Sunday, November 3, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Quek Hong Shin, he listens to talkative children and gets story ideas from them

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.

Quek Hong Shin

Types of kidlit books
Picture books

Total kidlit books published

Selected titles
The Amazing Sarong (Epigram Books), The Incredible Basket (Epigram Books), The Brilliant Oil Lamp (Epigram Books).

Describe your style
Nostalgia, local heritage and memories. Rich in detail.

How did you get started?
When I wrote a manuscript for a competition but did not win. Epigram Books was happy to publish it when they saw it.

Where do you get story ideas?
From talking to people and personal experiences.

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
The Amazing Sarong. Gives kids a rare glimpse of village life in Singapore, in the late 1960s.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Read stories of different subjects and open their minds to the various universes that exist in books. Make them hungry for more!

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Listen to a talkative child and get story ideas from him or her.

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
More diversity and unusual subject matters being represented.


The updated list here

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+ Celebrating 8 years of Super Cool Books