List: Dad’s Too Busy

Title of Picture Book: Dad’s Too Busy

Author: Lily Kong

Illustrator: Jeanette Yap

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Meet Emma. She’s six. She’s smart. And she has a tabby cat … that she took in without her Mum’s and Dad’s permission. To be fair, she did try to tell them;they were just too busy to listen.

But soon the secret becomes difficult to keep …

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Pets, busy, parents, permission, time

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A charming story which is perhaps a wake-up call to busy parents to be more attentive to their children.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-5767-6

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

List: Mummy’s Hero

Title of Picture Book: Mummy’s Hero

Author: Jumaini Ariff

Illustrator: Jumaini Ariff

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Something had scared Mummy and Qiyah! What is it? Ariff quickly comes to their rescue. Ariff is brave because he has promised Daddy to look after his mummy and little sister at home.

Ariff is a cheerful and active 6-year-old boy. Like any child, Ariff sometimes gets into trouble. In this series, Ariff discovers new things about life, his environment and himself. His parents and little sister Qiyah are also part of his adventures and experiences.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Lizard, Silat, promises, courage, hero

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A story for talking about keeping promises, bravery, and fears.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-9971-77-765-4

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

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: Why Am I Blue?

Title of Picture Book: Why Am I Blue?

Author: Melanie Lee

Illustrator: David Liew

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): MPH Group, Malaysia

Publisher’s Blurb: Squirky realises that he looks very different from daddy, mummy and sister Emma, and wants to know why. His parents tell him the story of how he came to be part of their family. Squirky finds out that he’s not actually from Earth, but a mysterious place called Planet Q!

This is the first book in The Adventures of Squirky the Alien series and marks the beginning of Squirky’s quest to find his birth parents and discover where he came from.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Adoption, imagination, acceptance, identity,

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An intriguing story and a good launchpad for speaking about adoption.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-967-415-206-2

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: A Stray

Title of Picture Book: A Stray

Author: Michael Wang

Illustrator: Neal Sharp

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

Publisher’s Blurb: A Stray is a story about Myra-Lou who longs to have a stray cat for a pet. Her parents are appalled and her brother disgusted, but Myra-Lou is insistent. After much haggling and a turn of events, Myra-Lou finally gets her stray.

This beautifully illustrated story deals with a young girl’s desire to improve the life of another and her parents’ journey to understand her better.


5 Keywords (other than themes): Pet, parents, adopting, caring, animals

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The twist in the story about what happened to the toy cat and later the pet cat which Myra-Lou was given before she got to keep them as the “stray” she wanted would seem odd to some readers. 

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-5130-8

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: Tokoyo – The Tomb of the Sea Serpent

FullSizeRender 3Title of Picture Book: Tokoyo – The Tomb of the Sea Serpent

Author: Catherine Khoo

Illustrator: Teressa Ong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: In ancient Japan, Tokoyo must brave long distances and a fearsome sea serpent to reunite with her father, a banished samurai. How can one girl make a difference in the world?

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5 Keywords (other than themes): bravery, girl, Japan, samurai, make a difference

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This retelling of a Japanese legend clearly shows that one girl can make a huge difference.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-6711-2

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

Listing: Writing a Diary with Mum

FullSizeRender 4Title of Picture Book: Timmy and Tammy – Writing a Diary with Mum

Author: Ruth Wan-Lau

Illustrator: Eliz Ong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Timmy and Tammy are curious about Mum’s diary. What will they learn and could they start diaries of their own?

Join Timmy and Tammy as they explore and learn. Practice reading skills and celebrate family values at the same time!

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5 Keywords (other than themes): writing, biscuits, siblings, mother, reader

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The text is clear and the illustrations colourful. A simple narrative about the children learning about diary keeping from their mother. Heartwarming albeit not a very exciting story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-6515-2

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