Publishing in the Mother Tongue Language

Be up to date with the trends in the publishing scene for Chinese, Malay and Tamil picture books in Singapore. Find out what works and what publishers are looking for!




Hana Mohd

Founder and Director of Alam Cahaya since 2000, Hana Mohd has written and published both picture books and fiction for young readers. Her books are widely used in preschools, primary and secondary schools in Singapore. Hana also designs Malay language teaching resources for educators. She continues to stand firm on her vision and mission to inculcate the interest and love for Malay Language amongst children and our younger generations, to raise awareness on the importance of mother tongue and bilingualism and to make local content easily available on our bookshelves.


Lim Geok Leng

Lim Geok Leng has 42 years of all-round education publishing experience and is currently a senior consultant with Marshall Cavendish Education (MCE) Publishing Group. She has been leading the publication of our three Mother Tongue language textbooks (Chinese, Malay and Tamil) by the Ministry of Education of Singapore as well as the supplementary resources that enhance both the teaching and learning of Chinese, Malay and Tamil. Geok Leng is familiar with both the Singapore and international publishing scene and has conducted training for both local and overseas schoolteachers. She is concurrently growing the MCE’s business for both their domestic and overseas markets.


Vijayanand Thamotharan

Vijayanand Thamotharan is the Director of Crimson Earth, a publishing firm focusing on children's literature. His interests include content, design, and market development.




Jane Wee

Jane Wee is the Senior Head (Chinese language) of Collection Planning and Development at the National Library Board. She started her career as a Librarian with the Public Libraries, joined the National Reference Library in 1998, and between 2012 to 2015, she was the Region Head of Eastern Libraries comprising six branches in the Eastern part of Singapore. Jane is currently responsible for the overall strategic directions and implementation of nationwide reading programmes for the Chinese Language. Her team works on the development of the Chinese physical and digital collections in the entire public library network.

16 July 2022
10am – 11.30am (SGT)


Supported by:
Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism