Kids & Teens

AFCC Asian Children’s Book Award to debut in 2017

The shortlist for the 2017 AFCC Asian Children’s Book Award by Genting Singapore (ACBA) was recently announced by the National Book Development Council of Singapore (the Book Council) at the Makan & Mingle event. ACBA is a joint initiative between the Book Council and Genting Singapore, a Singapore-based regional leisure, hospitality and integrated resorts development specialist.

This is a new award presented to an outstanding published picture book with distinct Asian themes by a writer, illustrator, and translator team of Asian descent living in Asia. The writer, illustrator, and translator of the winning book will each receive a $10,000 cash prize. In the case of the winning title not being officially translated, the $10,000 translator prize will instead be used as grant for the publisher of the winning work to commission and publish a translation of the book.

Claire Chiang, chairperson of the NBDCS Executive Committee, says, “Translation is very important to the Book Council. Asia is such a wide and diverse place with varied people and myriad languages, and reading each other’s stories is the first step in understanding each other. We are happy to have Genting Singapore as our partner for this award, and are delighted that recognizing great Asian picture books is important to them as well.”

There were a total of 245 entries from all over Asia, the most for any Book Council award in its awards programme history, including Bangladesh, Singapore, the Philippines, Lebanon, China, Thailand, Russia, India, Syria, and Malaysia. The judges have selected six titles for the shortlist.

Besides, the Makan & Mingle was another first at AFCC; this unique occasion showcased more than 100 children’s and young adult titles created by Singaporean authors and illustrators, and published in the last two years. Titles ranged from popular books penned by award-winning authors like Emily Lim, Hidayah Amin, Don Bosco and Neil Humphreys, to works by comic artists like David Liew and Evangeline Neo. Translated titles, as well as several titles written in other Mother Tongue languages, will also be featured. Participating publishers include Epigram Books, Ethos Books, Math Paper Press, Armour Publishing, Bubbly Books, Crimson Earth, Pepperdog Press, World Scientific, Balestier Press, and others.

Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2017: an update

The Bologna Children's Book Fair was successfully held from April 3-6, 2017 at the Bologna Fair Centre in Bologna, Italy. Attendance at this year’s show was up by 2% over last year, to 26,743. What’s more? There was 15% increase in overseas and foreign attendees, hitting 11,752, who accounted for 44% of total attendance.

Bologna Children’s Book Fair launched a new initiative in New York, dedicated to the commercialization and trade in publishing rights on an international level. From May 30- June 1, 2018 BolognaFiere will be in New York with an appointment that will offer an opportunity for publishers and American agents to meet with their colleagues from all over the world alongside booksellers and librarians.

The 2018 Bologna International Children’s Book Fair is scheduled for March 26–29, with China as the Guest of Honor.

Indian book features in Scholastic Picture Book Award shortlist

The shortlist for the 2017 Scholastic Picture Book Award (SPBA) was recently announced by the National Book Development Council of Singapore (the Book Council) at the Makan & Mingle event. SPBA is a joint initiative between the Book Council and Scholastic Asia, the world's largest children’s books publishing and distribution company.

The award is presented biennially to an outstanding unpublished picture book with distinct Asian themes by a writer and india cialis click here illustrator team of Asian descent living in Asia. As well as a $10,000 cash prize, the winning book will also be published by Scholastic Asia.

There were a total of 137 entries from all over Asia, including Bhutan, Singapore, the Philippines, Iran, China, Vietnam, Japan, India, Turkey, and Indonesia. The judges have selected six titles for the shortlist, each from a different country. These include: Aytul Akal, Mavisel Yener, Kubra Nur Ozkececi, and Yasemin Yener (The Flying Grandpa, Turkey); Emila Yusof (How Rooster Became the Zodiac Animal, Malaysia); Ho Jia En, Sabrine Ong, Shona Menon, Wong Shu Jing, and Melodie James (The Little Durian Tree, Singapore); Anuradha Ananth Huggler and Shailja Jain Chougule (Poorni and Her Peepal Leaf, India); Maria Karina Putri (The Treasure of Kancil, Indonesia) and Le Thi Bich Khoa (The Whale Whisperer, Vietnam).7

Three children's authors feature in Sunday Times Rich List

Three children's authors have been featured on the annual Sunday Times Rich List for the first time. These include Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Julia Donaldson and Adam Hargreaves and family (inheritors of the estate of Rogers Hargreaves, the creator of the Mr Men books) for the year 2016. Wilson is at 13th position on the Authors' List with £40m, while Hargreaves and family are at number 16 with £32m. Donaldson is 17th on the Authors' List (£30m).

Other authors on the list include J K Rowling, Chef Jamie Oliver, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Lord Archer, Lonely Planet founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler, Wilbur Smith, E L James, Ken Follett, Jack Higgins, etc.

The annual list features the 1,000 wealthiest individuals and families in the UK based on public information, showing the wealth of people based on the previous year.

From the house of Clinton’s

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and viagra mexico former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, is all set to launch her first picture book – She Persisted. The book will feature 13 different historic women, including: Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, Nellie Bly, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sotomayor, and one cameo.

Zooming into our lives again!

The new set of books for Disney Pixar Cars 3 are on the anvil. Disney Pixar Cars 3: We Are Racers (Pp 32, ISBN: 9781474872096, Rs 295) is a beautifully illustrated 32-page picture storybook that lets you relive the film Disney Pixar Cars 3. Lightning McQueen is known as a racing champion across the world. But when a new generation of blazing fast racers arrive, he is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. With the help of old friends and new, can Lightning make the comeback of his life? Children will fall in love with the Cars again.

While, Disney Pixar Cars 3 (ISBN: 9781474871969, Rs 395) is a 72 pages hard bound book with die-cut PLC. The story revolves around Lightning McQueen. Blinded by a new generation of blazing racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of old friends and new. The next Piston Cup will challenge the heart of a champion on racing's biggest stage in this Disney Pixar Cars 3 storybook.

Both the books are published by Parragon Books.

There is a dearth of good quality fiction from Indian authors for young adults, who thrive on foreign books. Dr Ira Saxena shares why it is important to have books in Indian settings and how to allure the young adult readers. Catch them young has been a catch phrase in the last decade to promote reading from pre-school to the early teens, the golden age of reading, yielding an indigenous crop of beautifully illustrated, well-produced variety of reading delights in India. Yet, a vast segment of the reading populace is left to fend for itself through the abundance of foreign exports in book shops and libraries, defeating the lofty ideals of affording reading pleasure from their own panorama. The young readers seem to take a gigantic leap to graduate, all of a sudden, from simple home grown adventures to Harry Potter to Ludlum, Catherine Cook, Irving Wallace, Terry Pratchett and Jeffrey Archer exposing a wide chasm bare for the Indian writers to traverse on for supplying pleasurable reading material befitting their exigencies within their climate.

Books: all the more important for young growing minds

The young adult readers demand similar concern for reading substance in fiction as is due for beginner readers and thereafter. For the young adult readers stories offer solace; literature can show a way through conflict that enables the young minds to think and comprehend, ensuring an emotional release and ordering propecia online coming to grips with their situation. They can’t be called children at their age but their ability to distinguish reality from pretence is beyond their grasp, impeding functional independence of adulthood.

They think they can choose their goals but lack of vision and uncertainties in making decision, triggers conflicts. The lack of experience puts them in a most vulnerable situation where they are prone to grave risks, where, in fact, books provide a curative touch and guides them through the upheavals in life.

The young adult reading interests seeking substance in stories proceed through juvenile adventures. A special stream of literature for these readers incorporates an honest presentation of the ground reality, their inter-personal problems versus intraindividual complications, their dilemmas and their strengths.

Realistic stories encroaching the territories of adult fiction enchants them - the psychological undercurrents behind the complex situations conflict with physical forces, peer pressures and clashes in value structures establishing the intrinsic plot details. The classics like Homecoming by Tagore, Sharat Chandra’s range of social dramas such as Anuradha, Shrikant, Devdas, Viraj Bahu, and Premchand’s Nirmala, Shatranj ke Khiladi, Kafan, Sadgati etc. drew images from the society striking at the consciousness of social surroundings and flesh and blood characters, impressing the modern youth as well.

Literature for young adults

Actually, while preparing a recommendatory booklist of Indian publications for senior classes I noticed a conspicuous scarcity of original modern literature for the target group, particularly in Hindi. The slot had to be filled by popular classics of the great luminaries of Hindi literature. There is a marked shortfall of new young adult literature in English as well, magnifying the fact that foreign imprints are presumably distant to Indian readership.

Although the maturation process follows the same milestones everywhere, the choice of relevant themes for the Indian reader varies tremendously according to the socio-cultural set-up. In the urban situation matters, such as severity of competition, joining expensive glamour events, exploitations and treating conflicts with norms thrust a need for tackling these issues. Then there are personal insecurities triggered by the current mobile culture demanding instant gratification, instant solutions and instant programing for the conscious modernist as against the prevailing insecurity and deprivation of the have-nots asserting for an equal stature. Such situational and individual difficulties are intensified further as one move from metros to small towns and rural areas exposing the youth to rampant adult political pressures in the lives of struggling youth, fundamentalist edicts and formidable terrorists’ designs. It is imperative for the urban youth to understand the grave problems of rural young adults and similarly, for the rural youth to integrate the glamour and style of city dwelling.

What is required?

Attractive novels, stories catering to this sensitive age group are in short supply particularly, those unfolding layers after layers of simmering clashes inside the mind, consciousness of societal norms, self-awareness and expectations. When centered on small towns and the rural belt similar assertions acquire greater intensity of exposure. There the complexities facing the modern youth are further complicated by importance to caste and community matters, infiltration of political power play, survival of the ordinary amidst local bullies and lack of modernization. A major segment of the population lives in small towns and villages. In current fiction, there is almost negligible mention of intensifying situational matters and range of interpersonal problems stretching to a sensational proportion outside the metro cities. Just as the enchantment of rock band glamour or climbing the success ladder by urban counterparts attract attention of the small town dweller; a sensitive revelation of struggles in the rural set-up in fiction would expressively acquaint a large population of youth in the cities.

Usually, real people and real conflicts, opulent emotional content feature the severity of predicaments of the young in realistic fiction. It is important to comprehend what goes on behind the circumstance of the individual, the psychological process of problem solving, and resulting emotional catharsis. The young people, in particular, facing discrimination in society, ethnic distance, cultural intolerance, and personal traumas derive a peaceful resolution in literature for young adults. The story becomes the catalyst for healing mental turbulence and emotional instability, enabling the reader to project their personal flaws on the main character in the story-line to find a way out of life-storms.

(Dr. Ira Saxena, a child psychologist, writer, and critic of children’s books, has been writing mostly realistic stories, novels, and non-fiction in Hindi and English for children of all ages. She has been elected to the Executive Committee of International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and is the founding member and Secretary of Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children.)

Dreamland offers diverse children’s books that feature fairy tales, early learning books, colouring books, various activity books, educational charts and much more. Here are a few new titles from this publishing house:

Dictionary – an essential tool of language

A dictionary is a compilation of words ranging from letters A-Z. For a systematic study of any language, a dictionary of that language is a prime necessity. Dreamland’s Concise English Dictionary is specially designed for children who are curious to build a great treasure house of vocabulary. Concise English Dictionary has ample of entries covering sciences, literature, nature, cultural words, phrases and their meaning. Numerous examples of usage, separate notes on grammar and vocabulary building are the prominent features of this dictionary that give clear explanation.

Dreamland also offers Mini English Dictionary to cater for the needs of children at home and school. Being compiled in simple language, easy-to-understand definitions and examples, this handy dictionary could be of great help to everyone.

As well as offering a treasure of information about words, Dreamland Publications’ Dictionaries include a wide range of additional features like quick notes on grammar, pronunciation, spellings, idioms and phrases with usage, popular quotations, etc. Uniquely, user-friendly these dictionaries will definitely enrich your treasure-trove of English language, expand your understanding of words, and ensure you are using them correctly.

Super Code Breaks & Super Criss-Cross

Activity books are fun and the key is to always make the readers tackle boredom as well as boost creativity and mental energy. Break a code means to succeed in understanding something that is written in a secret way. Codes have been used throughout history whenever people wanted to keep messages private. There are a number of different ways of making codes. Criss-cross Puzzle is an antidote for boredom and downtime. The children seem to enjoy doing this kind of activity.

Dreamland’s Super Code Breaks and Super Criss-cross are fantastic and highly stimulating puzzle collection that is a fun, brain-teasing activity books for the children who want to exercise their brains. These books are a great way of keeping the brainpower in great shape. Whether one is looking for a relaxing coffee break moment or really wants to test one’s skills, there is sure to be something for each one here.

These books are a perfect gift for a clever child or an inquisitive mind who wants a puzzle-book to be Fun and Relaxing or for developing Vocabulary and Logical-thinking. They can put their brainpower to the test with our fun battle of wits!

shares well-known children and young adult author Ken Spillman in conversation with All About Book Publishing.

Ken Spillman is a well-known Australian writer for children and young adults. His work has spanned diverse genres including poetry, sports writing and literary criticism. His output also includes a large number of books relating to aspects of Australian social history. Here, he shares more about his life as an author. Excerpts.

The beginning…

“As a kid I wrote for my own enjoyment. As a teenager, I wrote because I needed to. As soon as I left school, I started sending some of my work to literary magazines, and it was only then — when I started to build up a strong track record of publication — that it occurred to me that I could pursue writing as a career in itself, instead of simply using my writing skills in some other occupation,” tells Ken.

The journey…

“While growing up, I didn’t give any thought to the type of writer I wanted to be — I only knew that I wanted to write. I started out publishing poetry and short fiction for adults, and then made a living for some time as a non-fiction writer. I heard the call of fiction again when I started reading stories to my children. I remember having so much fun and never wanting to turn the lights out. I was more of a child than they were! My first children’s book failed to get published (mainly because it was terrible) but I don’t accept failure very well and was still having fun so I persisted,” tells Ken.

‘Having the first couple of children’s books published in Australia led to opportunities to engage with school children as a presenter, and that also gave me a blast. I didn’t want to stop, and now I’ve got around 40 books for children published around the world. I’ve presented sessions to 85,000 kids and I’m still having fun!” he adds.

Hardest part of writing…

“People always think I’m joking when I say this, but the hardest part is sitting with a story long enough to finish it. Ideas are easy, starting is easy, but sitting down long enough to make your story the best it can be is hard, especially for a person like me who feels best when physically active,” he shares.

Factors kept in mind while writing for children…

“The key is POV (point of view). If you can’t take on a POV that is childlike, and modify your voice accordingly, you will always struggle to write well for children. The biggest sin is to ‘write down’ to children — it’s the same as ‘talking down’ to a friend and always creates a barrier between reader and story. Another very important aspect is trusting the child’s imagination. Children do not need to have everything described to them or shown in some other way, because they are really expert at filling in gaps using their own wonderful imaginations,” tells Ken.

Characters - inspired from life or fictitious?

“My first instinct is to say ‘fictitious’, but like all writers I draw from my observations and experiences of life and people,” comes a quick reply from Ken.

Writing/publishing advice for aspiring writers…

“I always offer two pieces of advice. First, enjoy yourself. If you enjoy what you do you will be prepared to work harder. Second, work on your self-editing skills and respect the work of editors. Editing is not easy but it makes a critical difference,” he tells.

Book that most influenced my life…

“I love so many books, but the book that influenced my life most powerfully was One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I read it when I was seventeen and it was liberating. It said to me: “Writers can do anything,””shares Ken.

Reading is fun…

“Books are the best exercise for the imagination. If not for the imagination of the reader, they are only ink and paper — or shapes on a Kindle screen. The reader makes the story come alive. The reader sees and hears and feels the story, which makes the world it creates more real to the individual — though silent and invisible to everyone else. It’s personal. And by exercising the imagination in this way, we find that we are empowered and enriched in ways that nothing else can achieve, tells Ken.

What keeps me going…

“I grew up playing in the Australian bush and spending time at the beach, and I continue to love being outdoors, in nature. Observing nature makes me feel part of something sacred and universal. I’m also sports mad - cricket, football, tennis, hockey, anything. And finally, I can’t imagine a day without music! he tells.

What next?

“I’ll have two new books released in India soon. One is another volume of Aesop’s Fables from Scholastic India — retelling these little fables as full-blown stories in my own style is such an incredible amount of fun! The other book is titled No Fear, Jiyaa! and it tells the story of an Indian girl who has moved to Australia. Her new school is holding a school camp and… Sorry, that’s all I can tell you. The publisher is Tulika,” concludes Ken.

Enhance your knowledge with books from Edu Hub

Edu Hub Publishing Company has released a number of books. These include Compupedia, which is a series of eight books from classes 1 to 8 that contain lessons on the latest software and the appendices on Office 2016 and Windows 10. The series is held secure in a sturdy folder bag that also houses a set of complimentary worksheets for additional practice. Online support and an interactive CD for the teachers make the package absolutely user friendly.

While, Edu Hub My School Atlas is a set of maps, covering a broad range of syllabus from the upper primary to the middle stage. Fine printing and a metallic-embossed title adds to the overall appeal. Latest NCF guidelines and the national updates have been carefully included.

What’s more? Edu Hub GK (General Knowledge On the Go) is an Updated and Revised edition that comes with an additional set of worksheets and a current affairs roster with an Interactive CD (For Teachers Only)...all packed in an attractive folder.

Jiwan Books has recently launched a number of books for children. Active Yoga for Secondary Stage is a complete book for basic yogic practices. The asanas for general health and fitness have been selected as per the NCF guidelines. The book also includes asanas for Competitions, NCERT Solved Questions and Worksheets for Practice. The English edition will shortly be complimented with the Hindi edition.

Jiwan My Bag of Books is an all in one learning kit...including English and Hindi Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Picture Dictionaries, Phonics, Holiday Homework Books, Art & Craft books and the like. The kit has been designed for Nursery, LKG and UKG; and comes with a free stationery kit and a value added subscription of monthly magazine- Edu Hub Times. True to its name, it is indeed an all in one collection.

While, Jiwan Phonics is a set of two books that is designed in accordance with the cognitive skills of the young learners. The books graded into A and B parts contain extensive practice in phonetic based vocabulary.

Besides, Jiwan Humara Indradhanush is a complete package for classroom teaching in Hindi language with an Interactive CD for instructors and an additional worksheet to enhance the understanding and comprehension abilities of the learners. Jiwan New Colour Craft in all new avatar comes with a beautifully illustrated title and attractive folder packing. The series from A to 5 comes with material for all Art n Craft activities included in the books. The complexity of art as well as craft has been carefully graded so as to suit the learners of different age absolute indulgence into the world of colours with the AR App downloadable both from iOS and Android.