Singapore Night 2018 - HABA 2015 Co-winner Hidayah Amin (left) presenting HABA 2018 Winner Xie Shi Min (right) with the prize.
Singapore Night 2018 - HABA 2015 Co-winner Hidayah Amin (left) presenting HABA 2018 Winner Xie Shi Min (right) with the prize.

The Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award (HABA) is presented biennially to an outstanding children’s book written by a Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident.

The shortlist for HABA 2020 will be announced in September 2020.
The HABA award ceremony will be held on 4 October 2020. 

The Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award (HABA) is presented biennially to an outstanding children’s book written by a Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident.

OBJECTIVES
JUDGES
ENQUIRIES

 

Objectives

  • To encourage the quality and quantity of books published for children; 
  • To promote the publication of books, set in a familiar and meaningful background that is relevant to the Singapore children.

The prize carries a cash award, which is to be shared by the creators of the winning work, i.e. author and illustrator. Should the book be in English translation, the award will be shared equally between the author, illustrator, and translator.

 

JUDGES

 

Dr Donna Lim is a lecturer with the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She specialises in primary English Language methodology. Her interest area is in developing literacy with a focus on teaching writing. She has considerable teaching experience with young learners and finds it fulfilling to work with fellow educators to enhance EL teaching and learning. Dr Lim serves as the Chief Judge for HABA 2020. 

 

Charles Santoso loves drawing little things in his little journal and dreaming about funny, wondrous stories. He gathers inspiration from his childhood memories and curiosities he discovers in his everyday travels. He has illustrated books for publishers in the USA such as Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Harper Collins, Penguin Random House, Disney Hyperion, Abrams, Bloomsbury, Little Brown and MacMillan. One of the picture book, Ida, Always – written by Caron Levis has received several awards and was mentioned in the New York Times as “an example of children’s books at their best”. He has also illustrated the New York Times bestseller Wishtree book by Katherine Applegate.

 

Lee Kow Fong (Ah Guo) holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Translation and Interpretation from Nanyang Technological University and received his MA in Children’s Book Illustration from Anglia Ruskin University in 2011. Besides teaching part-time at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, he is also actively involved in the promotion and creation of children’s picture books in Singapore. So far, he has published near to 20 books and is now a full-time illustrator.

 

Enquiries

For any enquiries, please contact [email protected].  

 

About Mrs Hedwig Anuar

Mrs Hedwig Anuar was the first Singaporean Director of the National Library of Singapore, a position she held from 1960 until her retirement in 1988. She put in place the foundations of the modern library system in Singapore and made contributions to all aspects of library work. This award recognises her outstanding contribution to children's librarianship and the promotion of books and reading for children.

View past HABA winners here

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