Types of kidlit books
Total kidlit books published
Sarah's Yummiest Food, Sarah's Great Adventures, Sarah's BFF & Sarah's Happy Holidays (Marshall Cavendish)
Describe your style
Acceptance; in terms of self, the world around you and despite diversity.
How did you get started?
When my first daughter was little, I couldn't find (at the time) any children's picture books based on a multi-ethnic family for her to read. I had always dreamed of being an author, so I decided to start writing where it was needed - for my children!
Where do you get story ideas?
I was inspired by my daughter's life and based all four books on her experiences growing up in our family. She was born into a multi-religious and ethnic family dynamic so her perspective on life, love and togetherness is something quite unique.
Pick one book of yours that kids should read
Sarah's Great Adventures is a fabulous book for kids to read as we explore the country Sarah and some of her family come from (Singapore) and where she travels to meet other family members for holidays/reunions - Australia, England and Malaysia. The book touches on points of joy, excitement, sadness, feelings of separation and contentment of where home is. It also illustrates the fun places to see in other countries, which helps children really engage with the book.
Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Read to your children as often as you can. Make all the funny voices, demonstrative hand gestures and try to make it come alive! This will help them imagine surroundings, sounds and facial expressions as they begin to read on their own. In all four of my books, I have written a 'Dear Parents' section at the back for all parents and readers so they can help bring relevant conversation to the stories.
Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Do as many readings for children as you can! It is my favourite part of being an author. Engage with them and interest them in activities which they can relate to. And answer all of their questions - even if it's how old you are!
Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
I would really love to see more events for kidlit authors - such as creating more programmes for visiting authors for various kindergartens and schools, and conferences on how to assist teachers, parents and the education system in growing well-rounded readers of tomorrow.
GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019
The updated list here
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+ Celebrating 8 years of Super Cool Books