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: 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: 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: Playtime with Ye Ye

Cover_english_PlaytimeTitle of Picture Book: Playtime with Ye Ye

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Haw Shing Yee

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Perfect Playground Stories, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Ye Ye has a strange and enjoyable way of sharing history with his grandson. Through play, he talks about immigrating to Singapore, the Japanese Occupation and Singapore’s independence. He makes a mess of the living room, but his grandson loves Ye Ye’s history lessons!

Playtime with Ye Ye

5 Keywords (other than themes): family, intergenerational bonding, early migrants, World War 2, Singapore independence.

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Won irememberSG Fund 2014. 2nd prize in Samsung KidsTime Author Award 2015.
Available in English and Chinese. Children will enjoy the rhymes and learn about Singapore in a fun way. The book encourages family members to converse about their family’s history. A Fact Page at the back provides useful tips for parents and teachers to access more materials about Singapore’s past.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-1238-3

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List: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Little Jay Writes an Adventure

Little Jay Writes an Adventure_hi resTitle of Picture Book: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Little Jay Writes an Adventure

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Evon leAngelis

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Little Jay does not like to read, but his cousins Meng Meng and An An have their own way of helping him. Meng Meng and An An show what it means to care for the family.

Little Jay Writes an Adventure

5 Keywords (other than themes): family, love for reading, imagination, 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 family and the joy of reading.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-6180-6

Submitted by Pauline Loh

List: Benji, Yumi, Origami

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Title of Picture Book: Benji, Yumi, Origami

Author: Emily Lim-Leh

Illustrator: Kazumi Wilds

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

Publisher’s Blurb: When Benji receives an origami book, he tries hard to fold the paper animals. But he fails to get them right and gives up – until his neighbour Yumi shows him a surprising way to look at his creations. This special friendship unfolds in a delightful stroy that readers will enjoy again and again.

Japanese translation by Yumiko Fukumoto

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5 Keywords (other than themes): Japan, neighbour, imagination, creativity, persistence

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Children trying origami for the first time can probably identify with the frustration of getting it right. Using their imagination to make “failures” work, making friends across culture and being willing to persist and learn are some topics prompted by this story. Even looking closely at the Japanese text could be fun.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-9353-5

List: Lost in the Secret Garden

photo-7-5-17-2-36-17-pm.jpgTitle of Picture Book: Lost in the Secret Garden

Author: Adeline Foo

Illustrator: Miel

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Three children stumbled on a secret garden in their search for Camy. Just who or what is Camy? They discovered a mysterious tree house for little people and got lost in a maze. Was the children’s adventure real? Find out what happened in the secret garden.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): garden, camouflaged, lizard, tropical, park

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This story is set in the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden though the place is not mentioned directly in it. It is fun trying to spot Camy in each page of illustration. Useful nature information are included in the back matter.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-05-9214-1

List: A Boar at My Door

Photo 25-4-17, 1 50 45 PMTitle of Picture Book: A Boar at My Door

Author: Keith Wo, Alicia Le, Lim Xue Xian, Tag Wan Yi, Chiu Guan Ru

Illustrator: Cha Da Eun

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Raffles Institution, Singpaore

Publisher’s Blurb: “It has to go. It is a wild boar after all.”
Join Billy, a little wild boar, on an exciting adventure after he ends up lost and alone in an unfortunate turn of events.
Journey with him as he tried to find his family, meeting awesome new friends and also a fearsome foe along his way.
Will Billy ever reunite with his missing family and find a home where he truly belongs?

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5 Keywords (not including themes): Ecology, Pet, Animal, Family, Nature

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A most commendable effort by young authors and illustrator. The collaged illustrations are delightful, and can inspire young readers to create something similar. A good way to spark an interest in conservation and how we should treat wild animals.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4454-4

List: Elvis and the Feathers School of Music

Photo 25-4-17, 1 49 11 PMTitle of Picture Book: Elvis and the Feathers School of Music

Author: Emily Lim

Illustrator: Laura Liberatore

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: A music school for “birds only” is having a concert where its performers will be able to develop their potential further.
Elvis the frog dreams of singing at this important event. But can he ever be accepted?
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5 Keywords (not including themes): Dreams, School, Diversity, Birds, Nature

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Written to illustrate one article in the Rights of the Child, it is a good story about diversity, acceptance and talents. Also good for talking about school, and nature reserves (Sungei Buloh). It can be fun imagining what the concert sounded like. E-book available.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-5381-8