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

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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‚Äôs 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

Larry in School

Title of Picture Book: Larry in School

Author: Devaki Nair

Illustrator: Chen Dai

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ol International. Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: (No blurb)

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): first day of school, behaviour, play, learning

Brief Review (in under 50 words): About a boy that behaves a little differently in class, and who enjoys playing just like the other children.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 981-05-3995-9

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

There are Saga Seeds in our Pockets

Title of Picture Book: There are Saga Seeds in our Pockets

Author: Maria Mahat

Illustrator: Idris Ali

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ungu Pen Education, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Mahir and his classmates go on an excursion at Malay Heritage Centre. He and his best friend, Aqil, wonder what Singapore was like in the olden days. Their imagination leads them to explore snapshots of old and fascinating Singapore, and the culture of the Malays. A bilingual English-Malay storybook that includes a wide range of learning for young children. A must-have for all preschoolers and primary schoolers!

Comes with a DVD

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Malay, game, museum, imagination, bilingual

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Many opportunities to learn more about the Malay culture and heritage.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-0539-5

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

Practice Makes Po-fect!

Title of Picture Book: Practice Makes Po-fect!

Author: Tan Chun Xiao, Diandrea Ho Siu Ping, Nicholas Tan Kian Boon, Ang Hao Duan

Illustrator: Tan Chun Xiao

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Po, the Raffles’ Banded Langur, has just started climbing but, it is not as easy as it seems! He does not want to be the slowest in his troop anymore, so he goes off looking for his friends for help. Join Po in his journey as he learns to work hard and never give up.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): practice, animals, motion, support, unique

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Besides the Raffles Banded Langur, this story also introduces the Common Gliding Lizard, Malayan Colugo and Paradise Tree Snake

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-3249-0

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

Layang-layang

Title of Picture Book: Layang-layang

Author: Lucy Pou K H

Illustrator: Boboy

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): L.A.M.P. Learning, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: A mediating-to-learn book.

Kassim feels sad when his birthday present, a kite, is lost. When Kassim finds the kite that he lost, it is no longer the same. Can Kassim do anything about it?

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): mediating learning, problem solving, kite, emotion, lost

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Comes with suggestions on how to mediate learning using this book based on the Mediating Learning Practice Framework. (Not about mediation.)

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-2312-2

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

Where Oh Where is Monty Bear?

Title of Picture Book: WhereOh Where is Monty Bear? Singapore

Author: Belinda Trewartha, Rebecca Hamer

Illustrator: Zura Johnson

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Monty Bear Pty Ltd

Publisher’s Blurb: Meet Monty Bear

Monty is a special bear with a story to tell.

When we last met Monty, he had opened his magical book and with an explosion of fireworks, Monty was transported to the twinkling star on the map.

Join Monty on his first adventure as he learns to be open-minded and confident, explores Singapore and solves a riddle along the way.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): landmarks, Singapore, merlion, confidence, imagination

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A virtual tour of Singapore. One of the main character was said to be riding a rickshaw when it should be trishaw.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 878-0-6-180285-1-2

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