Best-selling children’s book author Adeline Foo (of The Diary of Amos Lee series fame) has won the inaugural Asian Children’s Book Award along with her Filipino illustrator, Beth Parrocha, for their book Tiny Feet, Tiny Shoes.
The book is about a grandmother, Ling, who has bound feet. She goes on an adventure with her grandson to look for hidden treasure and discovers her inner strength in overcoming obstacles in the process.
Tiny Feet, Tiny Shoes was chosen out of 245 entries from all over Asia. The shortlist included books from Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.
Both Foo and Parrocha will received a $10,000 cash award each. Their publisher, Scholastic Asia, will also be given $10,000 to translate this book to an Asian language.
The Asian Children’s Book Award is a joint initiative between the National Book Council of Singapore and Genting Singapore. The award honours an outstanding published picture book with Asian themes by creators of Asian descent.