Types of kidlit books
Total kidlit books published
A New Home for Bo Bo and Cha Cha (Epigram Books), Bo Bo and Cha Cha Cook Up a Storm (Epigram Books), A Curious Bundle for Bo Bo and Cha Cha (Epigram Books)
Describe your style
Hopeful and exploratory
How did you get started?
My first week working at Epigram Books, my boss pitched the idea of us publishing a picture book about the pandas who were coming from China to Singapore, and I agreed to write it (and change the names). I also wanted to put out a book that my then-toddler could read.
Where do you get story ideas?
From personal experience, and also after much discussion with my editor, Sheri Tan.
Pick one book of yours that kids should read
Bo Bo and Cha Cha Cook Up a Storm: it's a really fun book, with lots of funny and silly scenes, but also shows how rojak is put together, as well as how to cope when unexpected things happen.
Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Be a model reader; if they see you reading regularly, they will positively associate the activity with enjoyable experiences.
Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Don't get stuck on chasing trends; tell a good story in only the way you can tell it, and it will remain relevant for years.
Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
I'd really wish for more governmental encouragement and support for children's publishing, beyond just grants. Whether this includes nationally distributed book coupons, or MPs discussing kidlit in Parliament, or nationwide celebrations of children's books.
GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019
The updated list here
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+ Why should we make new books for young readers? My blog post from last year.