If I were a Blue Kangaroo

The Arts House, the National Book Development Council of Singapore and the Asian Festival of Children’s Content Book Club present the Singapore launch of If I Were A Blue Kangaroo.

Written in rhyme with a metre that is just right, If I Were A Blue Kangaroo is a tender story of friendship told by an author who refuses to succumb to the mould that comes with being a stiff, more-boring-than-thou grown-up.

The beautifully rendered picture book begins with the promise of fantastic travels afforded to a blue kangaroo but ends with the most reassuring realisation that no adventure is greater than that of having a friend, making it a perfect bedtime story.


AFCC Book Club: The Singapore Launch of If I Were A Blue Kangaroo

Date: 5 Dec 2012, Wednesday

Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Venue: Blue Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane

Free admission! Register now!


Free stickers & bookmarks for all children attendees. Buy the book at a special price of S$12 at the Book Club! Original Price: S$15.90.


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About David

David Seow was born and raised in Singapore.. He is the author of 24 well-received children’s picture books, many of which feature his niece and nephews as the main characters. David’s other titles include Theres Soup on My Fly, Blow A Kiss, The Littlest Emperor, and Monkey: The Classic Chinese Adventure Tale. David is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.



Tel: (65) 6848 8290

Editors Boot Camp

Editors Boot Camp for Fiction and Children’s Literature Editors

Date: 5-7 November 2012

Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Venue: Living room, The Arts House

Price per pax: $200 (lunch and tea breaks provided daily)

Registration: www.bookcouncil.sg/_courses/register.php

Enquiries: Ms Premadevi, prema@bookcouncil.sg, Tel: 6848 8297


A three-day master class for editors of fiction and children’s literature offering in-depth training and exposure to the entire value chain. Learn about acquisitions, writing incisive editorial letters, developing a critical eye, contracts, marketing and distribution. Through hands-on activities in joint sessions and break-out sessions, the camp will hone your skills in developmental editing, proof-reading and crafting eye-catching blurbs. Singaporean participants in the camp will also have an opportunity to be selected to continue on a year-long virtual mentorship with an international editor or an overseas attachment in an international publishing house.

About the Trainers

Children’s Literature Editor

Cheryl Klein is the Executive Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic. She received her B.A. in English from Carleton College in Minnesota in 2000. Books she has edited include Marcelo in the Real World, by Francisco X. Stork, winner of the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Medal; A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce, winner of the ALA’s inaugural William C. Morris Award for a Young Adult Debut novel; Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy, winner of the Christopher Award, and an Al Roker’s Book Club for Kids selection on “The Today Show”; and The Snow Day by Komako Sakai, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. Cheryl published a collection of her speeches on writing, Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, in March 2011.  She also served as the continuity editor on the last two Harry Potter books. Please visit her editorial website at cherylklein.com.

Fiction Editor

Francesca Main graduated from the University of Warwick in 2002 and began her publishing career with an internship at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency before joining Penguin Books UK.  There, she worked in the editorial department at the Hamish Hamilton imprint, which publishes such writers as Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Safran Foer, Alain de Botton and Paul Theroux.  She became a Commissioning Editor for Simon & Schuster UK in 2007, where she acquired, edited and published literary and commercial fiction, including novels by Monique Roffey, Edward Hogan, Mark Watson, Neil Cross and Penny Hancock.

Francesca joined Picador as Editorial Director in 2011, on the eve of the imprint’s 40th anniversary.  She publishes literary fiction with a broad appeal, and is particularly focused on acquiring new writers for the list.  As a result, she is working with a number of debut novelists whose first books will hit the shelves in 2013.

In February 2011, Francesca was selected by the British Council to participate in a UK editors’ tour of China, meeting writers, publishers and translators in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai.  She has also been guest editor for the Geneva Writers’ Group, and a guest speaker for the Arvon Foundation, Faber Academy and a number of British universities including UEA, Warwick and Oxford.

Storytime in Asia

Did you know: 66% of the world’s illiterate population lives in Asia?

The Asia Foundation certainly does. In answer to that fact, this non-profit’s Books for Asia programme is launching Storytime in Asia, a month-long campaign that aims to deliver more than 120,000 children’s books to over a thousand schools in Asia, starting on August 13th. The campaign celebrates the role of children’s books in developing reading habits and literacy, and is scheduled to culminate during the week of International Literacy Day with a series of literacy-promoting events around Asia.

Colourful, imaginative children’s books that inspire learning are vital in encouraging early childhood literacy. Unfortunately, many schools and families don’t have access to a wide selection of books or can’t afford to buy them.

Enter Books for Asia. The Storytime in Asia campaign brings together four major children’s book publishers Abrams, Penguin Young Readers, Scholastic, and Little, Brown for Young Readers, who have each pledged a lot of books to the campaign. Scholastic alone has promised 100,000 books to Storytime in Asia.

Since Storytime in Asia will be bringing books to Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Laos, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, you can bet shipping costs will be hefty. But OOCL, a leading container shipping company known for its educational and community efforts, has already promised to underwrite shipping costs.

Books for Asia estimates that two million children will be positively impacted by Storytime in Asia.


A few things you can do to help:

  • Donate to the Books for Asia fund
  • Organise a book drive for new book donations
  • Purchase “book baskets” via the “Choose Books and Change Lives” initiative with San Francisco independent bookstore Green Apple Books.
  • Publishers can donate directly to Books for Asia.
  • Get people talking about Storytime for Asia! Use the hashtag #StorytimeAsia if you’re on Twitter and like the Asia Foundation’s Facebook page if you use Facebook. You can also visit the campaign website at http://asiafoundation.org/program/books-for-asia/storytime.php

Project AFCC Wire

We are looking for student journalists to cover the Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2012. It will be a great opportunity to meet professionals from the literary world. Don’t miss out!

To sign up or for more information, please contact:


Call: +65 6848 8292

Email: kenneth@bookcouncil.sg

Web: www.afcc.com.sg



Call: +65 6846 6726

Email: faith@bookcouncil.sg