List: The Nightingale Who Couldn’t Sing

Title of Picture Book: The Nightingale Wh Couldn’t Sing

Author: Angie Featherstone

Illustrator: Stephanie Wong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Ring! Ring! Quark! Quark!

Thats not the sound of a nightingale’s song. But no matter how hard Holly tried, she just couldn’t seem to sing as well as her brothers and sisters!

So poor Holly ran away until Mummy found her and showed her something more important than singing a beautiful song.

5 Keywords (other than themes): acceptance, talent, identity, birds, mother

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple and colourful story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-2618-8

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

List: Extraordinary Eloise

Title of Picture Book: Extraordinary Eloise

Author: Charlene Chua

Illustrator: Paula Pang

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Eloise was a perfectly ordinary girl. But she didn’t want to be ordinary. She wanted to be extraordinary! Could she really do that?

Join Eloise in this funny and inspiring story as she finds out what it means to be truly extraordinary.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Identity, talents, peer pressure, classmates, individuality

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A fun read.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4398-26-8

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

List: Dad’s Too Busy

Title of Picture Book: Dad’s Too Busy

Author: Lily Kong

Illustrator: Jeanette Yap

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Meet Emma. She’s six. She’s smart. And she has a tabby cat … that she took in without her Mum’s and Dad’s permission. To be fair, she did try to tell them;they were just too busy to listen.

But soon the secret becomes difficult to keep …

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Pets, busy, parents, permission, time

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A charming story which is perhaps a wake-up call to busy parents to be more attentive to their children.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-5767-6

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

List: Why Do Chinese Shout Yam Seng?

Title of Picture Book: Why Do The Chinese Shout Yam Seng and Other Questions

Author: Edmund Wee

Illustrator: Chee Jia Yee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Why do Chinese eat noodles at wedding dinners? Why do they hang blankets at HDB void decks during a funeral wake? Why is Chinatown called “bullock cart water”?

We provide the answers – and useful tips – to some of the most-asked questions young Singaporeans might have about the Chinese.

This book is part of a fun series about the Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians. Each handbook uses twenty questions to highlight diversity and promote understanding of the different races in Singapore.


5 Keywords (other than themes): Customs, traditions, politeness, food, racial harmony

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting questions with simply written answers. The illustrations are colourful and literal.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-46-5568-2

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

List: Mummy’s Hero

Title of Picture Book: Mummy’s Hero

Author: Jumaini Ariff

Illustrator: Jumaini Ariff

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Something had scared Mummy and Qiyah! What is it? Ariff quickly comes to their rescue. Ariff is brave because he has promised Daddy to look after his mummy and little sister at home.

Ariff is a cheerful and active 6-year-old boy. Like any child, Ariff sometimes gets into trouble. In this series, Ariff discovers new things about life, his environment and himself. His parents and little sister Qiyah are also part of his adventures and experiences.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Lizard, Silat, promises, courage, hero

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A story for talking about keeping promises, bravery, and fears.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-9971-77-765-4

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

List: Who’s Behind That Wall

Title of Picture Book: Who’s Behind That Wall

Author: Kim Eun-Hee

Illustrator: Soong Chungyee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: This book is dedicated to our foreign brothers and sisters who travelled far to toil on foreign soil.

We are grateful. Thank you.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Migrant workers, animals, mystery, kindness, gratitude

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple story about migrant workers that would be a good springboard for chats about the issue with young readers.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-1102-30-1

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

List: That Little Girl

Title of Picture Book: That Little Girl

Author: Julie Lim

Illustrator: Julie Lim

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Self-published

Publisher’s Blurb: This is the story of Emily. You may have already met her, or someone like her in school or in the park. You know, the one who’s a little picky or strange. Your Mummy and Daddy may have even wagged their fingers at her, saying “Tsk, tsk, tsk! That little girl!”
But well, if you haven’t, meet Emily at her fourth birthday party. Will she have the princess-est party ever, as Mummy has planned? Or will she act up … again?
You see, Emily actually has Sensory Processing Disorder, which is commonly defiend as the inability of the brain to correctly process information brought in by the senses.
Oops, a little difficult to understand? Never mind. You will, once you get to know Emily.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Party, sensory processing disorder, senses, patience

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An interesting story with illustrations that included the work from the author’s daughter. A useful launchpad for speaking about children who have challenges.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 981-05-6307-8

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

List: Jack and Jill at Bukit Timah Hill

Title of Picture Book: Jack and Jill Up Bukit Timah Hill

Author: Gwen Lee

Illustrator: twisstii

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Jack and Jill went up the hill,
To find the Monkey Man.
Jack fell down, and claimed he was ill,
And left Jill without a plan.

In this new collection of nursery rhymes, Gwen Lee has given traditional favourites a Singaporean twist, blending local flavour and humour to create memorable poems, which Singaporeans of all ages can enjoy.


5 Keywords (other than themes): Poems, durians, Singapore, food, fun

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A delightful collection of rhymes accompanied by attractive illustrations. The original nursery rhymes and “brainy bites” of background information are found at the back of the book.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4615-85-3

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

List: Why Am I Blue?

Title of Picture Book: Why Am I Blue?

Author: Melanie Lee

Illustrator: David Liew

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Squirky realises that he looks very different from daddy, mummy and sister Emma, and wants to know why. His parents tell him the story of how he came to be part of their family. Squirky finds out that he’s not actually from Earth, but a mysterious place called Planet Q!

This is the first book in The Adventures of Squirky the Alien series and marks the beginning of Squirky’s quest to find his birth parents and discover where he came from.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Adoption, imagination, acceptance, identity,

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An intriguing story and a good launchpad for speaking about adoption.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-967-415-206-2

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

List: Where Are All The Birds?

Title of Picture Book: Where Are All The Birds – The Extraordinary Mind of Dr Goh Keng Swee

Author: Darel Seow

Illustrator: Darel Seow

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Where are all the birds? Why am I in this world? How do we bring life to a dead island? Questions, questions, questions. They buzzed non-stop in Dr Goh Keng Swee’s mind, even as a little boy, and drove him into becoming one of the titans in Singapore’s success story. From providing jobs to building a formidable army to delighting in the wonders of nature, he left a lasting imprint in his fellow citizens at work and in play.


5 Keywords (other than themes): Curiosity, history, helpful, nature, questioning

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Structured using a series of interesting questions, Dr Goh’s life is presented in an interesting manner. There is also a hunt to find a hidden bird in each spread.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4655-79-8

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