|Sketch by Favian Ee AFCC 2017|
This is no easy feat for we creators, nor for the educators on the front line, in schools and libraries who may sometimes be restricted by mandates to deliver a certain type of content. This restraint of course is not exclusive to Singapore and her surrounding neighbours. So what do teachers really want? This next session highlighted some of the answers.
Books Teachers Wish Authors Would Write with Nadine Bailey, Rilla Melati, Myra Garces-Bacsal
The crux of this matter depends on what teachers are actually teaching and their knowledge of the reading material available to them. How they relate this to their audience, their students reflects this knowledge.
All panel members (Teacher Librarians, Educators and Creative Content Directors), stressed that teachers must first be avid readers themselves. This was critical to the comprehension and flow of knowledge.
|Sketch Artist, Melissa Tan's visual interpretation of the session|
Here is a list of their WANTS:
- More picture book biographies i.e. of obscure unknown individuals that pushed values and boundaries and succeeded in impressive ways. But not didactic, dry life stories. There must be emotional connections.
- More meme like and Visual Literacy based narratives
- More picture books for older readers!! Some things best conveyed through art and picture books encompass art
- More comics and graphic novels = gateway to literature to excite and engage
- Texts that require kids to think for themselves, which might be more ambiguous and encourage them to draw their own conclusions and discoveries.
- Narrative non-fiction of Pan Asian inter and intra Asian stories
- Social justice – human rights based stories
- Rich Visuals and excellent design e.g. Stormy Seas
- Graphical Interface = sophistication
- On line and offline fantasy / reality integration
- Contextual content relevance e.g. The Red Tree by Shaun Tan, which echoes multiple stories and voices.
- Books where the main attributers are not what the stories are about Here are the No More Please requests:
Look for Creative SolutionsKids love to LAUGH. Give them something funny, sinful, rule breaking and oh, yes, that includes farting and you will have a winner. 😂Tune in again soon for session feedback on the presentations I moderated.
- Outdated, poorly designed and text heavy books
- Preachy, didactic moralistic message based books
- Gender and cultural essentiallising
- Rhyming (verse novels OK)