Published by Wildtype Media Group, each book in the Asian Scientist Junior Book set illustrates the life story of an outstanding scientist in Asia, such as Chinese palaeontologist Chang Meemann and Indian space scientist Udupi Rao. Professor Chou, who has made saving coral reefs his life’s passion, was the only Singaporean scientist to be featured in the series.

The Asian Scientist Junior Book set was launched at CDL’s My Tree House on 23 September 2018. Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance and Chairman of the National Research Foundation Singapore was the Guest-of-Honour for Wildtype Media’s book launch at the library. Minister Heng read the story about Professor Chou Loke Ming to a large group of excited and attentive children, who readily answered his questions and peppered his storytelling with their comments and questions about marine life. After the book reading by Minister Heng, children and their parents in the audience were treated to a show-and-tell demonstration about the importance of saving Singapore’s coral reefs by Professor Chou.

In his speech to the children and parents at My Tree House, Minister Heng said: “Science, technology and innovation is where we have to invest to build Singapore’s future. In this spirit, we must continue to inspire our children to be curious about science, understand its possibilities and make an impact using science.”

CDL’s My Tree House is the world’s first green library for kids. Opened in 2013 by CDL in partnership with the Central Public Library, a third of the books in My Tree House are green-themed, covering on animals, plants, nature, water, weather, environment, recycling, and climate change.