My House

Title of Picture Book: My House

Author: Nandini Nayar

Illustrator: Sreekanth Raj

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tulika Publishers, India

Publisher’s Blurb: Pranav wants Maya to come to his house. “Why?” Maya wants to know.

Bright pictures form a cheery backdrop to a narrative that sees a house through a child’s eyes , and makes a good introduction to colours.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): colours, house, friendship, home, invitation

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A fun way to talk about colours and also where we stay.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-93-5046-557-8

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

 

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The Lonely King and Queen

Title of Picture Book: The Lonely King and Queen

Author: Deepa Balsavar

Illustrator: Deepa Balsavar

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tulika Publishers, India

Publisher’s Blurb: A lonely king and queen hear a voice calling out for them. They look inside their home, their garden and beyond, searching in vain, while all the time it grows louder ….

Author and illustrator Deepa Balsavar says, “This is the story we made up for our little girl. As a baby it was her night-time favourite, accompanied by much acting and searching around the house. She grew up knowing that adoption is just another way in which families are created. And so it should be.”

Written like a bedtime story and illustrated with gentle humour, this book leads the reader to discover what ‘family’ really means without mystifying the fact of adoption. More, it reaffirms the right of every child to be loved and to have a home.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): adoption, search, home, sari, loneliness

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Simple ad charming tale dealing with the interesting topic of adoption.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-81-8146-943-4

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

The Phantom of Oxley Castle

Title of Picture Book: The Phantom of Oxley Castle

Author: Liana Gurung and Chloe Tong

Illustrator: Anngee Neo

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Meet Prince Hector the Eldest, Princess Harriet the Brave and Prince Humphrey the Youngest. They live in Oxley Castle with their pesky butler, O B Markus.

One night, the children hear a strange noise coming from the dungeon and decide to investigate.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Castle, home, mystery, investigation, dog

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Solving a mystery.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-17-0086-6

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

Hello Goodbye Little Island

Title of Picture Book: Hello Goodbye Little Island

Author: Leila Boukarim

Illustrator: Barbara Moxham

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Maja had just moved to the little island and she missed home terribly. When she finds a friend, things get better, but when her friend moves away, her world crumbles once more. With time, Maja discovers that distances do not matter; the friendships she finds will stay with her always, and goodbyes are not forever.

Hello Goodbye Little Island is about learning to form new and meaningful relationships. A “look-and-find” activity on every page will engage readers as they discover more about the little island.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): change, moving, friendship, home, game

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Heartfelt story and interesting game in the illustration.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-9443-5

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

List: From Manila with Love

From Manila With LoveTitle of Picture Book: From Manila With Love: A Balikbayan Story

Author: Amy Luna Capelle

Illustrator: Auri Asuncion Yambao

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

Publisher’s Blurb: What does it mean to “come home” for the first time? From Manila With Love tells the story of a young girl who accompanies her Filipina mother to Manila for the first time. Readers will delight in her delightful, unexpected discoveries–from arriving in a sticky-hot airport to meeting relatives face-to-face to sitting down to a splendid table of native dishes and–best of all, meeting the grandmother who has loved her through years of letter-writing and sending pasalubongs. Here is a story that tenderly captures the incomparable joy of the balikbayan experience. Told in rhyming verse accompanied by picturesque illustrations, this book will surely resonate with all Filipino children, wherever they may be in the world.
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Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Family, Self, Places

5 Keywords (other than themes): Home, Travel, Grandmother, Reunions, Identity

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “A must-read if we want our children to know and love our heritage, culture, and country.”
–The Learning Basket

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

ISBN Number (if available): ISBN: 978-971-630-183-0

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

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List: Where is Dan?

Title of Picture Book: Where is Dan?

Author: Lydia Lok

Illustrator: Joycelyn Wong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The Singapore Story made fun! Dan the Pandan Leaf arrives on the sunny shores of Jua Island. As he explores this new place and discovers where he really is, Dan begins to find himself too.

5 Keywords (other than themes): teamwork, home, ingredient, diversity, food

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Distinctive illustrations.
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Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-7756-6

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