Candy Gourlay’s video of the 2013 Asian Festival of Children’s Content

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

candy Gourlay Tall Story ShineOne of my highlights at the recent Asian Festival of Children’s Content was finally getting to meet author Candy Gourlay! Her award winning, debut novel, Tall Story, was one of my favorite reads last year and when I saw that she would be presenting at the 2013 AFCC I was stoked! As it turned out we also both served on the 2013 Singtel Asian Picture Book Award judging panel and it was an absolute pleasure working with her. Candy is a lady of many talents with an infectious sense of humour. When you are around Candy make sure you have some kleenex to wipe the tears of laughter away! In addition to keeping us entertained about her life as author, Candy also shared with us about her obsessions with graphic design, the internet and social media, as well as her experiments with blogging, video and podcasting. Do check out her recently released video of the 2013 Asian Festival of Children’s Content and head over here to visit her website and here to visit her blog Notes from the Slushpile.

paw_sm3Photo of Candy with her new novel Shine taken during the 2013 AFCC in Singapore. Shine will be released this coming Fall. The 5-CD audiobook of Tall Story has just been released by Listening Library in the United States! You can also download it on Audible.com.

Gathering books’ Pre-AFCC Glitter Post Featuring PaperTigers’ Corinne Robson

Friday, May 17th, 2013
AFCC - PaperTigers' Corinne Robson

The other day, Corinne gave a heads up to Dr. Myra Garces-Bacsal’s sparkly Pre-AFCC Glitter posts – well, today’s features Corinne herself – so head on over to the wonderful Gathering Books blog  to see what Corinne is going to be doing at AFCC…

One thing it doesn’t mention, though, is that Corinne is also on the judging panel of one of the children’s book awards that will be presented during AFCC… Just looking at the shortlists makes you gulp at the decisions she and the rest of the panel are having to make!

Shortlisted candidates for the Singtel Asian Picture Book Award (Illustrator)

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Following up on our post about the Singtel Asian Picture Book Award (Author) shortlist, here are the details for the shortlisted illustrator candidates. The objective of the Singtel Asian Picture Book Award is to encourage and inspire the creation and publication of more Asian-themed picture books. The award is also intended to stimulate public interest and awareness of picture books. The first SingTel Asian Picture Book Award 2013, with a prize of S$10,000 (to be split evenly amongst an author and an illustrator), will be presented during the Asian Festival of Children’s Content on 28 May 2013.

 

Reza Dalvandmr. pink
(Iran)
Title: Who Knows Mr. Pink

Reza Dalvan is an author and a member of the Iranian Society of Illustrators. He won several prizes inc
including the Encouragement Prize for Nami Island International Illustration Concours, South Korea 2013, First prize for the Niayesh Illustration biennial – Iran 2012 and the First prize of Grand exhibition Isfahan University of Art – Iran 2012.

 

Bolormaa Baasansurenold city
(Mongolia)
Title:  Old City

Bolormaa Baasansuren was born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts
in Mongolia and was a research student of Bunkyo University in Japan. She won the grand prize for
Noma 14th picture book competition in Japan and has four published picture books including Legend of Wives and My Little Round House. {See PaperTigers’ features on Bolormaa here, here and here}

 

Lak – Khee Tay Audouardwayang nights
(Singapore)
Title: Wayang Night

Born in Singapore, children’s book illustrator Lak – Khee grew up in a multi – racial neighbourhood. She saw her first picture book at ten and since then she has been “hooked” on books. Lak – Khee is most keen to share her love for fast – disappearing cultural treasures with a whole generation of IT savvy children of today.

 

Gina Eugeniacap go meh
(Indonesia)
Title: Cap Go Meh

Gina received her BA in Visual Communication from ITB University, Indonesia. Illustrated around 25 children books and has worked with Disney Magazine Indonesia, a project for Children Folktales in Southeast Asian Countries and Korea by the SEAMEO in 2012

Shortlisted candidates for the Singtel Asian Picture Book Award (Author)

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Following up on yesterday’s post, here are more details about the shortlisted candidates for this year’s  SingTel Asian Picture Book Award (Author). The objective of the award is to encourage and inspire the creation and publication of more Asian-themed picture books. The award is also intended to stimulate public interest and awareness of picture books. The first SingTel Asian Picture Book Award 2013, with a prize of S$10,000 (to be split evenly amongst an author and an illustrator), will be presented during the Asian Festival of Children’s Content on 28 May 2013.

The 2013 SingTel Asian Picture Book Award (Author) candidates are:

Swapna Haddow
(United Kingdom)

Don’t Eat That, Phoenix!
Phoenix, a young Chinese boy, is celebrating New Year with his family. Phoenix is excited to get the banquet started and sets his dinner table with lots of Chinese New Year items he discovers in his home. The entire family sits down to dinner and enjoys Phoenix’s unique banquet.

Sophie Dewayani
(Indonesia)

Cap Go Meh
Nisa, a Muslim girl, and Lili, a Chinese – Indonesian, debate over where cap go meh rice cake is the genuine icon of Eid Al – Fitr tradition or Chinese New Year celebration. After sharing the rice cakes and the excitement of experiencing each celebration, Nisa and Lili end up discovering what is more essential; that a dish is able to bridge diversity.

Debra Chong
(Singapore)

If I Were…
“If I were a lion, I could scare enemies away with a single roar.”
If I were a giraffe, I could reach out and pick delicious fruits from the tallest tree.”
But Shan Shan is neither.
She’s a panda that’s good at….hmmmm, just what is it that pandas are good at anyway?

Ganbaatar Ichinnorov
(Mongolia)

Old City
Little boy Anar loves his toy horse. Suddenly his horse escapes into grandpa’s old photo album. Anar goes after the horse and finds himself in the photo album where everything is like in real world. Anar wanders in the city streets looking for his horse but the horse runs away from him and he can not catch it. However grandpa helps him to find his favorite toy horse and makes him happy.

Lak – Khee Tay Audouard
(Singapore)

Wayang Night
A narrative about a much awaited evening of roadside theatre outing for two siblings with their parents. As the young reader turns the pages, glimpses of culture, food and Peranakanarchitecture are offered. In the style reminiscent of 50s era comics, the central attraction will be the pop – up stage.

Maria Agnes Du’a Bewa
(Indonesia)

Utan For Marcia
Marcia is about to turn six years old and, as is tradition, should received an utan (type of sarong) woven by her mother as birthday gift. Unfortunately, her mother is very busy but Marcia has a plan to ensure she receives this special gift.

Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award and SingTel Asian Picture Book Award Shortlists Announced!

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

ASIAN FESTIVAL OF CHILDREN’S CONTENT ANNOUNCES TWO MAJOR AWARDS

Press release:

Announcement of Shortlists of Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2013 and SingTel Asian Picture Book Award 2013

AFCC logoSingapore, 25 April 2013 – At the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) 2013 Press Conference, held today at Hotel Grand Pacific, Ms Claire Chiang, announced the shortlisted names for the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2013 and the SingTel Asian Picture Book Award 2013. Ms Claire Chiang also unveiled the five-day festival, which will be held from 25 to 30 May.

Winners for both prizes will be announced during the Children’s Literature Lecture and Award Ceremony on 28 May 2013. The prize for the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award is worth S$10,000, to be shared by the writer and illustrator. The SingTel Asian Picture Book Award offers a total of S$10,000, the First Prize consisting of S$5,000 for an author and S$5,000 for an illustrator. These will be individually known as the SingTel Asian Picture Book Award – Author, and the SingTel Asian Picture Book Award – Illustrator.

For the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award, a total of 33 titles were submitted, out of which 16 entries were Novels and 17 entries were Short Stories or Picture Books. For the SingTel Asian Picture Book Award, a total of 158 manuscripts were submitted, out of which 79 were with illustrations. The award attracted submissions from 19 different countries in total.

The following shortlisted titles are not listed in order of merit:

The Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2013 Shortlist Candidates:

The Mudskipper by Ovidia Yu

Extraordinary Losers: Operation Pants on Fire by Jessica Alejandro

Farrer Park by Ann Peters

Where’s Grandma? by Edmund Lim

The SingTel Asian Picture Book Award 2013 Shortlist Candidates:

Author:

Don’t Eat That, Phoenix by Swapna Haddow (United Kingdom)

Cap Go Meh by Sophie Dewayani (Indonesia)

If I Were by Debra Chong (Singapore)

Old City by Ichinnorov Ganbaatar (Mongolia)

Wayang Night by Lak-Khee Tay Audouard (Singapore) [See PaperTiger's gallery of her work here]

Utan for Marcia by Maria Agnes Du’a Bewa (Indonesia)

Illustrator:

Who Knows Mr. Pink by Reza Dalvand (Iran)

Old City by BaaSanSuren Bolormaa (Mongolia) [Read PaperTigers' interview with her here and see two galleries of her work here and here]

Wayang Night by Lak-Khee Tay Audouard (Singapore) [See PaperTiger's gallery of her work here]

Cap Go Meh by Gina (Indonesia)

The Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) brings together content creators and producers with parents, teachers, librarians, and anyone interested in quality Asian content for children. With a mix of professional conferences, masterclasses and workshops, a rights fair and media mart, as well as public events, AFCC is a unique and popular event right here in Asia that provides an opportunity for writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, distributors, parents, children, teachers, and librarians to meet, learn, develop their craft, and discover business opportunities.

paw_sm3PaperTigers is a proud sponsor of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content and both Marjorie and I will be attending this year. To learn more about the AFCC check the official website and read our July 2011 PaperTigers issue  Singapore and the Asian Festival of Children’s Content. Stay tuned to the blog tomorrow to learn more about the SingTel Asian Picture Book Award 2013 Shortlist Candidates.

SingTel Asian Picture Book Award~ Submission deadline is Dec. 31, 2012

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Attention authors and illustrators! Have you heard about the SingTel Asian Picture Book Award? If you have written or illustrated an unpublished Asian-themed picture book (targeted at children ages 0 to six years old) the National Book Development Council of Singapore looks forward to receiving your submission for this new award! Entries are being accepted until Dec. 31, 2012 with the inaugural SingTel Asian Picture Book Award to be presented next May at the 2013 Asian Festival of Children’s Content. Submissions will be accepted from writers and/or illustrators of any nationality and from any country who are 18 years of age and above. Here’s the press release:

The National Book Development Council of Singapore is delighted to announce the inaugural SingTel Asian Picture Book Award. Beginning in 2013, the award will be presented annually for an outstanding unpublished picture book with a distinctly Asian theme.

The objectives of the SingTel Asian Picture Book Award are as follows:

a) To encourage and inspire the publications of more Asian-themed picture books

b) To stimulate public interest and support for picture books with Asian themes

c) To recognise and award a prize to an excellent picture book with Asian theme each year

The SingTel Asian Picture Book Award offers a total of S$10,000 for the First Prize consisting of S$5,000 for an author and S$5,000 for an illustrator. These will be individually known as the SingTel Asian Picture Book Award – Author, and the SingTel Asian Picture Book Award – Illustrator.

Closing date for submissions is 31 December 2012. Official rules and regulations can be found here.

For more information, please visit www.bookcouncil.sg.

PaperTigers is proud sponsor of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content and looks forward to working with the AFCC in promoting and highlighting the richnesses of Asian Children’s literature.

December 2012 Events

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Click on event name for more details

National Year of Reading~ Australia

Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse~ ongoing until Dec 3, Montreuil, France

A Journey Without End: Ed Young~ongoing until Dec 30, Omaha, NE, USA

The Illustrators’ Journey Art Exhibition Featuring Art by Shaun Tan, Matt Ottley and More!~ ongoing until Dec 31, Fremantle, Australia

Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award 2013~ submissions accepted until Dec 31, United Kingdom

2012 South Asia Book Award~ submissions accepted until Dec 31

SingTel Asian Picture Book Award 2013~ submissions accepted until Dec 31, Singapore

Exhibition of Artworks from Jeannie Baker’s Innovative Picture Book, Mirror~ ongoing until Jan 2013, Blacktown, Australia

Reflections… On the Work of Jeannie Baker~ ongoing until Jan 2013, Blacktown, Australia

17th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature~ ongoing until Jan 1, 2013, Concord, MA, USA

23rd Annual Children’s Illustration Show~ ongoing until Jan 13, 2013 Northampton, MA, USA

Appleton Museum of Art Exhibit: Sendak & Co: Children’s Book Illustrations Since Where the Wild Things Are~ ongoing until Jan 20, 2013, Ocala, FL, USA

Exhibits of Winning Entries from the 2012 Growing Up Asian in America Contest~ ongoing until Feb 2013, USA

Nami Island International Illustration Concours for Picture Book Illustrations~ submissions accepted until Feb 15, 2013, Korea

Tall Tales & Huge Hearts: Raúl Colón~ ongoing until Mar 29, 2013, Abilene, TX, USA

Skipping Stones Youth Honor Awards Celebrating Multicultural Awareness, International Understanding and Nature Appreciation~ submissions accepted until June 25, 2013, USA

The Children’s Literature Centre at Frostburg State University Presents Storybook Holiday~ Dec 1, Frostburg, MD, USA

The 92Y’s Children’s Reading Series Presents: An Evening with  National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Walter Dean Myers~ Dec 1, New York. NY, USA

The Foundation of Children’s Books Presents a Special Book Group Party with Grace Lin~ Dec 1, Brookline, MA, USA

“Dreams of a City” SCBWI Greece Illustrator Exhibition and Book Event~ Dec 1 – 22, Athens, Greece

Iconic Images: Ten Years of Collecting for The Carle. Gallery Tour with Curator, Nick Clark~ Dec 2, Amherst, MA, USA

Asian Festival of Children’s Content Book Club Presents the Singapore Launch of If I Were A Blue Kangaroo by Dave Seow~ Dec 5, Singapore

Bangalore Literature Festival~ Dec 7 – 9, Bangalore, India

Puppet Show and Book Presentation at the SCBWI Greece Illustrator/Author exhibition~ Dec 8, Athens, Greece

So You Want to Choose the 2013 Caldecott?~ Dec 9, Amherst, MA, USA

Summertime Stories Family Event~ Dec 10, Blacktown, Australia

Bengaluru Sahityotsava~ Dec 14 – 16, Bangalore, India

The Best of the Best in 2012 with Susan Bloom~ Dec 15, Amherst, MA, USA

Children’s book reading of “The Giant’s Star” by Marivita Grammatikaki. Music by Nikos Xanthoulis~ Dec 16, Athens, Greece

Chapter & Verse’s (A Book Club for Adults Discussing Children’s Lit) Mock Newbery and Caldecott Discussions~ Dec 20, USA

The Literature Centre (formerly Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre) Exhibits and Programs~ Fremantle, Australia

Dromkeen National Centre for Picture Book Art Exhibits~ Riddells Creek, Australia

Books Illustrated Events and Exhibitions~ Middle Park, Australia

International Youth Library Exhibits~ Munich, Germany

Tulika Book Events~ India

International Library of Children’s Literature Events~ Tokyo, Japan

Newcastle University Programme of Talks on Children’s Books for 2011-2012~ Newcastle, United Kingdom

Seven Stories (the National Home of Children’s Books in Britain) Events~ Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Discover Children’s Story Centre~ London, United Kingdom

Arne Nixon Center’s Children’s Literature Book Clubs for Adults Events~ USA

Events Sponsored by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress~ USA

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art~ Amherst, MA, USA

The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature Exhibits~ Abilene, TX, USA

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Events

August 2012 Events

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Click on event name for more information

National Year of Reading~ Australia

Exhibition: The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan, From Book to Film: The Art of Story~ ongoing until Aug 26, Maryborough, Australia

Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award 2013~ submissions accepted until Dec 31, 2012, United Kingdom

2012 South Asia Book Award~ submissions accepted until Dec 31, 2012

SingTel Asian Picture Book Award 2013~ submissions accepted until Dec 31, 1012, Singapore

Exhibits of Winning Entries from the 2012 Growing Up Asian in America Contest~ ongoing until Feb 2013, USA

Ghummakkad Narain – the Travelling Literature Festival~ Aug 1 – Sep 30, New Delhi, India

Erode Book Festival~ Aug 3 – 19, Erode, India

41st Annual SCBWI Summer Conference~ Aug 3 – 6, Los Angeles, CA, USA

LUCY’s 2nd Annual Multicultural Continuing Education Day~ Aug 4, Hampton, VA, USA

School Library Journal Presents SummerTeen: A Online Celebration of Young Adult Books~ Aug 8

Reading Association of the Philippines (RAP) Annual Convention~ Aug 9 – 11, Manila, Philipinnes

The IFLA World Library and Information Congress~ Aug 11 – 17, Helsinki, Finland

Edinburgh International Book Festival~ Aug 11 – 27, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Writing & Book Camp for Kids 11+~ Aug 13 – 17, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Shanghai Book Fair~ Aug 15 – 21, Shanghai, China

Children’s Books of the Year Award Winners Announced~ Aug 17, Australia

Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art’s Fifth Anniversary~ Aug 18, Vancouver, BC, Camada

Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) – Book Week: Champions Read~ Aug 18 – 24, Australia

The Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators~ Aug 18 – 26, New Zealand

SCBWI Tokyo Illustrator Day with John Shelley~ Aug 19, Tokyo, Japan

Zart Art and CBCA, Vic Branch Seminar: War books for kids – Why?~ Aug 23, Mebourne, Australia

33rd IBBY International Congress: Crossing Boundaries: Translations and Migrations~ Aug 23 – 26, London, United Kingdom

(PaperTigers Editor Marjorie Coughlan will be presenting a paper entitled Escaping Conflict, Seeking Peace: picture books that relate refugee stories, and their importance)

Jump Start 2012: Focusing on the children’s books from India and abroad~Aug 23 – 24, New Delhi, India

Melbourne Writer’s Festival~ Aug 23 – Sep 2, Melbourne, Australia

National Year of Reading Initiative National Reading Day~ Australia

Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival~ Aug 25, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre Exhibits and Programs~ Fremantle, Australia

Dromkeen National Centre for Picture Book Art Exhibits~ Riddells Creek, Australia

Books Illustrated Events and Exhibitions~ Middle Park, Australia

International Youth Library Exhibits~ Munich, Germany

Tulika Book Events~ India

International Library of Children’s Literature Events~ Tokyo, Japan

Newcastle University Programme of Talks on Children’s Books for 2011-2012~ Newcastle, United Kingdom

Seven Stories (the National Home of Children’s Books in Britain) Events~ Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Discover Children’s Story Centre~ London, United Kingdom

Arne Nixon Center’s Children’s Literature Book Clubs for Adults Events~ USA

Events Sponsored by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress~ USA

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art~ Amherst, MA, USA

The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature Exhibits~ Abilene, TX, USA

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Events

 

Asian Festival of Children’s Content Announces Two Asian Book Awards!

Monday, May 7th, 2012

PaperTigers is a proud sponsor of the 2012 Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC)  which will take place May 26 – 29 at The Arts House in Singapore.  Lots of exciting events are planned this year; check out the featured speakers and programme by clicking here and the 2012 AFCC trailer here. As well organizers have just released the following information about two Asian Book Awards for children’s literature!

Asian Festival of Children’s Content Announces 2 Asian Book Awards

Asian Content for the World’s Children

 Singapore, 27 April 2012– Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) 2012 announces two Asian Book Awards, Scholastic Asian Book Award and SingTel Picture Book Award.

The Scholastic Asian Book Award is a joint initiative of the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Scholastic Asia to recognise excellence in Asian children’s fiction. In its 2nd edition, this award showcases the diversity of literary talent within Asia and inspires more Asian-themed books and stories.

The winning manuscript will receive a prize of S$10,000 at the award presentation ceremony on 29 May 2012 during this Festival. It will also be considered for publication by Scholastic Asia. The four nominations for the Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) 2012 are, Bungee Cord Hair by Ching Yeung Russell (US), Double Take by Katherine Seow (Singapore), Hidden in Plain Sight by Ang Su-Lin (Singapore) and The Locked Up Boy by  Pauline Loh Tuan Lee (Singapore).

The judges for the SABA 2012 are, Chief Judge Nury Vittachi (Hong Kong), Ken Spillman (Australia), Helen McAleer (United Kingdom), Sayoni Basu (India) and Naomi Kojima (Japan).

In 2011, the winning manuscript was from Uma Krishnaswami, titled, ‘Book Uncle and Me’. Uma will be giving a talk during the Parents’ Forum on ‘Using Multicultural Books to Teach Your Child About the World We Live In’. The first runner up was Marjorie Sayer for the novel ‘The Girl Mechanic of Wanzhou’. [N.B. Papertigers' former editor Aline Pereira was a judge for the 2011 award. Read about her experiences here and see photos from the event here].

Ovidia Yu’s story ‘The Mudskipper’ was the second runner up in the Scholastic Asian Book Award 2011 and will launch at this press conference. ‘The Mudskipper’ has reached the publication stage and will be available at the Festival. Based in Singapore, Ovidia Yu is an award-winning novelist and short-story writer whose plays have been performed locally and abroad. ‘The Mudskipper’ is her first book for children.

AFCC also introduces the inaugural SingTel Asian Picture Book Award. This Award will be presented annually for an outstanding unpublished picture book with a distinctly Asian theme offering a total of S$10,000 for the First Prize consisting of S$5,000 for an author and S$5,000 for an illustrator.

The first award will be given in AFCC 2013. Submissions are now open till 31st December 2012.

This Award aims to inspire the publication of and to propel public’s interest and support for more Asian-themed picture books.