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Aileen Hoe

Malaysia

Co-founder and Director of English Champ Malaysia, Aileen is a passionate educator who believes music and movement is a powerful tool in one’s learning journey. She is also a founding member of The Association of Toy Libraries Malaysia and a committee member of We Care Journey, advocating for play and inclusiveness in a wholesome education system.

Andrew Martin

UK/Singapore

Andy Martin is a specialist (SEND) teacher for nearly 14 years and has been lucky enough to teach all over the world, from the UK, Australia, Africa and Singapore. He is passionate about developing emotional literacy and the power that story telling can have in the process. His first book is The Rainbow Dragon

A.P. Jayaraman

India

Dr A.P. Jayaraman is a nuclear scientist. His stories are based on sober scientific facts, yet sweetly laced with fiction. Travelling across India, these sci-stories have been delivered in English and Malayalam, and have won him the Kerala state award for Children’s Literature. His sci-story ROman, on desalinated water, was presented in ACS 2005 at Singapore.

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Beth Ann O’Brien

US/Singapore

Dr. Beth O’Brien is a Senior Research Scientist at the Centre for Research in Child Development at NIE, NTU. Her interests are in children’s reading development for diverse learners, including bilinguals and children with dyslexia. She currently leads projects on bilingual reading brain networks for typical and dyslexic readers, and technology-based apps for teaching phonics with learning-support-program students. 

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Clairine Chan

Hong Kong

Clairine Chan is a lecturer in English Language Education at the Education University of Hong Kong where she taught English Phonetics and Phonology and teaching methods courses since 2006. She also provides consultancy services related to English Language teaching to primary schools in Hong Kong.

Colin Goh

Singapore

Colin Goh and Woo Yen Yen are the husband-and-wife creative team behind Dim Sum Warriors, their critically-acclaimed comic bilingual app for the iPad and also a musical premiering in Shanghai. Together, they founded the satirical website TalkingCock.com and made the movie Singapore Dreaming, which won numerous awards at film festivals worldwide.

Cynthea Liu

USA

Cynthea Liu is an award-winning children’s book author, publisher and consultant. She is published with Penguin Random, Disney, S&S, and Scholastic, with her work translated into multiple languages. She is also the publisher of Starts With Us, which empowers children to change the world in pursuit of their talents and interests.

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Derin Övgü Ögün

Turkey

Derin Övgü Öğün is a student in Media and Visual Arts Department at Koҫ University. Her interest in photography and collage got her to meet with picture books and the fascination didn’t stop ever since. Her current work focuses on material and sensorial qualities of picture books.

Don Bosco

Singapore

Don Bosco writes thrilling fiction for teens and children. His stories are mostly inspired by Asian legends and pop culture. He started the publishing studio Super Cool Books in 2011. His Sherlock Hong adventures was acquired by Marshall Cavendish, and his My Blade Quest series by Armour Publishing.

Donna Lim

Singapore

Dr Donna Lim and Ms Kiren Kaur are teacher educators with the National Institute of Education, Singapore. They specialise in English Language methodology courses for young learners. Their interests cover reading and writing methodology, children’s literature, oral communication methodology and assessment literacy.(Dr.) Donna Lim

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Felix Cheong

Singapore

Felix Cheong has authored 13 books which span from poetry to satirical flash fiction and picture books. He was conferred Young Artist of the Year for Literature in 2000, and has been invited to read at writers' festivals worldwide. Holding a master's in creative writing, Felix is an adjunct lecturer with LASALLE College of the Arts and other overseas universities.

Frané Lessac

Australia

Frané Lessac is an author/illustrator, creating over forty books for children. She was awarded the Muriel Barwell Award for Distinguished Service to Children's Literature and was the inaugural Regional Advisor for SCBWI Australia West. Frané visits schools, libraries and festivals around the world sharing the process of writing and illustrating books.

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Helle Norup

Denmark/Singapore

Helle grew up in Denmark and in a plethora of imaginary worlds. She lived in five different countries and worked with corporate marketing and communication, before moving to Singapore and becoming a full-time explorer and writer. The Missing Barbegazi (Pushkin Children's Books) is her first novel.

Hidayah Amin

Singapore

Hidayah Amin had her first short story published when she was 11. It was only when she lost her childhood home that she resumed writing and published Gedung Kuning in 2010. She has since written six non-fiction books and six children’s books, including the award-winning The Mango Tree.

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Ilgim Veryeri Alaca

Turkey

Ilgim Veryeri Alaca is an Assistant Professor at Koҫ University, Istanbul. She contributed to The Routledge Companion to Picturebooks, The Routledge International Handbook of Early Literacy Education and The Routledge Companion to International Children’s Literature. Her articles appeared in Leonardo, International Journal of Education through Art and Journal of Illustration.

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Kathleen Ahrens 

Hong Kong

Kathleen Ahrens, Ph.D, is a Professor in the Department of English at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is an Advisory Board Member for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and has served as a final round judge for the Feng-Zi Kai Picture Book Award and Hong Kong Picture Book Award. 

Kathleen Chia

UK/Singapore

Kathleen and Linda are passionate about writing for young children, having developed curricula and language arts materials for slower learners and preschool children, along with reading and vocabulary enrichment books. Their next collaboration is Rhyming Round Asia… Festivals and Customs, and is commissioned by the Lee Kuan Yew Bilingual Foundation. 

Kiren Kaur d/o RATAN SINGH

Singapore

Dr Donna Lim and Ms Kiren Kaur are teacher educators with the National Institute of Education, Singapore. They specialise in English Language methodology courses for young learners. Their interests cover reading and writing methodology, children’s literature, oral communication methodology and assessment literacy.

Kristi Wientge

USA/Singapore

Originally from Ohio, Kristi grew up writing stories about animals, her favourite being a jet-setting mouse. She studied to become a special needs teacher and then spent several years exploring the world as a teacher. Karma Khullar’s Mustache is her debut novel and Honey Bees and Frenemies will be released summer 2019, both with Simon & Schuster.

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Lee Seow Ser

Singapore

When not lawyering or mothering, Seow Ser writes, edits and leads Project to S.I.R (Socially Inclusive Reads) with Love. She is the author of four children’s picture books including Si Ma Guang and the Giant Jar (IBBY Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities 2017) and The Rain Tree.

Linda Gan

UK/Singapore

Kathleen and Linda are passionate about writing for young children, having developed curricula and language arts materials for slower learners and preschool children, along with reading and vocabulary enrichment books. Their next collaboration is Rhyming Round Asia… Festivals and Customs, and is commissioned by the Lee Kuan Yew Bilingual Foundation. 

Loh Chin Ee

Singapore

Loh Chin Ee is the Principal Investigator of the Building a Reading Culture (BRC) project on reading and school libraries in Singapore secondary schools. She has spoken and written widely on the importance of reading and the role of school libraries for twenty-first century learning. Further details on her projects can be found at readingcultures.org.

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Mabel Wee

Singapore

Mabel Wee was a Childcare Quality Advocate with PCF HQ. She contributes in training and consultation with AECES by mentoring early childhood supervisors as well as assisting novice ProFLAiRs to develop professionally. She helped to simplify Dr Tan’s SG50 book for preschool children.

Marc Checkley

New Zealand/Singapore

Marc has more than 15 years of experience in broadcasting, content production, development and consultancy across the Asia-Pacific. He regularly speaks at creative industry events, and conducts workshops in ideation and public speaking. Marc is current Chairman of the AFCC’s Cross-Platform Summit, judge of the Vancouver Web Fest and was a key advisor to Singapore’s Workforce Development Agency for television and screenwriting training frameworks. In 2016, Marc launched IO Creative, a production, development and consultancy agency with offices in Singapore, UK and Switzerland.

Mariann How

Singapore

Mariann How holds a master’s degree (Hons) in English. She is a passionate educator and mother, and believes in reading storybooks. She incorporates fun, integrated activities in a joyful environment for young learners so that they can develop a love for reading and a positive disposition towards learning English.

Mark Greenwood

Australia

Mark Greenwood’s award-winning picture books include Simpson and his Donkey, The Mayflower and Jandamarra. His latest chapter book series delves into History Mysteries. Mark often works with his wife, illustrator Frané Lessac, to produce books that promote an understanding of multiculturalism. His new picture book, The Happiness Box, is set in Singapore.

Mary George

Singapore

Dr Mary George is a child development consultant and teacher educator. She currently writes primarily for emerging teens and publishes What’s Up, a monthly newspaper for children in Singapore. Be it for adults or kids, Marys primary focus is on educating for resilience, hope and wisdom.

Mary Rose Adelle G. Pacificar

Philippines

Mary Rose Adelle Pacificar is a Filipino writer and illustrator who focuses on children’s literature. She is now working on a series of flash fiction and illustrations on and for children with special needs. She is currently teaching literature courses at the University of the Philippines High School Iloilo.

Myra Garces-Bascal

Singapore

Rhoda Myra Garces-Bacsal is an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She is the Co-Coordinator of the Diploma in Special Education and the Professional Development Leader of the Early Childhood and Special Needs Education Academic Group. She manages the vibrant website gatheringbooks.org

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Ng Siew Chin

Singapore

Siew Chin is a Research Assistant at NIE. She has recently completed a master’s degree in education from the University College London and holds a bachelor’s in early childhood educational studies and leadership from Wheelock College. She was a preschool teacher working with children from eighteen months to six years old. 

Nur Artika Arshad

Singapore

Nur Artika is a Research Assistant at NIE. She is involved in the ‘Singapore Kindergarten Impact Project’, a large-scale longitudinal study on the transition from preschool to primary school. Her research interest lies in the language and literacy development of early learners. 

Nur Ashikin bte Kamaruddin

Singapore

Nur Ashikin has four years of experience working with students with dyslexia. She has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Specific Learning Differences from the University of New South Wales. Currently, she is an Awareness Speaker and a member of the English Exam Skills Programme in the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS).

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Pamela Rushby

Australia

Pamela Rushby has written over 200 books for children and young adults. She has won many awards – including a bag of gold coins at a festival in Iran. Pam is a registered teacher and speaks regularly at schools, festivals and conferences. She loves delving into history to find her stories.

Patricia Donald

New Zealand/Australia

Patricia explores various mediums including digital, pen, paint, and found objects to create mixed media drawings. Equipped with a degree in fine arts, a career in graphic design and teaching in the vocational education sector, she now brings her eclectic style to children’s picture books.

Peter Creamer

UK/Australia

Dr. Peter Creamer and his wife, Kathy Creamer are joint partners of Little Pink Dog Books, a newly established children’s picture book publisher. Uniquely, the partnership specifically provides emerging and talented children’s authors and illustrators with opportunities, which Dr. Creamer strongly believes will allow them to be recognized by established publishers.

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Rixou Low

Singapore

Rixou is a comic artist, writer and illustrator who lives in Singapore, but spent most of her growing years in the imaginary lands of classic practical effects-based fantasy movies. Her works, which blend present day settings with fantastic elements, have received accolades both locally and overseas.

Rosemarie Somaiah

Singapore

Rosemarie Somaiah runs Asian Storytelling Network. One of Singapore’s best-known storytellers, Rosemarie works with all ages. She creates original content in text and performance for educational, community and corporate organisations. Her books include The Never Mind Girl and Other Stories, Gateway to Singapore Culture and Indian Children’s Favourite Stories

Ruth Martin de Guzman

Philippines

Ruth Martin-De Guzman is an educator, author and a mother. She is a pioneer teacher at The Raya School of Adarna House, the oldest children’s literature publisher in the Philippines. She is currently the Executive Director of Adarna Group Foundation Inc, a philanthropic organisation advocating for early and universal literacy in grassroots communities.

Ruth Wong

Singapore

Ruth Wong Yeang Lam teaches at the National Institute of Education, NTU. She specializes in methodology courses on teaching English at the primary level. She believes in the power of reading, and indulges in the collection of children’s books as a hobby.

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Sarah Odedina

UK

Sarah Odedina has worked in the area of children’s publishing for over two decades and with authors ranging from JK Rowling and Neil Gaiman, to debut authors whose stars are just rising. Sarah is Editor-at-Large for Pushkin’s Children’s Books as well as Editor of Scoop Magazine

Satoshi Kitamura

Japan

Satoshi Kitamura is a Japanese children's picture book author and illustrator. In 1983, he received the Mother Goose Award for the Most Exciting Newcomer to British Illustration for Angry Arthur (written by Hiawyn Oram). He has written and illustrated over 50 children’s books and continues to explore the medium.

Suchen Christine Lim

Singapore

Suchen Christine Lim has authored over twenty works, including Fistful of Colours, which bagged the inaugural Singapore Literature Prize. Awarded a Fulbright Grant, she has had writing fellowships and residencies in both local and overseas universities. In 2012, she was awarded the S.E. Asia Write Award for her works. Her latest publication is The Man Who Wore His Wife's Sarong

Sumathi D/O Krishna Kumar

Singapore

Sumathi D/O Krishna Kumar is a Senior Educational Therapist and an Educational Advisor at DAS. As an Educational Advisor, she contributes to the area of Staff Professional Development. She has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Specific Learning Differences from the London Metropolitan University and has been active in the area of specialised educational services.

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Tan Ai Khim

Singapore

Ai Khim nurtures creativity amongst students in NAFA and SIMGE (RMIT) and is best known for designing the winning entry ’OrchidStar’ logo for the Singapore National Day Parade 2012. She loves to produce random craft works to keep her creative juice flowing and mind-wander in museums for inspiration.

Tarsheeni Tania Rajoo

Singapore

Tarsheeni Tania Rajoo is an Educational Therapist and an Educational Advisor (EA) with the Staff Professional Development (SPD) division at DAS. Tarsheeni has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a Diploma in Business Management from Nanyang Polytechnic, a Specialist Diploma in Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) from the DAS Academy.

Tonia Whyte Potter-Mäl

Canada/Singapore

Tonia Whyte Potter-Mäl’s passion for beautiful and inspiring picture books has remained strong since childhood. Her parents, and greatest mentors, cherished reading stories as a family. A speaker of multiple languages, an educator at International Baccalaureate schools and also an IBPYP Workshop Leader, she is particularly interested in global literacies, as well as supporting culturally responsive practices within learning communities.

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Woo Yen Yen

Singapore

Colin Goh and Woo Yen Yen are the husband-and-wife creative team behind Dim Sum Warriors, their critically-acclaimed comic bilingual app for the iPad and also a musical premiering in Shanghai. Together, they founded the satirical website TalkingCock.com and made the movie Singapore Dreaming, which won numerous awards at film festivals worldwide.

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Yovita Siswati

Indonesia

Yovita is a mother of two who became an author by accident. She enjoys writing stories for children including novels, and in particular those with historical backgrounds. Yovita has written more than 40 children’s books. One of her books, Misteri Kota Tua, was placed on the IBBY Honor List in 2016.