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‘Where’s Grandma’ Wins 2013 Hedwig Anuar Children's Book Awards

Winner of the 2013 Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award
Where’s Grandma? By Edmund Lim and Illustrated by Tan Zi Xi

Singapore, 29 May 2013—Epigram Books is very proud to announce that Where’s Grandma? by Edmund Lim and illustrated by Tan Zi Xi has been awarded this year’s Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award (HABA).

The award is presented biennially for an outstanding book for children written by a Singaporean or PR. Its aims are to encourage the quality and quantity of books published for children, as well as promoting the publication of books set in a familiar and meaningful background that is relevant to children in Singapore.

Where’s Grandma? is a poignant tale of a boy’s struggles to come to terms with his beloved Grandma’s deteriorating condition due to Alzheimer’s disease. With Tan Zi Xi’s sensitive and understated illustrations, the book evokes powerful emotions in anyone who has dealt with the loss of their loved ones.

Where’s Grandma? was also selected for the 2012 READ Singapore! Campaign organised by the National Library of Singapore.

Edmund Lim is an educator who has taught in the National Institute of Education. Edmund enjoys reading and writing. He hopes that his storybooks will engage readers, young and old. His love for his grandparents and family, along with his desire to educate children, inspired him to write Where’s Grandma?

Tan Zi Xi studied at Central Saint Martins (London) on a DesignSingapore scholarship and currently works full-time as an independent illustrator. Zi Xi recently held her first solo exhibition at The Art Studio in Singapore. She has been recognized with several awards and commendations, and was a finalist in the London International Creative Competition 2010.

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.


“A heartwarming and well illustrated story”,
Ken Spillman, Chief Judge, HABA picture book Awards.

“I am glad and grateful for this award and pleased that our work will touch the lives of children and our society”,
Edmund Lim, 2013 Hedwig Anuar Children’s Picture Book Winner.

“I feel privileged to have worked with Edmund on this project, and I am pleased to know that the illustrations complemented so well the story that Edmund wrote”
Tan Zi Xi, 2013 Hedwig Anuar Children’s Picture Book Winner.

“We took a chance on a very important topic and both the authors and illustrator did a fantastic job”,
Edmund Wee, Publisher of Epigram Books.

“This is a fantastic win-win situation for Singapore literature and for Singaporean picture books”,
Sheralyn Tan, Editor of Picture Books, Epigram Books.

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