#BuySingLit 2018: 10 Family-Friendly Literary Experiences For The March School Holidays

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Take part in the #BuySingLit 2018 Giveaway at the bottom of this article and stand a chance to win $100 in book vouchers!

#BuySingLit returns for its second edition after a successful first run in 2017. #BuySingLit 2018 is bigger – there are 15 new programme partners this year – and is set to reach more people from 9 to 11 March with more than 50 programmes taking place across the island.

Fun events, fresh ideas, and exciting experiences have been conceptualised by local creative forces to share the love for Singapore literature with everyone.

These include the ‘Love Letters to Singapore’ project, where 12 local writers pen letters to Singaporeans living in their neighbourhoods, and the innovative idea of #BuySingLit Gachapon machines that dispense capsules filled with mini booklets and #BuySingLit  book vouchers. This year’s initiative will have many taking notice of the nationwide movement.

Kid-friendly #BuySingLit 2018

#BuySingLit - Read Local, Discover Our WorldKid-friendly programmes make up an exciting component of #BuySingLit 2018. These cast the spotlight on children’s literary works created by local writers and serve as opportunities for kids and families to engage deeper with wonderful local tomes.

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As part of #BuySingLit 2018, the public will be able to interact with Singapore literature in various ways.

There will be book-to-stage performances, hands-on workshops and SingLit-inspired outdoor installations. There will also be opportunities to meet local authors in person and, of course, a chance to buy Singapore literature.

Many of the #BuySingLit 2018 events have been perfectly timed for the first weekend of the March School Holidays. This provides wonderful opportunities to have a family-friendly #BuySingLit weekend!

Excited about #BuySingLit 2018 yet? Here are some wonderful #BuySingLit 2018 programmes that families with young children can look forward to.

Performances and Workshops

#1. LITTLE SingLit Puppet Theatre

LITTLE SingLit Puppet TheatreBe enthralled by a puppet show based on the book Savitri: The Task for the Mighty Demon by Catherine Khoo and Lai Hui Li and enjoy a round of games inspired by Quek Hong Shin’s The Amazing Sarong. Taking place at independent bookstore, Woods in the Books, this hour of puppetry and games is free for one parent-child pair with every $28 purchase of SingLit titles in the store. You can also pre-book your place by buying a ticket online and the amount paid will be converted to store credit for SingLit books when you present your ticket. 

When: 10 and 11 March 2018, 11 am to 12 pm; 3p m to 4 pm
Where: Woods in the Books
Get more information here.

#2. Go Trishaw Go: Read and Play!

Go Trishaw Go: Read and Play!Go on an adventure with little Wei as he goes in pursuit of his naughty teddy bear around Singapore, discovering various historic monuments in the process. This fun and interactive session is especially for children between six to 12 and will feature drawing sessions, singing of rhymes and a “Spot the Building, Find the Teddy Bear” game. Go Trishaw Go: Read and Play! will be conducted in Mandarin on 10 March and in English on 11 March.

When: 10 March 2018, 11 am to 12 pm (in Mandarin); 11 March 2018, 11 am to 12 pm (in English)
Where: The Arts House, Screening Room
Get more information here.

#3. Hear Stories! Tell Stories!

Hear Stories! Tell Stories!Children can take part in a unique workshop-performance and learn about storytelling as an art. Guided by storytellers, they will learn what goes into a great story and engage in interactive exercises and perform together with their peers. This session will be held in Tamil. Admission is free but registration is required.

When: 10 March 2018, 10 am to 12 pm
Where: The Arts House, Play Den
Get more information here. 

Hands-On Activities And Talks

#4. The World In A Book

The World In A Book - Part of #BuySingLit 2018Celebrate the spirit of travel with family-friendly events at Bedok Public Library. Participate in a workshop led by illustrator Lee Kowling and learn how to transform your travel snaps into a unique PhotoArt book to remember your trip by. Join Adeline Foo, author of The Diary of Amos Lee, for an imaginative retelling of Amos Lee’s travel adventures. Other events lined up as part of The World In A Book include an exhibition of photographs by Jon Gresham and discussions by authors about travel writing. All activities are free and open to the public.

When: 10 and 11 March 2018, 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Bedok Public Library, Programme Zone and Learning Zone
Get more information here.

#5. Adil’s Book Birthday Party!

Adil’s Book Birthday Party!March birthday boys and girls, here’s your chance to celebrate your birthday with Adil from the Adventures of Adil book series! Submit your best drawing of Adil to info@minimonsters.com.sg for a chance to be one of two winners of an Adil-themed birthday party! Each winner gets to invite 10 friends to the party. Highlights in store include Adil storytelling sessions, an Adil print birthday cake, and Adil bento sets. This contest is open to children aged between five and seven whose birthdays fall in March.

When: Birthday parties will be held on 11 March 2018, 10 am to 11.30 am and 1 pm to 2.30 pm
Where: Limaa Café, 51 Haji Lane
Get more information here.

#6. Cari Buku Penulis Singapura (Find Books By Our Singaporean Writers)

Cari Buku Penulis Singapura (Find Books By Our Singaporean Writers)Go on an adventure around the library and learn more about Singapore’s Malay writers and their books in the process. Cari Buku Penulis Singapura is a competitive event open to primary and secondary school students where participants will need to search out books by Singapore writers and answer questions based on them to win #BuySingLit vouchers. This programme is conducted in Malay.

When: 10 March 2018, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Tampines Regional Library
Get more information here.

Book Sales and Meet-the-Author Sessions

#7. #BuySingLit Festival 

#BuySingLit FestivalBrowse through an array of local titles for both young and old at the #BuySingLit Festival at VivoCity. Organised by BooksActually, the #BuySingLit Festival will feature meet-the-author sessions with writers such as Zed Yeo, author of the “Saurus” children’s book series and new local book releases.

When: 6 to 11 March 2018, 10 am to 10 pm
Where: VivoCity, West Boulevard
Get more information here.

#8. Meet the Authors of Brand New Bubbly Books!

Meet the Authors of Brand New Bubbly Books!Meet bestselling author of the RunHideSeek trilogy, Gabby Tye, and teen authors Elodie Kyra and Nicole Choo as they unveil their new books. This is your chance to ask them your burning questions about what is like to be a writer, or to take a photo with them and get an autograph. What’s more, stand to win book vouchers during the book launch too! 

When: 10 March 2018, 3 pm
Where: POP@Central, Bras Basah Complex
Get more information here.

#9. Hello SingLit! Pop-Up Book Fair

Hello SingLit! Pop-Up Book FairStop by the Hello SingLit Pop-Up Bookstore & Reading Corner at FORUM The Shopping Mall to meet local authors, enjoy live readings with the Reading Gnomes and watch a play, Kampung Boys, based on the book The Very Solid Adventures of Handsome Hock and Champion Poh.

When: 9 to 11 March 2018
Where: FORUM The Shopping Mall, B1 Atrium
Get more information here.

Outdoor Exhibitions

#10. A City of Books: Children’s Playground

A City of Books: Children’s PlaygroundSherlock Sam, the kid detective from the book series of the same name, will be brought to life in a fantastical playground on a spiral staircase at Bras Basah Complex. This installation is part of #BuySingLit 2018’s A City of Books exhibition. Organised by OH! Open House, A City of Books will also feature other installations inspired by the booksellers of Bras Basah Complex. Admission is free.

When: 9 to 18 March 2018, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Bras Basah Complex
Get more information here.

Learn more about other exciting literary-inspired activities taking place 9 to 11 March 2018 at the #BuySingLit 2018 website.

This feature is brought to you by #BuySingLit.


#BuySingLit 2018 Giveaway – Win Book Vouchers

BuySingLit 2018 Book Voucher

BuySingLit 2018 Book Voucher - BackLove Singapore literature? Now, stand a chance to win vouchers to purchase SingLit titles. Little Day Out is giving away five sets of $100.00 #BuySingLit book vouchers in conjunction with #BuySingLit 2018. To participate, all you have to do is answer a simple question below. Five winners will each receive $100.00 in #BuySingLit book vouchers, valid till 31 August 2018.

Double your chances of winning by liking and sharing this Facebook post.

Submit your entry by 11 March 2018.

Congratulations to our 5 winners – Alicia Lim, Joanne Yeo,
Priscilla Chong, Anju Cawthra, Pritiya Kamath!


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