Public Programme, Submissions

Book & Product Launches

Date: 30 May – 6 Jun 2015

AFCC’s book and product launches are public events where writers, illustrators and publishers can meet and mingle with their readers and introduce new children’s books, apps, and other products to the public. 

The call for submissions is now closed. Thank you for your support!


Students under the Raffles Ecological Literacy Programme

Date: 30 May 2015, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: B1, My Tree House (B1, Central Public Library)

In A Boar at My Door, a little wild boar goes on an exciting adventure after he ends up lost and alone in an unfortunate turn of events. In Eden's Adventure at the Forgotten Fort, the Labrador Park hides many untold stories, with its battered old guns blazing past victories and glories. In Walking in Great-Grandpa's Tracks, Ethan finds himself in a place that seems all too familiar. He meets a mystery man, a chirpy bird, a hungry snake and a fluttering butterfly who will help him discover the hidden past of a place he thought he knew…


Date: 30 May 2015, 4:00pm – 4:30pm
Venue: B1, Exhibition Area

Nini Eat First, Talk Later by Fanny Lai, is a light-hearted yet relevant graphic that documents daily life in Singapore, as well as its many authentic traditions. Playtime with Ye Ye by Pauline Loh shares the nation’s history through Ye Ye’s account of his immigration to Singapore, the Japanese Occupation and Singapore’s independence. No Place Like Serangoon Gardens by Janus Education Services presents findings from island-wide excursions which explored local heritage and culture. Designing Cultures: The Lasting Visual Memory by Jesvin Yeo depict the origins, crafting process and personal stories of Singapore’s artisans still practising today.


Winston Lim (Author)

Date: 31 May 2015, 11:30am – 12:00pm
Venue: L1, Plaza

With his 14th birthday just days away, Billy Lin unexpectedly receives the Cloud Fife – a fairy flute – from his uncle’s Curiousity Cabinet. Before he knows it, he stumbles upon his family’s magical secrets and is drawn into the Wulin world of fairies and goblins. An assassination plot against Billy forces him to discover his own innate magic and claim mastery over the flute.

6 books in the Malay language

Various authors

Date: 31 May 2015, 1:00pm – 1:30pm
Venue: B1, Exhibition Area

In Saudagar Yang Lupa Diri by Rex Wang, a merchant learns an important lesson in kindness and forgiveness. Kawan Baik by Serene Cai, is a story about a colony of rabbits who chase off a giraffe who wants to be their friend. In Dua Ekor Semut Pergi Meneroka by X Kwang, two ants want to know how humans look like. Siapa Cepat Dia Dapat features a little crow who always wakes up late, while Jangan Takut, Anak Tupai is an action-packed story about the confusion that arises when a group of animals tries to save a squirrel. Mari Saya Bantu, also by X Kwang, is an illustrated book that shows us how each of us has the ability to help others.


Ying Chang Compestine (Author)

Date: 31 May 2015, 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Venue: B1, Exhibition Area

In Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier, a 13-year-old Ming living in a small village in China during Mao’s reign discovers a terra-cotta soldier from the First Emperor's tomb that could save his father. In The Runaway Wok, a magical wok takes things from the greedy and gives them to the poor during the Chinese New Year. The Runaway Rice Cake, also written by award-winning author Ying Chang Compestine, is a tale on how the generosity of a poor child leads to rewards for his family.


Kelvin Ang (Author)

Date: 31 May 2015, 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Venue: L1, Plaza

Singapore is one gigantic playzone for kids! Not convinced? Read Got Kids, Go Where? by award-winning daddy blogger Kelvin Ang. Discover the best water play and outdoor playgrounds to the top 10 staycations, arts-and-craft places and kid-friendly restaurants. Bursting with tips and ideas, go out and have fun using this cheeky guide!


Rilla Melati Bahri (Author)

Date: 31 May 2015, 2:30pm – 3:00pm
Venue: L1, Plaza

A follow-up to the Siri Bacaan Awal Kanak-Kanak (Beginner Reader Series), this set is for independent readers. Consisting of 8 titles, each book builds on their vocabulary, and becomes progressively challenging. In addition, your child can read along to the narrated CD of all 8 books!


Iris Chan (Artist/Teacher) and Suzette Yuen

Date: 3 Jun 2015, 10:00am – 10:30am
Venue: B1, Exhibition Area

The black sheep cut off the wool in the summer. What does the wool look like? A butterfly? Cat? Cherry? What do you see?


Tania McCartney (Author/Illustrator) & Tina Snerling

Date: 3 Jun 2015, 11:30am – 12:00pm
Venue: B1, Exhibition Area

When Pippa, Pia, Poppy, Polly and Peg were born, they looked exactly the same. And they did everything the same. Everything. Until one day ... they could take it no more! This vibrant picture book, from an award-winning team, celebrates the importance of both diversity and individuality–and allowing ourselves to shine.


Melanie Lee (Author), David Liew (Illustrator)

Date: 3 Jun 2015, 12:15pm – 12:45pm
Venue: B1, Exhibition Area

Squirky and Emma land on Planet R and are treated as intruders. They are brought to the mysterious Red Commander, who seems especially unfriendly and unwilling to help. However, the Red Commander reacts strongly upon finding out who Squirky is. Why? Will Squirky get any closer to finding his birth parents?


Edited by Evelyn Sue Wong and Dr Myra Garces-Bacsal

Date: 3 Jun 2015, 1:00pm – 1:30pm
Venue: B1, My Tree House

This annotated bibliography showcases a selection of trees and forest-themed picture books and information books from around the world, which can be used as a teaching resource or find interesting books for children to read.


Ying Chang Compestine (Author)

Date: 3 Jun 2015, 1:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue: B1, Exhibition Area

In Revolution Is Not A Dinner Party, Ying Chang Compestine draws from her own childhood experience to hope and humor to this compelling story about a girl fighting to survive during the Cultural Revolution in China. In The Real Story of Stone Soup, a stingy fisherman and his three young helpers invent a classic Chinese dish. Crouching Tiger is story of a modern boy coming to value his old-fashioned Chinese grandfather through the traditions of martial arts and Chinese New Year celebrations. 


Date: 3 Jun 2015, 2:30pm – 3:00pm
Venue: B1, Exhibition Area

Asia: Land of Perennial Stories is an edited collection of essays, based on the highlights of, and key ideas shared during the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in 2014, with a regional focus on India. Scholars and practitioners, artists and writers, graphic novelists and picture book makers, editors and publishers share their unique experiences and reflections to reflect on the impact of Asian children’s literature to global reading and literacy goals. 

HOMELAND TREES (Cây cối quê hương)

Various authors

Date: 3 Jun 2015, 2:30pm – 3:00pm
Venue: L1, Plaza

The poems in this collection are selected from among the best in the treasury of Vietnamese poetry for children. We hope that these beautiful and innocent words will provide good fun during family time, and help with the young readers' development of language ability in both Vietnamese and English.


Golda Mowe (Author)

Date: 3 Jun 2015, 4:00pm – 4:30pm
Venue: B1, Exhibition Area

10 science fiction stories that show how science and technology can change our lives, and not necessarily for the better. But the future lies with you! With accompanying factsheets after each story.


Nirzara Verulkar (Illustrator/Animator)

Date: 3 Jun 2015, 4:45pm – 5:15pm
Venue: B1, Exhibition Area

Milarepa – A Buddist Saint is a yoga story. It highlights the importance of Karma Yoga, which is selfless work, devotion and complete faith in your teacher. It also emphasises the importance of doing your regular, routine jobs without fail, and how small things transform one’s personality, ultimately destiny.


Cecilia Leong (Author)

Date: 3 Jun 2015, 5:30pm – 6:00pm
Venue: B1, Exhibition Area

There’s never a dull moment for Xiao Rae and her friend, Nazri, whether it’s trekking through the forest, visiting an island or helping to make cooling powder pellets (bedak sejuk).Ten stories for children who are curious about all that is around them.

The Magic Bird

Ken Spillman (Author), Malavika PC (Illustrator)

Date: 3 Jun 2015, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: L16, The Pod

The Magicbird is a scavenger for words. He hordes unwanted scraps of paper, letters from forgotten posters, alphabets from fallen street signs, cried-over love notes, discarded leaflets. To the Magicbird these bits of rubbish are stories waiting to be born into wondrous tales, tales that will reach to places where there are no tales. In many ways this story written by Ken Spillman echoes Magicbird Publishing, a social enterprise with profits towards reading and literary projects.


Date: 5 Jun 2015, 1:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue: L1, Plaza

JoyReader is a digital library that contains thoughtfully selected Chinese stories from world-renowned publishers. The stories are graded for English-speaking children, aged from 3 to 12, who are learning the Chinese language. JoyReader is available as an app on Apple App Store and Google Play.