Friday, November 8, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Andy Chua Koon Hong, he has a tip to help you get free reviews from tonnes of readers, both young and old

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.

Andy Chua Koon Hong

Types of kidlit books
Chapterbooks, Middle grade

Total kidlit books published

Selected titles
Fossil Finder: Mesozoic Mission (Bubbly Books), Fossil Finder: Cretaceous Crisis (Bubbly Books), Fossil Finder: Triassic Trouble (Bubbly Books), Fossil Finder: Mosasaur Madness (Bubbly Books)

Describe your style
Adventure survival in the age of the dinosaurs, with breaks taking place in school with the good ol' problems that all kids face (bullies and strict teachers)

How did you get started?
I have always loved writing stories. With the encouragement of my family and old school teacher, I decided to try writing a book. Bubbly Books liked what I did and pushed for me to finish my first book.

Where do you get story ideas?
Through watching shows, playing games and reading many, many books

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
Fossil Finders: Triassic Trouble - This book involves two kids who decide to keep a pet dinosaur in secret, causing all sorts of havoc. They eventually learn to be honest with their parents and to take responsibility for their lost pet.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Pick books that are of a topic that your kids enjoy .e.g dinosaurs.

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Try writing fanfiction! You get free reviews from tonnes of readers, both young and old.

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
A greater push by schools to get kids to pick up physical books instead of always burying their noses in tablets, handphones and computers


The updated list here

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