National Day is fast approaching! We’re excited to celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday.
To get things warmed up, we’ve been reading books by local authors. Here are some of our favourites:
Samsui Girl and Wayang Girl by Ho Lee-Ling
While these books are typically meant for 6-9 year olds (i.e. less pictures, more text), Hannah enjoys hearing me read the stories as we follow a little girl named Amber as she learns about Singapore’s yesteryear. I think spunky little girls can relate very well to Amber’s character. 🙂
Playtime with Ye Ye by Pauline Loh
Ye Ye retells Singapore’s past to his grandson through pretend play. While reading the story, Hannah was already asking if we could build buildings and forts like what Ye Ye did. This picture book will come in handy when sharing with little ones about Singapore’s early days. There’s even a blog for this book!
Johnny can Dream by Benita Fong
Being Peranakan (Straits Chinese), I’d love to share its rich tradition and culture with my children. This book does just that without overwhelming the young reader. Hannah picked up Peranakan words easily through this magical story. I could tell that Hannah enjoyed “Johnny Can Dream” very much as she recalled this story when we visited a Peranakan restaurant recently.
My First Book of Teochew Words by Koh Kuan Eng
We had previously reviewed “My First Book of Teochew Words” here. I’d love to see more of such books!
A Boy Named Harry by Patrick Yee
This picture book about the childhood of our founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, is an excellent platform for children (and adults too!) to learn about Mr Lee’s life and contributions. This is the first book of a three-part series.
Sasha Visits Singapore by Shamini Flint
We’ve enjoyed all the “Sasha” books both in English and Mandarin! We get to travel around Asia reading “Sasha in Asia” series and being local tourists with “Sasha in Singapore” series. A great resource for preschool geography!
You Been to Ubin? and Monkey Business by students of the Raffles Ecological Literacy Programme
Thinking of venturing to Pulau Ubin or the Lower Peirce Trail? Then these books are a must-read. The books talk about the flora and fauna in both places, and highlighted the human impact on the environment, and the importance of preserving the natural habitat for the animals. The teams distill the best of their experiences in the books. You’d be sure to find a tip or two before your expeditions.
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