Wednesday, November 20, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Jane Karen Ho, her big wish is for indie authors in Asia to come together for support

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.

Jane Karen Ho
Hong Kong

Types of kidlit books
Picture books

Total kidlit books published

Selected titles
Emi Takes Hong Kong- A Kids' Story Travel Guide (Fly High Press)

The book (including eBook) is available on Amazon, it won’t be available in physical bookstores in Singapore.

Describe your style 
My book is a fun adventure story based in Hong Kong that also doubles up as a travel guide for young kids.

How did you get started?
It was reading to my two young children that inspired me to write.

Where do you get story ideas?
Reading picture books is a big part of our routine and I've found many so inspiring for both myself and the kids that I wanted to write my own! I had the idea to write a series of adventure stories based in different cities when I struggled to find any Asian travel stories or guides catering to young children. I’ve always found that stories are the best way to introduce new things (or cities) to kids! In terms of the story itself, I was getting many ideas from my children day to day!

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
Emi Takes Hong Kong is a story on creativity that appeals to any reader as a satisfying one, whether it is their home town or not. As well as major sights of Hong Kong, the travel story book also introduces elements of local culture, such as dim sum and making a wish at Wong Tai Sin temple.

The kids’ story travel guide is designed to fit easily into those backpacks and little hands. I’ve also included maps and picture glossaries, as well as a quiz, to keep the little ones busy on the road.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Read with them- kids love this special time they have with you

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Experiment with creating your own website- it's not as hard as you think!

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
Indie authors in Asia coming together to support each other


The updated list here

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