It’s been an incredibly busy summer for me, but I’d been setting aside a day for the NBDB Little Lit Fest ever since it was announced, because it’s been a while since I’ve touched base with friends in the industry.
I couldn’t attend both days, and the Day 2 sessions were better geared towards me, so I headed over to Museo Pambata last Friday and made it in time for the first session!
I was able to attend three panels that day and I was glad I didn’t miss it. They flew in some of the speakers from this year’s AFCC, and paired them with their local counterparts. I picked out “Telling a story through picture books,” “Integrating culture and history in children’s books” and “Situating SE Asian traditions in picture books and graphic novels.”
Here’s a rundown of my favorite panelists for the afternoon:
Also dropped in on a writer’s panel for manuscripts — very, very interesting!
Did some shopping:
Made new friends:
We even had a postscript dinner last week:
world domination strategic planning kidlit drink night:
That’s Candy, me, illustrator Jomike Tejido, Tahanan Books’ Frances Ong,
and book designer Jordan Santos.
Little Lit Fest was a blast, and I do hope that was only the start of an annual event for children’s literature.