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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

Word Power: Creative Approaches to Building a Vocabulary among Young Learners (L16 THE POD)

Marianne Dark (Headteacher, Lorna Whiston Schools Pte Ltd)

The more words young learners know, the more in-depth and complex subject matter they can understand. This workshop examines creative ways to develop vocabulary among young learners aged 8-16 years. It will also present a range of practical ideas that are guaranteed to have an impact on how well young learners understand and use a wide vocabulary.


Country of Focus
Crossing Borders: Kamishibai Culture and Its Universal Appeal (L5 POSSIBILITY ROOM)

Kyoko Sakai (Chairperson, Doshinsha Publishing CO.,The International Kamishibai Association of Japan))

What is the essence of kamishibai? The important thing is to give children excellent works by performing it well. Because kamishibai can arouse interest among the young audiences. In the session, Kyoko will talk about the basics of kamishibai.


What Past Speakers Say

AJ Betts

AFCC was a great experience: terrific venue, wonderful staff, and a diverse range of creators. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

AJ Betts from AFCC 2015
Author (Australia)
Sally Murphy

AFCC 2015 was an amazing experience. As an Australian author and poet, I was delighted with the reception I got from staff and attendees alike. As well as the opportunity to speak to enthusiastic, diverse audiences, I loved listening to creators and professionals from across Asia and around the world, as well as meeting and mingling with participants in the trade fair and at social events. The National Library is a wonderful venue for such an event. I came home inspired and energised and with loads of new friends.

Sally Murphy from AFCC 2015
Author (Australia)

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

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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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