I have kept that inner imp locked in my imagination all these years. But, when I’m telling stories with children and teens, especially with my own children, I let it out for some play time. Picture books are important because it allows readers, young and young at heart, to have some fun.
When I do author visits in schools and libraries, I make it a point to cover this collaborative process in creating picture books. I think children can learn a lot from this experience especially when they are presented with activities to make their own picture books with classmates and friends. We learn better when we interact with others. In picture books and in creating them, we learn from others too!
Zarah C. Gagatiga is a teacher librarian, storyteller, blogger and published author. She is formerly president of Kuwentista ng mga Tsikiting (KUTING), the premier organization of children’s writers in the Philippines. She has ended her term as president of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) and remains as board member representing librarians. She co-authored Tales from the 7,000 Isles: Filipino Folk Stories with Dianne de Las Casas which was published in 2011 by ABC CLIO. She has been conducting lectures, presenting papers and facilitating workshops on library services and storytelling in Singapore, Thailand, Hongkong and recently in Indonesia. Her picture books, My Daddy! My One and Only! and A Tale of Dreams, are both published by Lampara House.