Sunday, November 17, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Alan Bay, he illustrated a book to help young readers connect with their grandparents

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.

Alan Bay

Types of kidlit books
Middle grade

Total kidlit books published

Selected titles
Once Upon A Singapore... Traders (Asiapac Books)

Describe your style
Comic/Humor, light reading, grandparent-kids

How did you get started?
I am the illustrator of the book, while Tina is the writer. I know Tina has a great interest in the history of Singapore, so I approached her with an intention of doing a comic book that talks about Singapore in the 60s.

Where do you get story ideas?
We wanted to show the kids how Singapore was like back in the olden days, so we decided comic was a good medium as pictures were a lot more expressive and easier to understand. Originally we only had factual content without much narrative and we thought it might be a little boring, so we added grandpa and Aloysius. Eventually we focus more on the relationship between them as we hope readers will connect with their grandparents too.

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
Once Upon A Singapore... Traders, a great read for kids, parents and grand parents. The kids can ask them how their life were back then, while the parents and grandparents can revisit their childhood experiences.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Read with them!

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Start simple, write something about yourself

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
More collaboration between writers, more anthologies


The updated list here

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