Updated my book wall with my two latest books, Lion Boy and Drummer Girl and Jade’s Quest for Her Heritage.
Lion Boy and Drummer Girl was published in 2017 while Jade’s Quest was published in August this year. Thanks to a talk in Singapore Chinese Girls’ School, I was finally spurred to revisit my woefully outdated book wall!
I’m thankful for the full turnout at the Playtime with Ye Ye storytelling at Imagine Native-Creative Fest for Kids at S.E.A. Aquarium on 5 June. There were more than 50 children in the room! We didn’t have enough paper, pencils and colour pencils! (more…)
Did a collage of books I had written.
But that was before “Ryan the Playground Expert” was launched.
So now I have to do a new collage.
Time to doff my editorial hat and put on the reader’s gown. It’s time for book reading! I always find book reading a refreshing change from the daily grind of abusing a computer keyboard. Reading to kindergarten toddlers demands the acting skills of a Hollywood star, the voice of Luciano Pavarotti and the stamina of Mohammad Ali.
Preschool children are the most honest of human beings. If you are boring, or worse, meandering, they will space out right in front of you. So – eye contact, tone of voice and animation – it’s all got to be there in order to engage this exacting audience.
At times like this, it’s important to go back to the basics.
Why read to a preschool audience?
It’s good to understand why one wishes to read to young children. Parents read to their children because reading is a wonderful bonding activity. Until today, my children remember the stories I read to them and even the antics I put on to make the stories come alive. Teachers read to their students to increase their literacy.
As for me, I read to kindergarten audiences because I love to see their imagination take flight. The Little Red Helicopter is really all about the imagination.
I always get asked this question whenever I read the book aloud – Is the little red helicopter real? I love the way their little brows wrinkle as they struggle with the shackles of space and time.
I would love to answer with a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, to smooth those little frowns away. But I never do. Each child must take away his own interpretation of The Little Red Helicopter.
And I sincerely hope the children will let their imagination fly.
Book Reading at Chatsworth International School, 23 February.
The Little Red Helicopter iPhone app
The Little Red Helicopter has been made into an iPhone and iPad application! Pls click Little Red Helicopter to see it on http://itunes.apple.com. It costs only 99 cts. Pls support? Show it to the little ones or just enjoy it yourself 🙂