World of Discovery Collection

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Dear Parents,

Begin Your Journey of Discovery Today! 

The World of Discovery Collection is a specially curated selection of children's books that focus on discovering Asia and discovering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Under the guidance of Dr Ruth Y L Wong, these books aim to promote reading for pleasure, while exciting kids through discovery.
With 51 books in this inaugural batch, and with more to come, the books are divided into three levels depending on the child's reading ability: A (Achieving), B (Blooming) and C (Confident). Each book includes a story-based activity at the end of the books to help parents and educators get children to engage with the story.

Includes these 51 titles:

  • Level A Set (12 books):
  1. San's Home
    San is in her spaceship! Lion keeps her company. What will they see and do next? The universe is almost, but not quite, bigger than we imagine. Within it, we are sheltered by a place we call 'home'. For San, home is right here in Singapore, but San is also a child of the universe.

  2. Binturong (Borneo Animals series)
    Up in the trees, a little black animal searches for fruit ... what could it be? Find out more about the binturong, a unique and fascinating animal from Borneo.

  3. Slow Loris (Borneo Animals series)
    A brown furry animal, moving slowly and silently ... what could it be? Find out about the slow loris, a unique and fascinating animal from Borneo.

  4. Tapir (Borneo Animals series)
    An odd black and white creature, with a long snout nose ... what could it be? Find out about the tapir, a unique and fascinating animal from Borneo.

  5. Sophie the Dragon Learns to Bake (Sophie the Dragon series)
    Sophie the Dragon and her friends are learning how to bake! Join them as they learn how to make the mini cakes kueh bahulu.

  6. Sophie the Dragon Hosts a Tea Party (Sophie the Dragon series)
    Sophie the Dragon is hosting her first tea party! She has planned for her and her friends to make spring rolls together. Will it be a success?

  7. Sophie the Dragon and the Pancake Contest (Sophie the Dragon series)
    Sophie the Dragon and her friends have entered a pancake contest! Who will make the yummiest pancake and win the competition?

  8. Indonesia: A Big Treasure (Treasure Seekers series)
    "There are no treasures in my land," bemoans the boy with a red hat. Three ancient statues hear his cry and come alive! Follow them as they comb through Thailand. What will they find? Ready, treasure seekers? Let's go!

  9. Philippines: A Happy Treasure (Treasure Seekers series)
    There are no treasures in my land," bemoans the boy with a red hat. Three ancient statues hear his cry and come alive! Follow them as they comb through Philippines. What will they find? Ready, treasure seekers? Let's go!

  10. Singapore: A Treasure Hunt (Treasure Seekers series)
    "There are no treasures in my land," bemoans the boy with a red hat. Three ancient statues hear his cry and come alive! Follow them as they comb through Singapore. What will they find? Ready, treasure seekers? Let's go!

  11. Malaysia: A Healing Treasure (Treasure Seekers series)
    "There are no treasures in my land," bemoans the boy with a red hat. Three ancient statues hear his cry and come alive! Follow them as they comb through Malaysia. What will they find? Ready, treasure seekers? Let's go!

  12. Thailand: A Yummy Treasure (Treasure Seekers series)
    "There are no treasures in my land," bemoans the boy with a red hat. Three ancient statues hear his cry and come alive! Follow them as they comb through Thailand. What will they find? Ready, treasure seekers? Let's go!

  • Level B Set 1 (9 books):
    1. A Camel for Kelam (Our Folktales series)
      Rediscover the magic of one of India's most beloved and popular folktales! Meet Pabu, who loves animals and his niece, Kelam. One day, Kelam tells Pabu that she wants a camel for her birthday, so Pabu sets off to Lanka in search of one ...

    2. Badang the Mighty Warrior (Our Folktales series)
      Rediscover the magic of one of Singapore's most beloved and popular folktales! Meet Badang, a poor labourer, who uses his wits to gain super strength and freedom from his master. One day, the Raja of Singapura hears reports about this strongman, and summons Badang to his kingdom ...

    3. The Brother of the Three Marias (Our Folktales series)
      Rediscover the magic of one of Philippines' most beloved and popular folktales! Meet Teong the folk healer, who cuts down a magical kolesmeloko tree and accidentally sets a giant serpent free. As punishment, he must give away his three daughters, Maria Upeng, Maria Loleng, and Maria Upeng, to three powerful kings. Years later, and the youngest child, Pedro, must journey across different realms to find his sisters and reunite his family ...

    4. Issun-Boshi (Our Folktales series)
      Rediscover the magic of one of Japan's most beloved and popular folktales! Meet Issun-boshi, a boy who is no taller than one sun (3 cm). Although tiny, he is brave and spirited. With a needle as a sword, he sets off to the capital on a great adventure ...

    5. Journey to Happy Land (Our Folktales series)
      Rediscover the magic of one of Myanmar's most beloved and popular folktales! Meet Pu Lone, a traditional Myanmarese toy, who along with his friends, is searching for a place to live happily and safely. During their journey, they meet other toys who aren't so friendly ...

    6. Princess Kemang (Our Folktales series)
      Rediscover the magic of one of Indonesia's most beloved and popular folktales! Meet Princess Kemang, a warrior princess who goes on an adventure into the woods and discovers a magical kemang tree who transforms into a young man ...

    7. The Princess of Gudang Ledang (Our Folktales series)
      Rediscover the magic of one of Malaysia's most beloved and popular folktales! Meet the beautiful Princess of Gunung Ledang, who lives happily on the top of the mountain Ledang. When the powerful Sultan of Melaka comes courting, the princess must think of a clever way to reject his proposal ...

    8. The Zodiac Story (Our Folktales series)
      Rediscover the magic of one The of China's most beloved and popular folktales! Meet the 12 animals of the zodiac. But how were the 12 animals in the zodiac decided? A great race was declared among all the animals, but who will win ...

    9. Maxilla
      One cool spring day, Reuben finds a caterpillar in the school garden. He names her Maxilla and decides to keep her as a pet. He hopes to see her grow to become a butterfly. But Maxilla is a special caterpillar that can only thrive in her natural habitat. Will Reuben keep Maxilla or will he release her into the wild? This is the tough choice he has to make.

  • Level B set 2 (9 books):
    1. Brave Beachley (Sisu Girls series)
      Brave Beachley tells the tale of Australian Layne Beachley and how she chased her dream to become a world champion surfer. "Because tough times are sure to happen. They are part and parcel of life's plan. But don't let those tough times stop you, pick yourself up and say: 'I CAN!'"

    2. Fearless Frosty (Sisu Girls series)
      Fearless Frosty tells the story of New Zealander Anna Frost and how she chased her dream to become a professional mountain runner. "Whatever it is, go after it. Find the thing that makes you fly! Because one thing is for certain: You'll never know unless you try."

    3. Mighty Mira (Sisu Girls series)
      Mighty Mira tells the tale of Nepali Mira Rai and how she chased her dream to become a professional mountain runner. The moral of my story; Live the moment, live the now. Don't worry if you don't know the path, Have courage, and you'll discover how.

    4. Panjang: The Tall Boy Who Became Prime Minister
      Panjang is the tallest kid around. He hates standing out, but little does he know, he's on his way to greater heights ... This book tells the childhood story of Singapore's second prime minister, Goh Chok Tong, and how he conquered his self-consciousness to become a leader. This "tall" tale inspires children to embrace the things that make them different.

    5. Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali: The Accidental Doctor
      Meet Siti Hasmah, a little girl, who wanted to be a journalist, in a period when not every girl was sent to school. Find out how she coped when World War II struck. Walk in her footsteps as she graduated from university and went on to save the lives of many Malaysian women and children. See what she finally ended up being.

    6. Meme the Monkey: Wins in Life
      We all like to win and do well. But what does it really mean to win in life? Meme the Monkey wants to do well and tries her very best to. But she soon learns that doing well in life is not just about scoring high marks in her exams - there are other more important things.

    7. I Really, Really Don't Like Water! (Wow Wild Asia series)
      Boleh the otter pup really, really does not like water. Mama starts him on swimming lessons. What should he do? Can he ever get used to the water? Read Boleh's splashy tale of learning new skills and the good surprise that comes with it.

    8. I Really, Really Don't Like Heights! (Wow Wild Asia series)
      Sayang the Leopard cub really, really does not like heights. When Sayang playfully chases after the bird, he ends too high up in a tree. Can Bear, Monkey and Squirrel help Sayang find his footing and courage to climb down the tree?

    9. I Really, Really Don't Like Bees! (Wow Wild Asia series)
      Tahan the bear cub really, really does not like bees. Tahan is nervous when he joins Papa for his first trip to a beehive. Will he succeed in collecting any honey? Can he ever put up with buzzing, swarming bees?

  • Level C Set 1 (7 books):
    1. Stories of Amazing Discoveries (The First of Everything series)
      Who discovered that the Earth is round? Who first measured the Earth? Who used nanotechnology first? Read these five stories of amazing discoveries and find the answers to these questions!

    2. Stories of How We Got Comfortable (The First of Everything series)
      Who discovered coffee? Who wore the first clothes? Who was the first couch potato? Read these five stories of how people made life in the past more comfortable and find the answers to these questions!

    3. Stories of How We Sent Stuff Around (The First of Everything series)
      Who sent the first instant message? When did we start having newspapers? Who delivered the first airmail parcel? Read these five stories of how we sent stuff around the world and find the answers to these questions!

    4. Stories of How We Captured the Past (The First of Everything series)
      Who was the first printer? Who took the first photo? What was the first recorded song? Read these five stories of how we learned to capture the past and find the answers to these questions!

    5. Stories of Clever Inventions (The First of Everything series)
      Who invented the toilet? What did the first vending machine sell? Who made the first chocolate chip cookies? Read these five stories of clever inventions and find the answers to these questions!

    6. Stories About How We Lived (The First of Everything series)
      Who built the first city? Who made the first weighing scales? Who created the first laws? Read these five stories of how we lived in the past and find the answers to these questions!

    7. Stories of What People Did for Fun (The First of Everything series)
      Who was the first artist? What was the first dance? Who wrote the first song? Read these five stories of what people in the past did for fun and find the answers to these questions!

  • Level C Set 2 (7 books):
    1. Stories of Tech Whizzes (The First of Everything series)
      Who invented the flare gun? Who made computers sing? Who made the first GPS system? Read these five stories of tech whizzes and find the answers to these questions!

    2. Stories of Bright Ideas (The First of Everything series)
      Who was the first investor? Who were the first philosophers? Who were the first people most like us today? Read these five stories of ideas people had and find the answers to these questions!

    3. Stories of Who Did it First (The First of Everything series)
      Who was the first spy? Who set up the first zoo? Who was the first forensic detective? Read these five stories of who did what first and find the answers to these questions!

    4. The Crested Plummer Bird (Lennie & Buster Eco-Agency series)
      See anything harmful for the environment? The Lennie & Buster Eco-Agency will save the day! Find out how they protect the eggs of an endangered bird.

    5. Water Sport (Lennie & Buster Eco-Agency series)
      See anything harmful for the environment? The Lennie & Buster Eco-Agency will save the day! Find out how they save a precious resource — water.

    6. The Wild West (Lennie & Buster Eco-Agency series)
      See anything harmful for the environment? The Lennie & Buster Eco-Agency will save the day! Find out how they protect animals in the environment from thoughtless actions.

    7. Wild Orchids (Lennie & Buster Eco-Agency series)
      See anything harmful for the environment? The Lennie & Buster Eco-Agency will save the day! Find out how they protect a rare plant growing in the wild.

  • Level C Set 3 (7 books):
    1. Advances in Alchemy (The Young Scientists series)
      Did you know that popsicles were invented by an 11-year-old boy, Frank Epperson, by accident? Or that caffeine was discovered by a chemist nicknamed Dr Poison? Read about them and other startling discoveries in the fields of Chemistry and Biology!

    2. Breakers of Barriers (The Young Scientists series)
      Did you know that Blaise Pascal became one of the first inventors of the mechanical calculator while trying to help his father with his work? Or that Tu Youyou, a Chinese scientist, found a cure for malaria by reading ancient Chinese medical texts and then using herself as a human test subject? Read about them and other stunning stories of people who made history after overcoming many barriers!

    3. Fabulous Physics (The Young Scientists series)
      Did you know that Marie Curie, who discovered radioactivity, started off as a domestic helper looking after a farmer's children? Or that Michael Faraday, inventor of the electric motor, taught himself science while working in a small bookshop? Read about them and other amazing people who solved puzzles related to Physics!

    4. Magical Mathematics (The Young Scientists series)
      Did you know that Carl Gauss, a German mathematician, used mathematics to find his own date of birth? Or that Maria Agnesi, the first woman to be appointed a mathematics professor at a university, could speak 7 languages at the age of 13? Read about them and other astonishing stories of people who were magical with numbers!

    5. Scientific Pioneers (The Young Scientists series)
      Did you know that Al-Haytham, one of the originators of the scientific method, pretended to be a lunatic to get himself locked up? Or that Carl Linnaeus, famous for his classification system for living things, once preferred exploring forests to reading books? Read about them and other incredible people who helped develop the scientific method!

    6. Women of Discovery (The Young Scientists series)
      Did you know that the Eiffel Tower was partly built based on the calculations of Sophie Germain, a French mathematician? Or that one of the world's greatest bug scientist was a woman named Maria Merian? Read about them and other fabulous females who made significant contributions to science!

    7. Secrets in the Rocks (The Young Scientists series)
      Did you know that Georges Cuvier, the father of the dinosaur world, loved sketching flowers and animals? Or that Louis Aggasiz, discoverer of the Ice Age, kept a live tree full of birds and bugs in his bedroom? Read about them and other astounding tales of people who uncovered secrets in the rocks and solved the mysteries beneath our feet!