The Chen Bochui International Children's Literature Award (CICLA) is one of the longest running literary prizes in China, as well as one of the most important awards promoted by CCBF. Founded in 1981 by the Shanghainese children’s writer Chen Bochui (1906-1997), it honours authors, illustrators and professionals who have made a great contribution to children's literature in China and the rest of the world. Since 2014, it has been reframed as an international competition, aiming to foster international cultural exchange, encourage the production of beautiful and inspiring children's contents, and promote reading around China.
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 Chen Bochui Author of the Year and Special Contribution awards give recognition to key figures of the children's book arena, who have contributed to making books and reading more attractive to the younger generations.
CICLA 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 promotional support of CCBF. Every year in November, a Jury composed by a multicultural panel of children's literature specialists meets in Shanghai to assess the best contents submitted. The award-winners are announced on the eve of Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair in a ceremony held at the Baoshan International Folk Arts Exhibition Centre.
In 2020, the CICLA received 104 literary works in Chinese language, and 146 pictures books originating from 32 countries and territories, including United States, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Canada, Poland, Belgium, Portugal, India, Israel, and the Philippines. The 2020 CICLA Jury was composed of nine experts in children's literature and picture books from Italy, China, Argentina and the United Kingdom.
The Best Literary Works in Chinese Language award went to A Non-existent Villa, Building a Ceramic Kiln and Giving It to You, Xiao Su and I, Running Dai Er’niu, and A Smile Among Thorns: Xiao Cong. The Best International Picture Books award went to First Floor Right, Mr Black and His Dog, A Falling Whale, The Snow Comes Around, and The Truth about Old People. The Author of the Year and Special Contribution award went to Illustrator and picture book writer Ed Young (USA) and writer of fairy tales and children’s poems and publisher Zhang Qiusheng (China) respectively.
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.