List: Justice Bao

Title of Picture Book: Justice Bao – The Case of the Missing Coins

Author: Catherine Khoo

Illustrator: Chen Ziyue

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Renowned for his wisdom and sense of fairness, Justice Bao was a high-ranking magistrate during the Sing Dynasty in ancient China. In The Case of the Missing Coins, Justic Bao has to decide what to do when a merchant accuses a woodcutter of stealing his money. Should he take the word of the well-dressed merchant or believe the shabby woodcutter who can barely speak for himself?

5 Keywords (other than themes): honesty, speaking up, wisdom, legend, justice

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A good way to talk about honesty and also about speaking up for others.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-5810-3

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

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List: When Tim knows the Drill

Title of Picture Book: When Tim knows the Drill

Author: Mabelle Yeo

Illustrator: Teh Mao Tze

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ministry of Hime Affairs, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Tim discovered the loss of his favourite toy dragon named Teddy during his walk back home from school. To locate Teddy’s whereabouts, he played detective and relied on the account of an alert eye-witness at the neighbourhood provision shop to track down Teddy’s “abductor” at a nearby mall. Little did Tim know. terror is about to strike the people in the mall. Follow Tim on his quest to find Teddy and learn how he and his friend eventually saved the day.


5 Keywords (other than themes): terrorism, evacuation, safety, drill, security

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The story could have been more concise and the illustrations also looked generally (intentionally?) dark.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-0640-8

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

List: Lend a Hand

Title of Picture Book: Lend a Hand

Author: Syaenne bte Syariman, Nuriya Fareed Kagada, Amanda Pao Yuen Teng

Illustrator: Patrick Yee

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Girl Guides Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: The Brownies of Haig Girls’ School held a craft session during which the Brownies worked on their craft projects for the Toymaker Badge. However, an unfortunate incident happened …

5 Keywords (other than themes): dyslexie font, guides, brownies, helpfulness, craft

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A great effort by young writers.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-3357-2

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

List: If You Play with Fire, You Get Burnt

Title of Picture Book: If You Play with Fire, You Get Burnt

Author: Rosalind Lim

Illustrator: Damien Fong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Race took Rackey deep into the forest for some fun. When he told Rackey what they were going to do, Rackey was not thrilled. He told Race to count him out. What was wrong with Racket? Did he not want to enjoy himself?

5 Keywords (other than themes): racoons, forest, careful, wisdom, proverb

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An amusing tale (and tail) that shows the moral of the story clearly.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-0436-0

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

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: The Forest Fable

Title of Picture Book: The Forest Fable

Author: Gelyn Ong

Illustrator: Gelyn Ong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: In a beautiful rainforest filled with trees of many colours, the animals live happily. One day, a lumberjack arrives. Will he chop down the trees? What will become of the bears, the porcupines and the orang-utans who call the forest home?

In this enchanting fable, 9-year-old artist Gelyn Ong paints a moving portrait of Mother Nature under threat and the importance of conserving the earth’s shared resources.

5 Keywords (other than themes): environment, animals, young writer, science, deforestation

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A charming book by a young artist and illustrator.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4408-56-1

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: 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: 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