List: Makan Tine!

Title of Picture Book: Makan Time!

Author: Sharon Ismail

Illustrator: Elieth Sardinas

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Whenever Sarah goes out with Grandpa, it is always Makan Time!

Join Sarah as she discovers local delicacies such as Nasi lemak, and Roti Prata with her grandfather. Set in a typical Singaporean setting, Sarah learns that it is good to try new foods and that it is alright if we like different things.

My Grandfather’s Magic Car is a bilingual (English-Malay) picture book series written for preschool readers. It includes a glossary and activities page at the end of the book to support comprehension and vocabulary building.

5 Keywords (other than themes): car, food, honesty, healthy eating, bilingual

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

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-7578-0

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

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List: Salted Fish

Title of Picture Book: Salted Fish

Author: Yeo Wei Wei

Illustrator: Ye Shufang

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Lynn is visiting the National Art Gallery for the first time with her favourite toy Cotton Bunny. Both of them notice a funny smell in one of the galleries. The smell seems to be coming from one of the paintings! Lynn and Cotton Bunny are about to embark on a journey that they will never forget, a journey where art, memory, and the present meet.

5 Keywords (other than themes): imagination, artwork, gallery, painting, food

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An imaginative visit to the National Gallery Singapore, featuring a famous painting by Cheong Soo Pieng.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-6444-6

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

List: The Amazing Sarong

Title of Picture Book: The Amazing Sarong

Author: Quek Hong Shin

Illustrator: Quek Hong Shin

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Adi and Nora are about to go to the beach when their mother takes off her sarong baby sling and tells them to take it. And what an adventure they had with it.

5 Keywords (other than themes): sarong, beach, games, food, creativity

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A nostalgic tale about the many uses of a sarong.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4615-86-0

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: 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: CindeRilla – Once Upon an Invitation

Title of Picture Book: CindeRilla – Once Upon an Invitation

Author: Rilla Melati Bahri

Illustrator: Maria Christania

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

Publisher’s Blurb: CindeRilla is delighted when a new neighbour invites her to a potluck party. But thete is a problem: she cannot cook! Determined to bring her favourite dish, CindeRilla asks her stepmother for help and heads to the market. Will she be able to get all she needs and make her dish in time for the party? And just what is this mysterious dish? Find out in CindeRilla’s hiliarious – and tasty – adventure!


5 Keywords (other than themes): food, cooking, market, neighbourliness, batik

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A tale about preparing Roti John.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-3185-1

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

List: Happy Chinese New Year, Elena

Title of Picture Book: Happy Chinese New Year, Elena!

Author: Dingli Stevens

Illustrator: Liang Kun

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Elena goes to Beijing to celebrate Chinese New Year with her grandparents. She meets a lion and talks about Chinese New Year customs and festive dishes with him. But is the lion real?

co-published with Blossom Press, China

5 Keywords (other than themes): tradition, Chinese, festival, craft, food

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A story with a lot of information about Chinese New Year and a touch of imagination. Includes instructions for creating a pop=up card.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-6539-8

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

List: The Day Jimmy Swallowed a Brolly

Title of Picture Book: The Day Jimmy Swallowed a Brolly

Author: Bee Bee

Illustrator: Charmaine A

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Self-published

Publisher’s Blurb: Here is Jimmy. Jimmy loves to eat … and eat … and eat. One day, Jimmy went too far …

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5 Keywords (other than themes): objects, imagination, surgery, food, diet

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Whimsical tale.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-3078-3

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

List: Johnny Can Dream – A Visit to a Peranakan Place

Title of Picture Book: List: Johnny Can Dream – A Visit to a Peranakan Place

Author: Benita Fong

Illustrator: Benita Fong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Johnny loves to explore. On a little street in Singapore, he finds an unusual magic Kam Cheng (spice pot) in an old curio shop. He discovers that when he does a special dance, he goes on a magaical journey into the wonderful Peranakan Place. There he meets a pretty little annoyance girl and her father Baba Pong Tay.and together they solve the mystery of the pineapple tart recipe. Johnny is also introduced to the unique food, fashion and customs of this amazing culture.

Come join Johnny on a magical visit to the Peranakan Place.

5 Keywords (other than themes): history, culture, food, games, language

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A helpful s the meaning and also includes photos of the many Peranakan terms used in this story,

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-98107-4407-6

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

List: Why Do Chinese Shout Yam Seng?

Title of Picture Book: Why Do The Chinese Shout Yam Seng and Other Questions

Author: Edmund Wee

Illustrator: Chee Jia Yee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Why do Chinese eat noodles at wedding dinners? Why do they hang blankets at HDB void decks during a funeral wake? Why is Chinatown called “bullock cart water”?

We provide the answers – and useful tips – to some of the most-asked questions young Singaporeans might have about the Chinese.

This book is part of a fun series about the Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians. Each handbook uses twenty questions to highlight diversity and promote understanding of the different races in Singapore.


5 Keywords (other than themes): Customs, traditions, politeness, food, racial harmony

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting questions with simply written answers. The illustrations are colourful and literal.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-46-5568-2

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