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

List: The Hyena and the Monster

Title of Picture Book: The Hyena and the Monster

Author: J H Low

Illustrator: J H Low

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The tress in the jungle have mysteriously disappeared! Does the legendary monster really exist? Four Tooth the hyena rushes to warn his friends, but they do not believe him. He then decides to teach them a lesson. Just when he thinks his plan worked, Four Tooth finds himself in danger! Will his friends help him or is this the end of Four Tooth?

Inspired by the Chinese idiom, 狐假虎威(hu jia hu wei), this entertaining story highlights essential lessons about friendship and will delight readers of all ages.

5 Keywords (other than themes): honesty, Chinese idiom, friendship, courage, forgiving

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An entertaining story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4721-69-1

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

List: The Crane and the Crab

Title of Picture Book: The Crane and the Crab

Author: SR Nathan

Illustrator: Anngee Neo

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

Publisher’s Blurb: A long, long time ago in a kampong there was a ponf with plenty of fish.

But the pond soon began to dry up, and a watchful and greedy crane had an idea: He would fool the fish into thinking that he would take them to a large, sparkling lake. In the meantime, a crab who had been watching the crane had plans of his own …

Former Singapore President SR Nathan’s retelling of this wonderful folktale has a timeless message that can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

5 Keywords (other than themes): honesty, deception, vigilance, president, fable

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple folktale.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-3509-6

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

 

List: Is That Rainbowsaurus So Different from Us?

Title of Picture Book: Is that Rainbowsaurus So Different from Us?

Author: Emily Lim

Illustrator: Jade Fang

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Libby the Rainbowsaurus moves into a new neighbourhood. The Blusauruses avoid Libby as they have never seen anyone like her before. Is Libby really so different from them?

5 Keywords (other than themes): acceptance, identity, rights of the child, discrimination, Singapore

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A story to talk about being more inclusive.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-5375-7

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

List: Emily the Duckling

Title of Picture Book: Emily the Duckling says “Humph!”

Author: Ka Lim

Illustrator: Ka Lim

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): SNP International

Publisher’s Blurb: Emily is a cheerful duckling and just part of a happy family, but, like the rest of us, she sometimes gets a little frustrated (“Humph!”).

In this simple tale for young children lies a powerful and timeless message for all ages about acceptance and the willingness to take positive action.

5 Keywords (other than themes): complaining, acceptance, positive, mother, siblings

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An interesting way to talk about being grumpy instead of having a cheerful and positive disposition.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-248-134-4

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