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Abhi Krish

அபி வளர்ந்து வரும் இரு மொழி எழுத்தாளர். இன்றைய தலைமுறையினர் ரசிக்கும் கற்பனைமிக்க சிறுவர் கதைகள், பாடல்கள், மொழிச்சார்ந்த வளங்கள் ஆகியவற்றை 'நூல் மோன்ஸ்டர்ஸ்' என்ற தனது இணையதளத்தில் வழங்கி வருகிறார்.

Abhi Krish is the founder of Nool Monsters - a bilingual platform sharing contemporary stories, songs, and approaches for children to learn Tamil playfully. Through laughter, music, and utter silliness, she is raising a generation of wee magical guardians who will protect and usher their mother tongue into the future.


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Dalifah Shahril

Dalifah Shahril merupakan seorang aktivis teater yang memulakan kerjaya lakonannya sejak 1999. Selain berlakon di pentas dan skrin, beliau merupakan pelakon suara dan voice-over untuk pelbagai syarikat, stesen radio Warna 94.2FM dan produksi televisyen. Dalifah merupakan graduan di National Institute of Education lulusan Specialist Diploma in Arts Education, dan gemar bekerja dengan anak-anak kecil. Beliau mengajar dan melatih pertuturan dan drama di sekolah-sekolah MOE. Dalifah dinobatkan sebagai Pelakon Wanita Terbaik di Anugerah Life Theatre Awards 2018 melalui pementasan Hayat Hayatie dan dicalonkan untuk kategori yang sama pada 2019 untuk pementasan Lanang (Hatch Theatrics).

Dalifah Shahril is an actress, storyteller and arts manager who is effectively bilingual in English and Malay. Dalifah has started her acting career since 1999. Besides acting on stage and screen, she is a voice actor and voice-over talent for various companies, radio station Warna 94.2FM and television productions.
Dalifah graduated from National Institute of Education (Specialist Diploma in Arts Education), and enjoys working with young children and teaches speech and drama in MOE schools. Dalifah was named Best Actress at the Life Theatre Awards 2018 and was nominated for the same category in 2019 for Lanang (Hatch Theatrics).


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Darel Seow

Darel Seow is an illustrator fascinated by the stories of nature and culture, working with museums and cultural institutions worldwide to encourage learning through the power of imagination and play. His multi-disciplinary practice explores man’s changing relationship with nature like in the recently published Marvellous Mammals: A Wild A to Z of Southeast Asia.


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Debby Ng

Debby Ng is a biologist, conservationist, and National Geographic Explorer. She grew up in one of Singapore's last villages, where she fished with her father in wild streams, and watched pythons sleep in her front yard. Debby aims to get the world excited about science and enhance our relationship with Nature through compelling stories. Her passion for science is based on a conviction that evidence and observation is essential to understand and reflect on our world. Debby is the Founder of the Hantu Blog, a volunteer organization that engages policy makers and enhances ocean-literacy through storytelling, citizen science and ecotourism to protect coral reefs in Singapore. She is the Co-founder of the Himalayan Mutt Project (HMP), a community-led effort to monitor and manage infectious diseases in wild and domestic animals in Nepal. She has led projects across Tanzania, China, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. She is a Duke University Global Fellow in Conservation Biology and Policy, and serves on the board of Mongabay - a nonprofit conservation and environmental science news platform that publishes original content in seven languages.


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Debra Ann Francisco

Debra Ann Francisco taught English Language and Literature in MOE schools for more than 14 years. For the last decade, she has been helming educational content development as The Straits Times Schools team’s teaching specialist working student publications such as Little Red Dot and IN.
Debra is passionate about turning news stories into useful resources which students can use to improve their written and spoken English. She has published several award-winning educational resources, including Mastering English with The Straits Times, which won the Best Educational Title at the Singapore Book Publishers Awards 2018. Some of her more recent work is in children’s fiction- a series of five stories about the heritage food of Singapore’s main ethnic groups.


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Denise Tan

Denise Tan is a bookseller who has worked with children’s literature for over a decade. In 2013, she very delightfully co-founded Closetful of Books. With Closetful of Books, she shares her love for stories by bringing super-duper fun bookfairs, talks and workshops with authors and illustrators to local and international schools. When Denise is not talking about books, she can be found devouring them.

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Eoin McLaughlin (United Kingdom)

Eoin McLaughlin is a bestselling Irish children's author. The Hug and While We Can't Hug were both named ‘Books of the Year’ (The Guardian) and described as "an important historic record of the time" (The Times). He has written several other picture books and always enjoys making children laugh.

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Goh Eck Kheng

Goh Eck Kheng acquired wide publishing experience in Eastern Universities Press and the Times group before setting up Landmark Books in 1987. He has produced many outstanding books, both in terms of editorial content and layout, and has won numerous awards for content and design. Eck Kheng has earned the reputation within the publishing and arts community of being skilled in conceptualising books where design and content work hand in hand. He is a keen photographer and, as a potter, co-organised the inaugural Singapore Clay Festival. He was the chairman of the Speak Good English Movement and participated in a volunteer children’s reading programme at one-room HDB flats. He is the author of two children’s books, Jun and the Octopus and Friends: A Counting Book.

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Janice Khoo

Janice Khoo is a former public servant turned full-time mum and freelance writer. Her first publication for children, Sing a Song of Hawker Food, combines nursery rhymes with a topic that is dear to her heart – hawker food.

Having written a good number of papers on serious topics when she worked for large organisations, Janice finds that writing fiction for children is serious business too, but much more fun. She stays in Singapore with her family.


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Jason Chin (United States)

Caldecott medalist, Jason Chin, is the author and illustrator of many acclaimed books, including Grand Canyon, Redwoods and Your Place in the Universe. His latest illustrated book, Watercress, by Andrea Wang, received the Caldecott Medal, a Newbery Honor and the APALA award for Asian/Pacific focused children’s literature.


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Jeeva Raghunath (India)

ஜீவா ரகுநாத், கதைசொல்லி/ஆசிரியர். தமிழ்நாட்டில், இந்தியாவில் கதை சொல்லும் இயக்கத்திற்கு முன்னோடியாக இருந்தார். உலகெங்கிலும் உள்ள பல்வேறு விழாக்களில் அவர் தனது நாட்டைப் பிரதிநிதித்துவப்படுத்தியுள்ளார். கதை சொல்லலுக்கான அவரது பங்களிப்பிற்காக "சிறந்த தொழில்முனைவோர் விருது" மற்றும் தாய்லாந்தின் சுரின் ராஜாபட் பல்கலைக்கழகத்தால் "ஆசியாவின் பெருமை" வழங்கப்பட்டது. அவரது நிறுவனம் கதைக்கலாட்டா "ஆலமரத்தின் கீழ்" என்ற சர்வதேச கதை சொல்லல் திருவிழாவை 2014 முதல் ஏற்பாடு செய்து 45 க்கும் மேற்பட்ட சர்வதேச கதைசொல்லிகளை உள்ளடக்கியது .அவர் குழந்தைகளுக்காக 12 கதை புத்தகங்களை எழுதியுள்ளார் மற்றும் 65 பட புத்தகங்களை ஆங்கிலத்தில் இருந்து தமிழுக்கு மொழிபெயர்த்துள்ளார்!

Jeeva Raghunath, storyteller/author. Pioneered the storytelling movement in Tamilnadu, India. She has represented her country at various festivals around the globe. Awarded "Best entrepreneur award" for her contribution to storytelling and "Pride of Asia" awarded by Surindra Rajabhat university, Surin, Thailand. Her company Kathaikalatta organises an international storytelling festival “Under the Aalamaram“! since 2014 and featured over 45 international storytellers. She has authored 12 storybooks for children and translated over 65 picture books from English to Tamil. She smells, tastes, feels, sees and hears stories!


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Jeffrey Kong

Jeffrey Kong is an artist from Singapore who creates with building bricks. He believes everyone can tell their own stories with this familiar art medium. He can be found at @artisanbricks on Facebook and Instagram.


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Jeffrey Tan

Jeffrey is an experienced Theatre Director and Drama Educator. He has taught ‘Creativity in Collaborative Learning’ and ‘Lesson Planning’ for the National institute of Education, ‘Educational Drama’ for Nanyang Technological University, 'Children's Theatre' for the University of Warwick and 'Educational Theatre' for New York University's Study Abroad Programme in London.


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Lianne Ong

Lianne Ong is a Singaporean children’s author and freelance writer. To date, she has published 16 children’s picture books, three of which have won prizes in the Samsung Kidstime Author’s Award in 2015 and 2016. She is best known for her Stacey & the Museums series, a five-title series about museums in Singapore, and A Place for Us, a series about persons with disabilities. Her background is in International Relations and Southeast Asian Studies. She resides in Singapore with her family.


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Libby Walden (United Kingdom)

Libby Walden is an award-winning author and children's book editor, with ten years' experience in publishing. She lives with her husband in Surrey, England and spends her days writing and editing children’s books. She won the BookTrust StoryTime Prize in 2020 for This is Owl.


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Liew Jia Yi

Jia Yi is an arts educator and performer based in Singapore. In her exploration of Theatre for Young Audience, Jia Yi co-created and performed in “Babies Book Club”, an online interactive play space for babies. She has also performed in plays that involved object puppetry, rod puppetry, life-sized puppets, and mask work.

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Melanie Lee

Melanie is the author of Out & About in Singapore, a travel guide for children, the middle grade graphic novel series Amazing Ash & Superhero Ah Ma and the award-winning picture book series The Adventures of Squirky the Alien. She is also a part-time communications lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences.


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Mike Foo

Co-founder and art director of Woods in the Books, Mike Foo is an illustrator and graphic designer by trade. Since 2013, Mike has piloted a wide variety of children's art programmes, including puppet making camp, designed and run workshops for National Arts Council-Arts Education Programme (NAC-AEP) in-person and digitised the programme into digital/blended lessons when the COVID-19 started. Recent work include Friends: A Counting Book published in 2019. He has also previously work on picturebook commissioned by the Ministry of Education as classroom teaching aids. Mike is also sought after for his painted wall murals for private and corporate clients, while juggling his full-time role as the father to a primary school age child. He can be found at @moofmike on Instagram.

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Nat Amoore (Australia)

Nat Amoore is a Sydney-based writer and kidlit podcast host. Her debut novel Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire had great success as both Dymocks and QBD's 'Kids Book Of The Month', becoming Australia's #1 bestselling debut Aussie children’s fiction in 2019 and has now sold into the UK, US, Italy, China, Estonia and Romania.

Her second book The Power Of Positive Pranking won the 2021 Environment Award for Children’s Literature and was followed by The Right Way To Rock and We Run Tomorrow.


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Quek Hong Shin

Quek Hong Shin is a children's book author and illustrator. His titles were twice nominated for The Hedwig Anuar Children's Book Award, and The Incredible Basket, published by Epigram Books, was the winner of Best Children's Book at the 2019 Singapore Book Awards.


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Robin Leong

Robin Leong is an actor, producer, entrepreneur and most recently, author of the children’s book series The Kung Fu Force. Robin became a household name in Singapore with his leading role in the popular police drama Triple Nine. His lifelong passion for martial arts and sports led him to Channel News Asia where he excelled as a sports, entertainment and lifestyle presenter. In 2002, Robin established Ch’i Life Studio, Singapore’s premiere martial arts studio for children, which has since expanded into China and the USA, with thousands of students worldwide.

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Ross Welford (United Kingdom)

Ross Welford worked as a business journalist before becoming a freelance writer and television producer, working on shows such as The Big Breakfast, This Morning and Bridezillas.

Ross' highly acclaimed debut novel, Time Travelling with a Hamster was shortlisted for nearly every major literary award including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, Costa Book Award and Blue Peter Book Award. Since then Ross has six other middle grade novels published to wide acclaim; What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible, The 1000 Year Old Boy, The Dog Who Saved the World, The Kid Who Came From Space, When We Got Lost in Dreamland and Into the Sideways World.

Ross lives in London with his wife, children, dog and tropical fish.


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Zuzanita Zakaria

Zuzanita Zakaria merupakan penerbit, penulis, penyunting dan bekas wartawan. Berpengalaman selama 25 tahun, beliau telah menghasilkan banyak karya di pelbagai platform. Beliau juga telah menerajui pelbagai projek di Singapura dan luar negara, termasuklah karya-karya untuk Discovery Channel, History Channel, The Straits Times, Berita Harian, South China Morning Post, Salam Gateway, pelbagai saluran televisyen tempatan, dan podcast Spotify serta banyak lagi. Dalam usahanya untuk menggalakkan kanak-kanak yang lebih selesa berbahasa Inggeris untuk meminati dan mencintai bahasa Melayu, Zuzanita telah mengarang dan menerbitkan tiga buah buku dwibahasa bergambar.

Zuzanita Zakaria is a veteran producer, author, editor and former bilingual journalist who has created content for multiple platforms for the past 25 years. She has led many project teams in Singapore and abroad, publishing and producing work for the Discovery Channel, History Channel, The Straits Times, Berita Harian, South China Morning Post, Salam Gateway, various local television channels, Spotify podcasts and many others. Recently, she authored and published three bilingual children’s picture books to help English-speaking Malay children love the Malay language.


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刘旭恭 Liu Hsu-Kung (Taiwan)

1995年开始创作绘本,作品曾获信谊幼儿文学奖,丰子恺儿童图画书奖和波隆纳插画展入选等,现与家人住在台北。

Liu Hsu-Kung began writing picture books in 1995. His works have clinched the Xinyi Picture Book Children’s Literature Award and Feng Zikai Chinese Children's Picture Book Award, and were showcased at the Illustrators Exhibition. He is currently residing with his family in Taipei.


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苏章恺 Su Zhangkai

苏章恺,教育与文史研究工作者。曾任新加坡中学教师、香港电影资料馆特约专项研究员,也是台湾国立屏东大学海外研究项目共同主持人。2016年兼任新加坡国立大学中文系兼职导师。

Su Zhangkai was formerly a part-time lecturer with the Department of Chinese Studies at the National University of Singapore and a secondary school teacher. He was conferred the 2013 Fellow of Academy of Singapore Teachers in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards professional development.