Around the World in Picturebooks by Dr Myra Bacsal
Saturday, 11 November 2017
Asst Prof Myra Garces-Bacsal from NIE’s Early Childhood and Special Needs Academic Group brought parents and children “Around the World in Picturebooks” through a lively talk at the Central Public Library on 11 November 2017.
Starting with the habit of reading and how to make it a lifelong passion, Asst Prof Garces-Bacsal encouraged parents to emotionally engage children through the narrative of books first. Rather than correcting their children on technicalities like pronunciations, she encourages parents to look beyond these and enjoy the story. She also recommended that instead of Facebook time, how about just setting aside 20 minutes a day for an enjoyable reading activity with the young.
Elaborating on how picture books with multicultural themes are a great way to begin bridging the gap of culture, heritage and understanding in the young, she also presented various picture book in trailers and stories that highlight the emotional and social values of these stories.
Through illustrations and colourful features, these would also help young readers better identify and perceive their emotions. Asst Prof Garces-Bacsal also shared with NLB a showcase of picture books that proved popular to young and old participants at the event.