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Recommended Reads: Great books for the family

Recommended Reads: Great books for the family

Welcome to the newly revamped Epigram Bookshop!

You may have noticed that our website not only sports a new look, but we now have more cool additions too: from our new delivery options (make one order, deliver to multiple addresses) to our new advanced book search. 

Not only that, you'll notice that you now have more choices when it comes to Singapore stories from writers and publishers all across the island. We're talking bestsellers, award-winners and everything else in between. There's something for everybody. 

Don't know where to start? Why don't you check out our recommended reads that the whole family can enjoy? It doesn't get more local than this. 

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FOR BEGINNER READERS: 
LETTER FRIENDS: X AND O ARE BFFS
While the letter A always gets to be first and good ol' Z has the final say, X and O are the quiet overachievers of the lot. But they are best friends, partners-in-crime, as well as being the yin and the yang of the group. They also show that together, they do have an important role when it comes to the language of love, music and play. Shortlisted for this year's Hedwig Anuar Children's Book Award, this is the first book in the Letter Friends series.

FOR YOUNGER READERS: 
THE LITTLE SINGAPORE BOOK
This bestselling book is a refreshing take on the Singapore story, from the old kingdom of Temasek to the present day. Written for five-year-olds and up, it introduces young readers to our history, the people and our culture through vibrant illustrations packed with fascinating detail. Find out about samsui women and cattle farmers, and learn how neighbourhoods like Chinatown and Kampong Glam came to be. Coupled with fun activities and projects that will educate and entertain little book lovers, this is the must-have in every home. 

FOR THE TWEENS:
KELLY AND THE KRUMPS
Another shortlisted title for the 2020 Hedwig Anuar Children's Book Awards, this is filmmaker Ken Kwek's second novel. It's PSLE year and Kelly is definitely feeling the stress. Her tiger mum is threatening to ground her, her tuition timetable barely gives her time to eat, and she suspects her twin brother is up to something. When the pressure gets too intense, Kelly decides to secretly join a dance crew called the Krumps. But trouble looms in the form of an evil genius named Fang Boy. Can Kelly make it till the end of the year? 

FOR THE TEENS: 
LION BOYS AND FAN GIRLS

It's time to dive back into the world of Leopop in this sequel to Lion Boy and Drummer Girl. Singapore's top group, the Lion Legends, are at the height of their game. But members Prome and Mercury think they can be better. So they come up with a plan: no dating until they're the very best they can be. But even the best-laid plans can go awry when you throw two fangirls into the mix. Not only that, someone is threatening the Lion Legends. Can the boys get to the bottom of things before it's too late? 

FOR MUM AND DAD (AND DOG):
BUTTON: THE HOKKIEN THERAPY DOG
When author Fiona Foo was asked to rescue Button four years ago, little did she know that it would be a life-changing moment. Fiona and Button immediately formed a bond, and seeing Button's potential, Fiona decided to train her to become a therapy pet. After a spell of rehab and learning to understand Hokkien (yes, Hokkien), the elderly Schnauzer was soon visiting patients at Assisi Hospice, sparking joy in their lives. 

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE PSLE
Bestselling author Monica Lim (Danger Dan and Gadget Girl) looks at the trials and tribulations of being a parent when your children face the first big test of their young lives: the PSLE! In this delightful novel, Singaporean mum Ling has made it her goal to help her children succeed; but while older daughter April looks set to ace the exams, younger son Noah is more interested in canteen food than class. What's a mum to do?

MORE FUN FOR EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY
Parents, unleash your child's creativity with this "tear out and frame" colouring book series. It comprises three books—Picturesque ShophousesBlks & Nos and Homes of the Holy—and each book features 20 line drawings by three of the region’s top artists. What’s more, once you’ve coloured them in, you can remove and frame them individually for display.

It's the perfect way to keep the family engaged and entertained at home, giving you hours of creative fun for everyone. 

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