List: Timmy and Tammy at the Esplanade 

Title of Picture Book: Timmy and Tammy at the Esplanade

Author: Ruth Wan-Lau

Illustrator: Eliz Ong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Join Timmy and Tammy as they go out and about to explore and learn. Practice reading skills and have fun with the activity at the back.

Timmy and Tammy watch a performance in the beautiful Esplanade. What a great experience!

5 Keywords (other than themes): reader, performance, opera, etiquette, autograph

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Attractive illustrations.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-6563-3

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

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List: The Rain Tree

Title of Picture Book: The Rain Tree

Author: Lee Seow Ser

Illustrator: Jafri Janif

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Upset by a quarrel with his brother, Chong escapes to a secret place. As he connects with some lovely things, he relaxes with many happy thoughts of his mother’s love and his dear friend – the Rain Tree – before finally taking a simple, gracious step tto make up with Meng.

A heartwarming, original tale about the beauty of trees and mother-child bonds, this book celebrates Rain Trees in Singapore, Mother Nature, mothers and children. The book also highlights how Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, launched the Tree Planting Campaign.

This book is also available in Braille (978-981-11-3506-4). Typeface used is known as Dyslexie Font.

5 Keywords (other than themes): arborist, parts of tree, quarrel, fruits, prime minister

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An informative book.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-1123-5

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

List: Kevin’s World

Title of Picture Book: Kevin’s World, A Story about Autism

Author: Min Lim & June Tham

Illustrator: Deborah Tay & Wan Jia Ling

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

Publisher’s Blurb: John went to play with David and his brother, Kevin. Why did Kevin start crying when John said hello? That’s because Kevin has autism. What is autism? What is it like to play with someone with autism? Come with John to David’s house. Meet Kevin and find out …


5 Keywords (other than themes): autism, dinosaurs, special rights, special needs, empathy

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple and easy to understand way to learn about autism.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-3065-99-0

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

List: There Was a Peranakan Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

Title of Picture Book: There Was a Peranakan Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

Author: Gwen lee

Illustrator: Cheryl Kook

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

Publisher’s Blurb: There was a Peranakan woman
Who lived in a shoe,
She made so many nonya kueh,
She didn’t know what to do.

In this collection of nursery rhymes, Gween Lee has given these traditional favourites a Singaporean twist, blending local flavour and humour to create memorable poems, which Singaporeans of all ages can related to and enjoy.

5 Keywords (other than themes): poems, nursery rhymes, Singapore, diwali, food

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Useful for introducing poems and rhymes.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-7867-5

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: Just Like Mummy

Title of Picture Book: Just Like Mummy

Author: Wendy Chua K Wand

Illustrator: unstated

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

Publisher’s Blurb: In “Just Like Mummy”, May plays ‘pretend’. In a scenario familiar to parents and caregivers of preschoolers, May imitates Mummy’s behaviour to the last detail and wants to be like her. See how May imitates Mummy’s behaviour in picking up Jin’s clothes, dressing for work and patting baby Jo to sleep.

5 Keywords (other than themes): role-play, imitation, creative, intelligence, thinking

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Comes with prompt questions alongside the story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-01-8261-8

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

List: Farrer Park

Title of Picture Book: Farrer Park – Rhyming Verses from a Singapore Childhood

Author: Ann Peters

Illustrator: Lydia Yang

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

Publisher’s Blurb: In tis charming collection of rhyming verses, Ann Peters tells the stories of her wondrous, carefree childhood in the Farrer Park neighbourhood. Embodying the spirit of the people and places in the Singapore of old, these poems are imbued with fond memories that Ann hopes to share with children of today. The poems are accompanied by lovely full-colour illustrations by Lydia Yang, a promising Singaporean artist.

5 Keywords (other than themes): poems, food, memories, grandparents, dengue

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A cheery collection of poems about delightful food and people from the past. Might just be a little challenging for younger readers but should still be fun to be read aloud with them.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-1676-9

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

List: when Grandma Sees a Whirlpool

Title of Picture Book: When Grandma Sees a Whirlpool

Author: Denise Au Eong

Illustrator: Eliz Ong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Grandma’s eye has gone wonky and Julian is worried. He wants Grandma to get well and to see clearly again.
Turn the pages to find out how Julian discovers what is wrong with Grandma’s eye and how a visit to the eye doctor changes the lifestyles of Julian and his family.

This beautifully illustrated and easy-to-understand book is written with the intention to raise the awareness of age-related macular degeneration or AMD from an early age through storytelling. Although AMD is the most common cause of blindness in developed countries, the awareness of this condition in the community is low. A greater understanding of AMD and its risk factors can encourage people to lead healthier lifestyles that can potentially decrease the chances of developing AMD in later life. The authors hope that this book will go some way to help fight blindness from this sight-threatening disease.

5 Keywords (other than themes): eye, disease, ageing, doctor, grandparents, health

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A fairly plain and detailed narrative of going for an eye-examination for AMD. Interesting but could also be overly information heavy. All the same, helpful for encouraging a healthier lifestyle, for young and old.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-6119-6

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

List: My Name is Nadia. I have Autism.

Title of Picture Book: My Name is Nadia. I have Austism.

Author: Huda Patel

Illustrator: EorG

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Nadia looks like any other eight-year-old girl. She likes to sing and read books. She loves to eat chocolate and play balloons. But Nadia also likes to repeat words and pace around.
She dislikes noises as they are often amplified in her ears.
Welcome to Nadia’s world. Have you met children with autism like her?

Also comes with Malay text.

5 Keywords (other than themes): autism, dyslexie font, diversity, school, grandparents

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An attractive book with a fairly straight forward telling of the experience of a girl with autism. More information about autism is given in the back matters.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-1349-9

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

List: Places

Title of Picture Book: Places – Stories from the Eastern Part of Singapore

Author: Various (see blurb)

Illustrator: Various (see blurb)

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): National Library Board, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Places was conceptualised to introduced the art of creating children’s picture book revolving around cherished landmarks from the East, and to inculcate a love for reading and appreciation of Singapore Literature. As part of the National Library Board and National Arts Council’s initiative to bridge the arts and the communities, this project sought to connect aspiring writers and illustrators with artists at the Public Libraries, facilitating conversations and discussions. Led by a team of 5 established artists from different fields – Adeline Foo, Lee Kowling, Denise Tan, Lynette Morrison and Chan Wai Han, participants learnt various aspects of creating a children’s picture book through techniques in story-writing, editing, layout and illustration.

Author-illustrators represented in this collection is indicated in the photo of the content page below.

5 Keywords (other than themes): landmarks, memories, imagination, cloud, legend

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This is an interesting collection of different kinds of stories and illustrations were done in a variety of styles. The mix includes an imaginary story with a pet cloud, a legend set in Ubin, a visit to great grandma, the life of an old house to an adventurous day in a shophouse.

The text are all written in rhymes.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-5909-8

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