Wednesday, November 13, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Jessica Alejandro, she wants children to be exposed to more poetry

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.

The author, left

Jessica Alejandro

Types of kidlit books
Middle grade

Total kidlit books published

Selected titles
The Singapore Kid- selectbooks,
Exlosers Operation Pants on Fire- Bubbly Books
Exlosers Vandal Scandal- Bubbly Books
Exlosers Captive in the Dark- Bubbly Books
Exlosers The lunchbox thief- Bubbly books

Describe your style 
It has a poem at the beginning of each chapter. I would consider the books witty and humourous yet there are lessons at the end of each novel

How did you get started?
It was an experiment. I had a script ready and I sent it out to 7 publishers. Thankfully, one replied.

Where do you get story ideas?
I teach privately so mainly from my students and through personal observations

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
Captive in the dark- Kids should read this so they learn not to judge a book by its cover and to be careful when trusting people whom they are familiar with.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Read with them and let them choose the books they will really enjoy not the books you think they would enjoy.

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Practice makes perfect. No one is born a writer.

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
More poems. I think children are not exposed enough to poetry. It is sad that they are forced to appreciate it only in Sec 1 when they take literature. By then, it becomes repulsive and stressful when they are forced to over-analyse it for the sake of a good grade.

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