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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

Penning for the Preteen (L1 VISITORS BRIEFING ROOM)

Holly Thompson (Author, Teacher)

With prompts and plot building exercises, Holly will guide participants to begin plotting, planning and writing new preteen/MG novels in this generative session.


I Want to Create a Picturebook Just Like That (L5 POSSIBILITY ROOM)

Donna Lim (Lecturer, English Language and Literature Academic Group at NIE)

Picturebooks are a rich source of visuals and text help children gain a greater appreciation for and understanding of stories. This session explores using the richness of such texts to support emerging writers, capitalizing on authentic writing and providing children with high quality writing they can aspire towards. 


What Past Speakers Say

Ruth Wong

If you’re interested in children’s literature, and/or would like to find out how to integrate children’s books in your curriculum, the Teachers Congress @ AFCC is the best place to be without having to travel overseas.

Ruth Wong from AFCC 2017, 2016
Associate Professor, English Language and Literature, NIE (Singapore)
Pearl Mascarenhas

AFCC 2015 was an enriching experience. I attended the Teacher’s Congress and was impressed with the quality of presentations especially the keynote speech by Rosemary Johnston. It was heartening to see such a range of presenters across diverse countries and fields all come together to discuss the many facets of children’s literature.

Pearl Mascarenhas from AFCC 2015
Programme Leader, New Zealand Tertiary College (New Zealand)

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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