Friday, November 8, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Eva Wong Nava, she says you must forget that you're an adult

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.

Eva Wong Nava

Types of kidlit books
Picture books, Middle grade

Total kidlit books published

Selected titles
The Boy Who Talks in Bits and Bobs (Armour Publishing); Mina's Magic Malong (Penguin Random House SEA); Open: A Boy's Wayang Adventure (Ethos Books)

Describe your style
cause-based, concept-raising-awareness, purposeful

How did you get started?
I write Flash Fiction for adults and transferred my knowledge of this tight format into writing picture books. My award-winning middle-grade book was written as an adaptation of a Singapore-made movie: The Wayang Kids.

Where do you get story ideas?
Here, There & Everywhere.

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
Mina's Magic Malong -- this picture book highlights the bonds that bind us; this is the story of six-year-old Ella who must say goodbye to her nanny, Mina. How does Mina help make this goodbye magical and memorable?

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Read to your children always: in the bath, on the bus, in the train, in the car. Expose your children to stories from young: audiobooks, books, live storytelling, movies.

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Forget you're an adult--it's always Never Land in kid lit world.

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
Lots more #ownvoices. More magic-realism in kid lit titles, and diversity that goes beyond race.


The updated list here

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