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Epigram Books is happy to announce that two of its picture book titles—Grandma and the Things That Stay the Same and Don’t Be Sorry, Dad!—have been shortlisted for the inaugural AFCC Asian Children’s Book Awards 2017 by Genting Singapore.

Grandma and the Things That Stay the Same, written by Eve Aw and illustrated by Yunroo was released during the Chinese New Year period in 2016. The book is about a family whose grandmother asks the same questions as she would at their reunion dinner every year, highlighting the comfort that our elders shower on us through their consistent care and concern.

South Korean illustrator and printmaker Nari Hong’s Don’t Be Sorry, Dad!, translated from the Korean, tells the story of a empathic daughter who continuously reassures her paraplegic father that he is very much a loving dad to her, despite them not being able to do things other children might get to do with their parents.

The Asian Children’s Book Awards gives equal recognition to writers, illustrators and translators, offering a total of S$30,000 for the winning work: S$10,000 for the writer(s), S$10,000 for the illustrator(s), and S$10,000 for the translator(s) or the publisher as an English translation grant for the winning book.

A total of six titles have been shortlisted for the Awards, including picture books from Taiwan and Japan.

The winners of the AFCC Asian Children’s Book Awards will be officially announced at Indonesia Night during the 2017 Asian Festival of Children’s Content on Friday, 19 May 2017.

For more information about the AFCC Asian Children's Book Awards, please visit

April 19, 2017 by Winston Tay