List: San’s Home

Title of Picture Book: San’s Home

Author: Chew Chia Shao Wei

Illustrator: Anngee Neo

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

Publisher’s Blurb: San is in her spaceship! Lion is keeping her company. What will they see and do next?

The universe is almost, but not quite, bigger than imagination. Within it, we are sheltered by a place we call ‘home’. For San, home is right here in Singapore, but San is also a child of the universe.

5 Keywords (other than themes): imagination, science, map, galaxy, neighbourhood

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A delightful and simple way to present perspective and a sense of place.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4699-41-9

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

List: Indy! Indy! Indy!

Title of Picture Book: Indy! Indy! Indy!

Author: Tan Winnie

Illustrator: Quek Hong Shin

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Six-year-old Josh is learning to do things on his own. His mum tells him he’s starting to be independent. Curious about what that means, he finds out about three naval ships named RSS Independence and of their effrts to keep Singapore independent.

Published by Epigram for the Republic of Singapore Navy.

5 Keywords (other than themes): history, Singapore, navy, independence, occupation

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Written in rhymes.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-2869-1

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

List: Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel Singapore

Title of Picture Book: Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel Singapre

Author: Fleur Vella-Chang

Illustrator: Fleur Vella-Chang

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

Publisher’s Blurb: What do the animals at the Singapore Zoo do on their day off? They meet foe tea at Raffles, of course.

Each illustration in this board book represents an important landmark or icon of Singapore. For example, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Jurong Bird Park, Shophouses in Joo Chiat, etc.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Singapore, animals, rhymes, friends, landmark

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Vibrant illustrations and simple rhymes.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-8566-0

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

List: Stacey goes to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Title of Picture Book: Stacey goes to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Author: Lianne Ong

Illustrator: James Tan

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Stacey dives into the exhibits at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum and learns secrets from the past. Join her on her latest magical adventures.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Raffles, bear, snail, imagination, nature

Brief Review (in under 50 words): There is an imaginative twist that makes the history of the museum in an interesting way.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4668-67-5

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

List: The Watchtower Warrior

Title of Picture Book: The Watchtower Warrior

Author: Shekinah Linn

Illustrator: Tan Seow Wei

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Little Bud loves her father’s tales of the East and the West. Inspired by the stories, Little Bud comes up with a brilliant idea to protect her village from bandits.

A charming tale about a girl’s imagination and determination, inspired by a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Mulan, courage, creativity, helpfulness, perseverance

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “This lively text is sensitively matched with delicate illustrations to produce a story that is both endearing and inspiring.” – Joyce Dunbar, best-selling writer

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-08-6

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

List: Koko the Great

Title of Picture Book: Koko the Great

Author: Natalie Hennedige

Illustrator: Twisstii

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): National Art Gallery, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Koko is a small village boy with a lively imagination, so life by the river is never dull. This adventure takes Koko further than he has ever been, to the end of the river where the river meets the sea. Does Koko take a step into the great beyond?

Koko’s story was inspired by “Life by the River”, an oil painting by one of Singapore’s first generation artist Liu Kang. The painting is in the collection of the National Heritage Board, Singapore.

5 Keywords (other than themes): imagination, art, national art gallery, painting, history

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “A wonderful story that celebrates the imagination of young children.” – Suchen Christine Lim, Singapore Literature Prizewinner

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

ISBN Number (if available): 079-981-08-8758-2

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

List: Tiny Feet Tiny Shoes

Title of Picture Book: Tiny Feet Tiny Shoes

Author: Adeline Foo

Illustrator: Beth Parrocha

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Grandma was only six years old when she witnessed the planting of a silk cotton seed in a garden. Years later, she returned to bury something in the garden, where ‘X’ marked the spot “seven steps” away from the young tree which had grown in place of the seed. Many, many years later, she was back again, staring in awe at a GIANT of the cotton tree! But try as she might, she couldn’t find ‘X’. Racing against time, she searched hard, desperate to reconnect with memories of a childhood spent in China where she had gone through both pain and joy. Just what was so precious that had been buried? Would she succeed in retracing her steps to find her treasure?

5 Keywords (other than themes): memories, history, grandparent, culture, treasure hunting

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A good springboard for talking about an unusual facet of history.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-9112-8

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

List: Maddie Makes Friends

Title of Picture Book: Maddie Makes Friends

Author: Ho Lee-Ling

Illustrator: Patrick Yee

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Housing and Development Board, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Maddie lived in a world of her own and was always listening to her headphones. She never smiled and hardly had friends. During Maddie’s stay with him during the school holidays, Grandfather Moon showed Maddie how to reach out and make friends in the neighbourhood.

5 Keywords (other than themes): neighbours, neighbourliness, consideration, helpfulness, grandparent

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Simple story about neighbourliness and also shows racial harmony.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-0309-1

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

List: Micah and Grandma at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Title of Picture Book: Micah and Grandma at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Author: Chan Wai Han

Illustrator: Cheng Puay Koon

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Grandma enjoyed many happy moments at the Singapore Botanic Gardens when she was young, one day she brings e for a visit and together they make new memories.


5 Keywords (other than themes): grandmother, animals, plants, whimsical, memories

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The illustrations add a whimsical touch to this simple heartwarming story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-1841-5

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

List: Johnny Can Dream – A Visit to a Peranakan Place

Title of Picture Book: List: Johnny Can Dream – A Visit to a Peranakan Place

Author: Benita Fong

Illustrator: Benita Fong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Johnny loves to explore. On a little street in Singapore, he finds an unusual magic Kam Cheng (spice pot) in an old curio shop. He discovers that when he does a special dance, he goes on a magaical journey into the wonderful Peranakan Place. There he meets a pretty little annoyance girl and her father Baba Pong Tay.and together they solve the mystery of the pineapple tart recipe. Johnny is also introduced to the unique food, fashion and customs of this amazing culture.

Come join Johnny on a magical visit to the Peranakan Place.

5 Keywords (other than themes): history, culture, food, games, language

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A helpful s the meaning and also includes photos of the many Peranakan terms used in this story,

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-98107-4407-6

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