Our powerful picture book, I Will Save My Land bagged the 2018 Neev Book Award for Best Picture Book!
Our powerful picture book, I Will Save My Land bagged the 2018 Neev Book Award for Best Picture Book!
We launched our most path-breaking picture book yet, Red by Sagar Kolwankar! Kirthi Jayakumar of The Red Elephant Foundation read out the story and then everybody discussed the idea of war and the hope for peace. Read the wonderful messages of peace the children left on our big RED kite.
A bright bunch of sci-fi lovers gathered at the Tulika Bookstore last Saturday as we launched our superhero book, Shrinking Vanita! The kids clearly had a blast as writer-illustrator-cartoonist Manjula Padmanabhan read from the book – she wasn’t allowed to stop even after Vanita had saved the world. So the acclaimed author went on to read from her stunning recent picture book, Mama, What is The Night? After some tickling trivia about fireflies and jellyfish, eight-year-old Swathi informed us that the book was filled with “bioluminescence”! Always happy to be in the company of 'bright' young minds!
Aaaaaaaa... Gobak! That's the sound of hungry listeners relishing storyteller Jeeva Raghunath's Tamil tales! From the all time favour-hit Aainthu Kutty Kurangugal/Five Little Monkeys to the latest bilingual book Kutti Anbu/Little Anbu, the Tulika Bookstore was filled with songs, riddles and stories – and parents had the most fun of course! Watch this space for the next session of Kekalaam, Pesalaam, Padikkalaam!... the jolly-joyful immersion into a Tamil learning experience!
The NEW Tulika Bookstore sent out a colourful welcome with its first event! Children waved cheery, bright dupattas (the colours of the world) that writer-turned-Colour Thief storyteller Sandhya Rao grabbed and dumped in a big ‘hole’, leaving the kids in chatters and giggles – just as in the story. Later it was colour-for-all time, with lots of doodling and drawing.
We were chuffed to hear our nomination for Best Children's Publisher of the Year Award! And as always, we were excited to be at the Bologna book fair surrounded by fabulous children's books from around the world.
Over 70 little budding birders migrated to Starmark Bookstore, Express Avenue, Chennai, where writer-environmentalist Zai Whitaker told them the true story of her birding burdens, and they were riveted!
Around a hundred teachers and librarians turned up for Goa's very first publisher-teacher conference and we're pleased to have been a part of it!
What a flutter there was at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival! Children twittered excitedly as authors of the two birdy books – Bhavna Bhuta of The Birdie Post and Zai Whitaker of Salim Mamoo and Me – told their stories. Then more chirping and chattering as they tried to guess answers at Zai's what's-this-bird quiz. A few birders were born there, we hope.
Hundreds of stalls, thousands of people, millions of books… that’s the buzz of a book fair! Many, many parents and children shopped their wishlist at our stall, at the grounds of St George's School.
The scene was hotter at the Bangalore Literature Festival in November 2017 where Krishna Bala Shenoi brought out the dragons! The young illustrator of The Boy and Dragon Stories and Other Tales, Okaasama Otousama and Gone Grandmother had a public debut with his Drawgon last month. The children clearly had a blast!
It’s the big 10 for Bookaroo in November 2017– being THE children’s book festival in India. And the party at the Jaipur bash included Deepa Balsavar, illustrator of One and Many (and many more books) and animator-filmmaker Nina Sabnani who showed how A is for Ajrakh. At the Delhi Bookaroo, Illustrator Nancy Raj went with the moo-gnificent Maharani, the cool cow that holds up traffic. Wait, Not Yet!, says Nandana Dev Sen, who had an act lined up with frogs and hippos and a little girl who won’t go to bed. Also in attendance was A Walk with Thambi author Lavanya Karthik in a panel discussion on disability in children’s books.
A Walk with Thambi was launched in partnership with Chetana Charitable Trust which celebrated the first anniversary of the Chetana Accessible Reading Material Library on Sunday, 19 November 2017 at The Anna Centenary Library, Chennai.
The bilingual hit Not Yet! went to the Dhaka Literature Festival! Author Nandana Dev Sen flew with the birds, snuggled a whale, kissed a kangaroo… did what it takes, as she performed the perfect story for little ones to call it a night!
Sparrow says Cheep Cheep...and the kids love it in heaps heaps! Illustrator Soumya Menon conducted a session at Lightroom Bookstore, Bangalore, with her popular board book Cheep Cheep in October 2017. She also taught the kids how to make the creatures in the book – with shapes!
Drip drip! Woof woof! These were the kinds of sounds heard at Kahani Tree in Mumbai, one gloomy morning as author Vaishali Shroff read the monsoon hit Raindrops to a cheery bunch of children. After soaking in the story, they made adorable puppy puppets to take home! Thank you, Kahani Tree, for putting together one more fabulous event in September 2017.
Delhi based storyteller-writer Tanu Shree Singh hopped over to Chennai in August 2017 where she told stories of the move-me-not Maharani mystery and gaga-over-raga Ruru saga! Two little boys played the police officer and Maharani and everybody played Ruru. Booming with sounds and movement, the session ended with the rambunctious rooster raga.
In August 2017 Ammachi surfaced (with gusto, without glasses) for JustBooks Anna Nagar’s fourth anniversary. After warming up with giggles and wiggles, one young girl took a shot at 'telling' the story of this wordless picture book from the crow’s point of view. The other children enjoyed it thoroughly and added to it themselves.
To celebrate 70 years of Independence in August 2017, we relived history in a unique event in association with RED Planet. Right next to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on Marina Beach in Chennai, writer Sandhya Rao told children The Story of Dandi March. Just as with the real event, there was first a song and later a march to the edge of the sea to pick up a handful of salt. A short spell of rain added to a spellbinding experience!
Bengaluru’s travelling children’s bookstore, Funky Rainbow, turned four in July 2017 and who do you think they celebrated with? Rainbow-loving Ranganna! At a session in Samhita Academy, author Arthi Anand “had the children of Standard 1 listening, laughing, singing, dancing and drawing as only she can with infectious charm and effortless ease.” Would you like to sing and dance too? Move and groove to these Ranganna rhythms.
Bouts of laughter were heard at a storytelling session at Kahani Tree, Mumbai, when storyteller Sonali Chand narrated the riveting A Bhil Story in July 2017. Children also made stick figures with twigs and painted on them, pithora style! Looks like kids love this kind of art – remember the pithora tree?
In July 2017, from the Taj Mahal, little Pooni went all the way to meet the little kids of Chennai! Natural Parenting Community organised a session with storyteller Bhagirathy to tell this tail-chasing tale, where many Minnies ran around the venue looking for a naughty, runaway, orange-striped cat.
Read… Explore…Discover…That is what R.E.D. Planet stands for and that’s exactly what the children did at Litopia, their children’s literature festival. From book based crafts and doodling workshops to discussing Indian and international children’s literature, the two-day fest was ‘the highlight of their summer’, they said. The other highlight was a little girl at the costume parade – among Snow Whites and Pinocchios, she came as a grand Maharani the cow and was the centre of attention as the bovine in the book!
Passing a cow that is lazing (after grazing) in the middle of the road is an everyday thing. But feeding a cow and other animal friends is special. And that was the treat in store for children last weekend at The Farm, OMR – hobnobbing with cows, goats, horses, chickens and turkeys, before settling down to listen to the doings of Maharani the Cow from her author Christy Shoba Sudhir. All udderly amoosing!
To celebrate a day that celebrates books, we put together a two-part event at Wandering Artist, Chennai, with a writing workshop and lively storytelling – to a room-bursting response! Some creative prodding from writer Sandhya Rao, some dreamtime thrown in with her Dream Writer, and a bunch of quick-thinking children churned out a half baked cake! Whaaat? Another dream? Next, it was get-set for the gentle gi-normous Gajapati, with his creator Ashok Rajagopalan and actor-storyteller Janaki Sabesh!
'Graaa-ooo-ooo-oon' chimed the little ones at ABC Playschool at the launch of When Bholu Came Back. Author Kavitha Punniyamurthi read the story in English soon after which her husband read it in Tamil – and the children were delighted to hear the story in both languages! Inspired by Niloufer Wadia's illustrations, they designed their own setting for the ship of the desert which was as colourful as Niloufer's. Looks like they have 'graaoon' to love Bholu!
The Indian Museum in Kolkata was roused to bustle with the first Bookaroo bash in the city. Author Swati Sengupta's Talking Bird talked, illustrator Shreya Sen's Kumbhakarna snored, and translator Indrani Barua's Sultan roared (in Bangla!). These pictures are proof of the ha-ha hulla-'bhalo'!
Australian writer Ken Spillman charmed the children at Early Learning Centre, Mangalore and Kids Central, Chennai, when he spoke to them about the power of imagination! He lated introduced them to the little girl in his picture book, Clumsy!, whose imagination created a world of words and pictures.
When Nursery grade at Oberoi International School went kukaroo kuroo, miaow, heen haan and kkrggh with me as Natasha Sharma read out Rooster Raga. So much fun!
Back again to Bengaluru. What happened when the children at Valley School met their favourite author? Stories stories stories – for Sandhya Rao’s list of books is mighty long and growing. 'Magical' was how the session was described. It had to be! Says Sandhya: "As hundred little ones and I shared Stories on the Sand and Look, the Moon! and swapped stories and feelings, a few tiny things walked into my lap... and one leggy thing thrust a leaf cup into my hand saying: 'Here's some Valley School sand for you!' Then, another hundred joined us to sing and dance to the tunes from Oluguti Toluguti and Dum Dum Dho!... Thank you, Valley School and Bookalore!"
The hot-off-the-press three-quel, Gajapati Kulapati Gurrburrrrooom! has been blowing people away since its arrival – especially adults! Actor-storyteller Janaki Sabesh used the book for a teacher training workshop in Chennai and says the response was thunderous! The teachers loved the book so much that they even enacted the story! Take a look.
Gillo Theatre Repertory’s performance of A Silly Story of Bondapalli received mounds of rounds of rolling applause after a series of successful shows in Mumbai. Author Shamim Padamsee, who attended the event was delighted to see a version of her story go down so well. Long live Bondas! Long live Bondapalli!
Bookaroo’s Jaipur jamboree had an overwhelming response. With Dungi doodles, Rangannarangalands and Dum Dum Dho dhamaka, here are some moments from the fun-filled festival of children’s books…