Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Story Behind the Stories

So, you want to write for kids.

Friday, September 19, 2014

MIBF 2014 Moments (Day 2)

I was at the MIBF yesterday. I attended a forum conducted by the Univeristy of the Philippines Library Science Students Association on the ASEAN Economic Integration 0f 2015; went window shopping for books to buy (one day is not enough to do all the buying); checked on the NCBA 2014 Best Reads; dropped by Lampara House's booth; and met up with friends in the industry.

Something to digest in the next few days.

YAY! My new books.
These new titles for the beginning reader, STARS Kindergarten Level,
are available at the Lampara Books booth.

Pinoy YA titles for the Pinoy teenager. Visit the Adarna House booth.

Librarians are encouraged to attend the Asian Festival of Children's Content.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Pilar Perez Medallion (c. 2000)

Once upon a time, a Filipino Librarian inspired literacy advocates with her work on children's and young adult library services that her name was immortalized to award books for young adult readers. Thus, the Pilar Perez Medallion came to be. Notable winners of the medallion were Eugene Evasco's Anina ng Mga Alon, Mga Ako by Amalia Salamat; Ang Lihim ng San Esteban by Annette Flores Garcia.

Sadly, the award was short lived. That, my librarian friends, is another story.

So, for this blog's Throwback Thursday, and PBBY's initiative on the KABANATA Workshop, I asked permission from Ms. Neni Sta. Romana Cruz, NBDB Chairperson, to post her article on the Pilar Perez Medallion. She graciously agreed, so here it is.

The article was published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer in November 6, 2000.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Meme: 10 Books That Have Stayed With Me

This one is for Kate Osias and Car Fernando.
I have been challenged to list 10 books that have stayed with me in some way, and tag people to do the same. Rules: Don't take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard. They don't have to be the "right" books or great works of literature, just the ones that have affected you in some ways. [Then tag 10 friends, including me, so I can see your list.]
1. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

2. A Fish Out of Water by Robert Palmer

3. The Big Book of Dinosaurs

4. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

5. The Outsiders by SE Hinton

6. PS I Love You by Barbara Conklin

7. Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

8. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien

9. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

10. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

I am tagging anyone who wishes to do the meme. Happy reading!

And today is the first day of the Manila International Book Fair!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Launching at the 2014 MIBF

Visit the Lampara Books booth on September 20 and 21, 2014. My books will be launched at the 2014 MIBF.

Start Right Reading Series Kindergarten Level: 12 picture books for the Kindergarten reader.
Illustrated by Bernadette Solina Wolf

Only ten books in the photo but, trust me, there are twelve books in the series!

Dear Nanay
Liza Flores' cut outs and paper sculpture art are awesome!

IL Lesson: Academic Honesty, Plagiarism and Citation

Information Literacy skills can be taught in chunks. This week, I'm facilitating a session on academic honesty, plagiarism and citations.

Sharing my PPT -

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Book Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

By Rainbow Rowell
St. Martin's Press, New York, US

What the book is about

Georgie McCool's marriage is in trouble. Her husband leaves for Nebraska a few days before Christmas bringing their two daughters along. Georgie chooses to stay in Los Angeles to work on a big script with a bosom friend and work partner, Seth. Torn between her career and her marriage, Georgie is pressured to make a decision with the help of an unlikely gadget from the 90's.

What worked

This is a classic Rainbow Rowell novel: the quirky characters; the witty dialogues; the wonderful promise of conflict to come that is established on the first sentence of chapter one; the exciting middle parts that make you want for more when you reach the last page. These are all there for the taking. But this time, Rowell drove me closer to home. In Landline's pages, I found myself as an adult.


Her story is my story. And I feel validated. For this I am thankful that there is a romance writer out there who amplified the beauty of a married working woman's dilemma.

What may not work for some readers (but definitely worked for me)

Not all readers, women especially, will easily grasp the choice Georgie made at the end of the novel. But if you have been lost in love, then you will understand Georgie's choice. It doesn't help that Georgie arrived at "the choice" through an analog phone. Then again, this intervention from a 90's gadget is, as I take it, a metaphor of going back to what is basic and fundamentally essential in Georgie's relationship with her husband, Neal.

In moments when we are led astray by our own decisions and life is slowly falling apart, all we need to do is to go back to the beginning of things to find our balance once more. Isn't this romantic? That is why the rotating telephone intervening between time and space in Georgie's past and present relationship fits in the novel's plot. It is Neal and Georgie's connection to where their story of commitment began.

But the question of using another object to bring Georgie back to basic remains. She could have read letters, diaries, looked at pictures, even watched videos of their time together. No. Listening is different from looking and reading. Looking and reading involves cognition. Listening involves the emotions. Georgie needed to know what was going on affectively with herself and with Neal. The telephone conversation provided her with that affective knowledge. She needed to listen to Neal and to herself to understand the most important thing in her life at that moment.

And then, Rowell pulled another trick from her bag: Neal at Georgie's door step making his choice and taking that leap of faith.

Rowell continuously deconstructs the romantic hero. Park. Levi. Lincoln. And Neal.

Long live the man in my life who takes care of my babies and make it look so ultra sexy!

Rating: 4.5 Bookmarks

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Preview: Book 5 of the Start Right Reading Series (STARS)

This is Magic Words, book 5 of the Start Right Reading Series (Lampara Books), by me and
illustrator Bernadette Solina-Wolf. There are twelve books in the series
and we are hoping that these will all be launched in the MIBF this September.

Special thanks to Carlos Manalansan for sending the photo.

Noteworthy Forum and Lecture at the MIBF 2014!forum-on-asean-2015/crww