Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2017

National Library Building, Singapore

17 — 21 MAY 2017 ♦ Singapore

The Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) is an annual festival in Singapore that celebrates and promotes the creation and appreciation of children’s books and content, with a focus on Asian themes.
Indonesia is the country of focus for this year.

Find out more about this year’s



Our popular online illustration contest is back! 

This year’s theme revolves around: food, fantasy and Indonesia.

Submit an illustration inspired by these three keywords (you may refer to one word, or all three), and stand to win full passes to the Writers & Illustrators Conference!

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Festival Calendar

Festival Highlights

Writers and Illustrators Conference

Featuring tracks on Illustration & Book Design / Young Adult / Kidlit / Translation / Library / Diversity In Kids & Ya Lit.


Cross-Platform Summit

A crossover networking opportunity for media and literary professionals while centring on multi-platform storytelling, pitching, interactive narrative and digital marketing.


Teachers Congress

The Preschool & Primary Teachers Congress features tracks for educators of both Pre-school and Primary children.


Parents Forum

The Parents Forum features tracks for parents of both Pre-school and Primary children.


Session Highlights

Possibility Room Kidlit

Authors Debate: Who Writes Better Books- Introverts or Extroverts?

Cynthea Liu (President, Starts With Us, Inc. and Executive Director of the Bryan Johnson Foundation), Don Bosco (Founder, Super Cool Books), Lee Battersby (Author), Angela Cerrito (SCBWI Assistant International Advisor and Author)

Be it whether you are an extrovert, or introvert, or maybe even an ambivert, you are welcome to this debate. Does personality beget writing? How much does one’s character influence his or her talent or style? Speakers, Cynthea, Don, Lee and Angela, give their perspectives on the topic.

Part of Writers & Illustrators Conference

Multi-purpose Room Pre-school Primary

Understanding Dyslexia

Marcus Goh (Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association Singapore), Rosalyn Wee (Senior Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore)

Learn about what dyslexics experience in their lives, and get to know who can help in the intervention process. Pick up teaching tips on how to help your child improve in their reading and comprehension from various hands-on activities.

Note: This is a 90-min session.

Part of Preschool & Primary Teachers Congress

What Past Speakers Say

Anushka Ravishankar

Dashing from one venue to another, listening to wonderful speakers, debating interesting topics, meeting kindred souls from across the ocean, catching up with friends for coffee, lunch and dinner, stopping at the festival shop Closetful of Books to see how the books are doing—the AFCC keeps one on one’s toes, physically and mentally.

Anushka Ravishankar from AFCC 2015, 2013
Author and Principal Platypus, Duckbill Books (India)
Julia Lawrinson

AFCC 2016 was an amazing experience. The opportunity to have dialogue about children’s literature with passionate advocates from around the world was remarkable, and has not been replicated in any other festival or conference I’ve been to. To have luminaries such as Leonard Marcus there, whose brilliant exhibition on the history of children’s literature was at the New York Library in 2015 (and which I visited), testifies to the significance of the festival. Seeing how the festival has expanded since my first visit in 2012 was fascinating, and hearing the different approaches of different countries and cultures to the best way of sharing children’s literature was again a highlight of the festival. Of particular interest to me was the large number of Muslim teachers in attendance, and the openness with which everybody discussed topics that arose during sessions. As diversity is the latest ‘trend’ of discussion in Western YA and children’s literature, it was great to see diversity in action. The festival as a whole ran incredibly smoothly, with a vast array of topics and speakers – the only problem was not being able to attend three sessions at once!

Julia Lawrinson from AFCC 2016
Author (Australia)

Festival Updates

Meeting Teachers and Creators in Depok City

Meeting Teachers and Creators in Depok City

The AFCC Board of Advisors met with teachers, principals and educators at the Al Haraki school, during their recent trip to Indonesia from 11 - 13 November 2016. The speech made by our Chairperson, Ms Claire Chiang, is included below. Welcome Good morning, and thank you for the kind welcome that you have shown me and the team from the Asian... READ FULL ENTRY

What children’s book illustrators can look out for at AFCC 2017

What children’s book illustrators can look out for at AFCC 2017

Did you know that The Book Council is filled with people with varied talents and interests? For example, Judi likes creating poems and repurposing old bags, Adan enjoys writing and reading heaps of comics, and Mabel likes editing (hehe… I'm leaving her to edit this post). As for me, I enjoy illustrating. I’ve tried experimenting with... READ FULL ENTRY

Calling writers, illustrators and publishers!
Festival Updates

Calling writers, illustrators and publishers!

Meet and mingle with your readers and introduce new children’s books, apps, and other products to the public at our Book Launches! Closing date for application is 7 Feb.

Meet other publishers and agents from across the Asia Pacific region to sell and/or exchange your book rights and translation rights, negotiate co-publishing deals and other agreements at Rights Exchange. Closing date for submission is 28 Feb.

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