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Asian Festival of Children’s Content

25 – 29 May 2016

National Library Building, 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.

Register Speakers Calendar

Country of Focus

We are excited to have Japan as our Country of Focus – Speakers will share thoughts on the Japanese book culture and conduct fun workshops.


Festival Highlights

Writers and Illustrators Conference

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


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.


Cross-Platform Summit

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


Session Highlights

Speed Pitching (Writing) (L16 THE POD)

Sarah Odedina (Publisher), Andrea Pasion-Flores (General Manager, Anvil Philippines), Kajiya, Bunsho (Managing Director, Shogakukan Asia), Eliza Teoh (Director, Bubbly Books Pte Ltd), Cynthea Liu (President, Starts With Us, Inc. and Executive Director of the Bryan Johnson Foundation)

In this Speed Pitching session, AFCC Writers and Illustrators Conference delegates have 5 minutes to pitch their children’s books ideas to literary agents and publishing representatives from around the region. This could be your chance to get your works published! Find out more about submissions.


Polishing and Refining: The Role of the Editor in Creating Great Books for Young Readers (Seminar Room 3.1, School of Social Sciences, SMU)

Sarah Odedina (Publisher)

FOR: Anyone who would like to learn some editing

The role of the editor in the publishing process will be examined through both discussion and practical exercises in this day long masterclass with Sarah Odedina. Be prepared for an immersive learning experience about this important and creative role in making books for children. This masterclass will focus on fiction for children from age 8 to YA books.


What Past Speakers Say

Don Bosco

What an amazing time, spending these days with fellow storytellers and booksellers. The festival opened my mind to new and wonderful ways to make stories for children.

Don Bosco from AFCC 2017, 2015
Founder, Super Cool Books (Singapore)
Evangeline Neo

AFCC was a great conference to interact with writers and artists from other Asian countries, as well as to learn more about the differences and similarities in our industries and operation. It has been an inspiration and I look forward to AFCC 2016.

Evangeline Neo from AFCC 2015
Creative Director, Evaworks (Singapore)

Festival Updates

The History of Japanese Picture Books exhibition

While the main festival is over, you can still catch the exhibition, “The History of Japanese Picture Books: From E-inagkyo to The Family of Fourteen” at the National Library til 10 July. Wander into the wonderful world of Japanese picture books, and witness for yourself the country’s rich history of narratives in the last 1,300 years.


Thank you from AFCC 2016

Aaand... it’s a wrap!

Thank you to all our speakers, moderators, volunteers, sponsors, partners and participants, for being a part of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2016, a dynamic festival celebrating children’s literature and content. 

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Thank you note from NBDCS Executive Director, Mr Rama

Follow the AFCC Facebook page for festival photographs!

By Liew Hooi Yin

Birds, friendship and Japan: Thank you for your overwhelming response for afccSKETCH! This year, we received 99 submissions from 15 countries. Come see for yourself the winning entries, which will be exhibited at the Book Illustrators Gallery from 14 May – 3 June at the B1 Exhibition Area, National Library Building!

View all submissions online!

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