List: Little Otter Goes Fishing

Title of Picture Book: Little Otter Goes Fishing

Author: Emily Lim

Illustrator: Scrawl Studio

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Singapore National Co-operative Federation

Publisher’s Blurb: Little Otter wants to catch his own food. But does he know where to begin. Find out how Little Otter larns to fish for himself and has some fun along the way.

5 Keywords (other than themes): learning, perseverance, sharing, mutual-help, self-help

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Lively illustrations.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-1858-9

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

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List: Makan Tine!

Title of Picture Book: Makan Time!

Author: Sharon Ismail

Illustrator: Elieth Sardinas

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Whenever Sarah goes out with Grandpa, it is always Makan Time!

Join Sarah as she discovers local delicacies such as Nasi lemak, and Roti Prata with her grandfather. Set in a typical Singaporean setting, Sarah learns that it is good to try new foods and that it is alright if we like different things.

My Grandfather’s Magic Car is a bilingual (English-Malay) picture book series written for preschool readers. It includes a glossary and activities page at the end of the book to support comprehension and vocabulary building.

5 Keywords (other than themes): car, food, honesty, healthy eating, bilingual

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Colourful illustrations.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-7578-0

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

List: Stacey goes to The Peranakan Museum

Title of Picture Book: Stacey goes to The Peranakan Museum

Author: Lianne Ong

Illustrator: James Tan

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

Publisher’s Blurb: When Stacey accompanies her aunt to the Peranakan Museum, she does not realise what an adventure it’ll become.

Boy, is she in for a wonderful surprise …

5 Keywords (other than themes): culture, kebaya, imagination, history, museum

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An imaginative visit to the museum.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4597-80-7

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

List: The Amazing Sarong

Title of Picture Book: The Amazing Sarong

Author: Quek Hong Shin

Illustrator: Quek Hong Shin

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Adi and Nora are about to go to the beach when their mother takes off her sarong baby sling and tells them to take it. And what an adventure they had with it.

5 Keywords (other than themes): sarong, beach, games, food, creativity

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A nostalgic tale about the many uses of a sarong.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4615-86-0

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

List: Timmy and Tammy at the Esplanade 

Title of Picture Book: Timmy and Tammy at the Esplanade

Author: Ruth Wan-Lau

Illustrator: Eliz Ong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Join Timmy and Tammy as they go out and about to explore and learn. Practice reading skills and have fun with the activity at the back.

Timmy and Tammy watch a performance in the beautiful Esplanade. What a great experience!

5 Keywords (other than themes): reader, performance, opera, etiquette, autograph

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Attractive illustrations.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-6563-3

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

List: The Rain Tree

Title of Picture Book: The Rain Tree

Author: Lee Seow Ser

Illustrator: Jafri Janif

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Upset by a quarrel with his brother, Chong escapes to a secret place. As he connects with some lovely things, he relaxes with many happy thoughts of his mother’s love and his dear friend – the Rain Tree – before finally taking a simple, gracious step tto make up with Meng.

A heartwarming, original tale about the beauty of trees and mother-child bonds, this book celebrates Rain Trees in Singapore, Mother Nature, mothers and children. The book also highlights how Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, launched the Tree Planting Campaign.

This book is also available in Braille (978-981-11-3506-4). Typeface used is known as Dyslexie Font.

5 Keywords (other than themes): arborist, parts of tree, quarrel, fruits, prime minister

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An informative book.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-1123-5

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

List: Just Like Mummy

Title of Picture Book: Just Like Mummy

Author: Wendy Chua K Wand

Illustrator: unstated

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

Publisher’s Blurb: In “Just Like Mummy”, May plays ‘pretend’. In a scenario familiar to parents and caregivers of preschoolers, May imitates Mummy’s behaviour to the last detail and wants to be like her. See how May imitates Mummy’s behaviour in picking up Jin’s clothes, dressing for work and patting baby Jo to sleep.

5 Keywords (other than themes): role-play, imitation, creative, intelligence, thinking

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Comes with prompt questions alongside the story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-01-8261-8

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

List: Farrer Park

Title of Picture Book: Farrer Park – Rhyming Verses from a Singapore Childhood

Author: Ann Peters

Illustrator: Lydia Yang

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

Publisher’s Blurb: In tis charming collection of rhyming verses, Ann Peters tells the stories of her wondrous, carefree childhood in the Farrer Park neighbourhood. Embodying the spirit of the people and places in the Singapore of old, these poems are imbued with fond memories that Ann hopes to share with children of today. The poems are accompanied by lovely full-colour illustrations by Lydia Yang, a promising Singaporean artist.

5 Keywords (other than themes): poems, food, memories, grandparents, dengue

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A cheery collection of poems about delightful food and people from the past. Might just be a little challenging for younger readers but should still be fun to be read aloud with them.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-1676-9

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

List: when Grandma Sees a Whirlpool

Title of Picture Book: When Grandma Sees a Whirlpool

Author: Denise Au Eong

Illustrator: Eliz Ong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Grandma’s eye has gone wonky and Julian is worried. He wants Grandma to get well and to see clearly again.
Turn the pages to find out how Julian discovers what is wrong with Grandma’s eye and how a visit to the eye doctor changes the lifestyles of Julian and his family.

This beautifully illustrated and easy-to-understand book is written with the intention to raise the awareness of age-related macular degeneration or AMD from an early age through storytelling. Although AMD is the most common cause of blindness in developed countries, the awareness of this condition in the community is low. A greater understanding of AMD and its risk factors can encourage people to lead healthier lifestyles that can potentially decrease the chances of developing AMD in later life. The authors hope that this book will go some way to help fight blindness from this sight-threatening disease.

5 Keywords (other than themes): eye, disease, ageing, doctor, grandparents, health

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A fairly plain and detailed narrative of going for an eye-examination for AMD. Interesting but could also be overly information heavy. All the same, helpful for encouraging a healthier lifestyle, for young and old.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-6119-6

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

List: My Name is Nadia. I have Autism.

Title of Picture Book: My Name is Nadia. I have Austism.

Author: Huda Patel

Illustrator: EorG

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Nadia looks like any other eight-year-old girl. She likes to sing and read books. She loves to eat chocolate and play balloons. But Nadia also likes to repeat words and pace around.
She dislikes noises as they are often amplified in her ears.
Welcome to Nadia’s world. Have you met children with autism like her?

Also comes with Malay text.

5 Keywords (other than themes): autism, dyslexie font, diversity, school, grandparents

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An attractive book with a fairly straight forward telling of the experience of a girl with autism. More information about autism is given in the back matters.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-1349-9

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