Of Asia and Children’s Books–The Role of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content

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Date(s) - 01/10/2014
6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Tokyo Women's Plaza
東京都渋谷区神宮前5-53-67 - Tokyo, 150-0001



Of Asia and Children’s Books:

The Role of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC)

featuring R. Ramachandran, Executive Director of AFCC

and Bolormaa Baasansuren and Ganbaatar Ichinnorov,

SingTel Asian Picture Book Award Winners for Old City


Date:    Friday, January 10, 2014, 6:00–7:45 p.m.

Place: Tokyo Women’s Plaza, Conference Room 1

Jingumae 5-53-67, Shibuya, Tokyo (by the Children’s Castle and United Nations University) For a map see www.scbwi.jp/map.htm

Fee:     This event is free and open to all.

Reservations preferred: To reserve, send an email to japan (at) scbwi.org by January 9.

This event will be in English and Japanese.


For many years, children in Asia have read and enjoyed books created by the western world. But with the emergence of writers, illustrators and publishers for children in Asia, and the increasing interest in Asianrelated content for children, the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) has been playing a key role in educating, encouraging, and offering opportunities to authors, illustrators, translators and content creators in Asia. Join us to hear R. Ramachandran, Executive Director of this major Singapore-based festival, and share in his vision to bring children’s content of Asia to the world. Also presenting will be the Mongolian husband and wife team Bolormaa Baasansuuren and Ganbaatar Ichinnorov, who will discuss the creative process behind Old City, their picture book that won the SingTel Asian Picture Book Award, an award established by and presented at AFCC. Come discover all that AFCC has to offer, and mingle with previous attendees and presenters.

R. Ramachandran, as Executive Director of the National Book Development Council of Singapore, has been actively involved in the promotion of Asian content to a worldwide audience and has established the Asian Festival of Children’s ContenMr Rama Photo 2013 (cropped)t as the leading platform for promoting Asian children’s writers and illustrators. Prior to this, Ramachandran had a long career with the National Library of Singapore where he rose to the position of National Librarian, Singapore, and Deputy Chief Executive, National Library Board. After retiring from the National Library, he served as Secretary-General of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in the Netherlands. In 2013, during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Singapore, Ramachandran was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to reading and library development.

Bolormaa Baasansuuren was born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and graduated in painting from the Institute of Fine Arts in Mongolia and has also studied picture book illustration in Moscow, Russia. Bolormaa has gone on to win many awards, both in her native Mongolia and abroad, including twice being placed in the International Competition of Illustration (Teatrio/UNICEF). In 2004 she won the Grand Prize of the 14th Noma Concours with her illustrations for My Little Round House, which has since been published in Mongolia, Japan and Canada. She has been a research student at Bunkyo University in Saitama, Japan.

Ganbaatar Ichinnorov was born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in Mongolia and was a research student of Bunkyo University in Saitama, Japan. He won the encouragement prize in the 14th Noma Concours and four of his picture books have been published in Japan: Mother and Bad Fox, Flower of Baatar’s Heart, Gonan and the Monster, and The Elephant and the Mouse.