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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6 Sep 2018 (Thursday)

B1, My Tree House 6 Sep 2018, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Ai and Friends

Theresa Lu

Ai and Clare love to play in the outdoor environment surrounded by nature. They have fun leaping like frogs, flitting around like butterflies and running freely in the fields. They encounter Raj who helps them understand a little of what “special” means. Nevertheless, they are happy to have found a new friend to play with them in the great outdoors!

L1, Plaza 6 Sep 2018, 11:15am – 12:15pm

Ping & Batik

Nur'afifah Binte Mohd Hussain

Ping comes from a Chinese batik merchant family in Lasem, Central Java, Indonesia. As his name says 平 which means ‘peace’, Ping is a boy who loves his family customers of his grandmother’s batik shop. Until one day, something expected happens…Ping & Batik

B1, My Tree House 6 Sep 2018, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

The Huruf Parade

Nur'afifah Binte Mohd Hussain

“Boom boom, march march” Move and groove as you parade along with the Arabic alphabets. Using movement and interaction, this board book introduces the Arabic alphabets to young children through action and rhymes

L1, Plaza 6 Sep 2018, 12:15pm – 1:00pm

Alif Tidak Mahu Turun (Alif Is Not Coming Down)

Zuzanita Zakaria

What do you do when you are trapped doing the same thing every day? You use your imagination to travel to places! Alif the elevator learns that all is not lost when you get a little creative with your mind. Thanks to Zaki, the cheeky neighbourhood busybody, Alif receives a little jumpstart. 

Alif Is Not Coming Down is a bilingual children’s picture book written in English and Malay for readers aged 4-7 years old. The adorable story provokes the imagination of emerging readers by making them think outside of the box!

L1, Plaza 6 Sep 2018, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

The Happiness Box

Mark Greenwood

The Happiness Box is the inspirational true story of a children’s book, created in December 1942, by prisoners of war for children interned in Changi Prison, Singapore. The original book, said to contain the secrets to happiness, is now a National Treasure and the story holds a shared place in Australian and Singaporean children’s literary history.

B1, My Tree House 6 Sep 2018, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Ummi’s Hijab

Far’ain Jaafar

A child describes the many ways he loves Ummi’s hijab. He learns about colours, textures, and uses Ummi’s hjab as an amazing play item. This simple garment has a very special place in his heart. A tale based on true experiences!

L1, Plaza 6 Sep 2018, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

The Clever Tailor

Srividhya Venkat

Rupa Ram is a famous but poor tailor with an unfulfilled dream – to stitch something special for his own family. So when he receives a gift of a brand new saafa turban, he is inspired to do just that!

B1, My Tree House 6 Sep 2018, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Gope and Meera – A Migration Story

Ritu Hemnani

Gope and Meera – A Migration Story is a tale about a cherished homeland reluctantly left behind and the separation of two young friends during the 1947, Partition of India. It is a tale of tragic loss, determined hope, preserved culture and spirited victory that will captivate readers of all ages.

L1, Plaza 6 Sep 2018, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

The Game Hunters

Anupa Roy

The Game Hunters is a coming-of-age story about fifteen-year-old Shiga and thirteen-year-old Urm. It is historical fiction based on findings about human prehistory, including the south Siberian climates they lived in around twelve thousand years ago.

B1, My Tree House 6 Sep 2018, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Murphy, See How You Shine!

Chen Wei Teng

This is a story of a blind dog, Murphy, who has low self-esteem but also a very unusual gift. He is trained as a diabetic-alert dog. His subsequent encounter with a young boy made him realise how he can be a gift to others in his special way, despite his physical disability.

L1, Plaza 6 Sep 2018, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Candy is a Good Helper &  Candy Makes New Friends

Bessie Chua

What is Candy doing today? Join Candy on her adventures, where she meets new friends and goes to new places! Candy the Adorable Kitten is a delightful series of picture books featuring illustrated flaps throughout the story for an interactive reading experience. Discover exciting wonders one flip at a time!

B1, My Tree House 6 Sep 2018, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

The Seed from Heaven

Jenni Ho-Huan

A simple fable about an old man who receives a strange looking seed. This rhythmic tale holds many talking points for children and adults alike. Despite the lack of support for his choices, the old man’s decisions lead to a marvelous outcome.

L1, Plaza 6 Sep 2018, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

The Missing Barbegazi

H.S Norup

When eleven-year-old Tessa sets out to find a fabled barbegazi to help herself and her grandmother cope with the loss of her grandfather, she discovers that some secrets are best left uncovered. Soon she becomes embroiled in a fast-paced adventure to save one of the last barbegazi, all while the health of her grandmother deteriorates.

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7 Sep 2018 (Friday)

L1, Plaza 7 Sep 2018, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Karma Khullar’s Mustache

Kristi Wientge

In the tradition of Judy Blume, debut author Kristi Wientge tackles the uncomfortable—but all too relatable—subject of female body hair and self-esteem.

B1, My Tree House 7 Sep 2018, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

The Little Rainmaker

Roopal Kewalya

It’s 2028 in India. It has been ten years since it last rained anywhere in the world. Ten year-old Anoushqa doesn’t believe in rain. But her favourite person, storyteller ‘Grampa’ is dying and his last wish is to see rain. She sets out on a journey to make it rain for him.

B1, My Tree House 7 Sep 2018, 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Kody Chan: The Time Vortex

Aletheia Chan

Caught in a time vortex, Kody Chan, a Primary 5 student is transported to 1941! He meets General Percival and Elizabeth Choy. This is the first of a trilogy of Kody’s adventures to discover about himself, Singapore then as a British colony, and his heroic struggle against evil.

L1, Plaza 7 Sep 2018, 1:30pm – 2:30pm

UNCOOL: Lights. Camera. Action!

Jane De Suza

UNCOOL: Fights. Camera. Action! by popular author Jane De Suza is a terribly funny tackling of teen issues – dipping self-esteem, rollicking hormones, imperfect parents, peer pressure. Thirteen-year-old DD is trying to make a film on a normal kid’s life – but which kid is normal?

B1, My Tree House 7 Sep 2018, 2:30pm – 3:30pm

The Elephant that Went for a Swim

Gan Kam Jean

A wild elephant from Johor, Malaysia swims across to Pulau Ubin, Singapore and has a few encounters with residents and tourists. He is finally captured and given a new home in Endau Romgin National Park.

L1, Plaza 7 Sep 2018, 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Senserly, Amako

Anita A. Thomas

Equally interesting to parents and children, this coming-of-age, scrap-booked journal of an 8 year old (self-named Amako after the mako shark) express in his own words, emails, messages, thoughts, illustrations and comments… the enchantment, curiosity and observations that belong to childhood and are cherished by adults.

L1, Plaza 7 Sep 2018, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Jelajah Kisah Seribu Pulau

Students from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB)

The power of story through oral prose has been passed down for centuries, as a way to transfer knowledge and ideas. Students from the Children Book Design and Illustration Course of Bandung Institute of Technology continue to preserve this precious heritage, by rewriting Indonesian folktales with new interpretations and adjusting visual aspects.

L10, Gallery Space 7 Sep 2018, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Books by Singapore Polytechnic students

Inky Poofs Again / Tai Jia Xuan, Lorilie Fae Carino Fragata, Trinity Sun, Muhammad Nur Fitri Mahad
Inky has a problem. He poofs when he is nervous. He cannot help it, he cannot control it and he is utterly embarrassed about it. It’s Inky’s first day at school, everything is new and unfamiliar and Inky is very, very nervous.

Smile / Caitlin Ong, Judith Toh, Samantha Peng
Lin has a beautiful smile. Everyone tells her so. One day, Lin’s front tooth falls out. Lin is convinced that she has lost what makes her special and tries creative and hilarious ways to get back her beautiful smile. 

Spiky and Dotty / Victoria Lee, Austen Choo, Amni Syazwani Muhd Sham, Joasseph Solomon
Spiky and Dotty were best friends who played together all day until the day they both changed. One can play only in the day while the other only at night. Will the best friends grow apart or will they find a way to spend time together?  

The Rainbow Child / Jedidah Neo, Genevieve Ng, Kelly Chang
In the town of Gloomsville, everything is black and white, including the trees and even people. One day, a little girl is born and she is colourful. The Rainbow Child is a story about Ruby, a little girl who is not afraid to let her true colours show.

Let’s Be Friends / Nicole Ong, Natalie Wong, Nadia B. Afrina Masrani, Ragnild Ong, Regina Wong
Tapir wants a friend but finds fault with everyone he meets. He finally meets Orangutan and thinks he has found the perfect friend but… he is in for a surprise.

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8 Sep 2018 (Saturday)

B1, My Tree House 8 Sep 2018, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

We Can

Ben Lai

No child is an island! Take a look at the day-to-day interactions of a Singaporean girl with her family and friends. Discover local culture and icons while exploring the many ways we can achieve more when we work and play with others. We Can is the second book in a series.

L1, Plaza 8 Sep 2018, 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Big Tree in a Small Pot

Josephine Chia

Privileged, sensitive and smart, Eric Teo learns by accident that he has a Peranakan grandmother. Rajah – thoughtful, unflappable and visually impaired – lives modestly with his music-loving family. When the two boys meet, each brings with him something the other must learn, and a friendship is forged that will change them both. Big Tree in a Small Pot explores the meanings of friendship, family, loss and the values we live by.

B1, My Tree House 8 Sep 2018, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Bubble Kye & Here We Go

Huueyy

Bubble Kye: They have come from afar, they get into scapes and they fix it all by themselves! This time, Kye tried bubble gum for the first time with unexpected consequences

Here We Go: This is how the Tions’ adventures began. They were so excited! Jade, Kye, Indil, Joan, Lara and Ashi discovered similarities and differences between Tionions and humans.

L1, Plaza 8 Sep 2018, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

The Saga Tree / Ordinary Oliver and the Venomous Visitor

Sophia Huang / Ryan Khor

The Saga Tree: Emma and her grandmother, Popo are best friends. Back in Popo’s day, children played with whatever they could find around them, such as seeds, flowers and leaves of plants. As Popo relives the old ways of play, new worlds are opened for Emma and love is passed on from generation to generation.  

Ordinary Oliver and the Venomous Visitor: In planet Rubius where everyone has a super power, 10-year-old Oliver stands out for the wrong reasons – he doesn’t know what his super power is!

B1, My Tree House 8 Sep 2018, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

The Mansion Mystery

Amit Ray

Nick and Neel stumble across an old riddle in their ancestral home. But it’s proving really hard to read! Where does it lead? And who’s the mysterious person who wrote it? It will take ingenuity, quick-wittedness and maybe a teeny-tiny bit of help from unexpected quarters to crack this code!

L1, Plaza 8 Sep 2018, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Kuih Untuk Adil

Rilla Melati Bahri

Adil sees many ingredients on the table in the kitchen. There is a bowl of kelapa parut (grated coconut), beras pulut (glutinous rice), gula merah (palm sugar) and daun pisang (banana leaf). What kuih is Nenek making? Why does Nenek’s kuih look like batu selembat (5 stones)? Can they really be eaten? Follow this hilarious tale and discover what mysterious kuih Nenek has prepared for Adil!