New on PaperTigers: interview with best-selling author Lisa Yee

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012


Head on over to the main PaperTigers website to read our new interview with the wonderful Lisa Yee and find out about the background to some of her best-selling books.

After having my emotions wrenched between tears of laughter and genuine weeping during Lisa’s presentation at Serendipity 2012 in Vancouver earlier this year, I came back to the UK laden with her books.  Older Brother, Younger Brother and I have been hijacking them from each other ever since – and it’s just as well I’ve read them as Younger Brother will bring a character matter-of-factly into conversation while I now have the necessary knowledge to do the mental somersault towards the fictional identity of this “person”.  So if you don’t yet know Lisa’s books, I can thoroughly recommend them for you and any middle-grade/YA readers you know.  In the meantime, head on over to our interview to find out more…


UBC Graduate Student Children’s Literature Research Conference ~ April 28, Vancouver, Canada

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

One of the many great people we met at the recent Serendipity conference in Vancouver was Rob Bittner. Rob recently completed his Master of Arts in Children’s Literature at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and is now pursuing his PhD in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University, Canada. His research interests are in gender and queer theory in children’s/YA literature and his MACL thesis was entitled “Queering Christianity: The Journey from Rigid Doctrine to Personal Theologies in a Selection of YA Literature with LGBTQ Content.”  Besides being a full-time student, Rob is on the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Awards Committee and was co-convenor of the ALA Young Adult Library Services Association’s Student Interest Research Group. He also volunteers his time with the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable (he was author Lisa Yee’s “guardian angel” at Serendipity)  and is co-chair of the upcoming UBC Graduate Students Children’s Literature Research Conference “Stranger in a Strange Land”.

Stranger in a Strange Land” is a one-day children’s literature conference exploring a diverse range of themes in literature and other materials for young people, including visual media and online texts such as blogs and youtube videos. Come join us for an amazing day of celebrating new and innovative research in the field of children’s and young adult literature brought to you from the creative minds of graduate students. The conference also features keynote speakers Sarah Park (St. Catherine University) and Elizabeth Marshall (Simon Fraser University) to talk about issues of transnationalism and fairy tales (though not necessarily together.)

Continental breakfast, coffee, and lunch will be provided and is included in the registration fee ($18 for students/presenters and $35 for non-students.) “Stranger in a Strange Land” will take place on the first floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, located in the centre of the beautiful University of British Columbia campus, on April 28th, 2012, from 8:30am to 5pm. More details can be found on our website ( or questions can be directed to

Photo of Rob and “Peepy” taken by Lisa Yee.

Vancouver, Serendipity – some photos

Monday, February 27th, 2012

It’s been a wonderful few days here in Vancouver. Serendipity was fabulous – and many thanks to the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable for hosting us and for putting together such a great program. I’ll be heading for the airport shortly, on my way back to the UK, and taking with me some wonderful memories, as well as a suitcase full of books…

Here’s a selection of the many photos I took –

Friday’s Gala Dinner:

Allen Say and Lisa Yee:

Our table, left to right: Corinne, our lovely “Guardian Angel” for the conference Kat Thomson, Lisa’s “Guardian Angel” Rob Biittner, Lisa Yee and me behind.

Saturday – Serendipity 2012 at the Neville Scarfe Building, University of British Columbia – “The Year of the Dragon”

Paul Yee and Lisa Yee:

PaperTigers’ Paper Tiger meets Peepy Peep:

Getting our presentation set up…

Allen Say’s presentation – here with his photograph with Sensei Noro Shinpei:

Making dragons at the lunchtime workshop with Origami Master Joseph Wu:

Then waking everybody up post lunch with some dancing from Shiamak’s Bollywood Dancers – billed to “rouse your inner dragon” – they sure did!

Saturday evening –

And Sunday at the official launch of Paul Yee’s The Secret Keepers, at which he mesmerized his audience by reciting the first few pages:

I will be uploading more photos to Flickr but now I need to head for the airport! Thank you, everyone – Serendipity was a Dragon that roared!

Come join us at Serendipity 2012: Celebrating Asian Themes for Young Readers ~ Feb 24 – 25, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Monday, February 6th, 2012

PaperTigers is thrilled to announce we will be taking part in the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable Conference Serendipity” February 24 – 25 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. PaperTigers Editor Marjorie Coughlan will be flying in from the UK and joining me at this exciting event which will focus on the Year of the Dragon: Asian Themes for Young Canadian Readers. For those of you in the Vancouver area this is a definitely not-to-be-missed conference: the three featured speakers are Allen Say, Lisa Yee and Paul Yee!

Serendipity 2012
Year of the Dragon: Asian Themes for Young Canadian Readers

Saturday, February 25, 2012; 8:30 am – 3:30 pm (includes lunch & snacks)
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
Neville Scarfe Building; Room 100

Featuring the following three distinguished award winning authors:

Allen Say, Lisa Yee and Paul Yee

With Special Guests:

Tanya Kyi, winner of the 2011 Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award,
Marjorie Coughlan and Corinne Robson, Editors from
Joseph Wu, origami master, and
the fabulous dance troupe, Shiamak’s Bollywood Dancers

 We are kicking off the weekend celebration of literature and literacy for young people with what we hope is the inaugural event of a soon-to-be-great Serendipity tradition:

The Gala Evening Event

February 24, 2012; 6:30pm
University Golf Club,
5185 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC.

Co hosted with the British Columbia Literacy Council, the featured speaker is Dr. Lee Gunderson from the Department of Language and Literacy at the University of British Columbia, who will be presenting on ‘Comprehensibility and Children’s Literature: Reading in Multilingual Classrooms.’

To register to attend Serendipity and/or the Gala Evening Event click here or visit We do hope you will be able to join us!”

February 2012 Events

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

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Black History Month~ Canada

African American History Month~ USA

National African American Read-inUSA

National Year of Reading~ Australia

National Storytelling Week~ ongoing until Feb 4, United Kingdom

Kolkata Book Fair~ ongoing until Feb 6, Kolkata, India

Japanese Children’s Literature: A History from the International Library of Children’s Literature Collections~ ongoing until Feb 12, Tokyo, Japan

Celebrating 20 years of Philippine Children’s Book Illustration Exhibit~ ongoing until Feb 26, Manila, Philippines

Taipei Book Fair~ Feb 1 -6, Taipei, Taiwan

28 Days Later: A Black History Celebration of Children’s and YA Lit~ Feb 1 – 29, USA

Children’s Literature Symposium: The Same Text but Different: Variants in Children’s Media~ Feb 3 – 4, Sarasota, FL, USA

Pratham Book Events at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival~ Feb 4 – 12, Mumbai, India

2012 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour~ Feb 5 – 10

Seminar : Illustrating Children’s books in the Folk Art Traditions of India~ Feb 8, Mumbai, India

MA Children’s Book Illustration Exhibit~ Feb 8 – 15, London, United Kingdom

The Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children (AWIC) Presents an International Conference on Book Therapy~ Feb 9 – 11, New Delhi, India

Imagine Children’s Festival~ Feb 10 – 26, London, United Kingdom

Writer-in-Residence Launch: Meet Sarah Ellis~ Feb 11, Toronto, ON, Canada

47th ACELT Conference: Reading Ourselves, Reading the World~ Feb 11, Manila, Philippines

International Book Giving Day~ Feb 14

2011 Cybils (the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards) Winners Announced~ Feb 14

First Nations Public Library Week~ Feb 14 – 19, Province of Ontario, Canada

Chapter & Verse’s (A Book Club for Adults Discussing Children’s Lit) Discussion of ALA/ALSC Award Winners~ Feb 15, USA

Sun Gallery’s Twenty-third Annual Children’s Book Illustrator Exhibit~ Feb 15 –  Apr 7, Hayward, CA, USA

SCBWI Caribbean Book Chat Via Skype~ Feb 16

All In! Young Writers Media Festival~ Feb 18 – 19, Singapore

International Mother Language Day~ Feb 21

Centre for Youth Literature’s 21st Birthday Celebration~ Feb 21 –  22, Melbourne, Australia

Cooperative Children’s Book Centre Webinar~ Feb 22, USA

Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children’s Literature~ Feb 23, Davis, CA, USA

Exhibit at the Vilnius Book Fair – Iliustrarium: Children’s Book Illustrations in Modern Lithuania~ Feb 23 – 26, Vilnius, Lithuania

Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable Presents Serendipity 2012: Year of the Dragon: Asian Themes for Young Canadian Readers. Speakers include PaperTigers (!!), Allen Say, Paul Yee and Lisa Yee~ Feb 24 – 25, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Indianapolis Youth Literature Conference~ Feb 25, Indianapolis, IN, USA

20th Annual Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference~ Feb 25, St. Paul, MN, USA

Biennial ISSCL Conference: Is féidir linn! [Yes we can!]: Politics and Ideology in Children’s Literature~ Feb 25 – 26, Dublin, Ireland

Freedom to Read Week~ Feb 26 – Mar 3, Canada

MA Children’s Book Illustration Exhibit~ Feb 29 – Mar 15, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books Exhibition: Secret Gardens~ ongoing until Mar 3, Toronto, ON, Canada

Look! the Art of Australian Picture Books Today~ ongoing until Mar 4, Brisbane, Australia

Growing up Asian in America Contest~ submissions accepted until Mar 12, San Francisco, CA, USA

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

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

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

Tulika Books Author and Illustrator Events~ India

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

Chatting with Teens

Monday, September 17th, 2007

31 Flavorite AuthorsTo celebrate “Teen Read Week (Oct 14-20),” YALSA and Readergirlz have organized “31 Flavorite Authors for Teens,” a month-long schedule of authors available to chat with teens via Readergirlz group forum. Teens everywhere will have a chance to hobnob with the likes of Mitali Perkins (10/20), Lisa Yee (10/22), Cynthia Leitich Smith (10/29) and many others. Something they won’t want to miss out on!