Special Call for Proposals (Picture Books)

In conjunction with the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism’s Special Call for Proposals (Picture Books), the Singapore Book Council is organising a series of talks and workshops aimed at providing aspiring picture book writers with a firm grounding to produce picture books set in local contexts for children aged 0 to 6 years.

Jun to Aug 2022

Supported by:
Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism






10am – 11.30am (SGT) | Virtual

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!

Panel speakers: Hana Mohd, Lim Geok Leng and Vijayanand Thamotharan

Moderator: Jane Wee




7:30pm – 9:30pm (SGT) | Virtual

Learn about:

  • The basic principles of visual storytelling
  • Tools an illustrator would use, such as composition, colour, page turns and how to utilise time to engage the reader
  • Planning a wordless picture book
  • Styles of artmaking

Speaker: Daniel Miyares




9am – 11am (SGT) | Virtual

"Every picture tells a story" - this quote was widely used in the U.S.A. in the early 20th century especially in advertisement campaigns throughout the country. In a wordless picture book, the whole story is in the pictures. Within meaningful facilitation from adults, children can gain many skills in literacy development. Some of these skills include directionality; an important pre-reading literacy skill for beginning readers, inference (which is a higher-order thinking skill) or making sense of the story with cues from images, vocabulary building, creating their own stories and so on.

In a multi-cultural and multi-racial Singapore, wordless picture books offer the opportunity for multilingual use. This session will cover the benefits as well as ideas for using wordless picture books with very young children.

Speaker: Dr. Geraldine Teo-Zuzarte

11 - 19


Sat - Sun

9.30am – 12.30pm (SGT) | Virtual

சிறுவர்களுக்கான படப் புத்தகங்களை உருவாக்குவது ஒரு கலை. மனதை ஈர்க்கும் கதாப்பாத்திரங்கள், அவைகள் வாழும் கனவுலகம், மற்றும் குறுகிய சொற்களைக் கொண்டு நாம் எவ்வாறு ஒரு அழகான கதையைப் படைக்கலாம்? மூன்று வாரங்கள் தொடர்ந்து நடக்கும் இந்த சுவாரசியமான பட்டறையில், எழுத்தாளர் அபி க்ரிஷ் சிறுவர்களுக்கு எழுதுவதைப் பற்றி உங்களுடன் பகிர்ந்து கொள்வார்.

Happening on 11, 18 and 19 June 2022.

This workshop will be conducted in Tamil.

Trainer: Abhi Krish

11 - 25



9.30am – 12.30pm (SGT) | Virtual

Serlahkan Penulis Buku Bergambar Dalam Diri Anda!

Inilah masa yang menarik untuk menjadi penulis buku kanak-kanak bagi generasi kemuka. Walaupun cerita dongeng tetap disayangi, sudah tiba masanya untuk kita mengembara ke dunia baharu buku bergambar kanak-kanak kontemporari. Sertai bengkel ini yang akan memberi anda gambaran tentang dunia buku bergambar, dan serlahkan penulis buku bergambar dalam diri anda.

Happening on 11, 18 and 25 June 2022.

This workshop will be conducted in Malay.

Trainer: Maria Mahat

12 - 09

Jun - Jul

Sun - Sat

9.30am – 12.30pm (SGT) | Virtual


Happening on 12 June, 18 June and 9 July 2022.

This workshop will be conducted in Chinese.

Trainer: Lin Mei Chin




2pm – 5pm (SGT) | Virtual

This programme examines the role of illustrations in a picture book in the following three segments:

  1. I love picture books! An overview of the different illustration styles by different illustrators.
  2. I love to draw! Let’s dive a little more into what an illustrator can do with the various styles and how to find the style to suit the different stories.
  3. I love making picture books! We will discuss how illustrations contributes to “good” stories or picture books.

Speaker: Cheng Puay Koon




10am – 12pm (SGT) | Virtual

The window for optimal language development is in the early childhood years. Picture books are wonderful building blocks for promoting literacy, vocabulary skills, sentence structure and story analysis. For very young children, picture books may be the first encounter of the important journey towards learning how to read.

Come and discover how children develop early literacy concepts, the benefits that picture books can offer and how we can support children to develop these important early literacy skills in an engaging and fun way!

Speaker: Dr. Geraldine Teo-Zuzarte

Moderator: Angela Chng