Asian Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference, 6-8 May

The Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference (ACWIC) celebrates children’s books and media, promotes the writing, publication and production as well as access to Asian Children’s content worldwide. ACWIC actively fosters the exchange of ideas and presents enormous networking and learning opportunities for established and budding professionals in the region.

Target Audience:

Writers, illustrators, pre school and primary school teachers, publishers, librarians, literary agents, distributors and retailers, translators, technology solution providers to the industry and other media professionals related to children’s content will find ACWIC a learning event that they cannot afford to miss.

TRACK D: Librarian’s Menu

6 May

12.15pm – 1.15pm: Wither our roots and our values? Maximizing Asian children’s literature, Ruth Wong

In this technological age where the world is considered a global village, what is the place of Asian children’s literature in our classrooms? Ruth will share how Asian children’s literature can be maximized for anchoring our roots and inculcating values, and how we can use this genre to celebrate our similarities and acknowledge our diversity.

3.45pm – 4.45pm: Hocus Pocus – The Magic Formula to charm kids into reading, Raneetha Rajaratnam

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just throw a pinch of anticipation, a dash of excitement and a load of fun into a cauldron, stir 3 times, shout “Abracadabra!” and come up a sure-win formula to hook children into reading? Discover how National Library Board, Singapore, stirs certain key ingredients together in their programmes and services to promote the love of reading among children and keep them coming back for more.


7 May

9.30am – 10.30am: Providing effective electronic services for children, Dr. Warren Buckleitner

With new media, comes new opportunities for the library. However, there are numerous considerations: introducing a new library culture, new forms of literacy, marketing new services to the users, setting up passwords, keeping track of wireless controllers, controlling the din, circulation hardware, managing theft, and a million other questions you might have. Come and learn from mistakes and victories from the successful initiative taken up by the Flemington Free Public Library to incorporate electronic services.

10.45am – 11.45am: The Joy through Books: The National Centre for Children’s literature in France: History, missions and organisation, Nathalie Beau

Created in 1965, the “la Joie par les livres” has supported the development of children’s books publishing and children’s libraries in France. Today, through its resource centre which carries collections dating back to XVII century, various publications, training programmes and the international co-operations, it strives to raise awareness of French production abroad and foreign production in France,  ensure the preservation of French children’s literature and provide public-access to it. Let us draw lessons from them in our quest to provide our children better access to materials of Asian content.

2.30pm – 3.30pm: Using picture books to support curriculum in primary and pre-schools, Zubaidah Mohsen

Picture books allow teachers and parents to help elementary children explore the fun and learning within these books by using picture books to teach various concepts and subjects.  The session will highlight books and other resources that are engaging to children and are relevant to the curriculum in preschools and primary schools. Examples include stories in rhyme and picture books for use in language learning, mathematics and science.


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