Wednesday, November 9, 2022

KIDLIT SG NEW BOOKS 2022 _____ Presenting EXPLORING SOUTHEAST ASIA WITH… by Jeffrey Say, a picture book series designed to help kids think about art

NOTE: This post is part of my blog series to celebrate SG kidlit titles released in 2022. More info about this showcase here. All the featured books and authors can be found here

This series of books is my very first foray into the world of kidlit. I have previously published scholarly books on Singapore art. As an arts educator, I have been a firm believer that to nurture a cultured population, children need to be taught how to appreciate the arts from young. An added motivation for conceptualising these books is the desire for our local children to get to know famous artists from our very own backyard as most children’s books on art are on Western artists.

It was a privilege to collaborate with award-winning kidlit author Eva Wong-Nava and award-winning kidlit author and illustrator Hong Shin. Penning the books did have its challenges. It required hard research and then a keen creative mind to re-imagine the lives of these artists through words and images that will appeal to kids. But it was a fun and worthwhile project.


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