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.
The Call for Submissions will start on 1 Oct 2019 and the deadline is 30 Nov 2019. Please check back for more information and updates..
- To encourage the quality and quantity of books published for children; and
- To promote the publication of books, set in a familiar and meaningful background that is relevant to the Singapore children.
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.
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.
HABA 2018 RULES & REGULATIONS
HABA 2018 ENTRY FORM
HEDWIG ANUAR CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD WINNERS LIST
Shortlists below are not listed in order of merit:
2018 | 2015 | 2013 | 2011
2018 Winners and Shortlist
2015 Winners and Shortlist
The Mango Tree
The Rock and the Bird
Hidden in Plain Sight
|Letters to Aly
|Not in the Stars
Author: Pauline Loh
|The Travel Diary of Amos Lee: Monkeying in Malaysia!
Author: Adeline Foo
Illustrator: Stephanie Wong
2013 Winners & Shortlist
|Extraordinary Losers – Operation Pants on Fire
Author: Jessica Alejandro
Illustrator: Cherryn Yap
Author: Ann Peters
Illustrator: Lydia Yang
Author: Ovidia Yu
2011 Winners & Shortlists
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
|Bunny Finds The Right Stuff
|Monkey Magic –The Curse of Mukada
Grant S. Clark
The Singapore Kid
|There’s Soup on My Fly!
I Don’t Want Mei Mei Anymore
|Rochee The Friendliest Cockroach
Gavin Goo Thiam Chuan
2015 Shortlist Press Release (208KB pdf)
2013 Detailed Shortlist (Synopsis & Bios) (598KB pdf)
2018 HABA Rules and Regulations (454KB pdf)
2018 HABA ENTRY FORM (61KB pdf)