Elizabeth Meets the Queen

Title of Picture Book: Elizabeth Meets the Queen

Author: Gwen Lee

Illustrator: Arai Kreva

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Born in the jungles of Borneo, Elizabeth Choy travels to Singapore and becomes a teacher. As a result of helping prisoners-of-war during the Japanese Occupation, she goes through much suffering and torture. Journey with our wartime heroine as she tides through hardship towards freedom and finally meets the Queen of England.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): war, history, perseverance, heroine, helpful

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simply told biography.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4757-00-3

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

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Mina Meets Cambridge

Title of Picture Book: Mina Meets Cambridge

Author: Hidayah Amin

Illustrator: Jafri Janif

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Mina is excited to visit her elder sister, Zara, in Cambridge. Mina has heard so much about Cambridge University from Zara and longs to visit. As Mina spends time with her sister, she discovers many interesting facts about Cambridge. However, she wonders why Zara does not seem to notice the charming characters they meet along the way …

Mina Meets Cambridge is a whimsical story of an imaginative girl’s adventure in Cambridge. There she learns that in order to be successful, one needs to work hard, persevere, and have courage to dream big.

Age 9 and above; also for the dreamers and the young at heart.

This book is also available in Braille.

The typeface used in this book is know as Dyslexie Font, a five specially designed for people with dyslexia.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Imagination, famous people, aspiration, history, science

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Informative.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4282-3

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

Discover an Island Called Temasek

Title of Picture Book: Discover an Island called Temasek

Author: Moriko Kristiansen

Illustrator: Enrico Sllustio

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

Publisher’s Blurb: It is our wish to present this series to Singaporean children with a fun and creative approach to their culture and history. In these books, they will be able to experience their national heritage through the time travels and adventures of Ooof and Peppi, two friendly visitors form another planet.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): history, imagination, time travel, lion, space

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Lively illustrations

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-296-010-54-38

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: First Around the Globe

First Around the GlobeTitle of Picture Book: FIRST AROUND THE GLOBE: The Story of Enrique

Author: Reni Roxas and Marc Singer

Illustrator: Arnel Mirasol

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc., PHILIPPINES

Publisher’s Blurb: Meet Enrique, Ferdinand Magellan’s loyal servant and interpreter, who traveled with his master during the first quarter of the sixteenth century. Follow Enrique’s ten-year journey around the world, from the time he was kidnapped by pirates as a youth, to Magellan’s death at the Battle of Mactan.

Inspired by an article written by National Artist for Historical Literature Carlos Quirino, with vibrant illustrations rendered by Arnel Mirasol, this much-awaited twentieth-anniversary edition introduces a new generation of young people to Enrique, the accidental balikbayan who was also an extraordinary witness to history.
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Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): History, Places, Discovery

5 Keywords (other than themes): Travel, Navigation, Ferdinand Magellan, Malay, Journey

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “If all our history books were written like First Around the Globe, history would certainly be the most interesting and delightful subject in school.” —Junior Inquirer Magazine

“An irresistible yarn that provides a history lesson with a twist.”—Mega Magazine

Where to buy or borrow (if available): www.tahananbooks.ph

ISBN Number (if available): ISBN: 978-621-422-008-3

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

List: Stacey goes to The Peranakan Museum

Title of Picture Book: Stacey goes to The Peranakan Museum

Author: Lianne Ong

Illustrator: James Tan

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

Publisher’s Blurb: When Stacey accompanies her aunt to the Peranakan Museum, she does not realise what an adventure it’ll become.

Boy, is she in for a wonderful surprise …

5 Keywords (other than themes): culture, kebaya, imagination, history, museum

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An imaginative visit to the museum.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4597-80-7

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

List: Indy! Indy! Indy!

Title of Picture Book: Indy! Indy! Indy!

Author: Tan Winnie

Illustrator: Quek Hong Shin

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Six-year-old Josh is learning to do things on his own. His mum tells him he’s starting to be independent. Curious about what that means, he finds out about three naval ships named RSS Independence and of their effrts to keep Singapore independent.

Published by Epigram for the Republic of Singapore Navy.

5 Keywords (other than themes): history, Singapore, navy, independence, occupation

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Written in rhymes.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-2869-1

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

List: The Watchtower Warrior

Title of Picture Book: The Watchtower Warrior

Author: Shekinah Linn

Illustrator: Tan Seow Wei

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Straits Times Press, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Little Bud loves her father’s tales of the East and the West. Inspired by the stories, Little Bud comes up with a brilliant idea to protect her village from bandits.

A charming tale about a girl’s imagination and determination, inspired by a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Mulan, courage, creativity, helpfulness, perseverance

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “This lively text is sensitively matched with delicate illustrations to produce a story that is both endearing and inspiring.” – Joyce Dunbar, best-selling writer

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-08-6

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

List: Koko the Great

Title of Picture Book: Koko the Great

Author: Natalie Hennedige

Illustrator: Twisstii

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Koko is a small village boy with a lively imagination, so life by the river is never dull. This adventure takes Koko further than he has ever been, to the end of the river where the river meets the sea. Does Koko take a step into the great beyond?

Koko’s story was inspired by “Life by the River”, an oil painting by one of Singapore’s first generation artist Liu Kang. The painting is in the collection of the National Heritage Board, Singapore.

5 Keywords (other than themes): imagination, art, national art gallery, painting, history

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “A wonderful story that celebrates the imagination of young children.” – Suchen Christine Lim, Singapore Literature Prizewinner

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

ISBN Number (if available): 079-981-08-8758-2

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

List: Tiny Feet Tiny Shoes

Title of Picture Book: Tiny Feet Tiny Shoes

Author: Adeline Foo

Illustrator: Beth Parrocha

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Grandma was only six years old when she witnessed the planting of a silk cotton seed in a garden. Years later, she returned to bury something in the garden, where ‘X’ marked the spot “seven steps” away from the young tree which had grown in place of the seed. Many, many years later, she was back again, staring in awe at a GIANT of the cotton tree! But try as she might, she couldn’t find ‘X’. Racing against time, she searched hard, desperate to reconnect with memories of a childhood spent in China where she had gone through both pain and joy. Just what was so precious that had been buried? Would she succeed in retracing her steps to find her treasure?

5 Keywords (other than themes): memories, history, grandparent, culture, treasure hunting

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A good springboard for talking about an unusual facet of history.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-9112-8

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