Home-grown children's books going places

The scene is vibrant, with more stories being told in a local context, getting translated for overseas markets as well as adapted for television

(From far left) Artist David Liew, media consultant Hwee Goh and eye expert Mohamed Dirani are behind the best-selling children’s book series, The Plano Adventures ($12.01 a book from major bookstores).
(From far left) Artist David Liew, media consultant Hwee Goh and eye expert Mohamed Dirani are behind the best-selling children’s book series, The Plano Adventures ($12.01 a book from major bookstores).PHOTOS: GIN TAY, MARSHALL CAVENDISH
Secrets Of Singapore: Changi Airport ($15.94 from major bookstores) is the fourth title in the heritage-inspired series by mother-daughter duo Monica Lim and Lesley-Anne Tan (both above).
Secrets Of Singapore: Changi Airport ($15.94 from major bookstores) is the fourth title in the heritage-inspired series by mother-daughter duo Monica Lim and Lesley-Anne Tan (both above). PHOTOS: COURTESY OF EPIGRAM BOOKS
Secrets Of Singapore: Changi Airport ($15.94 from major bookstores) is the fourth title in the heritage-inspired series by mother-daughter duo Monica Lim and Lesley-Anne Tan (both left). The Sherlock Sam series by A.J. Low - the pseudonym of husband-
The Sherlock Sam series by A.J. Low – the pseudonym of husband-andwife team Adan Jimenez and Felicia Low- Jimenez (both above) – will have five books translated into Korean soon, as well as an animated series by Singaporebased August Media in pre-production. PHOTO: COURTESY OF EPIGRAM BOOKS

When children's book The Diary Of Amos Lee: I Sit, I Write, I Flush! first broke into The Straits Times bestseller list 10 years ago, its Singaporean author Adeline Foo was shocked.

"It was unheard of for a local children's book that was not Mr Midnight (the horror series by Jim Aitchison under the pseudonym of James Lee) to make the bestseller list," says Foo, 48.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2019, with the headline 'Home-grown children's books going places'. Print Edition | Subscribe