Friday, November 1, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Ken Kwek, he writes funny books to help kids recover from exams and tuition, tuition, tuition

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.

Ken Kwek

Types of kidlit books
Chapterbooks, Middle grade

Total kidlit books published

Selected titles
Timothy and the Phubbers (Epigram), Kelly and the Krumps (Epigram)

Describe your style 

How did you get started?
I was inspired by my own kid, who deals with the common and often absurd pressures that kids face in Singapore's high-stress school system. I thought it'd be cool to write a book (or two) about those pressures in a way that makes kids laugh, take a bit of the stress off them.

Where do you get story ideas?
I look at walruses.

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
Read Kelly and the Krumps so you feel a little better when exams and tuition, tuition, tuition drives you nuts!

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Make time to choose good books for them. Create the sense that reading is an enjoyable activity rather than a chore, a reward rather than a task.

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Look at walruses.

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
I'd like to see more kidlit - more Singapore books in general - being made available on different platforms like Kindle and Audible.

Instagram: I tried starting one and never use it. Instagram is the enemy of reading!

The updated list here

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