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

List: The Runaway Who Became President

Title of Picture Book: The Runaway Who Became President – SR Nathan’s Journey of Hope

Author: Amanda Kee

Illustrator: Patrick Yee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: President SR Nathan had a difficult childhood. His father died when he was only eight years old. He was twice kicked out of school. Ashamed to face his mother, he ran away from home, begging for food and sleeping in street corners. But each time he was in need, a stranger would help him. Nathan remembered these acts of kindness and never lost hope. So when he became president, he wanted people to know that a little kindness can go a long way.


5 Keywords (other than themes): President, kindness, helpful, perseverance , history

Brief Review (in under 50 words): While a little text-heavy, it does tell an exemplary story of kindness and humility.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-170-0-606

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

List: Vanishing Material

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Title of Picture Book: Vanishing Materials

Author: Jesvin Yeo

Illustrator: Jesvin Yeo, Quek Teng Wan

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): National Library Board and Basheer Graphic Books, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Vanishing Materials is a children’s story based on the intrinsic meaning of the word ‘adaptable’. Drawn from the long history of traditional woodclay, a material originally used in the crafting of Chinese religious objects, its use had changed with the times. Woodclay has been gradually modelled into commercialised figurines souvenirs of early Singapore island settlers like the Satay Man and Samsui Woman. Also, one can see the assimilation of Western pop culture iconographies such as the Halloween pumpkin, Gingerbread man and candy houses into woodclay figurines.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): history, culture, craft, Singapore, innovation

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This book is in an accordion-format with one side in English and the other in Chinese. It presents the story of a boy getting acquainted with a material, woodclay, which is used differently.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4897-9

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

List: Bo Bo and Cha Cha Cook Up a Storm

Title of Picture Book: Bo Bo and Cha Cha Cook Up a Storm

Author: Jason Erik Lundberg

Illustrator: Patrick Yee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: When a friend asks Bo Bo and Cha Cha to fill in for him at his royal stall, the pandas are eager to help out. But do they have what it takes to make delicious rojak? It turns out they do! Find out what their secret is in this delightful new Bo Bo and Cha Cha story.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Food, rojak, Singapore, helpful, recipe

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A fun read about a local dish, rojak, in this cute series based on these two pandas.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4615-33-4

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