Information about Children and Books in Japan

Asian Festival of Children's Content 2016

The National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) will hold the Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) 2016 from May 25 to 29 in Singapore. The festival will feature lectures and workshops as well as serve as a venue for licensing copyrights, storytelling events, and other attractions. An opening ceremony to be held on the evening of May 24 will feature the presentation of the Scholastic Asian Book Award, which goes to the best unpublished middle-grade or young adult novel written by an Asian living in Asia. There will also be many specialized events such as a "Writers & Illustrators Conference" for writers, illustrators and publishers; a "Cross-Platform Summit" for media and literary professionals; a "Preschool & Primary Teachers Congress" for preschool and primary teachers; and a "Parents Forum" for parents and teachers.

Japan has been chosen as the "Country of Focus" for AFCC 2016, and the International Library of Children's Literature (ILCL) is supporting the festival as a national partner. Additionally, the Chihiro Art Museum, the Japanese Association of Children's Book Publishers, and the Joshibi University of Art and Design will all provide support. A number of writers, translators and editors involved in the promotion of reading by children will participate in the lectures and events. May 26 has been earmarked as "Japan Night" and will feature a mix of Japanese music and literature in order to introduce Japanese culture to festival-goers. Representatives from the ILCL will participate in one of the sessions to report on how children's reading activities are promoted in Japan and reading events such as "Story Hour," which includes Japanese nursery rhymes.

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(2016.5.10 update)