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: 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

List: CindeRilla – Once Upon an Invitation

Title of Picture Book: CindeRilla – Once Upon an Invitation

Author: Rilla Melati Bahri

Illustrator: Maria Christania

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

Publisher’s Blurb: CindeRilla is delighted when a new neighbour invites her to a potluck party. But thete is a problem: she cannot cook! Determined to bring her favourite dish, CindeRilla asks her stepmother for help and heads to the market. Will she be able to get all she needs and make her dish in time for the party? And just what is this mysterious dish? Find out in CindeRilla’s hiliarious – and tasty – adventure!


5 Keywords (other than themes): food, cooking, market, neighbourliness, batik

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A tale about preparing Roti John.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-3185-1

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

List: Brave Maeve

Title of Picture Book: Brave Maeve

Author: Joanne Poon

Illustrator: Liew Hooi Yin

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Maeve is a little girl who becomes very sick when a poisonous stone grows in her body. Her mummy and daddy bring her to special doctors who put good soldiers into her through secret tunnels to destroy the stone.

Maeve is very brave. She prepares for war with the stone and its bad soldiers. She fights the battle courageously.

Hurrah for Brave Maeve.

5 Keywords (other than themes): chemotherapy, lymphoma, cancer, hospital, health

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “This wonderful book is excellent in both words and illustrations. It will be very helpful to children and families, and cheer on many brave little kids going through similar battles.” – Dr Quah, Oncologist

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4189-43-9

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

List: I Don’t Want Mei Mei Anymore!

Title of Picture Book: I Don’t Want Mei Mei Anymore!

Author: Lynn Lee

Illustrator: Phua San San

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

Publisher’s Blurb: mark has a bay sister, Mei Mei. One day, Mark gets so mad with her, he decided she doesn’t want Mei Mei anymore! That night, the children have an amazing adventure and Mark gets a chance to exchange Mei Mei for another baby. he picks different baby animals, but each is just not right. Will he find the perfect baby?

A delightful adventure if a little boy who comes to terms with his baby sister blues.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Sibling rivalry, imagination, animals, rockets, fun

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A delightful story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-06-2

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

List: I Can Do It

Title of Picture Book: I Can Do It

Author: Emily Lim

Illustrator: Scrawl Studios

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): marshal Cavendish for Ministry of Education, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Paid the little parrot cannot speak well like the others. Will he give up or keep trying to speak better? Come join Padi on his learning journey.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Perseverance, language, parrots, speaking, encouragement

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Illustration features iconic places in Singapore.

Although sponsored by bilingualism.sg, the review copy only had English text.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-8176-4

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

List: The Adventures of Max and Ritchie

Title of Picture Book: The Adventures of Max and Ritchie

Author: Various (see blurb)

Illustrator: Li Sicong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Max is a self-centred boy who dislikes the outdoors. One day, his parents bring him to the forest for a walk, where he finds himself separated from them and plunged into its very depths!

In order to be reunited with them, he has to complete a quest set for him by the Fairy of the Forest.

On this exciting quest, he meets many different plants and animals and he is shown the true beauty of nature. Join him on this exciting adventure and be part of the story yourself.

Created by students from Raffles Institution’s Ecological Literacy Programme. Authors: Gerald Tan Wei Hao, Russell Tan Pin Xue, Tee Yan Yie, Katherine Lee En Ying, Kenneth Tan Yan Han, Aaron Leow Chung Yong

5 Keywords (other than themes): Nature trail, plants, animals, go green, imagination

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Based on an actual nature trail in MacRitchie forest, this offers an interesting way to talk about local plants and animals.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-9097-4

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

List: My Day

Title of Picture Book: My Day

Author: Lynette Thomas

Illustrator: Vincent Twardzik-Ching

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

Publisher’s Blurb: What can you see from your balcony, through your window and outside your gate?

Can you see … a school bus? the road sweeper? the karang guni man? What else happens in your day at home?

A book to stimulate conversation and language development in the preschool child.

5 Keywords (other than themes): neighbourhood, occupation, people, daily activities, rhyme

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

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-05-9173-1

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