AFCC 2019 Early Bird ends 31 July! Get your tickets now!
5 - 8 Sep 2019 | Passes from $60-$200
National Library Building | Map

The Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) early bird ticket sales will be ending next Wednesday, 31 July! Get your passes today to enjoy 25% off regular prices. Limited early bird festival passes are still available for secondary and tertiary students at $50 only!

AFCC marks our 10th anniversary this year by celebrating the theme "Diversity". Over 80 featured Singapore and international speakers will explore an extensive range of topics, from handling difficult topics like depression and sexual abuse in books, to nurturing empathy, expanding inter-ethnic understanding, crafting special needs programmes and creating purposeful play. 

Highlight sessions include the opening keynote on Championing Diversity in a Volatile WorldAre Bilingual Books Effective?;  Between the Lines: The Art and Business of Translating Children's Books; A Survey of ASEAN Malay Children Literature; as well as Debut YA Authors featuring Hanna AlkafEmily X.R. Pan, and Lu Huiyi. Don't miss special sessions such as Bringing The 13-Storey Treehouse to Life by Andy Griffiths (Australia), a masterclass on Creating Non-fiction Books For Today’s Digital Age by Lisa Charleyboy (Canada), and the lecture Why Adults Refuse to Admit Racist Content in the Children’s Books They Love by Philip Nel (USA).

Check out the full calendar here and grab your pass today to attend over 70 sessions at AFCC!
AFCC 2019: Gif Challenge
24 & 25 Aug 2019 | 10:00am - 8:00pm
LASALLE McNally Campus | Map

The GIF Challenge is the first of its kind and organised by LASALLE College of the Arts, Puttnam School of Film & Animation together with Singapore Book Council (SBC) and CAMPUS Magazine. Participants have 24 hours to create an animated GIF inspired by a list of extracts selected from books by featured authors at the Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) 2019. It could be based on a character, a plot, an emotion - all up to your imagination! The competition is open to public and attractive prizes stand to be won!

Click here for more information.
AFCC 2019: Mother Tongue Programme Highlights
5 - 7 Sep 2019 | Various timings
National Library Building | Map

This AFCC, we will be featuring an exciting line-up of programmes that focus on mother tongue languages. Check out some of our highlights!
#BuySingLit 2020: Open Call for Programmes
Over 45,000 participants – the biggest turnout to date – spent their weekends attending the third edition of the annual #BuySingLit last March, Singapore’s largest movement promoting local literature by homegrown publishers, retailers and literary arts nonprofits. If you have wonderful ideas for creative, bold and distinctive programmes to showcase Singapore stories, we invite you to join us as a programme partner for #BuySingLit 2020!

Download the Open Call application package here to find out more.

The open call ends on 23 August (Friday), 2359 hrs. For enquiries, please email us at
SBC Academy Workshops
生动讲故事班: 如何让孩子着迷于华文故事 (Vivid Storytelling: Engaging Children with Chinese Stories)
7月27日 | 早上9点半至下午12点半
27 July | 9:30am – 12:30pm
SBC Training Room | $80 (Ticketing charges apply)

儿童们背得滚瓜烂熟的童谣,竟可以变成说故事的技巧,让您的华文故事更风趣!从耳熟能详的两只老虎,到具有童话寓意的矮冬瓜 (Humpty Dumpty),这些歌谣容易带孩子们进入情境中,加深他们对华文故事的印象。


Do you know that nursery rhymes can be incorporated in storytelling to make your Chinese stories more captivating? From the famous "Two Tigers", to rhymes with fairytale roots like "Humpty Dumpty", these rhymes are instantly immersive and help the children learn Chinese in a fun way!

Experienced storytellers Wong Swee Yean and Karen Lee will be sharing more about using rhymes in Chinese storytelling during the workshop. Join them today!
Write Your Memoir Now
17 Aug | 9:30pm - 12:30pm
SBC Training Room | $80 (Ticketing charges apply)

It all started with a quest to explore her Eurasian identity. Now, Melissa De Silva is an award-winning author. Her widely acclaimed memoir, 'Others' is Not A Race, has sparked many enthusiastic discussions on race and identity among her readers.

In this workshop, Melissa will share some techniques on memoir-writing, and how you can etch special moments in your lives into words. Sign up today and pen your very own memoir!

Photo credit: William Tham
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Singapore Book Council (SBC) is a charity founded in 1968. Our mission is to Build Our Imagine-nation by developing creativity, imagination and original thought through writing, reading, illustration and storytelling. We organise literary arts festivals, training workshops and give out awards to recognise excellence in the field.

Because It All Starts With A Story.
All donations collected will go towards supporting the Book Council's programmes & activities. A 250% tax deduction is applicable on qualifying donations. Cash donations will be eligible for dollar-for-dollar matching from the Cultural Matching Fund (CMF), which means your donation doubles in value.
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