The Asian Festival of Children’s Content provides a platform for speakers and participants of the Festival to launch their book or product as part of the Festival activities and in so doing grows the awareness of quality Asian publications.

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25 May 2016 (Wednesday)

The Fibonacci Revelation

Radhika Puri

25 May 2016, 10:00am – 10:30am
L1, Plaza

A mysterious coded poem – attached to a 1954 archived photo of the National Service riots in Singapore – sets off a chain of events that unravels a secret. Disparate clues are connected by only one thing – the Fibonacci sequence. As Clara and Owen decipher the clues, they find themselves looking into Singapore’s dark past.

The Case of the Football Champion

Heidi Shamsuddin

25 May 2016, 12:45pm – 1:15pm
B1, Exhibition Area

Joe, Hanna and Emil go back to 1966 and meet the young football star, Mokhtar Dahari, at his school, Victoria Institution. Unfortunately for Mokhtar, he is the victim of bullying and he wants to give up football. The friends have to find a way to help Mokhtar.

Now I Know Series


25 May 2016, 1:30pm – 2:00pm
L1, Plaza

The Now I Know Series teaches life skills to children and encourages them to be more intelligent and skilful to decide the right things, for example in overcoming bullying action, choosing a good movie, and playing safely at the swimming pool. The main characters of this series represent the various Indonesian ethnic groups.

Take Flight! An Annotated Bibliography of Bird-themed Picture Books

Selected and compiled by Evelyn Sue Wong and Dr Myra Garces-Bacsal

25 May 2016, 1:30pm – 2:00pm
B1, Exhibition Area

This annotated bibliography showcases a selection of bird-themed picture books and concept books from around the world, which can be used as a teaching resource or as an interesting read for children. 

Mollie, Fluffy and the Magic Shell

Joanne Wong

25 May 2016, 4:15pm – 4:45pm
B1, Exhibition Area

This story is about a young girl who is imaginative and playful, yet lonely.  Through a dream she has one night, she comes to face some challenges with some scary trolls, which she needs to escape from with her rabbit called Fluffy.  It's a story about overcoming fears and believing in yourself and your dreams.

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26 May 2016 (Thursday)

The Wonky Donkey

Craig Smith

26 May 2016, 10:00am – 10:30am
L1, Plaza

In this very funny, cumulative song, each page tells us something new about the donkey until we end up with a spunky, hanky-panky cranky stinky dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey, which will have children in fits of laughter! The Wonky Donkey won an APRA Silver Scroll Award in 2008 for Best Children's Song of the Year.

Bridges, Dragons and Books: Reflections on Asian Children’s Literature

Edited by Asst/Prof Rhoda Myra Garces-Bacsal, PhD

26 May 2016, 10:00am – 10:30am
B1, Exhibition Area

This edited collection of essays is based on the highlights of, and key ideas shared during the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in 2015, with a regional focus on China. Scholars and practitioners, artists and writers, graphic novelists and picture book makers, editors and publishers share their unique experiences and reflections on the impact of Asian children’s literature to global reading and literacy goals.

Lagu Cenderawasih / Phoenix Song

Tutu Dutta & Martina Peluso

26 May 2016, 11:30am – 12:00pm
B1 Exhibition Area

When his brothers go missing on the slopes of the hill behind their home, Arohan must ensure they return safe and sound. But does he have what it takes to summon the mythical phoenix? A touching and courageous story of a young boy’s love for his family and the magical things that can happen when you listen to you heart.

Falling into the Dragon’s Mouth

Holly Thompson

26 May 2016, 12:45pm – 1:15pm
B1, Exhibition Area

In a Japanese seaside neighbourhood lives Jason Parker: a sixth grader, an orange belt in aikido, a big brother. Jason Parker is just a boy trying to get through his days. If only everyone around him would let him. This is a beautifully spare novel in verse about one boy’s life – a story that will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled to fit in.

What Do Pandas and Skeletons Have in Common?

Kyle Hughes-Odgers & Chris Nixon

26 May 2016, 1:30pm – 2:00pm
L1, Plaza

What do pandas and skeletons have in common? Both feature in new picture books by Western Australian illustrators. Join Kyle Hughes-Odgers and Chris Nixon for the launch of Pandamonia and Can a Skeleton Have and X-ray? The books will be launched by Maria Alessandrino, programmer for the Perth Writers Festival.

Did You Hear That? Help for Children Who Hear Voices

Dr Seetha Subbiah

26 May 2016, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
B1, Exhibition Area

A specifically written and illustrated practical tool for psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health practitioners treating children with auditory and visual hallucinations. Being a user friendly guide for concerned parents, teachers, paediatricians and allied professionals, it is easy to understand, normalises the experience and assists children in seeking professional help.

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27 May 2016 (Friday)

The Abominable Norman

Chrissy Lim & Teressa Ong

27 May 2016, 10:00am – 10:30am
L1, Plaza

Norman is a BIG yeti with a SMALL problem. He doesn’t know who - or what - he is, so he goes on a quest to find out. Along the way, he meets many strange creatures but none of them have the answer.  Follow Norman on an epic journey to answer the ultimate question: WHO AM I?

Stories from Asia: The Asian Children’s Literature Collection

National Library Board

27 May 2016, 11:15am – 1:00pm
B1, Exhibition Area

Stories from Asia: The Asian Children’s Literature Collection is a coffee table book written and published to complement the existing Asian Children’s Literature Collection located at the Woodlands Regional Library. Painstakingly built up over half a century, the 24,000-volume Collection is a prized resource that seeks to shed light on the literary and historical developments in children’s literature about Asians and Asia — no easy task, considering that the Asian continent is home to four billion people with diverse histories, ethnicities and cultures. Apart from featuring unique and rare items from the Collection, this book also covers diverse topics such as colonial writings on Asia, Asian folktales, and emergent Asian children’s literature. Stories from Asia opens a window into exploring the Asian Children’s Literature Collection, and is a good starting point towards understanding this fascinating genre.

The Magic Spicebox

Namita Moolani Mehra & Heetal Dattani Joshi

27 May 2016, 11:30am – 12:00pm
L1, Plaza

The Magic Spicebox is a collection of colourful, imaginative and often comical stories of a brother and sister who discover the magical and wondrous powers of spices. Each ‘spice story’ is delicately paired with a kid-friendly recipe that will appeal to both aspiring young chefs and hungry family members. A storybook and cookbook rolled into one, the beautifully illustrated book highlights the fascinating spices unique to our Asian culture and region.

Oolie & Sputnik: The Time Capsule

Boon Lai & CS Chiw

27 May 2016, 3:00pm – 3:30pm
B1, Exhibition Area

Our story takes readers on ‘time-jumps’ across Old 60’s Singapore and a Future Singapore – centuries beyond SG50. Catch glimpses of life in the old days and learn a little bit about our shared history. Now, look beyond – journey to a future Singapore of Wonders, just one step of imagination away!

All Too Much for Oliver

Leila Boukarim

27 May 2016, 4:15pm – 4:45pm
B1, Exhibition Area

Oliver is a quiet little boy. He avoids going to places that might be too noisy or crowded like the playground, the pool, or even birthday parties. In fact, Oliver’s favorite thing to do is play by himself in his own quiet room. But things start to change when Odile moves in next door.

Scholastic Asian Book Award 2014 Authors

Catherine Torres, Sophia N. Lee, Xie Shi Min

27 May 2016, 4:15pm – 5:15pm
L1, Plaza

This book launch will introduce Sula's Voyage by Catherine Torres, What Things Mean by Sophia N. Lee, and Dragonhearted by Xie Shi Min.

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28 May 2016 (Saturday)

Grady’s First Day at School

Su-Ann Mae Phillips

28 May 2016, 10:00am – 10:30am
B1, Exhibition Area

In Grady’s First Day at School, readers will be introduced to school from a child’s point of view. Young readers will relate to the emotional roller-coaster and the first-time situations that typically happen on the first day at school, and see how Grady Bear and his friends overcome their fears in creative ways.

The Little Singapore Book

Sim Ee Waun & Joyceline See Tully

28 May 2016, 10:00am – 10:30am
L1, Plaza

The Little Singapore Book is the story of Singapore, written for children between 5 and 10 years old. It introduces young readers to our history and culture through simple storytelling language, vivid illustrations packed with detail, and a fresh perspective.

Where No One Can See Me

Ukht Husni

28 May 2016, 11:00am – 11:30am
B1, Exhibition Area

Where No One Can See Me, a debut book from Homely Hammock, aims to impart good character and values to children. This book centres around Ilham, a character who disobeyed his mother’s instructions only to learn that whatever actions are hidden will eventually be revealed. Although the book falls under the category of Islamic children’s literature, the moral of the story is universal.

The Almost Perfect Ending 《十全九美的大结局》

Khor Ewe Pin (许友彬)

28 May 2016, 11:45am – 12:15pm
L1, Plaza

After the death of Dr. Jin Ben, Hai Kuo was arrested. Princess Yu Mei and Feng Qi have become rivals. The Extraordinary Playground no longer existed. How will the “not-completely human’s” fate be?

Every Dog Has His Day!

Suganthi Mahadevan Shivkumar & Vandana Jeyaram

28 May 2016, 12:45pm – 1:15pm
B1, Exhibition Area

This is a children’s book that sees life, changes, hopes, positivity, the love of family, friendships, gratitude, celebrating life, overcoming fears – all with the support of family and people we trust. It delivers subtle messages to young readers and what makes it unique is that everything is seen and narrated through the eyes of a little Shih Tze, Theo!

Lolly’s Secret

Angela Yong & Quek Hong Shin

28 May 2016, 12:45pm – 1:15pm
L1, Plaza

Lolly is a little pig who loves lollipops and she must get her hands on the world’s most amazing candy! The only thing is, she doesn’t know how! This is a delightful story about Lolly’s discovery of the secret of saving, spending and sharing towards making her dreams come true!

Clumsysaurus & Kindsaurus

Zed Yeo & Mister Mineko

28 May 2016, 2:00pm – 2:30pm
L1, Plaza

Clumsysaurus bumps into anything and trips over everything! Kindsaurus is just too kind! Hatching two dinos from the Saurus Series. These books, which are part of the Saurus series, are fantastic for developing vocabulary and instilling a love of reading.

Books by Students from Raffles Institution

Students under the Raffles Ecological Literacy Programme

28 May 2016, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
B1 My Tree House

With egrets flying south, hermit crabs exploring our waters and civet cats roaming the neighbourhood, join us as we listen to their adventures unfold!

Beautifully-written and illustrated by Raffles Institution Year 6 students, the children’s storybooks Egrets’ Estimated Time of Arrival, A Crab, a Shell and a Little Help and A Tale of Two Cats aim to showcase our natural heritage through the literary and visual arts.

Singa & the Kindness Cubbies

Sheri Tan & Sarah Lam

28 May 2016, 3:00pm – 3:30pm
L1, Plaza

Join Singa Lion, a cheerful lion, and his cubbie friends, in their kindness adventures. They learn about being loving and thinking of others. Singa & the Kindness Cubbies is a series of six level 2 and 3 books for children aged 5 to 9 – Kindness Comes From Us, The Friendship Olympiad, Caring for the Elderly, The Lynx Next Door, Monster Trash and Attack of the Mystery Pal.

Liam, the Brave

Michael Wang & Simon Koay

28 May 2016, 3:15pm – 3:45pm
B1, Exhibition Area

This beautifully illustrated book is about a boy who overcomes his greatest fear: butterflies. Liam desperately wants to become The Bravest Boy in the World and goes through an extraordinary journey of self-discovery to overcome his fear. This is also a story about perseverance and being true to oneself.

Meja Makan Adil

Rilla Melati Bahri

28 May 2016, 3:30pm – 4:00pm
L1, Plaza

Part of the highly popular Siri Aksi Adil (The Adventure of Adil Series), Meja Makan Adil will unravel Adil’s imagination whenever he sees the rag and bone man. The dining table then transforms into a goal post, a garage and even into a clinic for Adil and his friend Nadia to play in. This title will be published in English and Malay separately. The Malay book is titled Meja Makan Adil and the English, Adil’s Dining Table.

Tamil Poems for Children

KTM Iqbal

28 May 2016, 4:15pm – 4:45pm
L1, Plaza

Four illustrated children’s picture books celebrating the essence of nature, people, values and scientific inventions will be presented in the form of children’s poems meant for readers from the age of 5 up to 14 years old.

Suraya’s Gift: The Story Catcher Children

Malavika Nataraj

28 May 2016, 4:15pm – 4:45pm
B1, Exhibition Area

Suraya is a girl with a big imagination, who loves making up little stories. When a surprise visitor brings her a very special gift, she is thrilled. Her stories are about to get much more interesting! But Suraya soon realises that her writing may be more powerful than she thinks.

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29 May 2016 (Sunday)

Town Rides the Rails of Brightness

Nirzara Verulkar

29 May 2016, 11:00am – 11:30am
L1, Plaza

Town Rides the Rails of Brightness is a parable told by a grandpa to his granddaughter. The author has created a world where sunrays, moonlight and stars are created. The world is woven with a soft and shiny silk fibre. It acknowledges the two universal powers: the sun and the moon.

Where is Dan?

Lydia Lok

29 May 2016, 11:30am – 12:00pm
B1, Exhibition Area

Where is Dan? tells the Singapore story of independence, self-reliance and diversity. Through the eyes of unique local food ingredients, this story aims to raise awareness on how we managed to foster a sense of belonging to this young nation despite limited resources, within a short span of time. A great fully-illustrated picture storybook for children.

JJ’s Science Adventure

Aurelia Tan & Koh Siak Meng

29 May 2016, 12:45pm – 1:15pm
L1, Plaza

JJ’s Science Adventure is a series of graphic novels designed to help readers master key concepts and spark their spirit of scientific enquiry - in line with the latest M.O.E. primary syllabus & 21st Century Competencies framework.

Olive & Jay Beach Bungle

Swapna Mirashi

29 May 2016, 1:15pm – 1:45pm
B1, Exhibition Area

This modern day fable about making wise choices is an illustrated chapter book for 6-9 year olds. Jay’s first day on the beach, with big sister Olive. is full of dreams, excitement and fun - until he strays on a ‘wanna want want’ journey. With bonus non-fiction section: interesting information and activities. 

Nurturing Intelligence

Dr Rosalind Tan Drake

29 May 2016, 2:00pm – 2:30pm
B1, Exhibition Area

This 12-month guide to nurturing the IQ and EQ of preschoolers provide an innovative approach to developing the listening, reading, speaking, thinking and writing skills of preschoolers. Modelled after the successful Sydney experiment, the guide illustrates how to apply effective pre-reading, while-reading and post-reading techniques using the 12 recommended story books.

The Adventures of Squirky the Alien #6: When Does the Search End?

Melanie Lee & David Liew

29 May 2016, 3:00pm – 3:30pm
L1, Plaza

Squirky and Emma return to Earth after their exciting space adventure. Daddy and Mummy help Squirky sort through his confused feelings after going through so much. All Squirky really wants to know is if he will ever meet his birth parents. This is the 6th and final book of The Adventures of Squirky the Alien series. 

P.S. Grandpa, I Love You

Jumaini Ariff & Patrick Yee

29 May 2016, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
B1, Exhibition Area

The storyline is based on that of the author who, along with her family, cared for her Bapak, a late patient of HCA Hospice Care. Jumaini is an educator and writes children’s books for Malay readers. The book, along with a list of useful pointers and resources towards the end, is meant to enable primary students to deal with the loss of a loved one at home, facilitated by parents and teachers.

Hang Nadim and the Garfish

Hidayah Amin

29 May 2016, 3:30pm – 4:00pm
L1, Plaza

With print text in Dyslexie Font, Braille and digitally enhanced tactile illustrative elements, the retelling of Singapore folktale – Hang Nadim and the Garfish, a story of a young boy doing good with his bright idea – in this innovative One-for-All book seeks to integrate the needs of differently-abled children.