In conjunction with AFCC, Singapore Book Council (SBC) presents several awards such as the Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA), Scholastic Picture Book Award (SPBA) and the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award (HABA) to highlight current literary talents and discover new ones.
Scholastic Picture Book Award 2019
The Scholastic Picture Book Award (SPBA) is a joint initiative between Singapore Book Council (SBC) and Scholastic Asia. The award is presented biennially to an outstanding unpublished picture book with distinct Asian themes by a writer and illustrator team of Asian descent living in Asia. SPBA aims to:
- To foster the creation of picture books with Asian content, by Asian writers and illustrators.
- To promote public awareness of and interest in picture books with Asian content.
- To recognise and award a prize to an excellent picture book with Asian content.
This year, SBC will present the Scholastic Picture Book Award at Celebrating Our Stars (5 Sep), during AFCC.
The shortlist for SPBA will be announced in August.
SPBA Judges 2019
Charlene Lai has been a picture book blogger since 2006. She has previously curated an exhibition, The Craft of Picture Books. Everything she does is affiliated with picture books reading and picture book art. In 2017, Charlene was honoured by Scholastic Asia as a Picture Book Ambassador.
Naomi Kojima authored and illustrated The Singing Clams and The Christmas Song Book, among many other picture books. Her books have been published in the U.S and Japan, and have been selected in the American Institute of Graphic Arts Book Show and the Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year.
With 180 books to his credit, Patrick Yee is one of Singapore's leading illustrators. In 2016, he received The Most Prolific Illustrator award from the Singapore Book of Records. His works include the Lee Kwan Yew and Rosie Rabbit series, the latter translated into eight languages. Patrick also lectures at various tertiary institutions and teaches Art Therapy to special needs children.