Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award (CICLA)

The award is one of the longest running literary prizes in China, as well as one of the most important awards presented by CCBF. Founded in 1981 by the Shanghainese children’s writer, Chen Bochui (1906-1997).

The Chen Bochui International Children's Literature Award (CICLA), formerly known as the Gardener Award for Children's Literature, was established in 1981 by Mr. Chen Bochui, a leading figure in China's children's literature. In 2014, the Shanghai Municipal Press and Publication Bureau, the People's Government of Baoshan District of Shanghai, and the Professional Committee of the Chen Bochui Children's Literature Fund came together to upgrade the award. Running for 40 years (with 33 sessions held in total), CICLA stands as one of the literary awards in China with the longest history and the most award-winners.

Four awards will be presented for the 2022 (34th) CICLA, namely, Best Picture Book Award, Best Literacy Award, New Chinese Writer Award, and Exceptional Achievement Award. In 2022, the inaugural list of "Recommended Works of the Year" was released by organizers to promote excellent children's literature and picture books. Additionally, an upcoming Matchmaking Meeting of Chinese Excellent Children's Literature will also be held to bridge the cooperation between authors, publishers, and investors.


Chen Bochui International Children's Literature Award Introduction


Call for Works 2022 (34th) Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award


CICLA Winners

The 2021 CICLA winners have been announced on 12 November during a ceremony held at Baoshan International Folk Arts Exhibition Centre.


2021 CICLA Jury

The 2021 CICLA Jury was composed of nine experts in children's literature and picture books from China, the USA and the United Kingdom.