Monday, November 18, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Josephine Chia, she wrote a book about the old days when Singapore was still a third world nation

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.

Josephine Chia

Types of kidlit books
Chapterbooks, Middle grade, Young adult

Total kidlit books published
Three books

Selected titles
1. Queen of the Sky. (Fiction) Children. Published in 2019 by Penguin Random House
2. Big Tree in a Small Pot. Mid-Grade. YA(Fiction) Published in 2018 by Marshall Cavendish
3. Growing Up in Kampong Potong Pasir. Children. (Non-Fiction)  Published in 2018 by Ethos Books

Describe your style
1 & 3 are chatty styles. Both illustrating and telling Singapore's history through story. Book 2 is more serious as it deals with a teenager's identity search

How did you get started?
When I returned from UK to live here when my four grandchildren were born.
I have been a workshop leader and Creative Writing mentor for young writers in MOE's Creative Arts programme so decided to write for that demographic

Where do you get story ideas?
From issues that I understand youngsters have to tackle like a search for identity. I also like using bits of Singapore history to weave around my stories

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
Growing up in Kampong Potong Pasir. This is a non-fiction book, about my growing up years in poverty in the kampong. It is good for kids to know that they are very well-off and privileged these days compared to the old days when Singapore was still a third world nation. This book shows a sense of community and joy, despite our deprivations.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Share in the reading especially for younger kids. Bedtime story telling.

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Tell a good, entertaining story rather than try to be didactic.

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
That more parents would encourage their children to read local writing

Instagram: NIL. I am not on any social media

The updated list here

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+ Celebrating 8 years of Super Cool Books