[GatheringReaders] Virtual Discussion of Holly Goldberg Sloan’s Counting by 7s

Myra here. Welcome GatheringReaders! I am excited to engage my book club participants with an online discussion about our Book of the Month this April – Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. This is definitely one of my greatest book discoveries this year. I love the voice of Willow Chance. I love her spunk, […]

[GatheringReaders] Virtual Discussion of Raina Telgemeier’s Drama

Myra here. Welcome GatheringReaders. This is a much delayed Virtual Blog Post for my book club for young readers. This month we are reading Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novel Drama. What I especially loved about the book is how each one was accepted without judgments and without reservations. No one was ‘bullied’ for who they are. And […]


[GatheringReaders] Schedule for January-June 2014 and Book List

Myra here. I just met up with my GatheringReaders book club participants at the Jurong West Public Library last Sunday, 26th of January. Usually our first meeting for the first half of the year has to do with book nominations and a great deal of booktalk as we consider which titles would be great for […]


Check Off your Reading List Challenge 2014 – CORL 2014

Myra here. A Blessed and Bountiful New Year to one and all! We are hosting another reading challenge here in GatheringBooks, one that we thought would undoubtedly appeal to most bibliophiles and fellow book lovers. Instead of doing our usual award-winning-books reading challenge which we have hosted for the past two years, we thought of […]


Does the Accelerated Reader Program help develop Lifelong Readers?

My daughter attends an International School here in Singapore. It follows an American curriculum. She has been attending the school since first grade (she’s now in middle school, 6th grade), and she feels a warm sense of community and perceives it as a second home. Quite recently, I attended an orientation about the school’s Accelerated […]

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Raising Awareness: Books That Have Been Banned, From Picture Books to YA Novels

In celebration of Banned Books Week, we are providing you with a list of picture books, middle grade fiction books, and YA novels that have been banned from schools and libraries. The pool was generated from various online sources that have been integrated to give a more comprehensive list of these banned books. The books […]

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[AFCC 2013] Launch of Project Splash! Asia and an Invitation for more Water-themed books

One of our projects for the Asian Festival of Children Content this year was the launching of a bibliography of water-themed stories from and about Asia. This is in keeping with 2013 being the International Year of Water. For several months now, our Committee has been very busy collecting titles and sifting through a vast […]


Book Reviews

[Nonfiction Wednesday] The Fearless Sojourner Truth ‪#‎nfpb2014‬

Myra here. We are excited to join Kidlit Frenzy’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge this year. Our book selections would be interwoven with our current reading theme: Rainbow Colors of Diversity – Voices of the Silenced where we highlight multicultural titles. I did not know about Sojourner Truth until I read this gorgeously-illustrated and beautifully-written picturebook biography by […]

Picture Books

Finding Beauty in Faces Marked by Fire

Fats here. We are a week into April and still celebrating Rainbow Colors of Diversity: Voices of the Silenced. I’m sharing this lovely picturebook collaboration by Rafe Martin and David Shannon called The Rough-Face Girl. I found it through a random search in the online catalog of the Sumter library a couple of weeks ago. […]