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There are many wonderful Picture Books from Asian Publishers out there and they should be introduced to a wider audience.

Join us to contribute a listing or a review and make this site an invaluable resource for parents and teachers.

For now, we will focus on English or wordless picture books only.

Let’s make this happen!

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Chilli Padi

Title of Picture Book: Chilli Padi

Author: Adeline Foo

Illustrator: Lee Kowling

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ethos Books, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Puteh has a new friend, Itam, a kitchen help adopted by Puteh’s grandmother. The two children find the,selves in trouble when they got into a fight in the kitchen. Itam is punished for Puteh’s misdeed. 
Find out how Puteh redeems herself with her new friend, by using the magic of her beaded slippers. A tale of friendship and loyalty, join Puteh and Itam on their kitchen adventure and discover a quirky side to the Peranakans, their food heritage.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc):Self, friends, family

5 Keywords (other than themes): Peranakan, food, heritage, friendship, quarrels

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A fun way to learn about the Peranakan’s festival and food heritage.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-1328-4

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

Vinod and the Deepavali Dishes

Title of Picture Book: Vinod and the Deepavali Dishes

Author: Debra Ann Francisco

Illustrator: Madeline Wee

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Straits Times Press, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: It’s a busy day for Vinod! He has to follow his Aunty Meera around Little India on her Deepavali shopping errands. Back home, he makes an amazing discovery about his Tatta (grandfather). Find out what Vinod learns about Tatta’s youth and how he puts his creative juices to work helping his family out in this kitchen.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc):Self, family, celebrations 

5 Keywords (other than themes): Food, grandfather, history, culture, Indian 

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A good way to know about common Indian food and spices. 

Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-4798-1

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

The Yummiest Cupcake

Title of Picture Book: The Yummiest Cupcake

Author: Leila Boukarim

Illustrator: Barbara Moxham

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Marshall Cavendish, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Alex loves cupcakes. He loves to bake them, he loves to ice them and most of all, he loves to eat them! But there is one thing Alex doesn’t like. He is only ever allowed one. That’s the rule. Just one cupcake. When Alex can’t decide which cupcake to choose on his birthday, it seems like nothing is going his way … until he gets home to find a wonderful birthday surprise!

A sweet story about passion and perseverance from the creators of Hello, Goodbye Little Island and A Warm Christmas.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc):Self, family 

5 Keywords (other than themes): Cupcakes, passion, perseverance, baking, birthday 

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Comes with a cupcake recipe too.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-971-48-4128-3

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

Puteri Gunung Ledang

Title of Picture Book: Puteri Gunung Ledang

Author: Maslina Md Nor

Illustrator: Maslina Md Nor

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): MPH, Malaysia

Publisher’s Blurb: One night, Sultan Mahmud Shah, the ruler of Melaka, was visited by a wonderful lady in a dream. The lady is Puteri Gunung Ledang, the princess who has guarded Gung Ledang for hundreds of years. Sultan Mahmud Shah orders his men, led by Lasamana Hang Tuah, to Gunung Ledang to convey his marriage proposal to her. Will Hang Tuah fulfil his duty?

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Places, History

5 Keywords (other than themes): legend, Melaka, princess, mountain, sultan

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A straight forward retelling of a Malaysian legend.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-967-415-463-9

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

You Belong to Me

Title of Picture Book: You Belong to Me

Author: Mamoru Suzuki

Illustrator: Mamoru Suzuki

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Museyon, USA (http://www.museyon.com/shop/)

Publisher’s Blurb: (no blurb)

Original Japanese title: Anata Ga Daisuki
Translated into English by Mariko Shii Gharbi

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): self, nature

5 Keywords (other than themes): feelings, love, animals

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A charming book with few words and lovely illustrations that feels warm and fuzzy.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-940842-12-7

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

The Circle

Title of Picture Book: The Circle

Author: Ken Spillman

Illustrator: Manjari Chakravarti

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Armour Publishing, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Do we really care about the Others? Do the Others care about the other Others? What do we do when forests are shrinking away to nothing?

The Circle is an inspiring story with globally-relevant themes. It is a modern parable about the most important issues of our time. It evokes innocence and the corrosive power of social pressure, exclusion and bullying.

In a troubled world, The Circle celebrates our universal need for understanding and peace.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Friends

5 Keywords (other than themes): friendship, environment, bullying, earth, inclusion

Brief Review (in under 50 words): As it is based on an abstract concept, older readers would enjoy this picture book.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4597-09-8

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

Little Wayang Kid

Title of Picture Book: Little Wayang Kid

Author: Raymond Tan

Illustrator: Joey Ng Kai Woon

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Brainchild Pictures, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: (No blurb)

Story of an Indian boy learning Chinese wayang.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Self, family,

5 Keywords (other than themes): Bilingual, culture, arts, performance, harmony

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple story with interesting actions.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-1125-6

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses Sia

New Croc on the Block

Title of Picture Book: New Croc on the Block

Author: Marissa Chok, Tracy Koh, Georges Ip, Peh Zhen Yi, Tan Pek Yan

Illustrator: Tracy Koh

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Raffles Ecological Literacy Programme, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Cyril’s old has just been destroyed and he is looking for a new place to stay. Chancing upon Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, he begins a journey filled with memorable encounters and unexpected delights, in his quest for a perfect new home.

Join Cyril on his unforgettable quest as he explores Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve with the help of his knowledgeable guide, Kingsley the Stork-billed Kingfisher!

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): nature

5 Keywords (other than themes): crocodiles, otters, mangrove forest, environment, habitats

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Great for introducing readers to nature and environmental protection.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-0020-5

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

Mindy’s First MRT Adventure

Title of Picture Book: Mindy’s First MRT Adventure

Author: Chin Yu Teng, Debra Thang, Wendy Yee

Illustrator: Twisstii

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): LTA, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Mindy has always wanted to ride the train.

One day after school, Daddy decides to take her on her very first MRT adventure.

Join Mindy as she explores the sights and sounds on the MRT, and discovers her new favourite way to travel.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): family, places

5 Keywords (other than themes): politeness, transport, courtesy, behaviour, outing

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A straight forward story about proper behaviour on the train.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-4663-3

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

Guai Wu The Chinese Elf

Title of Picture Book: Guai Wu The Chinese Elf

Author: Adeline Foo

Illustrator: Christine Lim Simpson

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ethos Books, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Guai Wu looks different from other children. Because of this, they shun him and hurl ugly names and unkind words at him. One day, Guai Wu met a seamstress who took him in, and offered him food and shelter. Then, mysteriously, beautifully embroidered items started appearing in her home. Does Guai Wu have anything to do with them? And does he finally find acceptance for who he is?

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): self, friends, family

5 Keywords (other than themes): grateful, kindness, looks, beauty, friendship

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Good story.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-2898-1

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses