Thursday, November 21, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Hwee Goh, she wrote a book about a bunch of cave dragons who get poisoned by blue light coming off their bottle-bottle screens (EDITOR SAYS: Yes, bottle-bottle, it's not a typo, I checked.)

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.

Hwee Goh

Types of kidlit books

Total kidlit books published

Selected titles
Trouble in Murktown, The Ray Keepers, The Never-ending Game, Attack of the Cybugs, Out of Order (Marshall Cavendish) Timmy & Tammy Discover: Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s Wildlife Wonders, Singapore’s Sports Stars (Armour)

Describe your style
The Plano Adventures is a rambunctious, fun early chapter book series featuring Professor Plano and identical twins, Zed and Zee. The twins are curious, loyal and take every adventure in their stride!

How did you get started?
Through other fellow authors. Emily Lim has been bugging me to write for years. She connected me to Pauline Loh’s Keep Calm and Mother On and then her editor Ruth Wan-Lau contacted me.

Where do you get story ideas?
For The Plano Adventures, I had my illustrator draw whatever came to mind as we discussed story and plot possibilities. His art then triggered my imagination further. It was a good cycle.

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
The Ray Keepers - it a colourful, fun book about a bunch of cave dragons who get poisoned by blue light coming off their bottle-bottle screens. There are dragons, flights in the air, mythical creatures and a final battle. Nuff said!

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
No pressure, please. Read to them, read with them and read yourself. They’ll love it too!

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
There is no single way to get published in Singapore. So just keep writing. And when you get published - there needs to be a certain willingness to get out there to sell your book. It’s otherwise very hard to get yourself known out there.

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
That Singaporeans and Singapore residents will see the importance of building up our kidlit infrastructure further, in order for it to grow. Buy, borrow, read Singapore kidlit! We need you!


The updated list here

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