Wednesday, October 30, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Jason Erik Lundberg, he wrote a picture book that shows how rojak is prepared

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.

Jason Erik Lundberg

Types of kidlit books
Picture books

Total kidlit books published

Selected titles
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.


The updated list here

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