My Thousand Special Names
Shortlisted for 2019 Singapore Book Awards Best Children's Picture Book
Illustrated by YT Tommy Lee
What happens when the special bond between a father and son is put to the test?
In this poignant picture book, a young boy grows up revering his father, who has all sorts of nicknames for his champ, his buddy, his partner. Then one day, the father falls ill. He leaves home, only to return a broken man. The young boy is now left to wonder what will become of his father and their bond. Will they ever be the same again?
By the author of The Silence Seeker, My Thousand Special Names captures how children have a huge capacity for understanding, empathy and love.
"Once again Ben writes from the heart about a topic we don’t frequently find in classroom libraries. Love, loss and respect."
—Kristin Ziemke, teacher and author of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom
"A beautiful book."
—Kath Murdoch, education consultant
About the Author
Ben Morley is a vice principal in the primary school at United World College of South East Asia. Originally from London, he published his first children's book, The Silence Seeker, in 2009. The book was selected for The UK Reading Agency’s Spotlight initiative. It has been a “Book of the Month” on the Random House UK website and a recommended read on The Diversity in Publishing Network and The Refugee Council websites. It was long-listed for the UK Literacy Association Children’s Book Award in 2011.
About the Illustrator
YT Tommy Lee is an illustrator based in Singapore. She explores emotionality in her work through colours and space, creating visuals that carry a sense of quiet contemplation. This is her first children's picture book.
Size: 230mm x 230mm
Published: June 2018