TWC's Reading Nook: June Holiday Reads 📚

Tuesday, June 4, 2019


Dear Parents,


We are more than halfway through the June holidays! To help your child spend the remaining days of their school break meaningfully, we have curated some books for their reading pleasure. Covering the age groups of our students, recommended titles feature a retelling of Singapore tales, and books with themes on inclusiveness, courage, friendship, love and family. We hope your child will enjoy these reads, and at the same time appreciate the values woven within these stories.


 'The Invisible Boy' by Trudy Ludwig

Age Group [6-8+]


"A simple act of kindness can transform an invisible boy into a friend... Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class. When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine. From esteemed author and speaker Trudy Ludwig and acclaimed illustrator Patrice Barton, this gentle story shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish. Any parent, teacher, or counsellor looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find The Invisible Boy a valuable and important resource. Includes backmatter with discussion questions and resources for further reading."


- Book Depository



'Singapore Children’s Favourite Stories' by Di Taylor

Age Group [8-10+]


"Until now, there have been few collections of Singapore's legends written and illustrated with children in mind. Author Diana Taylor pulls together eleven beloved myths and tales often shared from mother to child, stories of how Singapore got its name, or how the last tiger in Singapore met its end. These stories introduce children to Singapore's multicultural past and its colonial roots."


- Book Depository



'Number the Stars' by Lois Lowry

Age Group [9-11+]


"'They plan to arrest all the Danish Jews. They plan to take them away. And we have been told that they may come tonight.'


It is 1943 and life in Copenhagen is becoming complicated for Annemarie. There are food shortages and curfews, and soldiers on every corner.


But it is even worse for her Jewish best friend, Ellen, as the Nazis continue their brutal campaign. With Ellen's life in danger, Annemarie must summon all her courage to help stage a daring escape.


Inspired by true events of the Second World War, this gripping novel brings the past vividly to life for today's readers."


- Book Depository



'Sing to the Dawn' by Minfong Ho Age Group [12-14+]


"Determined to continue her education, Dawan, a young Thai girl, wins a scholarship to the city high school. She faces her runner-up brother's resentment, and her father's opposition to city life and further education for a girl."


- Book Depository



'Tuesdays with Morrie' by Mitch Albom Age Group [14+]


"Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.


Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying of ALS – or motor neurone disease – Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons on how to live.


'Tuesdays with Morrie' is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world."


- Book Depository

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