Singapore Book Council
The Singapore Book Council (SBC) is an independent charity with IPC status. Established in 1968, as the former National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS), SBC aims to Build Our Imagine-nation by developing creativity, imagination, original thought, and empathy. Our programmes focus on creative writing, reading, illustration, translation and storytelling.
To develop, support and advocate a multicultural literary arts sector.
The Book Council cultivates Singapore’s literary arts scene by organising literary festivals like the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC); conferring prestigious awards like the Singapore Literature Prize; bringing communities together with the #BuySingLit movement; and supporting the industry with our Academy programmes.
Today, the Book Council continues to grow and cultivate Singapore's books and local literary arts scene by organising a variety of festivals, programmes and projects, and managing its own training arm. As a long-time advocate of Asian children’s literature and storytelling, it has also helmed the premier regional Asian Festival of Children’s Content since 2010.
The Book Council is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Major Grant from 2019 to 2021.
Our Growth and Development
1968 – 1992
During our founding years to the early nineties, NBDCS set its sights on promoting reading and improving literacy skills with initiatives like the Festival of Books and Book Fair, and the National Reading Month. It was also concerned with the progress and development of good library services in Singapore in its early years.
1992 – 2000
2000 – today
Inaugurated on 13 February 1969
Initiated Festival of Books and Book Fair, and National Reading Month
Young writers' seminar grew to become the All In! Young Writers Media Festival
Training arm re-named Academy of Literary Arts and Publishing
Launch of new reading initiative, Let's Read Together, specially designed for young children from low-income families
Launch of Twilight Tales, a literary arts initiative for adults, featuring Singapore authors/talents
Launch of the Samsung KidsTime Authors' Award
Participation in international and regional fairs to promote Singapore writers and books