Thursday, November 7, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Neil Humphreys, he says we must use kidlit to grab children's eyeballs away from the screens

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.

Neil Humphreys

Types of kidlit books
Picture books, Middle grade

Total kidlit books published

Selected titles
Princess Incognito: A Royal Pain in the Class
Abbie Rose and the Magic Suitcase: Telling the Otters to Leave Home was a Really Big Mistake
Abbie Rose and the Magic Suitcase: I Saved Two Tigers with a Really Magical Idea
(Marshall Cavendish, middle grade)

Describe your style
Humorous, poignant, relevant and empathetic

How did you get started?
My daughter was and remains my daily inspiration

Where do you get story ideas?
Watch my daughter's mannerisms, how she plays, how she interacts with other, what brings her joy and sadness. I write what I know and see!

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
A Royal Pain in the Class - Every child can relate to that fish out of water feeling of joining a new school, or a new class, and feeling isolated and perhaps even wanted. Every child tries to fit in every day. This is the uplifting story of two outsiders learning to fit in to an unfamiliar and sometimes unkind world.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Read with them, as often as possible. Share the experience. Discuss the stories afterwards.

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Read your favourite books twice, first as a reader, then as a writer. Make notes of what you liked so much about the book.

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
Every publisher, library, school and parent must recognise that kidlit is more important now than arguably any time since the invention of the printing press. Kidlit is the only barrier from eternal screen overload. If we don't capture eyeballs with kidlit, we have literally no chance of grabbing those eyeballs away from the screens in adulthood. Children's literature can literally keep reading alive in the digital age of omnipresent screens.


The updated list here

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+ Celebrating 8 years of Super Cool Books