#INDIAKIDLIT – Neev Book Award 2022: Young Adult Books

by Nadine Bailey & Colin Kelman A question central to growing up is “Am I normal?” and books displaying diverse characters and settings with a range of emotions and experiences so that they mirror as many people as possible are a way of reassuring our young people that there is no one normal and they … Continue reading #INDIAKIDLIT – Neev Book Award 2022: Young Adult Books

#INDIAKIDLIT – Neev Book Award 2022: Junior Readers Category

by Gita Varadarajan 2021-22 saw a new crop of submissions for the Neev Book Award in the Junior Readers category, which included a variety of genre and formats. From biographies, retelling of Indian mythology and creative non-fiction to realistic fiction and fantasy, the books submitted this year represented not just diverse genre but also diverse … Continue reading #INDIAKIDLIT – Neev Book Award 2022: Junior Readers Category

#INDIAKIDLIT – Neev Book Award 2022: Emerging Readers category

by Ann Lazim The Neev Book Awards winners were announced on Saturday, September 24th, at the Neev Literature Festival in Bangalore, India. Yesterday we reported on the Early Years category of the award, with picture books for children aged 5 to 7. Now let's turn to the Emerging Readers category, which caters to eager beginning … Continue reading #INDIAKIDLIT – Neev Book Award 2022: Emerging Readers category

#INDIAKIDLIT – Neev Book Award 2022: Early Years category

by Ann Lazim And the winners are….  Imagine the excitement on the Neev Literature Festival floor building as the awards begin to be announced. Parents, children, educators and librarians fill the main festival space brimming with chatter about their favorite books and preferences, each on the edge of their proverbial seats. The first category to … Continue reading #INDIAKIDLIT – Neev Book Award 2022: Early Years category

#INDIAKIDLIT – All the Places that Reading Takes You: the Neev Literature Festival

by Karthika Gopalakrishnan & Samantha Kokkat A festive atmosphere reigned on Day 1 of the 2022 Neev Literature Festival as readers of all ages came together to meet authors, as well as experience music, rhythm, and story. It began with Kapil Pandey, a storyteller and performer, setting the tone with the depiction of sailing on … Continue reading #INDIAKIDLIT – All the Places that Reading Takes You: the Neev Literature Festival

#INDIAKIDLIT – Looking Back, Looking Ahead at Indian Children’s Literature

by Karthika Gopalakrishnan After three years of gathering at events online, authors, illustrators, and publishers came together at the Neev Book Award Retreat to discuss the space that Indian children’s publishing finds itself in and what can be done to go forward. This event was conducted to commemorate the fifth year of the award, ahead … Continue reading #INDIAKIDLIT – Looking Back, Looking Ahead at Indian Children’s Literature

#INDIAKIDLIT – Breeding Readers

by Kavita Gupta Sabharwal Lifelong learning depends on reading. Parents and teachers are aligned but need the ecosystem to create access and guide choices Jonas Salk - the inventor of the Polio vaccine - suggested the most important question to ask ourselves is, “Are we being good ancestors?” This question nudges us toward ethical choices … Continue reading #INDIAKIDLIT – Breeding Readers

#INDIAKIDLIT – Amish Tripathi on Books, Balance, and Building Bridges to One’s Culture

by Karthika Gopalakrishnan Amish Tripathi Amish has always marched to the beat of his own drum.  From his 2010 decision to self-publish his debut work of fiction—The Immortals of Meluha, the first book in The Shiva Trilogy—a reimagined narrative of traditional Hindu mythology, to setting up the Immortal Writers’ Centre initiative today (similar to what … Continue reading #INDIAKIDLIT – Amish Tripathi on Books, Balance, and Building Bridges to One’s Culture

#INDIAKIDLIT – Opening the Gates: Paro Anand on Diversity in Indian Children’s Literature

by Samantha Kokkat Paro Anand, a celebrated member of India’s children’s literature community, writes short stories, novels, plays and poetry for children and young adults. Paro Anand (image source: HarperCollins India) A fearless writer who has won accolades including the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puraskar for her collection Wild Child and Other Stories, now … Continue reading #INDIAKIDLIT – Opening the Gates: Paro Anand on Diversity in Indian Children’s Literature

#INDIAKIDLIT – Ruskin Bond – The Writer in the Hills

by Samantha Kokkat Nestled in an apartment in the hills of Mussoorie, India’s most beloved children’s book author has been religiously stringing together words and sending them readers’ way for around seven decades now. Ruskin Bond (image source: The Hindu) Ruskin Bond published his first novel, The Room on the Roof, in 1956 when he … Continue reading #INDIAKIDLIT – Ruskin Bond – The Writer in the Hills