of writing was regarded with a raised eyebrow at the very least in British society. Raymond Briggs has been credited to be instrumental in elevating the profile of comics and graphic novels to an intellectual level. Janet claims that “there is now a burgeoning renaissance in their creation, production, and acceptance.”

Read Myra’s entire blog post here.