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

List: Juno, A Kummy Story

Title of Picture Book: Juno, a Kummy story

Author: Lynette Wan
Illustrator: Dexian Feng
Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Self-published, Singapore
Publisher’s Blurb: Have you ever heard of the Kummies? They are plant people who live on a fruit farm. They look identifical, think alike and do the same thing every other day. Junko, a Kummy who looks a little different from the rest, chooses to be an exception – something most of us stay away from. An unexpected trip and fierce summer heat upset the Kummies’ routine, leaving them with no choice but to seek help from Juno. How can Juno help? Will the Kummies embrace change? The Kummies are about to embark on the journey to discovering that change is not all bad.


5 Keywords (other than themes): Change, adapting, imagination, seeds, plants

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple story about diversity and also the willingness to embrace change.
Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB Singapore
ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-5427-0
Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Moses

List: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Little Jay Writes an Adventure

Little Jay Writes an Adventure_hi resTitle of Picture Book: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Little Jay Writes an Adventure

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Evon leAngelis

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Little Jay does not like to read, but his cousins Meng Meng and An An have their own way of helping him. Meng Meng and An An show what it means to care for the family.

Little Jay Writes an Adventure

5 Keywords (other than themes): family, love for reading, imagination, problem-solving, bilingualism

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A bilingual picture book with Chinese, English and hanyu pinyin. Fun flip ups and an audio CD complements this book that celebrates family and the joy of reading.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): https://paulineltl.wordpress.com/

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-6180-6

Submitted by Pauline Loh

List: The Little Red Helicopter

cover_little red helicopterTitle of Picture Book: The Little Red Helicopter

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Ong Sheng Hua

Publisher and Country: Straits Times Press, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Charlene and Kevin love playing with the little red helicopter in the playground. But is there more to the toy than meets the eye?

Little Red Helicopter bookreading in Kino

5 Keywords (other than themes): creativity, imagination, sibling love, adventure, playground.

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Winner of First Time Writers and Illustrators Publishing Initiative 2009.
A playground fixture gives two children a thrilling adventure. “It is about sibling love and children who exercise their imaginations,” said the author. “Through a child’s eyes, mountains can be anything, even green monsters,” added the illustrator. The Sunday Times Book Review (November 15, 2009)

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-36-9

Submitted by : Pauline Loh

List: The Boy in the Whale Suit

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Author: Marie Toh

Illustrator: Marie Toh

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Meet Kai, a boy next door like any other – except that he is always in a whale suit. He doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere and strangely, nobody seems to notice him either. Surely, this would make Kai sad and lonely, wouldn’t it?

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5 Keywords (other than themes): loneliness, different, imagination, ants, Christmas

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This story was based on Marie’s graduation film with the same title though it is presented differently in this book. A good book for talking about feelings such as loneliness, or being different, and also about acceptance.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNUDMpP3keE The book has interesting visuals and the text is brief and simple.


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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-17-0084-2

List: Benji, Yumi, Origami

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Title of Picture Book: Benji, Yumi, Origami

Author: Emily Lim-Leh

Illustrator: Kazumi Wilds

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

Publisher’s Blurb: When Benji receives an origami book, he tries hard to fold the paper animals. But he fails to get them right and gives up – until his neighbour Yumi shows him a surprising way to look at his creations. This special friendship unfolds in a delightful stroy that readers will enjoy again and again.

Japanese translation by Yumiko Fukumoto

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5 Keywords (other than themes): Japan, neighbour, imagination, creativity, persistence

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Children trying origami for the first time can probably identify with the frustration of getting it right. Using their imagination to make “failures” work, making friends across culture and being willing to persist and learn are some topics prompted by this story. Even looking closely at the Japanese text could be fun.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-9353-5

List: Sweaty Yeti

Screenshot_2017-04-28-08-42-07-605Title of Picture Book: Sweaty Yeti

Author: Pietra Nina Hamdani

Illustrator: Lyly Young

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): m.i.books, Indonesia

Publisher’s Blurb: When a lonely yeti wandered into a human town, everyone was thrilled to welcome him. Unfortunately, the excitement didn’t last long because something weird happened to Yeti and it turned the city upside down. Would the people still offer Yeti their friendship, or send him away?

5 Keywords (other than themes): monster , mountain, Yeti, imagination, snow

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This book is written by a young girl, Nina when she was 6. Hope this can be an inspiration to many children to write their own stories.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1539167755/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493342993&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=sweaty+yeti&dpPl=1&dpID=51e-j1hcWrL

ISBN Number (if available): 987-1539167754

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

List: Pittodrie Pirates – What’s a Blue Furry?

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Title: Pittodrie Pirates: What’s a Blue Furry? (Book 1)

Author: Lynette Morrison

Illustrator: Lee Kowling

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The young pirates of Pittodrie love to sing, dance, play and make friends. In the first book of their travels, they sail to the mysterious Glenelg Island and meet the delightful Blue Furry and the ominous Purple Spike. But are these creatures really what they seem? Find out with your children in this new series of courage, friendship and adventure.

Brief Review: This is the 1st book of 4 books where it takes the reader on an fun filled adventure with 5 pirates siblings in the islands near their home. The adventures sparkle imaginative play amongst the children.

5 Key Words: Courage, Pirates, Songs, Siblings, Mission

Where to Buy or Borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN: 978-981-4413-69-5

Submitted by: Jo Chia

List: Grandma and the Things that Stay the Same

 

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Author: Eve Aw

Illustrator: Yunroo

Publisher: Epigram Books, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: It’s time for our yearly reunion dinner with Grandma. We love Grandma but oh dear! Is she going to ask those same questions again? It can be rather tiring to answer them every year. But maybe, the answers are not really that important to Grandma after all …

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Quick Review: A lovely story about family, traditions and changes as we grow. While the story is about Lunar New Year reunions, the illustrations by Yunroo adds whimsy and delight.

5 Key Words: Growing Up, Traditions, Food, Sibling, Hobbies

Where to Buy or Borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN: 978-981-4655-39-2

List: Fatimah and Her Magic Socks

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Title: Fatimah and Her Magic Socks

Author: Zizi Azah Abdul Majid

Illustrator: Izmir Ickbal

Publisher: Candid Kids, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: One rainy Sunday afternoon, Fatimah was at home feeling bored. But just when she thought it was going to be just another ordinary day, she met with a mysterious and magical lion which took her on a great adventure! In this newly discovered world of fun and magic, she stumbled upon a very grumpy, angry man. What ever would Fatimah say to this grouch?

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Quick Review: Using colourful and mismatching pair of socks, the story  deals with happiness and conformity. Where rhymes are used, they were delightful.

5 Key Words: Clothing, Socks, Colours, Imagination, Dance

Where to Buy or Borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN: 978-981-08-2363-4