Why be Creative?
23 Feb 2017 AFCC 2017

Why be Creative?

Why not? I can think of a few reasons... Without creativity, life would be stale I’ve seen how people spice up the dullest of chores or things to make them more interesting. Take barista art, or an ingenious table that can be folded on the wall, or shelves made from an old guitar. We owe it to the heroes who dare to make things a little different and a little better. Desire... READ FULL ENTRY

Meeting Teachers and Creators in Depok City
19 Jan 2017 AFCC 2017

Meeting Teachers and Creators in Depok City

The AFCC Board of Advisors met with teachers, principals and educators at the Al Haraki school, during their recent trip to Indonesia from 11 - 13 November 2016. The speech made by our Chairperson, Ms Claire Chiang, is included below. Welcome Good morning, and thank you for the kind welcome that you have shown me and the team from the Asian Festival of Children’s Content or AFCC. It’s really wonderful to hear... READ FULL ENTRY

What children’s book illustrators can look out for at AFCC 2017
23 Dec 2016 AFCC 2017

What children’s book illustrators can look out for at AFCC 2017

Did you know that The Book Council is filled with people with varied talents and interests? For example, Judi likes creating poems and repurposing old bags, Adan enjoys writing and reading heaps of comics, and Mabel likes editing (hehe… I'm leaving her to edit this post). As for me, I enjoy illustrating. I’ve tried experimenting with different mediums – water colour, acrylic and just a tiny bit of papercut art. Gosh,... READ FULL ENTRY

Ms Claire Chiang’s Speech to SCBWI Japan
2 Dec 2015 AFCC 2016 AFCC 2015

Ms Claire Chiang’s Speech to SCBWI Japan

The Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) Board of Advisors recently took a trip to Tokyo, Japan, to meet with various friends and partners who will be appearing and helping out at AFCC 2016. They toured the city and its suburbs and solidified plans for the event. During an AFCC Get-Together at the Tokyo Women's University co-hosted by the Japanese chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators ... READ FULL ENTRY

Thank you!
10 Jun 2015 by R Ramachandran AFCC 2015

Thank you!

Dear AFCC Family Members, Thank you for your wholehearted support for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) 2015. I wish to extend my deepest gratitude to the many wonderful people involved in making this Festival a success. Thank you, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, for gracing the Opening Ceremony & HABA Award Presentation. A big thank-you to Ms Sim Ann, Minister of State for the... READ FULL ENTRY

The 2015 Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award Shortlist is Announced!
6 May 2015 AFCC 2015

The 2015 Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award Shortlist is Announced!

An initiative of the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS), the Hedwig Anuar Children's Book Award (HABA) is presented biennially to an outstanding, published children’s book by a Singaporean author or authors. Inaugurated in 2011, the award is open to all categories of children’s books from young children’s picture books through middle-grade chapter books to young adult books. The writer, illustrator and translator (if applicable) of the winning... READ FULL ENTRY

Writing Children’s Books in Singapore
9 Feb 2015 Opinion

Writing Children’s Books in Singapore

Adeline Foo, one of Singapore's best-selling writers of fiction for young readers, shares her thoughts on how the children's book scene in Singapore has evolved since 2006. Read all about it in the February 2015 issue of the Singapore American newspaper, published by the American Association of Singapore. READ FULL ENTRY

2014 AFCC: Indian Focus
1 Jul 2014 by John McKenzie AFCC 2014 Opinion

2014 AFCC: Indian Focus

Leading academic in the field of children's literature in New Zealand, John McKenzie attended the 2014 Asian Festival of Children's Content with the goal in mind to take part in as many Country of Focus panels as possible. These are his thoughts. One of the strengths of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content over the last two years has been, and no doubt will continue to be, the idea of having an... READ FULL ENTRY

AFCC 2014 Blogosphere Roundup!
14 Jun 2014 AFCC 2014

AFCC 2014 Blogosphere Roundup!

[Image courtesy of David Seow] The 2014 Asian Festival of Children's Content may be over, but there are a bevy of blogs, testimonials, and photographs still to be read, consumed, and enjoyed! We've trawled the Interwebs to bring you some AFCC 2014 experiences and recollections from speakers, delegates, bloggers, students, volunteers, and even an Executive Committee member. We're sure there will be more in the coming days and weeks, and we would love for... READ FULL ENTRY

24 Apr 2014 by Venkatesh Print AFCC 2014 Interviews

“Translation is the key to sharing of books in Asian countries”

The Asian Festival of Children’s Content was designed to bring together ‘anyone interested in quality Asian content for children’. And in that, it has succeeded quite satisfactorily. Last year, 813 delegates and 8,814 general visitors listened as 151 speakers shared their experiences and learning. The corresponding figures for 2011 were 608, 1200 and 70. Thirty book launches, 104 sessions and four conferences made up AFCC 2013 with 3 awards being announced. In this interview, executive director, R Ramachandran, talks about the... READ FULL ENTRY