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Asian Festival of Children’s Content
23–26 May 2024

Internationale Jugendbibliothek / International Youth Library

The Internationale Jugendbibliothek (International Youth Library), based in Munich, is the world’s largest library for international children’s books. Its unique collection consists of more than 660,000 books in 250 languages spanning six centuries. The book holdings and historical collections are available to researchers from around the world for scholarly use. The library’s central task is to promote global children’s and youth literature of high aesthetic and literary quality and of significance for cultural literacy.

BIG Curators

Roya Maktabi

Leila (Roya) Maktabi Fard has been working as faculty member and researcher in Children's literature studies  in Iran. She has a PH.D in Library and Information Science with a focus of Children's Libraries and still works as a freelance researcher, translator and editor of children's books. She is now children's librarian in Munich City Library and Persian language specialist at the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany.

BIG Curators

Chang Young-Eun

Young-Eun holds a PhD in German Literature from the Otto-Friedrich-Bamberg University in Germany and is a Professor in the Department of German Language & Culture at Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul. She is an Advisory Board Member for Korean Research Center for International Children’s & Adolescent’ Literature in Seoul. She is specialized in comparative study about German and Korean children’s Books. Her interests include reading and teaching children’s literature.

BIG Curators

Reina Nakano

An anglicist and translator, Reina works at the International Library of Children’s Literature, Tokyo, and as the International Youth Library’s Japanese language specialist.


Pratham Books/ Storyweaver

Pratham Books was set up as a not-for-profit children's book publisher in 2004 with the mission to see 'a book in every child's hand'. The key objective was to publish good quality, affordable story books in multiple Indian languages to support reading acquisition among children. Technology and open licenses allows Pratham Books to reach far more children than ever before. By adopting the Creative Commons licensing model, it enables their stories to find new life in Indian and global languages, as well as new forms like audio books, braille books, videos, and digital applications.

BIG Curators

Canato Jimo

Canato Jimo is a picture book maker from India. He is particularly fond of wordless picture books and also likes to explore the dark and bizarre in picture books. He did his masters in graphic design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India. He currently works as an art director at Pratham Books. He finds it fascinating collaborating with artists and watching picture books come alive. His book ‘Snip’ has made it to the TATA Parag Honour List 2020 and has also been shortlisted for the Publishing Next children’s Book of the Year 2020 award (0-8 years).


Indonesian Section of International Board on Books for Young People (INBBY)

The Indonesian Section of IBBY (INABBY, 1990 -) was founded by Dr Murti Bunanta; she and her colleagues have been working tirelessly to bring children and books together and to promote quality children’s books. INABBY frequently conducts national and international seminars and workshops for authors, illustrators, editors, storytellers, researchers, educators, librarians and also organize many events for children to instill their love for
reading. INABBY hosted the first Asia and Oceania regional IBBY Congress in Bali, on May 2013. This inaugural congress featuring the uniqueness of Asia and Oceania regional stories which can play in the world of children’s literature market.

BIG Curators

Murti Bunanta

Murti Bunanta is a children’s literature specialist, writer, and founder of two nonprofit organizations, The Society for The Advancement of Children’s Literature and the Indonesian Board on Books for Young People. She has authored 50 books, given lectures in 22 countries, and written 250 essays. Her works have been translated into several languages, earning her seven international recognitions for her books and six for promoting children’s literature.

BIG Curators

Amanda Ariawan

Amanda Ariawan is a young curator and art writer. She obtained her MA in Contemporary Art Exhibition Production from Université de Lille 3, France. In line with her research, Amanda has worked on several curatorial projects and publications. Through her exhibitions, she aims to create inclusivity by connecting art to various publics including children. In 2023 she was selected as an international jury member for the Biennale of Ilustrations Bratislava (BIB).

BIG Curators

Maria Christania

Maria Christania is an illustrator based in the UK. She received an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University. In her career as an illustrator, Maria has written and illustrated 30+ children's picture books. She was awarded the IBBY Honourary Mention for Publisher in 2013, an IBBY Honour List in 2014, a nomination for the 2023 Carnegie Medals for Illustration and shortlisted for the Children’s Picture Book Award at the Derby Book Festival 2023.


Chihiro Art Museum

The Chihiro Art Museum is considered the world’s first art museum devoted to picture books. Established in 1977 to commemorate Chihiro Iwasaki (1918-1974), a Japanese picture book artist renowned for her works of children and flowers, it now has a collection of over 27,200 pieces created by 207 artists from 34 countries worldwide. There are two museums; one in Tokyo and one in Nagano (Azumino) which are run by the Chihiro Iwasaki
Memorial Foundation.

BIG Curators

Eriko Tanabe

Since 2012, Eriko has worked at the Chihiro Art Museum looking after public relations, the museum website, and editing the museum newsletter. She is in charge of workshops and events and has instructed local students to conduct watercolour workshops and museum tours. Eriko has also has managed Piezograph exhibitions in hospitals and in institutions abroad in India, Korea, and Indonesia.

BIG Curators

Michiko Matsukata

Since 2003, Michiko has worked at the Chihiro Art Museum as a curator and is also currently responsible for the library, PR, and international section. She has curated exhibitions such as the Polish Picture Book ArtistsEun Young ChoRun, Toto!: The Making of a Picture Book, and Kota Taniuchi Exhibition: Follow the Wind. Besides reading, Michiko enjoys walking about.


Hyundai Museum of Kids' Books and Art

The Hyundai Museum of Kids’ Books & Art (MOKA) is a cultural education space established in 2015 by Hyundai Department Store Group to contribute to the local community and support culture and arts. As the first museum in Korea to focus on picture books for children, the museum is designed to help children better understand who they are while they experience a wide range of educational programmes and exhibitions. MOKA presents the exhibition under various fields, such as picture books and contemporary art, as well as provide meaningful education programmes, such as the UNESCO ESD-certificated global citizenship education, art appreciation and creation programmes.

BIG Curators

Noe Jeungmin

Noe Jeungmin is the director of the Hyundai Museum of Kids’ Books & Art-MOKA. She received a Ph.D. at the University of Iowa, focusing on art education.


Ang I.N.K. (Ilustrador ng Kabataan)

Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK) is the Philippines' first and only organisation of illustrators committed to the creation and promotion of illustration for children. Founded in June 1991 as the offshoot of a Children's Book Illustration workshop sponsored by the PBBY (Philippine Board on Books for Young People) and the Goethe-Institiut Manila, conducted by German illustrator Reinhard Michl, Ang INK's membership has grown from 21 workshop participants to more than 300 members.

BIG Curators

Aldy Aguirre

Aldy C. Aguirre, an artist and illustrator in Quezon City, Philippines, has contributed to children’s books for various publishers and independent writers. His work has been honoured by the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) and the National Book Development Board, as well as internationally by ILUSTRARTE in Castelo Branco, among others. Aldy’s illustrations for Papuntang Community Pantry were finalists in the 2022 Bologna Children’s Book Fair Illustrators competition.


Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators-Singapore Chapter

SCBWI is the preeminent membership organisation for children’s book creators. It is a global community of writers, illustrators, translators, publishers, librarians, advocates and other industry professionals working to establish a more imaginative and inclusive world through the power of children’s literature. Founded in 1971, SCBWI has more than 22,000 members worldwide.

BIG Curators

David Liew

David Liew, an illustrator of children’s books, also crafts miniature worlds. Formerly a junior college teacher, he transitioned to professional illustration. His works include series like "Ellie Belly," "The Plano Adventures," and "Change Makers." Liew instructs Picture Book illustration at the National Institute of Early Childhood Education and teaches art at Republic Polytechnic. He serves as Regional Advisor for the Singapore Chapter of the Society of Children’s Books and Illustrators.


Thai Section of International Board on Books for Young People (ThaiBBY)

ThaiIBBY was first founded in 1979 by lecturers at Srinakarinwirot University under the name of The Children's Reading Development Association (CREDA). ThaiBBY’s main mission is to support Thailand’s presence in the international book market and sustain Thailand’s participation in international organisations involved in children’s book publishing. The current leadership of ThaiBBY intends to build upon its successful track record by seeking more opportunities to connect local stakeholders in the children’s book industry with international exposure, resources, and assistance.

BIG Curators

Peeriya Pongsarigun

Peeriya Pongsarigun is a translator, author, and publisher of children’s books. She has co-translated more than 200 children’s books, mostly from Thai to English and cofounded InterThaiMedia LLC. Her dream is to bring Thai children’s books out there for the world to see. She is currently Secretary-General of ThaiBBY.