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: 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

List: A Very Big Storm

Title of Picture Book: A Very Big Storm

Author: Emily Lim

Illustrator: Scrawl Studio

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

Publisher’s Blurb: A very big storm is coming! The Squirrel family, Monkey family, Sparrow and Little Honey Bear are all worried. How are they going to stay nice and dry?


5 Keywords (other than themes): Cooperation, animals, teamwork, shelter, diversity 

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple story of animals each playing their part so that together they can face crisis better. Includes a colouring page at the end.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-0358-5

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

List: Prince Bear and Pauper Bear

Title of Picture Book: Prince Bear and Pauper Bear

Author: Emily Lim
Illustrator: Neal Sharp
Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Mustard Seed Books, Singapore
Publisher’s Blurb: Pauper Bear is a sad little teddy bear who kings to be loved. Prince Bear is a proud bear who loves himself. When their paths take different turns, the two bears discover that things do not happen as they expect …
A delightful and charming take of love, friendship and teddy bears by a winner of Singapore’s “First-time Writer and Illustrators Publishing Initiative” award.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Friendship, acceptance, love, helping, toys

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A charming tale that is enjoyable and carries an encouraging theme of extending help as a gesture of love. 

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-05-9004-8

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

List: Juno, A Kummy Story

Title of Picture Book: Juno, a Kummy story

Author: Lynette Wan
Illustrator: Dexian Feng
Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Self-published, Singapore
Publisher’s Blurb: Have you ever heard of the Kummies? They are plant people who live on a fruit farm. They look identifical, think alike and do the same thing every other day. Junko, a Kummy who looks a little different from the rest, chooses to be an exception – something most of us stay away from. An unexpected trip and fierce summer heat upset the Kummies’ routine, leaving them with no choice but to seek help from Juno. How can Juno help? Will the Kummies embrace change? The Kummies are about to embark on the journey to discovering that change is not all bad.


5 Keywords (other than themes): Change, adapting, imagination, seeds, plants

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple story about diversity and also the willingness to embrace change.
Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB Singapore
ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-5427-0
Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

Listing: The Lonely Boy and the Ugly Dog

IMG_6269Title of Picture Book: The Lonely Boy and the Ugly Dog

Author: Eliza Teoh

Illustrator: John Lim

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

Publisher’s Blurb: An awkward boy. A hideous dog. An unlikely friendship. Then, a terrible disaster … Whimsical and heartfelt, this is a story of friendship, loyalty, bravery and sacrifice.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): fire, acceptance, history, art, loneliness

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A story written entirely in rhyme. Inspired by a painting by Liu Kang (Life by the River) and a historic fire in Singapore.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-7202-8

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

List: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Ariel and Her Honesty Pig

Ariel and Her Honesty Pig_coverTitle: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Ariel and Her Honesty Pig

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Patrick Yee

Publisher and Country: MandarinaKids, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Ariel has a weak leg. She thinks that children will not befriend her because of her leg. She tells a lie about having many friends. Meng Meng and An An help Ariel learn the values of honesty and friendship.

Ariel and her Honesty Pig

5 Keywords (other than themes): friendship, honesty, birthday, problem-solving, bilingualism.

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A bilingual picture book with Chinese, English and hanyu pinyin. Fun flip ups and an audio CD complements this book that celebrates honesty and friendship.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): https://paulineltl.wordpress.com/

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-9660-0

Submitted by  Pauline Loh

List: The Robot in My Playground

RobotTitle of Picture Book: The Robot in My Playground

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Avina Tan

Publisher and Country: Epigram Books, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Lucas loves robots. Especially the robot in the playground near his house. How he wishes that the robot would come to life. And after a big storm, it does!
They forge a friendship that will have a deep impact on Lucas for years to come.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): friendship, robots, science fiction, aliens, career choices

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This is a good book to engage children in conversations about friendship, relocation and career choices. However, on a less serious note – it is good simply for a fun read. The artwork is rich and colourful.
Read about how 2 illustrators ‘fought over’ the book! https://paulineltl.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/they-fought-over-robot-in-my-playground/

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-5583-6

Submitted by Pauline Loh

List: Bumping Bumpity Bob

FullSizeRender 8Title of Picture Book: Bumping Bumpity Bob

Author: Ben Wong, Sid Hamid

Illustrator: Ben Wong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Bumping Bumpity Bob has a little problem which his town does not know how to deal with, With a little help, a little acknowledgement, a little perseverance, what seems impossible can actually come true.
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5 Keywords (other than themes): sensory processing, difficult, generous, emotions

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This book addresses the issues that children with sensory processing face. Through Bob’s tale of having an “exchange” of experience, it is hoped that those around such children can better understand and get along with such children. This story is entirely written in rhyme.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-3745-7

List: Rooster Raga

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Title of Picture Book: Rooster Raga

Author: Natasha Sharma

Illustrator: Priya Kuriyan

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tulika Books, India

Publisher’s Blurb: Do roosters sing ragas? This one does, but like all true artists discovers it after a lot of struggle! Every time he opens his mouth he has a new tune – but not the kukaroo kuroo of the other roosters! His friends skip and stretch, stamp and roll while trying to teach him to get it right. This cheeky, foot-tapping story invites big and little readers to move and sing, clap and tap along with Priya Kuriyan’s expressive characters.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): animals, music, exercise, farm, creativity

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This is an interesting book that invites participation in moving and singing along with a host of farm animals. It also invites a chat about talents, confidence, creativity, practice and helping others. It cold also lead to an exploration of Asian music terms such as “raga”.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-93-5046-454-0