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Asian Festival of Children’s Content Play!

The expanding global children's book market offers many options for kids, but what should they be reading? A diverse panel of a librarian, bookseller, educator, parent, and student discuss the types of books that can broaden children's perspectives and reflect the community. They will also answer FAQs from the public.

Children's Books Reading

Lianne Ong

Lianne Ong (Singapore)

Lianne Ong works as an editor and is an award-winning children’s author. To date, she has published 16 children’s picture books. She is best known as the author of the series, Stacey & the Museums – about local museums – and A Place for Us, about special needs. Her latest title is Sing A Song of Hawker Food: Humpty Dumpty & Friends Have A Singapore Hawker Feast which won second prize in the POPULAR Reader's Choice Awards (Children's Category). She stays in Singapore with her family.

Mukhlis Abu Bakar

Mukhlis Abu Bakar (Singapore)

Mukhlis Abu Bakar is Head of Asian Languages & Cultures Academic Group and Associate Professor at the National Institute of Education, NTU. He obtained his MA and PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Wales, Bangor, UK. His research interests lie in the fields of bilingualism, biliteracy, literacy learning, and socio-phonetics. He is Co-Editor of the 2021 volume The Bloomsbury Handbook of Cultural Identity from Early Childhood to Early Adulthood.

Programme dates and times are subject to change.