Saturday, November 9, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Carlo Peña, he's an editor who says doodle your story ideas before writing

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.

Carlo Peña
Philippines, Singapore

Types of kidlit books
Picture books, Middle grade, Young adult

Total kidlit books published

Selected titles
All In! Snack Fiction (Singapore Book Council)
Girl Meets Ghost and Other Stories (Neo-Writers Project)

Describe your style
Youthful, easy to understand, relatable

How did you get started?
Editing - I was hired as a creative education manager, dealing with narratives written by under 18s. I also previously set up a training company that taught kids how to write flash fiction.

Where do you get story ideas?
I get most of my ideas when I'm showering. Water calms me and gives me ideas.

Pick one book you edited that kids should read
SNACK FICTION BOOK 1 is a great book because it showcases diversity in writing styles and approaches.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Start them early. Encourage them to read everything.

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Doodle. Visualise your story before you write it.

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
More interactive stories! And more youths writing.

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The updated list here

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