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: Is That Rainbowsaurus So Different from Us?

Title of Picture Book: Is that Rainbowsaurus So Different from Us?

Author: Emily Lim

Illustrator: Jade Fang

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Libby the Rainbowsaurus moves into a new neighbourhood. The Blusauruses avoid Libby as they have never seen anyone like her before. Is Libby really so different from them?

5 Keywords (other than themes): acceptance, identity, rights of the child, discrimination, Singapore

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A story to talk about being more inclusive.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-5375-7

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

List: The Nightingale Who Couldn’t Sing

Title of Picture Book: The Nightingale Wh Couldn’t Sing

Author: Angie Featherstone

Illustrator: Stephanie Wong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Ring! Ring! Quark! Quark!

Thats not the sound of a nightingale’s song. But no matter how hard Holly tried, she just couldn’t seem to sing as well as her brothers and sisters!

So poor Holly ran away until Mummy found her and showed her something more important than singing a beautiful song.

5 Keywords (other than themes): acceptance, talent, identity, birds, mother

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple and colourful story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-2618-8

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

List: Extraordinary Eloise

Title of Picture Book: Extraordinary Eloise

Author: Charlene Chua

Illustrator: Paula Pang

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Eloise was a perfectly ordinary girl. But she didn’t want to be ordinary. She wanted to be extraordinary! Could she really do that?

Join Eloise in this funny and inspiring story as she finds out what it means to be truly extraordinary.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Identity, talents, peer pressure, classmates, individuality

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A fun read.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4398-26-8

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

List: Why Am I Blue?

Title of Picture Book: Why Am I Blue?

Author: Melanie Lee

Illustrator: David Liew

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): MPH Group, Malaysia

Publisher’s Blurb: Squirky realises that he looks very different from daddy, mummy and sister Emma, and wants to know why. His parents tell him the story of how he came to be part of their family. Squirky finds out that he’s not actually from Earth, but a mysterious place called Planet Q!

This is the first book in The Adventures of Squirky the Alien series and marks the beginning of Squirky’s quest to find his birth parents and discover where he came from.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Adoption, imagination, acceptance, identity,

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An intriguing story and a good launchpad for speaking about adoption.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-967-415-206-2

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