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Asian Festival of Children’s Content

The Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) provides a platform for speakers and participants to be a part of AFCC’s programmes to support and grow the awareness of quality Asian publications and programmes for children.

This year, AFCC is excited to present book launches in person again!

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Olly the Submarine

27 May 2022 (Fri) | 3:30pm—4:30pm (SGT) Convert Time
In-person | L5, Imagination Room

Author: Shuying Ke
Illustrator: MaryAnn Loo

Olly is a little boat living in a sheltered bay. All his friends have large sails and race like the wind, leaving Olly behind. Olly wants to be faster but he is heavy and slow. He leaves his bay and travels across the ocean in search of his sails.

Manju’s Stupendous Masala Thosai

28 May 2022 (Sat) | 10:00am—11:00am (SGT) Convert Time
In-person | L3, Drama Centre Function Room 2

Author: Abhi Krish
Illustrator: Vasudevan Ananthakrishnan
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Pte Ltd

Manju dreams up an amazing one-of-a-kind masala thosai but Neil calls it a disastrous monstrosity! To prove him wrong, Manju races across the neighbourhood to put her creation together. Will she succeed? Join Manju and her friends in this tale of multicultural teamwork and friendship, as they discover how despite cultural differences, our favourite foods are in fact very similar.

Parvati the Elephant’s Very Important Day

28 May 2022 (Sat) | 10:30am—11:30am (SGT) Convert Time
Virtual | Online via Zoom

Author: Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan
Illustrator: Tanaya Vyas
Publisher:  Harper Collins India

Parvati, the Elephant, has an important role to play in the temple, and she’s very excited about doing it. But sometimes unexpected things can get in the way of a crucial task. Will Parvati be able to complete the job that she has set out to do?

Parvati the Elephant’s Very Important Day shares a universal story about duty, responsibility and success. Structured as a rhyming picture book, it showcases Kerala temple traditions by narrating a day in the life of a temple elephant.

Where Shall I Sleep Tonight?

28 May 2022 (Sat) | 12:00pm—1:00pm (SGT) Convert Time
In-person | L3, Drama Centre Function Room 2

Author: Joanne Poon
Illustrator: Heng Li Ching
Publisher: Landmark Books

This thoughtfully written and sensitively illustrated story follows a bunny as she goes from relative to relative and from neighbour to friend to stay, making her own adventure in a less than ideal situation. In the process, she learns about looking after herself and thinking about the needs of others.

Amazing Ash & Superhero Ah Ma: Coming of Age (Book #2)

28 May 2022 (Sat) | 2:00pm—3:00pm (SGT) Convert Time
In-person | L3, Drama Centre Function Room 2

Author: Melanie Lee
Illustrator: Arif Rafhan
Publisher: Difference Engine

The adventures of Amazing Ash & Superhero Ah Ma continue! As Team ASH grows in number, Ash juggles being a responsible superhero, a supportive grandchild and a kind friend. Meanwhile, is Ah Ma’s dementia getting worse? How will the team cope with a new nemesis and the strange developments happening in town? Join Ash, Ah Ma, and the rest of Team ASH as they try to save the neighbourhood and, at the same time, face the changes that come with growing up and growing old.

Book Launch by Scholastic Asia

28 May 2022 (Sat) | 2:00pm—3:00pm (SGT) Convert Time
Online via AFCC Facebook

Blue Squared

Author-Illustrator: Luna Orchid
Publisher: Scholastic Asia

Blue Squared shares the tale of resilience and challenges faced by the unnamed character. Written in verse, the meaning cuts and runs deep within minimal words. The setting and timeline of the story run parallel to the real-life incident of Tiananmen Square, as the unnamed character battles with self-esteem issues, family problems, and the question of death.

Red Eyes

Author: Varsha Seshan

Red Eyes tells the story of Veer who is determined to save Medha, the red-eyed girl from falling into the hands of people with bad intentions. While challenged with difficulties in knowing who to trust, Veer is adamant to put a stop before it is too late.

Fire Heart

Author: Joyce Ch’ng

Fire Heart tells the story of a young, spirited, and hot-tempered Wehia t’Doniyat who aspires to learn and hone the skills of sword making like her ancestors. In her journey to fulfilling her desires, she comes across many obstacles and challenges. Will she rise or fall in her quest?

Chopsticks

Author: Toma Nguyen

It's time for Bi to be a big boy and learn to use chopsticks! Well, it looks easy when Ma, Pa, and Big Sister eat with them; but is it? Noodles are slippery and prawns seem to wiggle away when Bi tries. Is he ready to be a big boy or will those chopsticks get the better of Bi?

Cultural Adventurers: In the Porcelain Kingdom

28 May 2022 (Sat) | 4:00pm—5:00pm (SGT) Convert Time
In-person | L3, Drama Centre Function Room 2

Author: Dingli Stevens
Illustrator: Liang Kun
Publisher:  Armour Publishing

Elena is designing her own tile for her school’s porcelain class but, soon, she feels too tired to work on it. As she stares at her tile in a daze, her toy bird, Zac, begins to talk to her and takes her to the Porcelain Kingdom. Along the journey, Elena meets her classmate, Eddie, and the two explore the amazing Porcelain Kingdom. What will Elena and Eddie find there? Will Elena be able to finish designing a beautiful tile for her porcelain class?

Out of the Box

28 May 2022 (Sat) | 5:00pm—6:00pm (SGT) Convert Time
In-person | L5, Imagination Room

Author: Pippa Chorley
Illustrator: Danny Deeptown
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Pte Ltd

When Sam receives a curious gift from her grandma, she launches into an out-of-this-world adventure to save her new friends. Join Sam on a rocketing ride into space where she learns that with a little imagination, anything is possible. A fun rhyming story that demonstrates the power of a child’s imagination and how solutions to problems can be found through play!

Ally at the Airport / Ally di Lapangan Terbang

28 May 2022 (Sat) | 5:30pm—6:30pm (SGT) Convert Time
In-person | L3, Drama Centre Function Room 2

Author: Norlin Samat
Publisher: Poppet

Ally’s Adventures is a bilingual (English-Malay) children’s book series set in Singapore, featuring a little girl-cat named Ally. This is the seventh instalment of the series, join Ally on a trip to the airport. Let’s explore the many things we can do there!

Just a Little Mynah: Makan Mischief!

29 May 2022 (Sun) | 10:00am—11:00am (SGT) Convert Time
In-person | L3, Drama Centre Function Room 2

Author: Evelyn Sue Wong
Illustrator: Dhanendra Poedjono
Publisher:  Epigram

Every Saturday, Jen and Jay eat the same fishball noodles at the hawker centre—and they're bored! Good thing their friend Little Mynah is around to introduce them to different makan delights. But oops—in her excitement, the eager mynah has ordered way too much. How will they finish all that food?

Catch Mee If You Can

29 May 2022 (Sun) | 10:00am—11:00am (SGT) Convert Time
In-person | L3, Drama Centre Function Room 2

Author: Low Lai Chow
Illustrator: Lee Jia Zhen
Publisher: Epigram

Who doesn't love noodles? From mee hoon kueh to mee sua, author Low Lai Chow’s light, rhythmic prose introduces kids to the myriad of noodles Singapore has to and also pays homage to many local noodle dishes.

My BFF Is an Alien: Invasion

29 May 2022 (Sun) | 12:00pm—1:00pm (SGT) Convert Time
In-person | L3, Drama Centre Function Room 2

Author: Vivian Teo
Illustrator: Ng Min Min
Publisher: Epigram

The Others are causing injury and destruction as they rage vicious storms across Singapore. Abriana and Octavia are on a mission to stop them, but when these powerful beings can transform themselves into anyone—their classmates, their parents, their closest friends—the girls don’t know who they can trust.

My Name is Adam. I have Type 1 Diabetes. 我的名字叫亚当。 我患有一型糖尿病。

29 May 2022 (Sun) | 2:00pm—3:00pm (SGT) Convert Time
In-person | L3, Drama Centre Function Room 2

Author: Candy Gan
Name of Illustrator: Farah Iqbal
Publisher: Helang Books

Adam looks like any other 10-year-old boy. He has many friends and enjoys sports. But something changed a year ago. Adam now needs to prick and inject himself with insulin every day. Can Adam live life like before? Have you met someone with Type 1 Diabetes like Adam?

Book Launch by Ungu Pen and Oyez!Books

29 May 2022 (Sun) | 4:00pm—5:00pm (SGT) Convert Time
In-person | L3, Drama Centre Function Room 2

Pokok Pisang - Kisah Todak Menyerang Singapura (Banana Tree - The Tale of Garfish Attacking Singapore)

Author: Maria Mahat
Illustrator: Hamdan Ali

A pair of Singaporen siblings visited their grand uncle and grand aunt in Johor Baharu, Malaysia. Grand uncle brought them to his plantation where they saw banana tress. He then retold the story of Singapore being attacked by garfish. The children also discovered the many uses of the banana tree.

Perigi - Kisah Radin Mas Ayu (Well - The Tale of Radin Mas Ayu)

Author: Maria Mahat
Illustrator: Hamdan Ali

A pair of Singaporen siblings visited their grand uncle and grand aunt in Johor Baharu, Malaysia. As they got dirty after playing, Grand aunt brought them to a well for a shower. She then retold the story of princess Radin Mas Ayu, who died tragically in Telok Blangah, Singapore. The children hoped to visit the princess’ shrine one day.

Lepiong dan Cepiong Mencari Makan (Lepiong and Cepiong goes on a food trail)

Author: Shahril Samri
Illustrator: Hamdan Ali

From Kampong Gelam to Geylang Serai, and Lau Pa Sat, follow a pair of twins, Lepiong and Cepiong, as they go on food trails around sunny Singapore.

 

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