#BuySingLit 2019: Stories Come Alive For Children With Pancake-Making, Fossil Show-And-Tells And Other Activities Over Two March Weekends

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#BuySingLit 2019 is back with more than 80 programmes in March 2019. This year, #BuySingLit, which encourages more people to read locally written literature, has expanded to two weekends, 8 to 10 and 15 to 17 March 2019.

Families with children can look forward to exciting #BuySingLit 2019 programmes based on locally written works. With references to familiar places around Singapore and local languages, these programmes are sure to resonate with local audiences.

Here are some of the exciting programmes, including book-themed outings and interactive story times, that promise two fun-filled weekends for families and children in March.

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Family-friendly Events at #BuySingLit 2019

Hello SingLit! Pop-Up Book Fair & Sherlock Sam Party

Hello SingLit! Pop-Up Book Fair & Sherlock Sam PartyExplore the world of SingLit children’s books at a book fair organised by Woods in the Books at FORUM The Shopping Mall. In addition to meet-the-author sessions on Saturday, 9 March, there will be Sherlock Sam Kahpoh Kids Championships Party on Sunday, 10 March with games and a mystery to solve. Admission to the Sherlock Sam Party is free with every $15 of SingLit books purchased at Woods in the Books or Books Ahoy.

When: Friday to Sunday, 8 to 10 March, 10 am to 7 pm

Saturday 9 March, 11 am to 12 pm: Meet the Author and Illustrator of Candy and Friends
Saturday 9 March, 3 pm to 4 pm: Meet the Author: Neil Humphreys
Sunday 10 March, 4 pm to 6 pm: Sherlock Sam Party

Where: B1 Atrium, FORUM The Shopping Mall
Free Admission
Register at Woods in the Books, Books Ahoy or via woodsinthebooks.peatix.com
Get more details here.

C.L.A.P! Cerita, Lagu, Aktiviti, Perkusi

C.L.A.P! Cerita, Lagu, Aktiviti, PerkusiGet immersed into the rhythm of a story at Mini Monsters’ kids programme, C.L.A.P! Cerita, Lagu, Aktiviti, Perkusi. Based on the story “Kaki Kanan Kaki Kiri” (“Left Foot and Right Foot”) from Mini Monster’s Confident Reader Series, children will enjoy a sing-a-long and get to play a percussion instrument while learning the value of teamwork. This session is suitable for children 7 to 9 years old and will be conducted in Malay.

When: Friday, 8 March, 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Where: Little Arts Academy, Northpoint City
Tickets at $10 per person. Maximum of 30 persons.
Get more details here.

Dare You Dino

Dare You DinoTouch and feel real dinosaur fossils at Dare You Dino, hosted by local authors Amon Chua and Andy Chua. Together, the pair will be sharing their fascination with dinosaurs and how the prehistoric creatures inspired their book series Fossil Finders and Ryan & Rex. There will also be book vouchers to be won and an encounter with a life-sized “dinosaur”.

When: Saturday, 9 March, 11 am to 12.30 pm
Where: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Get more details here

Singapore Picture Book Carnival

Singapore Picture Book CarnivalSpend an afternoon filled with stories and crafts at the first Singapore Picture Book Carnival. Activities at the carnival include a simultaneous talk-and-storytelling session where parents can hear from a speaker in one room while children take part in a storytelling session in another, parent-child storytelling-and-art sessions and more. The various sessions are conducted in Mandarin and suitable for children as young as four years old. Registration for each session costs $10 which is fully redeemable for books!

When: Saturday, 9 March, 1 pm to 6 pm
Where: Maha Yu Yi bookstore, Bras Basah Complex
Tickets at $10 per session. Register here.
Get more details here.

Shaping ‘Oops Odelia’

Shaping ‘Oops Odelia’ - BuySingLit 2019Enjoy a storytelling session based on the GRAM’S Learning Centre’s Oops Odelia book My Birthday Cake at Slappy Cakes, The Grandstand. Kids will also get to learn how Odelia, the book’s main character, was illustrated and take part in a hands-on pancake-making session with the book’s illustrator Sann Choo. Tickets are available at $15 per person or $30 a pair.

When: Saturday, 9 March, 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm
Where: Slappy Cakes @ The Grandstand
$15 per person, $30 per pair (inclusive of a $10 #BuySingLit book voucher). Tickets are required for children above 3 years of age. Children below 9 years old need to be accompanied by a paying adult.
Get more details here.

Rewriting Asian Myths and Legends

Rewriting Asian Myths and LegendsAward-winning writer Shi Min will be conducting a workshop for Primary 4 to 6 students on how to create their own Asian myths. The author of Dragonhearted Xie will not only share common patterns in story development but guide participants along in a fun and entertaining manner. This workshop is free but registration is required.

When: Sunday, 10 March, 3 pm to 6 pm
Where: Programme Zone 2, library@harbourfront, VivoCity
Get more details here.

SingLit 好自然 (Celebrating SingLit with Nature)

SingLit 好自然 (Celebrating SingLit with Nature)Reconnect with nature and SingLit at the same time at “SingLit 好自然” (“Celebrating SingLit with Nature”). Held amidst the lush surroundings of Bollywood Veggies, this programme fosters an appreciation for the arts among young readers, families, teachers, students, and nature lovers. Activities include a book fair, interactive storytelling, DIY Potting session, children poetry and sketching, farm tour, book fair and more. This programme is conducted in Mandarin.

Session 1: Interactive storytelling —《Asian Spice Kids 亚洲辛香宝贝》(local bilingual picture book)
When: Saturday, 16 March. 9 am – 11.30 am
Where: Bollywood Veggies, 100 Neo Tiew Rd, Singapore 719026
For families with children aged 4 to 7 years old
Guided by Patrick Ting
$58 – $78. Registration fees include transportation fee (bus service from and to Kranji MRT station), material fee (e.g.seeds, dried leaves, branches etc, color pencils, papers etc ), a copy of picture book《Asian Spice Kids 亚洲辛香宝贝——丁香》, farm tour fee and snacks.
Register via https://goo.gl/forms/go1mfI3Jd7alsQzK2.

Session 2: Children poetry and sketching (in Mandarin)
When: Saturday, 16 March. 9.30 am – 11.3 0am
Where: Bollywood Veggies, 100 Neo Tiew Rd, Singapore 719026
For children aged 8 to 12 years old
Target: Families with children aged 4-7 year old
Guided by Patrick Ting
$32. Register via https://goo.gl/forms/hmKfATcAAmz0rnSv2.

Get more details here.

Stories Alive! Menghidupkan Cerita Dwibahasa untuk Kanak- Kanak (Stories Alive! Making bilingual stories come alive for children)

Stories Alive! Menghidupkan Cerita Dwibahasa untuk Kanak- Kanak (Stories Alive! Making bilingual stories come alive for children)Discover the joys of bilingual Singapore literature written specifically for English and Malay readers and speakers through four locally-written books. Children and their families will be able to engage in role plays and story stations during the Malay Book Festival at Wisma Geylang Serai. Books featured include “Hijab Milik Ummi” (“Ummi’s Hijab”) by Far’ain Jaafar and Nur’Afifah Hussain; “Bulat dan Warna-Warni” (“Bulat and Colours”) by Azimah Muhamad; “Dollar, Dollar, One Dollar” by Nasyitah Yassin; and a new book “Ada Khazanah di Perpustakaan Kami!” (“There are Treasures in Our Library!”) by Maria Mahat.

When: Saturday, 16 March, 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Where: Wisma Geylang Serai, 1 Engku Aman Turn, Singapore 408528
Free Admission. Register via https://goo.gl/forms/Gsfb7Tt1xRhmeEMO2.
Get more details here.

Creating a Fictional Universe

Creating a Fictional UniverseCraft a miniature model house with author and illustrator David Liew. Participants will hear from him how he creates fictional universes and characters before diving into creating their own. Admission cost of $15 includes a copy of David’s book, Nightmare on Eat Street.

When: Saturday, 16 March, 10.30 am to 1.30 pm
Where: SCAPE Arena
Get more details here.

LITTLE SingLit Puppet Theatre

LITTLE SingLit Puppet TheatreLocal picture book Grandma and the Things That Stay the Same is a charming story about a big sister and little brother who discover how everyday objects stand for well-loved moments and memories. Watch as it comes alive in a puppet theatre presentation at Woods in the Books. Receive one parent-child admission to the LITTLE SingLit Puppet Theatre performance with $35 spent on SingLit titles at Woods in the Books or Books Ahoy!

When: Saturday to Sunday, 16 & 17 March, 11 am to 12 pm, 3 pm to 4 pm.
Where: Woods in the Books
Free for one parent-child pair with $35 purchase of SingLit titles at Woods in the Books or Books Ahoy!
Get more details here

Hello SingLit! x Arts In Your Neighbourhood

Credit: Moof#BuySingLit extends for a bonus weekend in collaboration with Arts in Your Neighbourhood at Toa Payoh! Meet homegrown authors, listen to stories in Mother Tongue and English languages, celebrate SingLit at Hello SingLit! and discover a wide selection of children’s SingLit books, perfect for ages 4 to 12. Show how much you know about SingLit at the Hello SingLit Quiz and win prizes!

When: Wednesday to Sunday, 20 to 24 March, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Toa Payoh HDB Hub Atrium
Get more details here.

More Exciting #BuySingLit 2019 Events & Programmes

Besides family-oriented programmes, other events to keep a look out for during #BuySingLit 2019 include special self-order machines which will be dispensing bite-sized excerpts of best-selling Singaporean stories and a #BuySingLit Yong Siak Street Party on 16 to 17 March 2019.

Legend of Bukit Merah – An Intergenerational AdaptionLegend of Bukit Merah – An Intergenerational Adaption (9 March) is an innovative theatre programme where participants, made up of senior citizens and kindergarten children, will come together to explore the local legend of Redhill.

There will also be performances, workshops and talks, including family-friendly programmes, held as part of Textures 2019 at The Arts House from 8 to 10 March.

For more details on what is happening over the two #BuySingLit 2019 weekends in March, visit the #BuySingLit website here.

#BuySingLit 2019

When: 8 to 10 and 15 to 17 March 2019
Where: More than 80 programmes around 50 venues in Singapore

Giveaway: Win #BuySingLit Book Vouchers!

@BuySingLit Book VoucherGiveaway Alert! Does your child love to read? We’re giving away $50 #BuySingLit book vouchers to 10 winners, in conjunction with #BuySingLit 2019! Win it in 3 simple steps:

  1. Like #BuySingLit’s Facebook (BuySingLit) and Instagram (@buysinglit)
  2. Like Little Day Out’s Facebook and Instagram
  3. Fill in your details in the form below and answer the question:

This contest has closed. Congratulations to:

  1. Teo See Kiang
  2. Ong Hui Zhen Jennifer
  3. Vivian Koh Pei Ying
  4. Jasmine Lim Sin Yu
  5. Caroline Yow Li Cheng
  6. Noorizan Bte Sharif Foeddin
  7. Lim Xin Yi
  8. Lim Chin Yin
  9. Tan Shoon Ling
  10. Swee Kuan Yen

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