List: The Great Dragon Warrior

Title of Picture Book: The Great Dragon Warrior

Author: Ng Swee San

Illustrator: Wen Dee Tan

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Basmi’s dream of becoming a great warrior might finally come true: A mighty dragon is living in the cave right by him. Oh, the things he could learn from this hero. What a lesson for Basmi when the dragon warrior appears at last.

5 Keywords (other than themes): honesty, telling the truth, bravery, helpful, caution

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A twist in this tale.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-46-1582-2

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

List: The School in the Glass City

Title of Picture Book: The School in the Glass City

Author: Gwen Lee

Illustrator: Brandon Chng

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Marshall Cavendish for Building and Construction Authority, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Alex is not just mean to his schoolmates Bucky and Gaia; he also doesn’t think twice about wasting natural resources! When things get out of hand, Greco and Beco decide to intervene. With the help of a little magic, they transport Alex forward in time, The Singapore of 2047 looks picture-perfect, but is it really? Follow Greco and Beco as they reveal the key to a sustainable future.

5 Keywords (other than themes): sustainability, environment, bully, waste, caring

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Personally think it is too didactic and not a very engaging story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4779-2-96

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

List: Somebody to Love

Title of Picture Book: Somebody to Love

Author: Jeanette Aw

Illustrator: Jeannette Aw

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Life’s best journey is with the one you love


5 Keywords (other than themes): loneliness, feelings, emotions, friendship, celebrity

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This book by a celebrity is perhaps targetted at older readers. All the same, the words are few and poetic, and illustrations are colourful and attractive.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-2988-6

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

List: The World on Her Knees

Title of Picture Book: The World on Her Knees

Author: R Chandran

Illustrator: Amy Cheng

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The story of a little girl, yet to stand and on her knees, while wondering what the view is like from way up where her parents are, is suddenly entrusted with a hero’s task.


5 Keywords (other than themes): perspective, growing up, helpfulness, observation, ants

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “Chandra has the sweet sense of humour and a gift for telling simple inspiring stories, whilst his wife, Amy has the gift of drawing. This book will be an easy and fun read for both parents and their children.” Irene Ang

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-4962-7

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

List: Manjhi Moves a Mountain

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Title of Picture Book: Manjhi Moves a Mountain

Author: Nancy Churnin

Illustrator: Danny Popovici

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Creston Books, U.S.A.

Publisher’s Blurb: Dashrath Manjhi used a hammer and chisel, grit, determination, and twenty years to carve a path through the mountain separating his poor village from the nearby village with schools, markets, and a hospital. Manjhi Moves a Mountain shows how everyone can make a difference if your heart is big enough.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): social justice, perseverance, vision, patience, service

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “Manjhi’s story is an excellent reminder of the power of one person to change the world and bring communities together.”
— Clare Doornbus, Diesel Bookstore
“Manjhi Moves a Mountain” is a true modern treasure and wisdom life story.”
–Midwest Book Review

Where to buy or borrow (if available): amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, crestonbooks.co

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-939547-34-7

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

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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: Karang Guni Boy

Title of Picture Book: Karang Guni Boy

Author: Lorraine Tan

Illustrator: Eric Wong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Ming loves to make things. But he doesn’t have any money to help him create his inventions. One day, hearing the ‘beep, beep, beep’ of the Karung Guni man’s car horn, he is inspired to make something out of the unwanted things he collects. So he asks his neighbours, who are only too happy to help. With a plan in mind and tools in hand, Ming surprises everyone with a wonderful creation that they can also use!

The Karang Guni man is a rag-and-bone man. “Karang Guni” is a Malay phrase for gunny sack. The practice of Karang Guni was common in Singapore but is a dying trade now.

5 Keywords (other than themes): maker, traditional job, recycling, problem solving, neighbours

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Eric’s illustration included interesting objects made from corrugated board – an inspiration in themselves.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4615-83-9

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

List: Plato and the Missing Bed

Title of Picture Book: Plato and the Missing Bed

Author: Celine Tan

Illustrator: Priscilla Tan

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Plato loves his donut bed. But what if somedoggy needs it more than he does?

A tale of caring and sharing, designed to delight and inspire little ones.

5 Keywords (other than themes): sharing, caring, dog, pet, stray

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A charming book.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-9901-8

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

List: Harry Straw Hat

Title of Picture Book: Harry Straw Hat

Author: Serene Wee

Illustrator: Conrad Raquel

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

Publisher’s Blurb: “It’s old and tatty. Shall we throw it away?”

Harry Straw Hat can hardly believe his ears. Was this his family talking – the family that once treasured him and now wants to throw him away?

Feeling unloved and unwanted, he begs Old Man Wind to whisk him away. The wind obliges, and suddenly Harry is up, sailing through the sky where he feels free!

But Old Boss Wind decides to change his mind and change the course of Harry’s life. Youngsters will delight in the gentle conclusion when Harry realises that home is where he belongs after all.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): communication, love, adventure, family, rhyme

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Written in rhymes. Author is from Singapore and illustrator from the Philippines.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-983-9604-09-2

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

List: Caring for the Elderly

Title of Picture Book: Caring for the Elderly with Singa and the Kindness Cubbies

Author: Sheri Tan

Illustrator: Sarah Lam

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Join Singa, a cheerful lion, and his cubbie friends, in their adventures. They learn about being loving and thinking of others, and so can you!
It’s Befriend An Elderly Day, but Sher is too busy to take care of her senior friend. She soon realises what she’s missing out on.


5 Keywords (other than themes): kindness, seniors, caring, problem solving, knitting

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The story is based on an episode from an animated series.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4668-93-4

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