List: Ryan the Playground Expert

Playground ExpertTitle of Picture Book: Ryan the Playground Expert

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Ong Sheng Hua

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Ryan has muscular dystrophy. But it does not stop him from pursuing his grand dream. Ryan wants to visit all the playgrounds in his country! Ryan takes pictures and notes for his playground project. Very soon, Ryan becomes a playground expert and gets to design the perfect playground!

playground expert

5 Keywords (other than themes): Passion for life, overcoming adversity, muscular dystrophy, special needs, playground.

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Singapore Book Awards (2016) Best Children’s Title Finalist. 2nd prize in Samsung KidsTime Author Award 2015.
This book is ideal for talking with children about special needs and chronic health conditions like muscular dystrophy. Parents and teachers can also use this book to explore with children about their passions.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4342-47-6

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