Sunday, December 22, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet all 52 awesome authors who stepped up and took part in our massive interview project


To celebrate 8 years of Super Cool Books, I recently featured a mega list of fellow kidlit writers and illustrators from Singapore and beyond. This was to help parents prepare their holiday reading list for their kids. Thanks again to all the authors who took part, as well as the publishers who facilitated.

Read my introduction post here:
Celebrating 8 years of Super Cool Books

And below, the full list of interviewed authors, just click on the link to read their answers. Do check out their books too!

See you all next year. Have a lovely 2020.

— Don




_____ LIST OF INTERVIEWS

Meet Joanne H Lim, she wrote a book about an adorable monkey who wins in life

Meet Peh Shing Huei, he had no idea how to write kidlit but Edmund Wee from Epigram convinced him to try

Meet Melanie Lee, she wrote an epic adoption story for her son

Meet Sim Ee Waun, she's inspired by stories about her mother's childhood days

Meet Nur'afifah Binte Mohd Hussain, her book helps kids learn the Arabic alphabet through music and movement

Meet Hwee Goh, she wrote a book about a bunch of cave dragons who get poisoned by blue light coming off their bottle-bottle screens (EDITOR SAYS: Yes, bottle-bottle, it's not a typo, I checked.)

Meet Madeline Beale, her books come with a 'Dear Parents' section at the back

Meet Koen Setyawan, he's from Indonesia and has published 80 books

Meet Jane Karen Ho, her big wish is for indie authors in Asia to come together for support

Meet Hassan Hasaa'ree Ali, his Malay fantasy adventure book is about a boy who has to cope with asthma, deal with a school bully and fight paranormal forces

Meet Emily Lim-Leh, her picture books have been translated into Chinese, Tamil, Korean and Slovakian

Meet Angela Ng, she says it's important to have an extensive vocabulary of emotions

Meet Far'ain Jaafar, she says kidlit writers should visit schools and meet children, our presence brings magic to their lives

Meet Eunice Li- Tan, she hiked across Iceland’s lava fields so she can convey the experience in her story

Meet Srividhya Venkat, she wrote a book about how young children can make a difference

Meet Josephine Chia, she wrote a book about the old days when Singapore was still a third world nation

Meet Ng Swee San, her book says change is possible no matter how pig-headed one is

Meet these students from the Singapore Polytechnic Diploma in Creative
Writing for TV and New Media programme, they write and illustrate their own picture books

Meet Pippa Chorley, she says rhyming stories are great for literacy development in kids and allow them to predict the end to sentences

Meet Tienny The, when her son stopped brushing his teeth, she had a vision of cavity monsters, and developed this into a picture book

Meet Alan Bay, he illustrated a book to help young readers connect with their grandparents

Meet Linda Locke, one of her books is titled, "Do farts make old people go faster?"

Meet Jessica Alejandro, she wants children to be exposed to more poetry

Meet Maureen Yeo, she says you should go out and have adventures

Meet Lynette Teo, she got the idea for her book one morning while brushing her teeth

Meet Victor Fernando R. Ocampo, he says read to your kids with funny voices

Meet Judith Huang, she wrote a book about a girl who accidentally creates a new universe in her mother's government lab

Meet Darren C. Ong, he says kidlit writers should develop a thick skin

Meet Ning Cai, in her books the princess saves herself at the end

Meet Lesley-Anne Tan and Monica Lim, together their ideas are usually wackier

Meet Sophia Huang, she started writing during her maternity leave

Meet Simon Chesterman, he's published 3.5 young adult books

Meet Carlo Peña, he's an editor who says doodle your story ideas before writing

Meet Andy Chua Koon Hong, he has a tip to help you get free reviews
from tonnes of readers, both young and old.

Meet Eva Wong Nava, she says you must forget that you're an adult

Meet Pauline Loh, her new book is about having the courage to change what is wrong with the world

Meet David Seow, he says parents must make story-time exciting and unforgettable

Meet Chen Wei Teng, she wants to remind kids that they have something unique within

Meet Neil Humphreys, he says we must use kidlit to grab children's eyeballs away from the screens

Meet Quek Hong Shin, he listens to talkative children and gets story ideas from them

Meet Ruth Wan-Lau, she has 37 English books, 10 Mandarin books and 6 Malay books

Meet Andy Chen, he's not a creative person and doesn’t normally have ideas for stories

Meet Caline Tan, her latest book has time travel, adventure and excitement

Meet Leila Boukarim, she gets down on her hands and knees to see the world from the height of a child

Meet Ken Kwek, he writes funny books to help kids recover from exams and tuition, tuition, tuition

Meet Low Ying Ping, she writes adventuresome stories about friendship
and time travel, set in Singapore

Meet Teo Xue Shen, he wrote a young adult novel inspired by war and science fiction

Meet Suzannah Chua, she self-published a picture book about the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew

Meet Felix Cheong, he wrote a book of riddle poems with answers hidden in the artwork

Meet Idayu Hussain, she wrote a bilingual book that’s funny and delicious

Meet Jason Erik Lundberg, he wrote a picture book that shows how rojak is prepared

Meet Lianne Ong, her first book was inspired by her son's encounter with a caterpillar
















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ALSO:

+ Why should we make new books for young readers? My blog post from last year

+ Check out Don Bosco's latest series LAST KID RUNNING, published by Penguin Random House

+ Follow Super Cool Books on Instagram, for exclusive behind the scenes photos

+ How and where you can get published in Singapore (from 2017) 














Wednesday, December 18, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Joanne H Lim, she wrote a book about an adorable monkey who wins in life

Time for holiday reading! To celebrate 8 years of Super Cool Books, I’ll be featuring a mega list of fellow kidlit writers and illustrators both from Singapore and beyond. New interviews every week. Do introduce their books to some young readers in your life! Latest updates here.


Joanne H Lim
Singapore

Types of kidlit books
Picture books

Total kidlit books published
1

Selected titles
Meme the Monkey Wins in Life (World Scientific)

Describe your style
Fun!

How did you get started?
I was just honouring someone's suggestion :)

Where do you get story ideas?
I have no idea :p I just like to write to share ideas that I think will help people live happier and healthier lives.

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
I think that kids should read "Meme the Monkey Wins in Life" because the latest PISA survey revealed that kids in Singapore are more afraid of failure than their counterparts overseas. I would like to change this by redefining how society currently defines "failure", "success" and "what it means to win in life" - I think that if we change our perspective individually and collectively, we can all live more meaningful, fulfilling, and impactful lives.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Read with them and ask them for their views along the way!

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Just have fun!

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
That the kidlit market will grow! If it does, I hope that it means that kids are spending less time in front of screens, and more time cultivating their brain and character by reading.

Website:
www.TheRightPerspective.com.sg
www.MemeTheMonkey.sg
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/MemeTheMonkeyWins/


GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019
The updated list here


















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ALSO:

+ Celebrating 8 years of Super Cool Books










Tuesday, December 3, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Peh Shing Huei, he had no idea how to write kidlit but Edmund Wee from Epigram convinced him to try

Time for holiday reading! To celebrate 8 years of Super Cool Books, I’ll be featuring a mega list of fellow kidlit writers and illustrators both from Singapore and beyond. New interviews every week. Do introduce their books to some young readers in your life! Latest updates here.


Peh Shing Huei
Singapore

Types of kidlit books
Picture books

Total kidlit books published
2

Selected titles
Dream Island: The Mad, Mad World of Philip Yeo (Epigram)
Panjang: The Tall Boy Who Became Prime Minister (World Scientific)

Describe your style 
My main aim is to put a smile on the faces of young readers, so I try to inject a bit of humour and uplift them with messages which they can identify with.

How did you get started?
Edmund Wee from Epigram approached me to write kidlit after my biography on Philip Yeo: Neither Civil Nor Servant. I said I had no idea how to write one. I've always written on serious subjects for adults. He said it's okay, he will guide me. I said sure, always up for a challenge! 

Where do you get story ideas?
My starting point is always: what do I want to read. Then I bounce the ideas off my publisher and the illustrator. In the case of Panjang, World Scientific and Drewscape were critical to the development of the story.

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
Panjang: The Tall Boy Who Became Prime Minister is a story of a boy who was self-conscious and awkward growing up, but learnt to be comfortable in his own body and confident in his abilities. In an era of much body shaming and hyper focus on image, it is important for children to know they don't have to be someone else to stand tall.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Inject your kids' own experiences into the story you are reading. Bring in their friends, cousins, classmates so that the story is more relatable to them.

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Read what you have written out loud. You might realise some words aren't quite suitable. :)

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
More kids picking up books by local authors!

Website: www.nutgraf.com.sg
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pehshinghuei/



GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019
The updated list here

















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ALSO:

+ Why should we make new books for young readers? My blog post from last year.