Founded in 1981,The Chen Bochui Children's Literature Award has the longest running history and most involved writers in China. Since 2014, it has been reframed as an international competition, which aims to better promote the development of children’s literature on a new platform. As one of the most important awards linked by CCBF, it is co-sponsored by Shanghai Press and Publication Administration, Shanghai Baoshan District People’s Government and the Chen Bochui Children’s Literature Foundation Special Committee.
The CICLA stands out for its comprehensive approach. It comprises two award categories for published children's works—Best Literary Work in Chinese Language and Best International Picture Book. Additionally, the Author of the Year and Special Contribution awardshave been created to give recognition to key figures of the children's book arena.
Every year in November, the CICLA Jury meets in Shanghai to assess the best contents submitted in each category. The award-winners are announced on the eve of Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair. Each winning title receives a reward of RMB 50,000 to be shared by the publisher and the author(s) of the books. The Author of the Year and Special Contributor of the Year are proposed by an internal committee and submitted to the Jury’s approval.
The Chen Bochui International Children’s Literature Award is organised by Shanghai Press and Publication Administration, Shanghai Baoshan District People’s Government and the Chen Bochui Children’s Literature Foundation Special Committee, with the promotion support by CCBF.
The 2020 CICLA winners have been announced on 12 November during a ceremony held at Baoshan International Folk Arts Exhibition Centre.
2020 CICLA Jury
The 2020 CICLA Jury was composed of nine experts in children's literature and picture books from Italy, China, Argentina and the United Kingdom.