List: Bo Bo and Cha Cha Cook Up a Storm

Title of Picture Book: Bo Bo and Cha Cha Cook Up a Storm

Author: Jason Erik Lundberg

Illustrator: Patrick Yee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: When a friend asks Bo Bo and Cha Cha to fill in for him at his royal stall, the pandas are eager to help out. But do they have what it takes to make delicious rojak? It turns out they do! Find out what their secret is in this delightful new Bo Bo and Cha Cha story.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Food, rojak, Singapore, helpful, recipe

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A fun read about a local dish, rojak, in this cute series based on these two pandas.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4615-33-4

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

List: A Very Big Storm

Title of Picture Book: A Very Big Storm

Author: Emily Lim

Illustrator: Scrawl Studio

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Singapore National Co-operative Federation

Publisher’s Blurb: A very big storm is coming! The Squirrel family, Monkey family, Sparrow and Little Honey Bear are all worried. How are they going to stay nice and dry?


5 Keywords (other than themes): Cooperation, animals, teamwork, shelter, diversity 

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple story of animals each playing their part so that together they can face crisis better. Includes a colouring page at the end.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-0358-5

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

List: A Stray

Title of Picture Book: A Stray

Author: Michael Wang

Illustrator: Neal Sharp

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

Publisher’s Blurb: A Stray is a story about Myra-Lou who longs to have a stray cat for a pet. Her parents are appalled and her brother disgusted, but Myra-Lou is insistent. After much haggling and a turn of events, Myra-Lou finally gets her stray.

This beautifully illustrated story deals with a young girl’s desire to improve the life of another and her parents’ journey to understand her better.


5 Keywords (other than themes): Pet, parents, adopting, caring, animals

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The twist in the story about what happened to the toy cat and later the pet cat which Myra-Lou was given before she got to keep them as the “stray” she wanted would seem odd to some readers. 

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-5130-8

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

List: Prince Bear and Pauper Bear

Title of Picture Book: Prince Bear and Pauper Bear

Author: Emily Lim
Illustrator: Neal Sharp
Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Mustard Seed Books, Singapore
Publisher’s Blurb: Pauper Bear is a sad little teddy bear who kings to be loved. Prince Bear is a proud bear who loves himself. When their paths take different turns, the two bears discover that things do not happen as they expect …
A delightful and charming take of love, friendship and teddy bears by a winner of Singapore’s “First-time Writer and Illustrators Publishing Initiative” award.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Friendship, acceptance, love, helping, toys

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A charming tale that is enjoyable and carries an encouraging theme of extending help as a gesture of love. 

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-05-9004-8

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

List: Juno, A Kummy Story

Title of Picture Book: Juno, a Kummy story

Author: Lynette Wan
Illustrator: Dexian Feng
Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Self-published, Singapore
Publisher’s Blurb: Have you ever heard of the Kummies? They are plant people who live on a fruit farm. They look identifical, think alike and do the same thing every other day. Junko, a Kummy who looks a little different from the rest, chooses to be an exception – something most of us stay away from. An unexpected trip and fierce summer heat upset the Kummies’ routine, leaving them with no choice but to seek help from Juno. How can Juno help? Will the Kummies embrace change? The Kummies are about to embark on the journey to discovering that change is not all bad.


5 Keywords (other than themes): Change, adapting, imagination, seeds, plants

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple story about diversity and also the willingness to embrace change.
Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB Singapore
ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-5427-0
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: Writing a Diary with Mum

FullSizeRender 4Title of Picture Book: Timmy and Tammy – Writing a Diary with Mum

Author: Ruth Wan-Lau

Illustrator: Eliz Ong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Timmy and Tammy are curious about Mum’s diary. What will they learn and could they start diaries of their own?

Join Timmy and Tammy as they explore and learn. Practice reading skills and celebrate family values at the same time!

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5 Keywords (other than themes): writing, biscuits, siblings, mother, reader

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The text is clear and the illustrations colourful. A simple narrative about the children learning about diary keeping from their mother. Heartwarming albeit not a very exciting story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-6515-2

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: Playtime with Ye Ye

Cover_english_PlaytimeTitle of Picture Book: Playtime with Ye Ye

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Haw Shing Yee

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Perfect Playground Stories, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Ye Ye has a strange and enjoyable way of sharing history with his grandson. Through play, he talks about immigrating to Singapore, the Japanese Occupation and Singapore’s independence. He makes a mess of the living room, but his grandson loves Ye Ye’s history lessons!

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5 Keywords (other than themes): family, intergenerational bonding, early migrants, World War 2, Singapore independence.

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Won irememberSG Fund 2014. 2nd prize in Samsung KidsTime Author Award 2015.
Available in English and Chinese. Children will enjoy the rhymes and learn about Singapore in a fun way. The book encourages family members to converse about their family’s history. A Fact Page at the back provides useful tips for parents and teachers to access more materials about Singapore’s past.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-1238-3

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