Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award

The Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award (HABA) is presented biennially to an outstanding children’s book written by a Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident.

Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award

Objectives:

The prize carries a cash award of $10,000, which is to be shared by the writer and the illustrator. Should the book be a translation, the award will be shared equally between the writer, illustrator, and translator. In addition, the writer/illustrator/translator will each receive a plaque.

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 made contributions to all aspects of library work and put in place the foundations of the modern library system in Singapore, this award recognizes her outstanding contribution to children’s librarianship in the promotion of books and reading for children.

THE NEXT HEDWIG ANUAR CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD WILL OPEN IN 2017, AND BE ANNOUNCED IN 2018. BOOKS PUBLISHED FROM 1 JANUARY 2015 TO 31 DECEMBER 2017 WILL BE ELIGIBLE.

Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award Winners List

Shortlists below are not listed in order of merit:
2015 | 2013 | 2011

2015 Winners and Shortlist
The Mango Tree

Co-Winner:

The Mango Tree
Author: Hidayah Amin
Illustrator: Idris Ali

The Rock and the Bird

Co-Winner:

The Rock and the Bird
Author: Chew Chia Shao Wei
Illustrator: Anngee Neo

Hidden in Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight
Author: Su-Lin Ang

Letters to Aly Letters to Aly
Author: Lee-Ann
 
Not in the Stars Not in the Stars
Author: Pauline Loh
The Travel Diary of Amos Lee: Monkeying in Malaysia! The Travel Diary of Amos Lee: Monkeying in Malaysia!
Author: Adeline Foo
Illustrator: Stephanie Wong
2013 Winners & Shortlist
Where's Grandma

Winner:

Where’s Grandma?
Author: Edmund Lim 
Illustrator: Tan Zi Xi 

Extraordinary Losers – Operation Pants on Fire Extraordinary Losers – Operation Pants on Fire
Author: Jessica Alejandro
Illustrator: Cherryn Yap
Farrer Park Farrer Park
Author: Ann Peters 
Illustrator: Lydia Yang 
The Mudskipper The Mudskipper
Author: Ovidia Yu
2011 Winners & Shortlists

Judging Committee:
Chairman: Dr. Ken Spillman, Australia 
Dr. Noel Chia Kok Hwee, Singapore 
Ms. Sayoni Basu, India 
Mr. Yusof Gajah, Malaysia 
Ms. Zubaidah Mohsen, Singapore

The awards were presented on 27 May 2011 by H.E. Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Author of The Lost World of Timor-Leste, President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. 

The Book That Was Handed Down

Winner:

The Book That Was Handed Down
Author: Yixian Quek
Illustrator: Grace Duan Ying 

 

Bunny Finds The Right Stuff Bunny Finds The Right Stuff
Emily Lim
Monkey Magic –The Curse of Mukada Monkey Magic –The Curse of Mukada
Grant S. Clark  
The Singapore Kid

The Singapore Kid
Jessica Alejandro 

 

Ten Ten 
Shamini Flint
There’s Soup on My Fly! There’s Soup on My Fly!
David Seow 
I Don’t Want Mei Mei Anymore

I Don’t Want Mei Mei Anymore
Lynn Lee

Rochee The Friendliest Cockroach Rochee The Friendliest Cockroach
Gavin Goo Thiam Chuan 

Downloads

2015 Shortlist Press Release (0.20 MB pdf)
2013 Detailed Shortlist (Synopsis & Bios) (0.58 MB pdf)