Children’s Book Festival takes a look at children’s mental strength, Education and parenting news and updates
SINGAPORE – Asian Children’s Content Festival this year plans to highlight children’s mental resilience and digitization – timely given the pandemic, even as new, tight restrictions forced the festival to abandon plans to go hybrid .
Instead, the annual children’s book festival, now in its 12th year, will run virtually from Thursday, May 27 through Sunday – the second time it has gone live thanks to Covid-19.
Organizers had planned a hybrid festival this year in response to demand for face-to-face interactions from attendees last year.
“But the current situation reminds us that we must always have contingency plans in place and change modes quickly in no time,” said Mr. William Phuan, executive director of the Singapore Book Council, which organizes the festival.
Some 300 attendees attended last year’s digital festival, around 200 fewer than at physical festivals in previous years. However, the organizers expect around 400 participants this year.
The lineup will include over 100 speakers, including Japanese animator and illustrator Koji Yamamura, known for his Oscar-nominated animated short Mt Head (2002); New York Times best-selling fantasy author Holly Black, whose books include Ironside (2007) and The Folk Of The Air series; and Christina Soontornvat, American Newbery Honor Award-winning author.
Texas-based Soontornvat, 40, will speak in a virtual dialogue about her writing journey and her book All Thirteen (2020), which tells the story of the widely reported Thai cave rescue of 12 young footballers and their coach in 2018.
She said in an email interview that she wanted the resilient spirit of the book to motivate readers during this difficult time: âI hope my readers will leave the book knowing they are strong no matter what. that they live, they can do it is on the other side. “
As Singapore students switch to home learning again, the festival also hopes to come up with strategies for navigating the plethora of online resources for children.
Dr Loh Chin Ee, 45, will speak on a podcast panel about his podcast series, How We Read, which aims to help parents and teachers understand how children learn to read and recommend books to them.
âChildren don’t necessarily know how to read using technology,â says Dr Loh, deputy director of research at the English Language and Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education.
“It is important that parents take the time to teach them how to look for the books they like.”
Book it / Asian Children’s Content Festival
When: From Thursday to Sunday. All physical workshops will be held online instead from June 3-5. They will be available to festival pass holders and will not be sold separately.
Admission: From $ 52.40 (digital one-day pass) to $ 155.07 (digital four-day pass) from Eventbrite
Info: Festival website