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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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List: Little Cloud Wants Snow

Title of Picture Book: Little Cloud Wants Snow

Author: Gwen Lee

Illustrator: Neal Sharp

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Little Cloud lives in the tropics where it never snows. But when he decides that he wants to make a snowman, Mama Cloud takes him to look for snow. In this sweet, whimsical tale about love, loss and precipitation, Little Cloud finds out that there is something more precious than all the snow in the world.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): mother, water cycle, rainbow, geography, science

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting tale that weaves together the love of a mother for her child, the water cycle, and even famous landmarks of the world.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4398-27-5

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

List: Morris takes a chance

Title of Picture Book: Morris Takes A Chance

Author: Amanda Teow

Illustrator: Amanda Teow

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Morris the Mouse wakes up in the night to hear strange sounds outside his little home. What could be making all that noise?

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): rhymes, fear, mouse, animals, cat

Brief Review (in under 50 words): There’s a series of interesting rhymes in part of the story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-39-0

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

List: Pura the Cat

Title of Picture Book: Pura the Cat

Author: Tan Soon Meng

Illustrator: Ann Gee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Pura lives at Boat Quay with his three best friends. Other stray cats don’t pay any attention to Pura – until they find out that he is a special kind of cat. But when he gets in trouble, Pura finds out just who his real friends are.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): cats, breed, helpful, friendship, strays

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Attractive illustrations

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4398-23-7

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

List: The Adventures of Mooty

Title of Picture Book: The Adventures of Mooty

Author: Jessie wee

Illustrator: Kwan Shan Mei

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The Adventures of Mooty, first published in 1980, depicts the delightful adventures of a lovable mouse who endears himself to a community of animals, birds and insects and becomes their hero. This new edition of five books, each comprising two stories, will find Mooty warming the hearts of the young once more.

In Book One: Mooty and Grandma and Mooty and the Satay-man

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): mouse, fright, food, animals, hawker

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The story and illustrations are delightful and has a tinge of nostalgia to them.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4276-55-9

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

List: From Manila with Love

From Manila With LoveTitle of Picture Book: From Manila With Love: A Balikbayan Story

Author: Amy Luna Capelle

Illustrator: Auri Asuncion Yambao

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc., PHILIPPINES

Publisher’s Blurb: What does it mean to “come home” for the first time? From Manila With Love tells the story of a young girl who accompanies her Filipina mother to Manila for the first time. Readers will delight in her delightful, unexpected discoveries–from arriving in a sticky-hot airport to meeting relatives face-to-face to sitting down to a splendid table of native dishes and–best of all, meeting the grandmother who has loved her through years of letter-writing and sending pasalubongs. Here is a story that tenderly captures the incomparable joy of the balikbayan experience. Told in rhyming verse accompanied by picturesque illustrations, this book will surely resonate with all Filipino children, wherever they may be in the world.
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Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Family, Self, Places

5 Keywords (other than themes): Home, Travel, Grandmother, Reunions, Identity

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “A must-read if we want our children to know and love our heritage, culture, and country.”
–The Learning Basket

Where to buy or borrow (if available): www.tahananbooks.ph

ISBN Number (if available): ISBN: 978-971-630-183-0

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

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List: Mang Andoy’s Signs

Mang Andoy's Signs (front cover)Title of Picture Book: Mang Andoy’s Signs

Author: Mailin Paterno

Illustrator: Pepper Roxas

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc., PHILIPPINES

Publisher’s Blurb: Mang Andoy the signmaker is given the challenge of a lifetime when the Mayor barges into his workshop one day and complains, “It’s chaos out there! Nobody’s following the rules!” How then can Mang Andoy create signs that would turn their unruly community into law-abiding citizens? The art of persuasion is delightfully unveiled in Paterno’s richly nuanced urban tale brought to street life by Roxas’s zany imagination. Children will be all the wiser to learn that how you ask is just as important as what you ask for.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Rules, Courtesy, Road Safety, Directions, Order and Chaos

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Beautiful contradictions!

“Ms. Roxas’ illustrations complement Ms. Paterno’s prose. The images I conjured is enriched through her collages. There is so much to see and to take in in every page. A feast for the eyes! That part of the book where Mang Andoy puts up the signs is an invitation to play with the author and the illustrator. Ms. Roxas provided an environment where members of the community are seen reacting to this attempt of creating order in chaos. Ms. Paterno further challenges the reader to interact not only with the written word, but the spaces in between them. There is something hidden there. The silence in these spaces made me wonder. And then, there is that arrival at an AHA moment. Oh, what fun!” – Zarah Gagatiga

Where to buy or borrow (if available): www.tahananbooks.ph

ISBN Number (if available): ISBN: 978-971-630-182-3

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

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List: 123 Tara, Laro Tayo!

TaraLaroTayo coverTitle of Picture Book: 123 Tara, Laro Tayo!

Author: Elbert Or

Illustrator: Elbert Or

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc., PHILIPPINES

Publisher’s Blurb: Our very young readers need to discover the magic of books before they are mesmerized by he spells of the computer. In this delightful bilingual concept book, children will learn to count from one to ten as they follow the playful Carabao and his other animal friends through the joy of uniquely Filipino games. The witty illustrations will delight child readers and keep them entertained for hours.
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Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Friends, Fun, Counting

5 Keywords (other than themes): Bilingual, Outdoor games, Numbers, Preschool, Animals

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “A delightful book for toddlers learning to count and play simple games.” –Nina Lim-Yuson, Executive Director, Museo Pambata Foundation

“Our very young readers need to discover the magic of books before they are mesmerized by he spells of the computer. In this delightful bilingual concept book, children will learn to count from one to ten as they follow the playful Carabao and his other animal friends through the joy of uniquely Filipino games. The witty illustrations will delight child readers and keep them entertained for hours.” –Carla M. Pacis, Gawad Balagtas Lifetime Achievement Awardee for Children’s Literature in English

Where to buy or borrow (if available): www.tahananbooks.ph

ISBN Number (if available): ISBN: 978-621-422-006-9

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

List: Pagtulog Na, Nene

Pagtulog Na NeneTitle of Picture Book: Pagtulog Na, Nene

Author: A Hiligaynon Lullaby

Illustrator: Hermes Alegre

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc., PHILIPPINES

Publisher’s Blurb: “Pagtulog na, Nene” is a gentle lullaby from the Hiligaynon-speaking people of Panay Island in western Visayas, Philippines. The name “Nene” is a term of endearment for a female child or a young woman in the Visayas, and even in Luzon. Today, the song is frequently rendered in arranged choral style because of its sweet melody and flowing rhythm. It is possible that there are other versions of this lullaby, since folk songs are an oral tradition. They are shaped and reshaped over time by the people that sing them.
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Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Family

5 Keywords (other than themes): Lullaby, Folk song, Painting, Mother & child, Bedtime

Brief Review (in under 50 words): If you loved Hermes Alegre’s art in BAHAY KUBO (1993), you’ll love his mother and child paintings against vivid countryside backdrops in his new picture book, PAGTULOG NA, NENE (2017).

Where to buy or borrow (if available): www.tahananbooks.ph

ISBN Number (if available): ISBN: 978-621-422-013-7

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

List: First Around the Globe

First Around the GlobeTitle of Picture Book: FIRST AROUND THE GLOBE: The Story of Enrique

Author: Reni Roxas and Marc Singer

Illustrator: Arnel Mirasol

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc., PHILIPPINES

Publisher’s Blurb: Meet Enrique, Ferdinand Magellan’s loyal servant and interpreter, who traveled with his master during the first quarter of the sixteenth century. Follow Enrique’s ten-year journey around the world, from the time he was kidnapped by pirates as a youth, to Magellan’s death at the Battle of Mactan.

Inspired by an article written by National Artist for Historical Literature Carlos Quirino, with vibrant illustrations rendered by Arnel Mirasol, this much-awaited twentieth-anniversary edition introduces a new generation of young people to Enrique, the accidental balikbayan who was also an extraordinary witness to history.
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Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): History, Places, Discovery

5 Keywords (other than themes): Travel, Navigation, Ferdinand Magellan, Malay, Journey

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “If all our history books were written like First Around the Globe, history would certainly be the most interesting and delightful subject in school.” —Junior Inquirer Magazine

“An irresistible yarn that provides a history lesson with a twist.”—Mega Magazine

Where to buy or borrow (if available): www.tahananbooks.ph

ISBN Number (if available): ISBN: 978-621-422-008-3

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

List: 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 themselves in trouble when they get 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, through their food heritage.

5 Keywords (other than themes): festivals, heritage, forgiveness, food, adoption

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The punishment of Itam would be considered brutal by today’s standard. It might be a concern or a suitable platform for talking about this matter with a child.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-1328-4

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