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Asian Festival of Children’s Content
23–26 May 2024

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


How to be Human Series

23 May 2024 (Thu) | 11:00am—12:00pm
English | L1, Plaza

How To Be Human (Book 1): Crash Landing 
How To Be Human (Book 2): Big Bad Bugs 
How To Be Human (Book 3): My Mutant Buddy
How To Be Human (Book 4): Tigo's Three Tasks 
How To Be Human (Book 5): The Noisy Musicians 
How To Be Human (Book 6): The Last Why-Why Seed 
Written by Zed Yeo and tan yi lin
illustrated by nicolette lee

The six books in the How to be Human picture book series follows Starr and Tigo, two curious kid aliens on Earth learning what it means to be an awesome human being. Join them on their exciting adventures full of fun and heart as they learn what it means to be respectful, responsible, caring, confident, harmonious and resilient!

Letters to My Grandfather

23 May 2024 (Thu) | 12:30pm—1:30pm
English | L1, Plaza

written by Joanna Maneckji

Letters to My Grandfather is a beautiful illustrated tale that provides a way for families to address the difficult issue of grief with young children. Joanna Maneckji’s lyrical text and inventive collages offer a treasure trove of secrets that invite exploration and discussion. Your children will delight in the search for hidden images.

Let’s Discover Our Farms, Singapore!

23 May 2024 (Thu) | 4:00pm—5:00pm
English | CTPL Submarine Room

written by Amalina Binte Ebrahim Attia and Kenny Eng
illustrated by Eliz Ong

Through an exciting combination of poetry, photography and illustration, scientist Dr Amalina and Singapore farmer Kenny share about the different types of farms that exist within Singapore. Readers will learn about the importance of sustainability and agriculture, and how they can support the local farms in Singapore.

Daddy’s Hand

23 May 2024 (Thu) | 5:00pm—6:00pm
English | L1, Plaza

Featuring Phạm Thị Hoài Anh
Illustrated by Đậu Đũa

Daddy's Hand is a family-themed picture book for children aged 3-10 years old. The book is a story about the daily activities a father shares with his little daughter. Covering the book is a father's warm love and his steady presence in his daughter's heart. The watercolor illustrations create a unique Vietnamese cultural atmosphere for the book, but at the same time express the warmth of love that every father in the world has for his children.

Boys Don’t Fry

24 May 2024 (Fri) | 11:00am—12:00pm
English | L1, Plaza

written by Kimberly Lee
Illustrated by Charlene Chua

Jin longs to learn the secrets of his family’s Peranakan cooking during Lunar New Year. But Babas don’t get asked—only Nyonyas. 

This story about a courageous boy who challenges expectations will warm hearts (and stomachs!). Boys Don’t Fry is a heartfelt celebration of family, culture, and traditions—both old and new.

The Amazing Beasts of Philippine Mythology

24 May 2024 (Fri) | 2:30pm—3:30pm
English | L1, Plaza

written by May Tobias-Papa
Illustrated by Ang INK Collective

Presenting a diverse cast of mythological creatures from north to south of the Philippines, this compendium of mythical creatures (and where to find them) takes a look at the ghoulish things that go bump in the night. And yes, they live among us—in secret burrows, hollow trees and in the spaces we call home.

The Sun is Missing

24 May 2024 (Fri) | 4:00pm—5:00pm
English | L1, Plaza

written by Deepa Ramanathan
Illustrated by Anna Panchuk

The Sun is Missing is a picture book for children, inspired by Singapore’s long and frequent wet spells, seen through the eyes of a little girl. Tara wants to go out and play, but the playground is wet, the streets are slippery and the sun is missing. So off she goes, on a quest with her friends, to bring the sun back! 

With a dash of whimsy sprinkled over the reality of life in our beloved tropical island, the book invites children into a setting they can see themselves in, and nudges them to create their own fun - a precious quality in our tech-led times.


New Titles from Epigram Books

24 May 2024 (Fri) | 5:30pm—6:30pm
English | L1, Plaza

written and illustrated by Sarah Ang 

Charlie the sweeper discovers that he’s amazing. Meet Charlie, a cheerful sand crab who delights in sweeping the beach. But when he encounters extraordinary creatures like a vaulting conch snail, a travelling sea krait and a nesting hawksbill turtle, he begins to doubt his self-worth. Fortunately, a friendly tern arrives to help him discover his unique qualities. A heartwarming tale about self-discovery and empowerment.

Written by Janice Khoo
illustrated by eorg

Join Shelby the snail and Mona, an emerging butterfly, as their friendship reaches new heights. Shelby excitedly observes Mona’s transformation from a chrysalis to a butterfly while fondly sharing memories of their friendship. When Mona takes flight, Shelby longs to be with her. Thanks to a caring gardener, Shelby reunites with his best friend. A wonderfully illustrated book about remarkable transformations and enduring companionship.


written by Ernie Salleh

Talking plants, evil scientists, and mobile book vans—Maizey doesn't know where to start!

Imagination loss has hit everyone over 35, but 11-year-old Maizey Lee has bigger problems that that. Her life is turned upside down when her father disappears in a fire and mother decides to take them globe-trotting in a library on wheels. She has to get back to Singapore in time to sit for PSLE, or she'll be stuck in primary school forever! But with her mother determined to visit the world book capital to keep her Imagination alive, her plant friend Curie causing havoc with her powers, and an sinister pharmaceautical company chasing after them, will she ever be able to get her normal life back?

In this first foray into the world of travelling libraries, talking plants and scientific espionage, it's up to Maizey to save Imagination. As she goes swimming with turtles, plucks coconuts with monkeys and races across Bangkok on a far-too-small scooter, Maizey is about to learn that every encounter she picks up along the way will guide her to understand the power of stories and the importance in keeping Imagination alive.

New Titles from Armour Publishing

24 May 2024 (Fri) | 5:30pm—6:30pm
English | CTPL Submarine Room

Written by dingli stevens
Illustrated by Liang Kun

In school, Elena and her classmates have learnt about clothing fabrics, such as silk, cotton and linen. Elena is working on her fashion design project, together with her sister, Gabby. After she tries to put pieces of silk on herself, her pet cat, Turkey, leads her and Gabby into the silk wonderland.


Written by gloria seow
Illustrated by Zinnira Bani

Wil and Wyn enjoy exploring wild places and discovering amazing flora and fauna. Join them on their exciting wildlife adventures and learn interesting facts along the way!

Twins Wil and Wyn join Cousin Eli to explore the fantastic forest. They meet many fascinating plants and animals that call the forest home. Things become exciting when they investigate a strange sound coming from deep inside the forest… and they soon become lost. How will they find their way out? It’s an adventure not to be missed!







Armed with torches, twins Wil and Wyn accompany Cousin Eli into the forest at night. Their flashlights pick up eyeshine, revealing the presence of nocturnal creatures. From the spectacular glide of the colugo to the hungry chomping on figs by civets and bats, the forest at night is alive! But a shadow awaits them at the end of their walk. Will their adventure get better, or will things take a dark turn? Find out in this exciting read!





The Whale Who Wants to Win

24 May 2024 (Fri) | 7:00pm—8:00pm
English | CTPL Programme Room 1

Written by Ally Sy
Illustrated by Mutiara Arum

Wally the Whale doesn’t see his cousin often,
but it’s time to celebrate because it’s Whale Day again!

Wally sees this day as an opportunity to win.
However, this is hard with Cousin Will tailing him.
Whenever Wally sees Will, he’s filled with fright.
But what happens this year is an absolute delight.

Little Hero

25 May 2024 (Sat) | 11:30am—12:30pm
English | L1, Plaza

Written by Emily Lim-Leh

Little Hero is a fictional tale of separation, loss and growing up in post-war 1940s Singapore, seen through the eyes of a young boy Ying Xiong.

As Xiong makes one friend, encounters a fearsome gangster and a brave police inspector, he comes to realise the meaning of 'hero', which his name Ying Xiong means.

Little Hero is inspired by real events in the lives of the author’s family.

New Titles from Poppet’s World Pte. Ltd.

25 May 2024 (Sat) | 5:00pm—6:00pm
English | CTPL Submarine Room

Written by Amira Tun Nafisah Tamrin & Norlin Samat
Illustrated by Daria Kokh

It’s a brand new day! Join the Imtinan and her brother Imtiyaz as get ready for school. For this newly independent little girl, the morning routine offers excitement, challenges and opportunities for learning (and teaching her little brother) good habits and positive values.



Written by Shariffah Natasha Binte Said Mohamed Isham
Illustrated by Lizaveta T

Sasha and her family are at the circus. She eagerly anticipates the animal performances but Daddy unveils a surprising truth about this circus. Join Sasha on a journey of wonder and amazement in this vibrant world that captivates the imagination. Sasha’s circus is different from any other.



One of Us: Short of Nothing

26 May 2024 (Sun) | 1:30pm—2:30pm
English | L1, Plaza

Written by ames chen
Illustrated by quek hong shin

Many things changed for Toby in the new school year: his teachers, his classmates and... himself. When he becomes the shortest student in class, Toby struggles knowing
that this is the tallest he will ever be. It's a bumpy journey of growth for Toby, his teachers and his friends.

New Title from Dim Sum Warriors: Sorry, Not Sorry!

26 May 2024 (Sun) | 3:00pm—4:00pm
English | L1, Plaza

written by woo yen yen & colin goh
illustrated by josef lee

Oh no, Baozi and Xiajiao are fighting, again! They have to say sorry to each other or they can never play together again! Can Shaomai get them to say sorry to each other? A delightful book to read aloud as a family blending humour and a heartfelt message about the true meaning of an apology. A yummy, funny, and bilingual book!

New Titles from Jumaini Ariff

26 May 2024 (Sun) | 4:00pm—5:00pm
English | CTPL Submarine Room

Written by Jumaini Ariff
illustrated by Cheng Puay Koon

Zafir sayang kawan-kawannya dan mahu jadi seperti mereka. Adakah Zafir akan lihat dirinya juga istimewa?

Zafir loves his friends and wants to be just like them. Will Zafir ever see himself as being special too?

Written by Jumaini Ariff
Illustrated by Cheng Puay Koon

Oni mahir bernyanyi, namun dia berasa takut untuk berkongsi bakatnya. Berjayakah Oni untuk memberanikan diri?

Oni is a great singer but she is too afraid to show her talent. Will Oni ever muster enough courage to share?




Written by Jumaini Ariff
Illustrated by Cheng Puay Koon

Kiki kasihan melihat kawan-kawannya yang sedang kepanasan. Dapatkah Kiki membantu mereka untuk berasa selesa semula?

Kiki is sad to see his friends sweltering under the heat. Will he be able to help his friends to feel comfortable again?



Wild Animal Sports! Track in the Outback

26 May 2024 (Sun) | 5:00pm—6:00pm
English | L1, Plaza

Written by sean doherty
illustrated by T.H Wanda

A playful series of board books that develops language awareness through animals and sports!