A joint initiative by CDL and NLB, the Eco Storytelling Contest aims to continue My Tree House’s education programmes using digital platforms during the COVID-19 circuit breaker period in Singapore, while also celebrating World Environment Day 2020.

The inaugural My Tree House’s Eco Storytelling Contest encourages family bonding through storytelling and home video production during the circuit breaker period, while aiming to unearth young eco champions and their families to develop their love of nature and to take action to protect our planet.


Contest Format

  • In celebration of World Environment Day on 5 June, contestants are required to choose and tell a story relevant to the theme “We Love Our Planet”.
  • Contestants can adapt their stories from existing book titles or create original storylines.
  • At the beginning of the storytelling, contestants are to introduce the book title and author that they are using for storytelling. If the storyline is original, this should be mentioned at the beginning of the story.
  • At the end of the storytelling, contestants are required to share a brief, minute-long statement on the lessons that they have learned from the story, as well as aspirations to help conserve the planet (e.g. I will use less single-use plastic, I will not support wildlife animal trade, etc.).
  • To participate, the contestants will film their storytelling performances and submit their video links on Google Forms.
  • The video should not exceed 5 minutes.
  • Contestants under Preschool category can take part as an individual, or with the support from one immediate family member (e.g. parent, older sibling).
  • Videos with the most inspiring comments on lessons learned from the stories and aspirations to protect the planet would also be featured in a short video in celebration of World Environment Day on 5 June 2020. The video will be shared on social media and on the organisers’ webpages.

Contest Categories

Individual – Preschool
(support from one family member (e.g. parent, older sibling) is allowed)
3 to 6 years old
Individual – Lower Primary P1 to P3
Individual – Upper Primary P4 to P6
Family – from two to five family members No age restrictions


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1st 2nd 3rd Consolation (4th and 5th)
Preschool $600 $300 $200 $100
Lower primary $600 $300 $200 $100
Upper primary $600 $300 $200 $100
Family $600 $300 $200 $100

Prizes will be in the form of City Square Mall vouchers that can be used for dining, shopping, learning and entertainment.

Scoring Criteria

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(interpretation and expression of story, fluency, diction, mimicry)

Choice of Story

(relevance to the theme)


(aspirations to protect our planet, to care for the environment and nature)


(creative collaboration)

Preschool 40% 20% 40% N.A.
Lower primary 40% 20% 40% N.A.
Upper primary 40% 20% 40% N.A.
Family 30% 20% 40% 10%

Judging Panel for Finalists

  • Ms Raneetha Rajaratnam, Director of Content & Services, NLB
  • Ms Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, CDL
  • Dr Audrey Chia, Associate Professor of Management and Organisation, NUS Business School
  • Ms Kamini Ramachandran, Director, MoonShadow Stories & The Storytelling Centre Limited
  • Ms Rachel Kelly, Senior Producer/Presenter, SPH Radio

Storytime @ My Tree House – Storytelling tips and demonstration by NLB

Looking for tips on how we can be a better storyteller? We had the privilege of having NLB Librarian (Early Literary) Lim Sieu Pin, one of NLB’s most experienced librarians and outstanding storytellers, to share useful pointers to ace the contest.


1. Can I create my own story?

Ans: Yes, you are welcome to create your own story. You can also incorporate parts from an existing story into your own.

2. If I am reading from a book, must I show it throughout the video clip?

Ans: You can show your book at the beginning like a show-and-tell. If it is an original or adapted story, you can state that before telling the story.

3. Must I read aloud the entire story in the book?

Ans: You can read selected extracts from the book, similar to what Sieu Pin did during his storytelling demonstration in Storytime@My Tree House. However, it would be useful to provide a background of the story so that the audience is able to follow your storytelling.

4. Do I have to read from a book, or can I read from an electronic device?

Ans: Yes, you can read from an electronic device if you wish. But remember to engage your audience when reading aloud the story.

5. Can I submit more than one entry?

Ans: Each contestant is allowed to submit one entry per category.

6. Must I present the book title, author and the publisher before reading the story?

Ans: It is a good practice to do that as part of your introduction.

7. What are the copyright considerations when reading from a book?

Ans: It is fine to record one’s storytelling of a book for personal use. However, there may be copyright considerations if the consent of the publisher is not sought and one publicises it on public platforms, such as social media. As the video clip is sent to CDL and the judges for judging, it is not considered as publicising on a public platform.

8. Where can I get ideas for green stories?

Ans: NLB has specially prepared a compilation of e-books for this contest. Click here to access them.

9. Can you provide any examples that we can use as a guide as how the contest wants the storytelling to be presented?

Ans: Since we want you and your family to use your imagination and get as creative as possible with your submission, we’re shying away from providing any sort of “examples” to ensure that people will not fall into the trap of aligning their submission with the provided example. There is no perfect answer to this contest, any and all types of videos will be welcomed with open arms!

10. Does my child have to be speaking the entire time or can I chime in and help? What is a good balance?

Ans: You can definitely participate, but your child should leading the video for the majority of the time. A 90%:10% balance would suffice.

11. If we upload our submission and decide to give it another go, can we re-submit?

Ans: As long as you submit your new video with the name “VERSION 2” at the end, and let us know via email that you’ve submitted twice, you should be good to go!

12. How long should my video be?

Ans: There is no minimum requirement for the video length, but it should not exceed 5 minutes, where possible.

If you have other queries about the contest, please email We will try our best to respond to you as soon as possible.


Rules and Regulations

  1. Contest is open to all Singaporeans, PRs, as well as expatriate families living in Singapore.
  2. Contestants should be library members.
  3. Contestants will need to submit their myLibrary ID as a means of library membership identification, and it will be used for this purpose only.
    1. All individual categories: Provide myLibrary ID of Contestant or Parent/Guardian of Contestant
    2. Family category: Provide myLibrary ID of Point of contact or Representative
  4. Each contestant can only submit one entry.
  5. However, families may submit more than one entry in different categories with different stories.
    1. For example: Mr Lee (Father), Mrs Lee (Mother), James (14-year-old son), Angeline (4-year-old daughter), Mabel (1-year-old baby) participate under the Family category and present Story A. Mrs Lee and Angeline can also participate under Preschool category and present Story B.
  6. To participate in the contest, contestants shall submit a video link via google forms and fill out the required details.
  7. Contestants acknowledge that by participating in the contest, the submitted video entries may be used by the organisers for education and publicity purposes.
  8. Contest ends on 24 May, Sunday, 2359 hrs.
  9. The organisers will only reach out to the winning entries via email.
  10. Winning entries will also be announced and shared on 5 June 2020 on the organisers’ social media platforms, and CDL Sustainability website.

Three Ways to Create a Video Link

(a) WeTransfer

  • Visit for a free service that allows you to send up to 2GB worth of information (you do not need to create an account).
  • It is a simple process that allows you to select the files you want to send, input the email address of the person you wish to send it to, input your own email and a brief message.
  • For more information on how to use WeTransfer, click here.

(b) DropBox

  • Create a DropBox account if you do not already have one on
  • Click Files in the left column, hover over the file you’d like to share, click Share, type the Email of the person you’d like to share with, click Share.
  • For more information on how to use DropBox, click here.

(c) GoogleDrive

  • Create a Gmail account if you do not already have one on
  • For information on how to email a video file using GoogleDrive, click here.

Retrieving/Signing up for myLibrary ID