Have you heard about the Scholastic Asian Book Award?

The National Book Development Council of Singapore and Scholastic Asia are jointly launching the Asian children’s book prize. The award, called the Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA), will recognise Asians and children’s writers of Asian origin who are taking the experiences of life, spirit and thinking in different parts of Asia to the world at large. The award would also promote the understanding of the Asian experience and its expression in innovative and creative forms.

The call for submission for the Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) 2012 is now open. The objectives of SABA are as follows:

  • To recognise excellence in fiction in Asian stories for children
  • To showcase the diversity of literary talent within Asia
  • To encourage and inspire more Asian-themed books and stories

Deadline for submission of entries is 17th October 2011, 5pm (Singapore time). Winners will be announced in May 2012, at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content.

Submissions can be sent by snail mail to:

National Book Development Council of Singapore, Geylang East Public Library, 50 Geylang East Avenue 1, Singapore 389777.


In other news, SCBWI Malaysia has just announced that the following six children’s books have been selected by the National Book Council of Malaysia for their 50 Best Malaysian Titles for International Rights 2011.

The inaugural catalogue by the National Book Council of Malaysia will be distributed at the Beijing Book Fair (Aug 31 – Sept 4) and Frankfurt Book Fair (Oct 12 – 16). Selected books will be displayed at the Malaysian stand.

The Real Elephant by Yusof Gajah

My Mother’s Garden by Emila Yusof; Eco-kids series by Fay Khoo & Asha Gill, illustrated by Sarah Joan Mokhtar;

Fatimah’s Kampung by Iain Buchanan;

Hayley’s Vegemania Garden and

Hayley’s Fruitastic Garden by Mohana Gill, illustrated by Tan Vay Fern.