Wednesday, November 20, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Far'ain Jaafar, she says kidlit writers should visit schools and meet children, our presence brings magic to their lives

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.

Far'ain Jaafar

Types of kidlit books
Picture books

Total kidlit books published

Selected titles
Ummi's Hijab (YaaBunayya Singapore)

Describe your style
Simple and teachable.

How did you get started?
I love reading kid lit to children as a teenager. So I started purchasing kid lit with my own pay check as a teen. Family and friends fussed over it but I replied confidently, "These are my investments. I'm going to read these books to my children!" After a while, I began writing stories in a notebook as a hobby (still in my teens). And that was how it began!

Where do you get story ideas?
Everywhere! I could be on the bus, in the shower or reading a book when an idea comes. I realised I need to have some kind of writing material/phone/computer within reach to quickly write down the story idea before it leaves my head.

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
Kids should read 'Ummi's Hijab' to build a bridge of understanding in terms of diversity.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Make reading an enjoyable family routine! Read together and set aside that precious time.

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Go to schools and meet children! Your presence brings magic to their lives.

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
More picture books on diversity!

Website: NA

The updated list here

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