Beat boredom during the break with these impressive literary recos from some of SG’s best international schools.
For kids aged 4-8
“I appreciate the simplicity of this book that helps young minds to understand the concept of peace.” – Johanna Krijnsen, Head of Learning Resources, GESS
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For kids aged 8-12
“Adan Jimenez and Felicity Low-Jimenez are the husband and wife team who bring Samuel Tan Cher Lock (a.k.a. Sherlock Sam), his sidekick Watson and the Supper Club to life. This series is a great introduction to mystery novels and gives young readers a chance to use clues and their problem-solving skills. The bonus is you get a little thrill of recognition every time you have a glimpse of a famous spot in SG!” – Melissa Cooper,
Primary Teacher Librarian, Canadian International School
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For kids aged 5-6
“This interactive book is filled with lift-the-flaps, peek-through holes and amazing facts about dinosaurs. We read it in school in a couple of readings, as it’s a pretty long book, and it gives us time to savour it. We also use it to create our dinosaurs by drawing or recycled materials.”
– Jeannette Yeo, Deputy Head and Class Teacher of the Toucans (Kindergarten), Swallows and Amazons
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For kids aged 14-16
“This novel-in-verse is about how one teen boy survives the March 2011 tsunami that devastates his coastal Japanese village. It truly demonstrates how hope and perseverance can overcome adversity.” – Kim Klein, Head Librarian, Stamford American International School
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For kids aged 5-8
“This books shows children ways to look at the positives in life and do away with their negative attitudes. In doing so, they can change their ‘baditude’ to gratitude! Helpful tips for parents and educators are also included.” – Cindy Pat Thomas, Curriculum Specialist, Kinderland Preschool
For kids aged 10-14
“Matthew, the main character, has severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and is caught up in solving a mystery when a young child goes missing on his street. The story is heart-breaking and page-turning, as the reader tries to solve the mystery along with Matthew. It will be enjoyed by all who enjoy stories that explore children who are struggling to fit in.” – Sarah Mounsey, Teacher Librarian, Junior School, Dulwich College (Singapore)
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For kids aged 5-6
“‘Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy…’ So, begins this beautifully written and illustrated story. It is one of my favourites to read, as it is a great way for children to learn the gift of giving and love with nothing asked for or expected from them in return.” – Jeannette Yeo, Deputy Head and Class Teacher of the Toucans (Kindergarten), Swallows and Amazons
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For kids aged 13 to 16
“Gabby is a Singaporean teenage author with her first book published at the age of 15. She will inspire other young, would-be writers with her exciting dystopian trilogy set in Singapore in 2037.” – Linda Twitchett, Head of Libraries, Australian International School
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For many expat families, a nomadic lifestyle is a constant – something former Stamford American International School colleagues Belinda Trewartha and Rebecca Hamer realised after many discussions about the life changes that expat kids go through and the few available resources to help them process it all.
So, they combined their love for early years literacy with the classroom teddies they had used to teach social and emotional skills to create the Monty Bear books. The stories show Monty Bear solving riddles as he explores new countries, which aims to expose children to different locations, languages and cultures.
“We wanted to empower children with the skills to embrace change. It was important to us to create a resource that promoted international-mindedness for children, regardless of where they lived, or what their background was,” explains Rebecca. Each book identifies lifelong skills that empower children to be more emotionally self-aware and resilient,” says Belinda.
There’s also a Monty Bear plush for kids to use as a tool to “share their feelings, worries and adventures.” A third book will be released in June 2018.
By Hazel Vincent De Paul; From The Finder Kids Vol. 23, June 2018
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