Chen Bochui Awards

The organisers of the Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award (CICLA) are glad to call all publishing houses to enter their best original picture books in the International Picture Book Award 2017.

The Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award (CICLA) is one the longest-running literary prizes in China. Its origins lay in the heritage of the Shanghainese children’s writer Chen Bochui (1906-1997). Today, the CICLA are a competition judged by an international jury of children’s literature creators, critics and academics, invited to select the most inspiring children’s contents of the year and honour those who have contributed to make books and reading more attractive to the younger ones.

• Publishing houses from all around the world can take part in the picture book category by entering their best original titles published between 1 Jan 2016 and 1 September 2017.
• Call for entry: until 30 September 2017
• Announcement and award ceremony: 16 November 2017 in Shanghai

Chen Bochui Children's Literature Foundation Special Committee
Shanghai Press and Publication Administration
Shanghai Baoshan People's Government

CCBF Organizing Committee Office
Shanghai Baoshan Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film and TV

Shanghai Municipal Education Commision

If you need more information about the award or its entry procedure, please write to the following address:

Established in 1981, the Chen Bochui Children's Literature Award is one of the longest-running literary prizes in China and the first one to take its inspiration in the legacy of a great Chinese children’s writer, Chen Bochui , born in Shanghai 110 years ago. For a quarter of century, the Chen Bochui Literary Award gave recognition to the best children’s literature writers in China.

In the last decade, the Chinese children’s publishing scene went through extraordinary changes, opening to world literature and forging a new generation of avid readers craving for more and better books. The Chen Bochui Children’s Literary Awards took the pulse of these fantastic developments and, in 2014, the award programme achieved a makeover that led to the creation of an international competition and one of the highlights of Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) – the Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award (CICLA).

Under its new label, the CICLA aim to promote the creation of quality children's literature worldwide, provide more spiritual nourishment for young people and honour authors, illustrators and professionals of children's literature who have made a great contribution to children's literature in China.

The CICLA take place every year and are composed of five categories. Three of them distinguish children’s fiction (international picture books, Chinese language novels and short stories), while the other two reward the lifetime contribution of a children’s writer and a reading promoter. Information about the 2016 CICLA laureates is available here.

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The 2016 CICLA took place in Shanghai from 12 to 17 November, concluding with the prize-giving ceremony held at the Baoshan International Folk Arts Museum.

More than 200 titles published between January 2015 and September 2016 were submitted in the picture book category. Five books from Canada, France, the UK and China were distinguished as laureates of the the 2016 Best Picture Book Award.

All the results of the 2016 CICLA are available here.

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Chen Bochui was born in 1906 in Luodian, a small town located in Baoshan, a few miles North of Shanghai. Chen became famous as a children's literature writer, translator, publisher and pedagogist. Known in his home-country as the “Andersen of the East” for his numerous fairy tales, novels and poems, he is one of the fathers of Chinese Modern Children's Literature.

Chen Bochui dedicated his life to offering children’s literature and reading the status it deserves. From 1926, he published numerous collections of children’s fiction. He also contributed to making Western children’s classics known in China from very early times. He translated several classics such as Pushkin’s Children’s Tales, The Wizard of Oz and Heidi.

In 1981, Chen Bochui donated his lifetime savings - 55,000 Chinese Yuan - to establish the “Children's Literature Gardener Award”, a yearly prize meant to encouraging the creation of children's literature in China. This award, in which lay the foundations of the present CICLA, rewarded most of the prominent Chinese children’s writers of the late XX century.

A foundation was created to promote the legacy of Chen Bochui and a memorial featuring his work can be visited at the Baoshan District Public Library.

For all enquiries about the 2017 CICLA please write to

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