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Aditi Krishnakumar

India / Singapore

Aditi’s first book, A Whole Summer Long, was published in 2012. Her manuscript Ergo Sum, eventually rewritten as The Magicians of Madh, was shortlisted for the Scholastic Asian Book Award. Aditi’s Codex: The Lost Treasure of the Indus won the 2016 Scholastic Asian Book Award.

Agnes Bemoe

Indonesia

Agnes dedicates all her time writing beautiful stories for children. More than 20 of her books had been published by well-known publishers in Indonesia. In 2013, one of her short stories, Utan for Marcia, was nominated in Singtel Picture Book Award.

Aldy Aguirre

Philippines

Aldy is a Manila- based freelance artist and illustrator. His award-winning work with children’s books and illustrations has been recognized by the Philippine Board on Books for the Young People and National Book Development Board, ILUSTRARTE, and Sharjah Exhibition. Si Kian, illustrated by Aldy, was recently added to the White Ravens Catalog by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany.

Aparna Kapur

India

Aparna is the Deputy Editor at Pratham Books. She has previously worked as the Assistant Editor for the children’s science magazine, Brainwave, and written several comic books for Amar Chitra Katha. She has also co-authored Ruckus on the Road for Puffin.

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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Barbara Moxham

Germany/Singapore

Barbara Moxham was born in Munich, raised in Sydney and currently calls Singapore home. She worked as an art director after completing a Master of Arts in Painting and Drawing. Her addiction to books and becoming a mum led her to illustrating picture books, including two books for highly sensitive children.

Bijal Vachharajani

India

When Bijal Vachharajani isn’t reading Harry Potter, she is Senior Editor at Pratham Books. Also a journalist, Bijal is the author of three children's books, So You Want to Know About the Environment, The Seed Savers and What’s Neema Eating Today?

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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.

Chen Wei Teng

Singapore

Wei Teng is an educator currently teaching at NorthLight School. She works with teenagers with learning difficulties such as dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and who often come from challenging or disadvantaged family backgrounds.

Claudine Fernandez

Singapore

Claudine is the founder of Artistic Strategies Academy. She coaches and conducts professional development workshops for teachers and parents to enhance the creative capacities and critical thinking skills of children. Claudine is the author of the children’s activity books, Every Child’s Guide to Write Away!

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Debasmita Dasgupta

Singapore

Debasmita is a Singapore-based internationally-published picture-book illustrator and graphic novel artist. She enjoys drawing both fiction and non-fiction for children and young-adults. She is currently working on her first independent graphic novel with Scholastic.

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Elaine Ng

Singapore

Elaine Ng has over 25 years of experience as an early childhood educator, and is a co-founder of The Learning Connection, an arts organisation providing quality arts experiences to young people through theatre programmes and drama education.

Emily X.R. Pan

USA

Emily X.R. Pan lives in Brooklyn, New York, but was originally born in the Midwestern United States to immigrant parents from Taiwan. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Bodega Magazine and author of The Astonishing Color of After.

Eva Wong Nava

Singapore

Eva Wong Nava writes stories that help children to understand the world and how everyone is unique and different. Her award-winning book, Open: A Boy’s Wayang Adventure, helps young readers be more compassionate to people on the autism spectrum.

Evelyn F. Cabanban

Philippines

Evelyn is the president, publisher, author, chief editor of Tawid Publications  She has authored and co-authored more than 25 textbooks, manuals, e-books, and children’s books in English and other Philippine dialects. 

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Far’ain Jaafar

Singapore

Far’ain Jaafar is an educator, mother, children’s book enthusiast and author. She loves children’s picture books, strongly believing hat stories are powerful agents of change, and enjoys reading to children.

Felix Cheong

Singapore

Felix Cheong is the author of 15 books across different genres, including poetry, flash fiction, short stories and children's picture book. He is also a winner of the National Arts Council's Young Artist Award. He holds a masters in Creative Writing.

Friska Titi Nova

Indonesia

Friska is a literacy activist and librarian. Friska, also known as Kak Peri, is currently managing the Pustakawan Mendunia website, and compiling storybooks for children. She enjoys sharing her experiences and knowledge about librarianship, storytelling and literacy. 

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Gabriela Lee

Philippines

Gabriela Lee currently teaches at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Her fiction has been published in Philippines, Singapore, United States, and Australia. Instructions on How to Disappear is her first collection of short stories.

Goh Eck Kheng

Singapore

Goh Eck Kheng is an editor, book designer and publisher of Landmark Books. He is a keen photographer and potter, and also a long-time collector of children's books. He is the author of two children’s books, Jun and the Octopus and Friends, A Counting Book.

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Hanna Alkaf

Malaysia

Hanna Alkaf spent a decade writing everything from marketing emails to investigative feature articles. She now spends her time making it up as she goes along, both as an author of fiction and as a mom. The Weight of Our Sky is her first novel.

Helen Wang

UK

Helen Wang translates Chinese children’s books into English. In 2017 she won the Marsh Christian Award for Children’s Literature in Translation Award, and the Chen Bochui Special Contribution Award.

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Joanne Poon

Singapore

Joanne Poon is a theatre teacher at SOTA and the author of Brave Maeve, a children’s picture book that explains the cancer journey to young children. Joanne's second book Where Shall I Sleep tonight, Mama helps children make the best of a not so ideal situation, and find courage, strength and adventure along the way.

Joyce Chng

Singapore

Joyce Chng writes mainly science fiction and YA. Her fiction has appeared in The Apex Book of World SF II, We See A Different Frontier, Cranky Ladies of History, and Accessing The Future. Her YA includes a trilogy about a desert planet and a fantasy duology in Qing China.

Joyce Chua

Singapore

Joyce is a freelance journalist and book editor, and author of Lambs for Dinner. She is the co-founder of the short story blog Muse in Pocket, Pen in Hand, where she publishes her short fiction, and shares her thoughts at her blog, The Writes of Passage, in between writing her next novel.

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Kimberly dela Cruz

Philippines

Kimberly dela Cruz is a freelance Filipino photographer and journalist based in Manila. Previously a photo correspondent for Philippine Daily Inquirer, she started covering the war on drugs through photographs and research in 2016. Her work has been exhibited in many countries and published in Time, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and various online and print publications. 

Koen Setyawan

Indonesia

Koen Setyawan is an Indonesian children’s book writer, illustrator and graphic designer. He has published more than 80 books, including activity books and novels. Focusing on themes of environment and biodiversity in his books, he hopes to be able to provide an Indonesian perspective for his readers. 

Krupa Vinayagamoorthy

Australia / Singapore

Krupa is the Administrative Director of the 398.2 Storytelling Festival. A mother of 5 year old, she is a unschooling parent and helps fellow parents on their unschooling journeys. She is a freelancing event planner who is also writing a book on OPOS (One Pot One Shot) style of cooking.

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Leila Boukarim

Lebanon/Singapore

Leila Boukarim was born in Lebanon, raised in several countries, and now resides in Singapore. She spends her time writing stories that inspire empathy and encourage meaningful discussions between children and caregivers. She has self-published two picture books and worked with publishers such as Marshall Cavendish, World Scientific and Penguin Random House.

Li Muzi 李木子

China中国/ Singapore新加坡

木子是 The Learning Connections 的一位资深戏剧教育者。她在华文戏剧艺术领域有多年的教学经验。她精通过程戏剧法和奥尔夫音乐教学法,在日常教学中,她把这两种教学方法相融合,并运用到课程活动当中。

Li Muzi is a Senior Drama Educator in The Learning Connections. She has years of experience in the field Chinese Drama and Theatre Arts. She is well-versed in the Process Drama Approaches and the Orff Approach and fuses both approaches in her daily classes.

Lin Xiaoling

Singapore

Lin Xiaoling oversees the Advocacy and Public Education Department at Singapore Children’s Society. She has more than eight years’ experience in developing public education initiatives, such as training workshops and resources, centered on child abuse and neglect prevention.

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Malarvele Ilangovan

Singapore

Malarvele is a librarian that has also authored five children books, with four in Tamil, Amma Enke, Ito Vantatu Dino, Luluvum Sundeliyum, Ammuvin piranthanaal parisu, and an English book, Dino, the Dinosaur. 

Maria Mahat

Singapore

Maria has published four books and has received a grant to publish three bilingual children’s books for other authors under her imprint, Ungu Pen. She has experience in television production, educational research, and professional development at the policy level and also conducts training for early childhood teachers.

Mark C. Evans

Australia

Mark’s early career as a professional actor led him to tour schools performing characters from books and realizing the potential quality literature had to enrich the lives of children and how a well written book with a great message could influence the minds of a generation and create change for the better… or just make them laugh and appreciate the colour and joy of life.

Maya Thiagarajan

USA/ India

Maya Thiagarajan is a global educator that is currently Founder and Education Director at TREE. Besides authoring Beyond the Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age, Maya has also conducted numerous teacher training workshops and acts as consultant and advisor to a number of schools.

Moses Sia

Singapore

Moses is an educator, entrepreneur and artist. He has worked in a wide range of learning environments from preschoolers to seniors. Moses has special interest in creativity, educational technology, and arts-based approaches in bringing about positive transformation. His recent work includes creating learning resources on TinyTap.

Muhammad bin Kamit

Singapore

Muhammad loves educating children but often found himself troubled by the lack of opportunities they had to learn and play outside. He believes that young minds deserve the chance to discover and explore the world outside with confidence and curiosity to stretch their imagination – which contributes to well-rounded education that understands that learning also takes place outside of a classroom.

Myra Garces-Bacsal

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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Pauline Loh

Singapore

Pauline Loh is an award-winning author with 30 years of writing experience. She has published 12 adult non-fiction books, 4 youth books and 7 children’s storybooks. She is a writing teacher, conducts school author visits and is a Ministry of Education registered trainer.

Philip Nel

USA

Philip Nel is a University Distinguished Professor of English at Kansas State University. He is the author or co-editor of eleven books, the most recent of which is Was the Cat in the Hat Black?: The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature, and the Need for Diverse Books.

Ping-Shi Kao

Taiwan / Ireland

Ping-Shi Kao is a freelance illustrator whose research interests focus on visual texts, material culture, childhood history and history of emotions. Her newest illustration was published in It’s All about Love 《原來都是愛》, a collection of short stories for youths, by Linking Publishing.

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Rosemarie Somaiah

Singapore

Rosemarie is an established author, storyteller and artist-educator who runs Asian Storytelling Network. She works with all ages including toddlers, teenagers, volunteers and adults in the corporate world. She has been a National Arts Council 'Writer-in-School' for 5 years and enjoys cross-disciplinary work and collaborations with artists and educators.

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Sabrinah Morad

Malaysia

Sabrinah Morad left the legal practice to devote herself to raising her three children. Now that they are grown-up, she has turned her attention to supporting causes which she feels passionate about. Besides Grey Bear Days, Sabrinah has also authored Crowning Glory, a story about a young girl’s brave journey of rediscovery after losing all of her hair.

Sadaf Siddique

India / USA

Sadaf Siddique is a co-founder of KitaabWorld, an online platform for the discovery and distribution of South Asian children and young adult literature. With a focus on curated content and community outreach, KitaabWorld seeks to address social issues in the South Asian community and beyond.

Samuel Simon

Indonesia/ Singapore

Grew up in Indonesia, Samuel spent the last decade in Taiwan and Singapore pursuing his dream. He cares a lot about children’s education and future, so he founded MORILOLO, a creative technology venture company that specialises in edutainment resources for K-12 students.

Sara Sargent

USA

Sara Sargent is a Senior Executive Editor at Random House Books for Young Readers, where she publishes platform-driven fiction and nonfiction in the picture book, middle grade, and young adult categories. She has previously held positions at HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, where she worked on many New York Times,USAToday, and Wall Street Journal bestsellers.

Sarinajit Kaur

Singapore

Sarina is a Master Teacher at the Pedagogical Excellence Branch at the Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST). Sarina’s area of work includes supporting the education fraternity in the area of special education. She oversees direction and focus in the area to grow professional excellence as well as promote a culture of networked learning.

Shahril Shaik Abdullah

Singapore

Muhammed Shahril Shaik Abdullah bertugas sebagai pustakawan bersekutu di Perpustakaan Negara Singapura di mana beliau mengendalikan beberapa program bacaan untuk kanak-kanak dari umur 1 hingga 9 tahun. Beliau memegang Sarjana Pendidikan dari Universiti Monash dalam bidang kepimpinan, dasar dan perubahan. Minat penyelidikan beliau termasuk sastera kanak-kanak dan pedagogi kritis.

Muhammed Shahril Shaik Abdullah is an Associate Librarian with the National Library Board where he oversees reading programmes for children aged 1-9. He holds a Master of Education from Monash University, with a research interest in children’s literature and critical pedagogy.

Soe Marlar Lwin

Myanmar/ Singapore

Soe Marlar Lwin is currently an associate professor and Head of Applied Linguistics in Singapore University of Social Sciences. She enjoys sharing and exchanging ideas with teachers and teacher educators on how Asian folktales and contemporary oral storytelling can be used as powerful tools to help children and young adults develop language and literacy skills.

Sofia Santiago

Philippines

Sofia is a teacher, independent children’s book writer, and freelance museum educator. She co-owns a low-cost Special Education center and toddler school and has helped spearhead a program called "stARTING Conversations", a series of talks that uses children’s books to explain sensitive topics and issues to children.

Su-Ann Mae Phillips

Singapore

Writer-coach Su-Ann, author of 3 “read-aloud drama” books featured at AFCC 2016, has coached more than 30 primary school young authors, leading to the publication of 9 books written by children for children, supported by the National Heritage Board and Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore.

Sun He

China / Singapore

Sun He is a research scientist at National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her major research interests include how to select and use books and eBooks to promote child bilingual development in language, literacy, and social-emotional well being.

Suzanne Kamata

USA / Japan

Suzanne Kamata is the author of four YA novels, including Indigo Girl, and the picture book, Playing for Papa. Her stories featuring children or teens with disabilities have appeared in Ladybug, Cicada, OUP’s Dragonfly Reader series, and more.

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Tanaya Vyas

India

Tanaya is an illustrator, visual designer, design researcher, and educator from India. She has worked on several picture books and book covers with publishers such as Tulika Books, Pratham Books, HarperCollins India, and more.

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.

Tina Narang

India

Tina Narang is the Children’s Publisher at HarperCollins India, having joined to launch the children’s imprint, HarperCollins Children’s Books. Previously, Tina was with Scholastic India from 2005-2017 and has presented three papers at AFCC 2015.

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Weng Cahiles

Philippines

Weng Cahiles is the author of three children’s books. She is a two-time National Children’s Book Awards winner. Her books What Kids Should Know About Andres and the Katipunan won in 2014 and Si Kian, supported by The PCIJ Story Project, won at the 2018 National Children’s Book Awards.

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Yam Yi Fan Evania

Singapore

Evania obtained her Early Childhood Education Degree from Wheelock College, Boston, USA. Evania is presently an art and museum educator at Art Loft LLP. She conducts art workshops for students and does museum guiding at various museums.

Yovita Siswati

Indonesia

Yovita very much enjoys writing stories for children including novels, especially ones with historical backgrounds. She has written almost 50 children’s books. One of Yovita’s books, Misteri Kota Tua, has been placed on the IBBY Honor List in 2016.