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3 October 2020 | 9am-5pm (SGT)
4 October 2020 | 9.30am-5pm (SGT)

1- or 2-Day Digital Pass: $30-$60 | Recordings of sessions will be available for two weeks for pass-holders


AFCC 2020 returns this week with more than 40 featured writers, publishers and speakers from Singapore and around the world to discuss how the children’s books industry is responding and adapting to the global pandemic.

Exploring the theme “Voyages”, AFCC will examine pressing topics such as the role of children’s books during a crisis; how to build resilience in children through books; the effects of digitalisation on book fairs and festivals; and how to build virtual communities. We will also take a close look at how schools can make two popular genres, poetry and comics, part of students’ essential reading. 


Highlight Sessions

2 October 2020 | 1pm-2.30pm (SGT)
Free with registration
Featured speakers: Lisa Hoppe, Pieter Aquilia, Peter Herbert

From The Lord of the Rings to The Life of Pi, many blockbusters are adapted from books. AFTRS alumni Lisa Hoppe shares her own experience adapting novel My Life as an Alphabet into the award-winning film H is for Happiness in this pre-festival webinar.
Opening Session: Children's Books in the Time of Crisis and Change
3 October 2020 | 9am-10.30am (SGT)
Featured speakers: Bijal Vachharajani, Camilla Reid and Junko Yokota

Are books helping your children deal with COVID-19 stress? It won’t be the first time literature has played a vital role in helping kids cope in times of crisis. Learn more in AFCC’s opening session!
3 October 2020 | 11am-12nn (SGT)
Featured speakers: Myra Garces-Bacsal, Patrick Yee and Tohby Riddle
Find out how children’s books can be a great source of encouragement to kids during times of uncertainty and adversity on this panel!
The Power of Poetry

3 October 2020 | 1pm-2pm (SGT)
Featured speakers: Marc Nair, Mariko Nagai, and Naomi Shihab Nye
Learn tips and tricks with award-winning poets and writers and examine how poetry serves as a powerful medium of expression for children.

(A New) Required Reading: Comics and Graphic Novels in Schools
4 October 2020 | 11am-12nn (SGT)
Featured Speakers: Carol Tilley, Felicia Low-Jimenez, Minh Lê and Remy Lai

Is your child reading Avengers instead of arithmetic? That's a great way to pick up reading! Find out how from this session that includes Eisner Award judge Carol Tilley.

Building Virtual Communities: Do's and Don'ts

4 October 2020 | 2.30pm-3.30pm (SGT)
Featured Speakers: David Liew and Dexter Ong

You may not have seen your friends as much as you would have liked to during the pandemic, but interacting more on virtual platforms has led to the growth of online communities! Is this the new norm? What does the future hold?

Special Events
Our Folktales Book Launch
3 October 2020 | 6.30pm-7.30pm (SGT)
Streamed live on AFCC Facebook
Rediscover the magic of Asia's most beloved and popular folktales in this one-of-a-kind compilation featuring classics from eight former Countries of Focus. 
HABA Awards Ceremony
4 October 2020 | 6pm-6.30pm (SGT)
Streamed live on AFCC Facebook
Join us for the award ceremony and find out who will earn the accolade of the best children’s book at the 5th edition of the Hedwig Anuar Children's Book Award.
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We hope you have been safe and sound amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Singapore Book Council Team, we are committed to continue supporting works by our writers. In these challenging times, books have become more essential than ever and they are our windows to tales of hope, happiness and adventure. Like many other charities in Singapore, we have also been seriously impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consider supporting our organisation so that we can bring more events to you in spite of such challenging times. You may contribute on our Giving.SG campaign page found below. Thank you for your generous contribution!
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