List: Why Do Chinese Shout Yam Seng?

Title of Picture Book: Why Do The Chinese Shout Yam Seng and Other Questions

Author: Edmund Wee

Illustrator: Chee Jia Yee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Why do Chinese eat noodles at wedding dinners? Why do they hang blankets at HDB void decks during a funeral wake? Why is Chinatown called “bullock cart water”?

We provide the answers – and useful tips – to some of the most-asked questions young Singaporeans might have about the Chinese.

This book is part of a fun series about the Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians. Each handbook uses twenty questions to highlight diversity and promote understanding of the different races in Singapore.


5 Keywords (other than themes): Customs, traditions, politeness, food, racial harmony

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting questions with simply written answers. The illustrations are colourful and literal.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-46-5568-2

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

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: 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

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: The Lonely Boy and the Ugly Dog

IMG_6269Title of Picture Book: The Lonely Boy and the Ugly Dog

Author: Eliza Teoh

Illustrator: John Lim

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

Publisher’s Blurb: An awkward boy. A hideous dog. An unlikely friendship. Then, a terrible disaster … Whimsical and heartfelt, this is a story of friendship, loyalty, bravery and sacrifice.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): fire, acceptance, history, art, loneliness

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A story written entirely in rhyme. Inspired by a painting by Liu Kang (Life by the River) and a historic fire in Singapore.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-7202-8

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

Listing: The Kan Cheong Spider

FullSizeRender 2Title of Picture Book: The Kan Cheong Spider

Author: Wang Shijia

Illustrator: Han Qingping

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

Publisher’s Blurb: In The Kan Cheong Spider, Ang Ku Kueh Girl, Ang Ku Kueh Boy and Red Egg are in for a surprise at the Dragon Playground. They travel somewhere delicious and unexpected. But when something awful happens to Ang Ku Kueh Boy, how will Ang Ku Kueh Girl and Red Egg get him out of trouble?

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5 Keywords (other than themes): Being organised, honesty, family, Singapore icons, food

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This magical story is filled with Singaporean words and icons which could be a good way to talk about food, places and expressions from Singapore. The story is based on universal values.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4757-12-6

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

List: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Ariel and Her Honesty Pig

Ariel and Her Honesty Pig_coverTitle: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Ariel and Her Honesty Pig

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Patrick Yee

Publisher and Country: MandarinaKids, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Ariel has a weak leg. She thinks that children will not befriend her because of her leg. She tells a lie about having many friends. Meng Meng and An An help Ariel learn the values of honesty and friendship.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): friendship, honesty, birthday, 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 honesty and friendship.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-9660-0

Submitted by  Pauline Loh

List: Ryan the Playground Expert

Playground ExpertTitle of Picture Book: Ryan the Playground Expert

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Ong Sheng Hua

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Ryan has muscular dystrophy. But it does not stop him from pursuing his grand dream. Ryan wants to visit all the playgrounds in his country! Ryan takes pictures and notes for his playground project. Very soon, Ryan becomes a playground expert and gets to design the perfect playground!

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5 Keywords (other than themes): Passion for life, overcoming adversity, muscular dystrophy, special needs, playground.

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Singapore Book Awards (2016) Best Children’s Title Finalist. 2nd prize in Samsung KidsTime Author Award 2015.
This book is ideal for talking with children about special needs and chronic health conditions like muscular dystrophy. Parents and teachers can also use this book to explore with children about their passions.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4342-47-6

Submitted by Pauline Loh