The Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award is presented biennially for an outstanding book for children so as to recognise and to inspire excellence in children’s literature published in Singapore.
This award aims to achieve two objectives:
i) To encourage the quality and quantity of books published for children; and
ii) To meet the need for our children to be exposed to books, set in a familiar and meaningful background that is relevant to their experience.
The prize money is worth S$10,000, and is to be shared by the writer and the illustrator. Should the book be a translation, the award will be shared equally three ways: writer, illustrator and translator. In addition, the writer/illustrator/translator will receive a plaque each.
If, in any one year, none of the works submitted merit the Award, the judges shall not declare any winner.
The first Award will be given in May 2011, during the Asian Festival of Children’s Content – the Council’s flagship programme which is organised annually.
For more information, please contact:
The National Book Development Council of Singapore
c/o Geylang East Public Library
50 Geylang East Avenue 1, Singapore 389777
Tel: +65 6848 8292
About Mrs Hedwig Anuar
Mrs Hedwig Anuar was the first Singaporean Director of the National Library of Singapore, a position she held from 1960 until her retirement in 1988. Though she put in place the foundations of the modern library system in Singapore and made contributions to all aspects of library work, this award recognises her outstanding contribution to children’s librarianship and the promotion of books and reading for children. Mrs Anuar was particularly interested in drawing children to the library, especially the baby boomers of the 1950s and 1960s. These people had very little opportunities for education.
Mrs Anuar raised the reading levels of all sectors of Singapore society and especially the children and young people. Numerous programmes were organised to promote the joys of reading. Storytelling sessions for young children, lectures and classes for students and cultural events for the general public were daily affairs at the libraries even then. She was the key inspiration behind setting up the Asian Children’s Collection at the National Library which has now become an outstanding research centre for Asian Children’s Literature.