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Avery Fischer Udagawa

USA/Thailand

Avery Fischer Udagawa’s translations from Japanese to English include J-Boys: Kazuo’s World, Tokyo, 1965 by Shogo Oketani, House of Trust by Sachiko Kashiwaba in Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction—An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories, and Festival Time by Mogami Ippei in The Best Asian Short Stories 2018. She is the International and Japan Translator Coordinator for SCBWI. 

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Cheeno Marlo Sayuno

Philippines

Cheeno Marlo Sayuno is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines Los Baño. He has won awards for his children’s stories The Magic Bahag, Si Tiya Salome, and The Missing Blanket. His research interests also include discourse analysis, communication research, and dance.

Chua Chee Lay 蔡志礼

Singapore 新加坡

Dr Chua, a third generation Chinese Singaporean, is a linguist and award-winning poet. He was also a researcher for Chinese Children Literature in NTU for 15 years. Currently, he serves as the President of the Contemporary Arts Research Association (CARA) and May Poetry Society and Head for National Writer-in-Residence Project for Schools.

新加坡第三代华人,现任当代艺术研究会会长与五月诗社社长,从事儿童文学教学与研究并主持全国院校驻校作家项目多年。

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Daphne Lee

Malaysia

Daphne Lee is the Editorial Consultant at Scholastic Asia, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She was part of the team that created the Scholastic Asian Book Award and Scholastic Picture Book Award. Daphne is also a freelance editor who has worked with a number of publishing houses, as well as individuals on both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts for all age groups, although her specialty and focus are children's and YA fiction.

Denise Tan http://www.closetfulofbooks.com/

Singapore

Denise started Closetful of Books after six years of working with children’s literature. With Closetful of Books, she shares her love for reading through specially-tailored workshops with authors and illustrators and super-duper fun bookfairs in local and international schools. Denise also puts her studies in Mass Communications and English Literature to good use by spending all her time reading.

Don Bosco http://www.supercoolbooks.com/

Singapore

Don Bosco writes fun and exciting books for young readers. His stories are inspired by Asian history, legends and pop culture. He's currently working on Last Kid Running, a gamebook series in which young runners tackle thrilling AR challenges.

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Kenny Leck

Singapore

Kenny Leck is the co-founder of BooksActually, an independent literary bookstore that specializes in Fiction + Literature titles. He also helms the publishing imprint Math Paper Press, and the handmade stationery line, Birds & Co. On good sunny days, he sees himself as a karung guni man too.

Kim Beeman

USA/Thailand/Singapore

Kim Beeman is Head of the Senior Library at Tanglin Trust School in Singapore. She has previously worked as a teacher-librarian at independent schools in Bangkok and New York City, and was a cookbook librarian in New York City for many years. 

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Melanie Lee

Singapore

Melanie is the author of the picture book series, The Adventures of Squirky the Alien (MPH Group Publishing), which picked up the Crystal Kite Award (Middle East/India/Asia division) in 2016. She has also published “Imaginary Friends: 26 Whimsical Fables for Getting on in a Crazy World” (Marshall Cavendish), a collection of illustrated short stories.

Mindy Pang

Singapore

Mindy Pang has more than a decade of experience as an editor and marketing manager at Marshall Cavendish International (Asia). She was the driving force behind key publications as a senior editor and currently develops marketing strategies to help the publishing house remain a leading publisher in Asia and beyond.

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Nur’afifah Mohd Hussain

Singapore

Nur'afifah is a mother, educator and author who is highly passionate about children and books. She enjoys reading, storytelling and interacting with young children. She believes that books are life-changers and hopes to spark this love and joy of reading in the young hearts. 

Nur'afifah ialah seorang ibu, pendidik and penulis yang sangat meminati kanak-kanak dan buku. Dia gemar membaca, bercerita dan berinteraksi dengan kanak-kanak. Dia percaya yang buku mampu mengubah kehidupan dan pemikiran seseorang dan berharap dapat menjentik minat dan sayang terhadap buku dalam diri kanak-kanak.

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Priti Sharma

Singapore

Priti Sharma Devata is an associate lecturer at Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) where she teaches children’s literature and Singaporean literature. She is also an editor of children’s books at Epigram.

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Sakinah Jumahat

Singapore

Sakinah is currently pursuing her Master in Early Childhood Education and is an avid food enthusiast.

Her passion for picturebooks was ignited when she joined Star Learners to craft their literature-based curriculum. Inspired by her aesthetic transaction with picturebooks, she continues to empower educators in appreciating children’s literature.

Sarah Mounsey

Australia/Singapore

Sarah Mounsey is a book (and chocolate!) obsessed teacher librarian and author who lives in Singapore. She spends her days juggling 3 sons, hundreds of students and thousands of books. She is the author of the award-winning Paw Prints series of books, which have been published in Singapore.

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Tanya Wilson

UK / Singapore

Tanya Wilson has 20 years experience creating content for some of the world’s biggest brands and government bodies. Her newest project EYEYAH! uses art and design to facilitate social-emotional development in children. Just under a year after it’s launch, Eyeyah! activity books are being used in local schools as a tool for child-led learning.