Ask an Expert: Books that Excite and Delight!

In Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse’s literacy based curriculum, our curriculum team takes pride in carefully selecting books in our centres’ libraries. To us, books are sources of discovery and wonder. 

That’s why reading comes alive in our classes.  Our interactive story-telling activities encourages the children to ask questions.

What would they have done instead of what Character A did? What do you think motivated Character B’s actions?

You’d be surprised at how sharp and insightful the little ones are!

Our Individualised Reading Programme tailors to each child’s interests and level of ability, which instills the love of reading in our children.

These are some recommended titles for our children to gain a better understanding of themselves, through the (mis)adventures of the characters!

Mama Miti
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by Donna Jo Napol—This is an inspiring story of Nobel Prize Winner Wangari Maathai, who founded the Green Belt Movement.

It has empowered many people to mobilise and combat deforestation in Kenya and Africa. Just like Maathai, children may be motivated to become “eco-heroes” through her love and care for nature.


Chesters Way

Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes— This humorous story explores the childhood issues of being resistant to change, and reinforces the value of accepting people who are different from ourselves. 



Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judy Viorst —The book shows us how to cope when nothing seems to be going your way.

At the heart of the story, the theme of resilience is apparent.

For some family bonding time on weekends, round up the family to catch the movie of the same name (released in 2014) on DVD!


llama llama

Llama, Llama, Home With Mama by Anna Dewdney— A hilarious tale for our little tots, it tackles the challenging moments of childhood, such as illness, with honesty and humour. Both children and parents alike will learn that despite life’s difficulties, a little laughter and love always saves the day!


Strega Nona

Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola — The title loosely translates to “Grandma Witch” Disaster ensues when a magical pasta pot is misused by an old witch’s bumbling assistant! This also warns our little ones of the consequences of not listening to instructions, despite having good intentions!


About the Expert:

Nancy Lee-Wong is a RIE™ Inspired Practitioner who specialises in early care and education.

Formerly Programme Director at Asian International College, she obtained her Masters of Education (Early Childhood Education) from Monash University, Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Family & Children Studies) from Edith Cowan University, Australia.

Nancy is an accredited trainer and practicum supervisor for Early Childhood Education and Infant-Toddler Educare, as well as a qualified infant massage instructor.

At present, she heads the Training and Development department at Nurture Education Group (Kiddiwinkie Schoolhouse).