New Croc on the Block

Title of Picture Book: New Croc on the Block

Author: Marissa Chok, Tracy Koh, Georges Ip, Peh Zhen Yi, Tan Pek Yan

Illustrator: Tracy Koh

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Raffles Ecological Literacy Programme, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Cyril’s old has just been destroyed and he is looking for a new place to stay. Chancing upon Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, he begins a journey filled with memorable encounters and unexpected delights, in his quest for a perfect new home.

Join Cyril on his unforgettable quest as he explores Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve with the help of his knowledgeable guide, Kingsley the Stork-billed Kingfisher!

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): crocodiles, otters, mangrove forest, environment, habitats

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Great for introducing readers to nature and environmental protection.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-0020-5

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

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Practice Makes Po-fect!

Title of Picture Book: Practice Makes Po-fect!

Author: Tan Chun Xiao, Diandrea Ho Siu Ping, Nicholas Tan Kian Boon, Ang Hao Duan

Illustrator: Tan Chun Xiao

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Raffles Ecological Literacy Programme, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Po, the Raffles’ Banded Langur, has just started climbing but, it is not as easy as it seems! He does not want to be the slowest in his troop anymore, so he goes off looking for his friends for help. Join Po in his journey as he learns to work hard and never give up.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): self, friends, values

5 Keywords (other than themes): practice, animals, motion, support, unique

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Besides the Raffles Banded Langur, this story also introduces the Common Gliding Lizard, Malayan Colugo and Paradise Tree Snake

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-3249-0

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

Franny’s Ballerina Dream

Title of Picture Book: Franny’s Ballerina Dream

Author: Tang Hanyu

Illustrator: Chua Zixin, Janice Yap

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Teamway Education Resources, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: “Start protecting your eyes. It’s never too late.” – Franny

We are Project FOReSIGHT, a group of students from School of Arts, Singapore (SOTA), who are currently doing a Community Problem Solving (CmPS) project on childhood myopia.

Hence, we aim to create more opportunities for both children aged 4 to 12 and their parents to be more aware of the importance of protecting their eyesight through practicing good eye care habits so that there will be a decrease in the number of children suffering from myopia in Singapore.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): self, family, values

5 Keywords (other than themes): myopia, handphone, habits, ballet, rhyme

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Comes with notes on good and bad eye care habits.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-3999-4

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

Birds of a Feather

Title of Picture Book: Birds of a Feather

Author: Tan Xue Yang

Illustrator: Tan Kai Yun

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Tommy, the strongest and fastest sparrow in the neighbourhood, is trapped in a cage and can’t find a way out. Only his brother Timmy can save him. But they find themselves in even greater trouble when a hungry cat pounces out of the shadows …

A heartwarming little tale about how two brother sparrows discover the power of bortherly love.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): advise, brothers, sparrows, traps, courage

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting story from a young writer.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 981-01-8697-5

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

You Been to Ubin?

Title of Picture Book: You Been to Ubin?

Author: Chia Yun Ze, Choo Xin Yi, Gregory Yap, Melissa Chua, Pearlynn Sim, Terh Shin Huoy

Illustrator: Lim Zhi Jie

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Pulau Ubin’s an island by the sea,
with many things to do and sights to see.
Meet Llypod, who’s visiting it for just one day,
and join him on an adventure along the way!
Meet Tomo, a hornbill who can’t get home,
so nowhe’s upset, cold and all alone.
Will you join Lloyd and help Tomo get home?
What are you waiting for? Ot’s time to roam!

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): family, places, nature, value

5 Keywords (other than themes): landmark, animals, environment, island, puzzles

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Puzzles are woven into the story. Text might be more suitable for older readers.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-6388-6

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

Walking in Great-Grandpa’s Tracks

Title of Picture Book: Walking in Great-Grandpa’s Tracks

Author: Beh Wei Chen, Teo Rui En Nicole, Lorraine Tan Hui En

Illustrator: Pan Yu Yu

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

Publisher’s Blurb: With the help of a magical hat,
A strange place Ethan finds himself,
Follow our hero as he unearths this place,
Where he meets an all too familiar face.

Three friends he will meet,
Who slither, flutter and tweet,
From whom he will learn to appreciate their home,
And all the creatures within it that roam.

Join Ethan as he backtracks into the past,
And learns to love this place at long last.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): history, environment, animals, landmark, transport

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting mix of history and appreciating nature.

Young writers and illustrator.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4452-0

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

List: Little Backyard Tales of MacRitchie

Title of Picture Book: Little Backyard Tales of MacRitchie

Author: Various (see blurb)

Illustrator: Various (see blurb)

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Can a clueless owl find a Tembusu tree to build his nest in? Will Froggie discover his talent in time for the talent show? Will tow unlikely friends, Dale and Timothy, find each other again? And, what surprising find awaits Millie and her friend at the top of the tree?

Little Backyard Tales of MacRitchie is a collection of short animal adventures in the heart of Singapore’s central Catchment Nature Reserve, which is home to an amazing diversity of life. Each forest tale was written by students of the Raffles Ecological Literacy programme to share with children the natural beauty that is MacRitchie.

5 Keywords (other than themes): animals, life cycles, reservoir, green, forest

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The 4 stories are interesting and colourfully illustrated with facts about the animals in the stories featured after each story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-0359-2

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: 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: Ten Little Bunnies Go to Town

Ten Little Bunnies CoverTitle: Ten Little Bunnies Go to Town – A Cautionary Tale about Road Safety and the Best-Laid Plans

Author: Tan Su Linn

Illustrator: Tan Su Linn

Publisher and Country: Partridge Publishing, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: It’s a fine day to head to town, or so our bunnies thought. After all, what could go wrong? Find out if they make it, as they navigate nasty bumps, rabbit impulses, and other surprises along the way.
Their eventful and sometimes darkly funny experiences offer readers practice counting down from ten to zero; they also hold a lesson (or ten!) for all adults or kids who ever imagined they had their journey well in hand.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): Humour, Surprises, Misadventures, Rabbits, Numbers

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A wry cautionary tale about road safety and the best-laid plans, this irreverent book follows 10 bunnies who board a bus to town. Their eventful journey is an apt analogy for life, and shows readers how to meet the unexpected with a good dose of humour and stoicism.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): www.tansulinn.com

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-4828-7949-6

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Tan Su Linn