Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2017!

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We have returned from Bologna, all inspired and super charged! Sharing some hastily clicked pics of glimpses of the city centre and of the book fair:

And we are there!

 

You know you’ve landed in Italy because…! This one was right at the airport terminal. ūüėÄ

Shamelessly clicking pics of this irresistible window display and the view inside!

@ the BOLOGNA CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR 2017

 

Gorgeous picture books from around the world at the Book Fair book shop…

 

This insanely eye-popping grandeur of the Sala dello Stabat Mater at the Archiginn√†sio Library where the 6 regional BOP Bologna Prizes for the Best Children’s Publisher of the Year. What a proud moment it was for India to have Shobha Viswanath of Karadi Tales¬†as one of the nominated publishers!!

Friends and Hugs @Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2017!

Friends and Hugs @Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2017!

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Nothing comes close to the warmth and joy you feel in getting to hug friends thousands of miles away from home! With the multi faceted and inspiring Shobha Viswanath, author, and publisher of Karadi Tales; the unstoppable, super talented illustrator from India, Ruchi Mhasane, and Eva Sanchez (website link below), another incredibly awesome  illustrator from Spain / Catalonia.

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The Unboy Boy is on the LRSIA 2017 reading list!

The Unboy Boy is on the LRSIA 2017 reading list!

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We are excited that The Unboy Boy (written by Richa Jha, illustrated by Gautam Benegal) has¬†been selected alongside some other truly awesome books for this year’s Leading Reading Schools of India Awards (LRSIA) 2017!

 Here is the entire list for this year.

Organised by the inimitable author, educator and story teller par excellence Shamim Padamsee and her Young India Books team, this is the fourth edition of the awards. These annual awards applaud and recognise the five leading schools of India for their exemplary work in instilling a love for reading in their students. On the historic occasion of our 70th year of Independence, this year’s programme lays emphasis on¬†INDIA MERI HAI with the objective of creating sensitive readers and aware citizens who care for our land, its people, environment and heritage.

Don’t miss this lovely, upbeat video ‚ÄúIndia Meri Hai‚Ä̬†conceptualised by Ms Padamsee and produced by her team; its peppy zing will have you humming it all day long! It will be shown at the participating schools and other venues. India‚Äôs leading wildlife photographers have contributed to making this an inspirational video. The images in the film can be used for further discussion to sensitise students to our environment.

Scroll to the end of this post to watch the video!

To know more and/or to participate in the Leading Reading Schools of India Awards (LRSIA) 2017, 

visit the website www.youngindiabooks.com/ or click here. 

We wish all the participating schools countless hours of fun reading, exploring and reflecting on the books their students engage with.

Love Like That is on the PUBLISHING NEXT INDUSTRY AWARDS 2016 shortlist!

Love Like That is on the PUBLISHING NEXT INDUSTRY AWARDS 2016 shortlist!

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‘Love Like That’ is on the Publishing Next Industry Awards 2016 shortlist for the best printed children’s book of the year. Happy and honoured to be hanging out with the very best out there. The winners will be announced at the Kochi conference on September 16.

This book is written by Richa Jha, illustrated by Gautam Benegal and designed by Abhishek Jha.

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Here’s a link to all the shortlisted books in all the categories:¬†The Publishing Next Industry Awards 2016 Shortlist.

‘Thatha at School’ and ‘Vee Loved Garlic’ off to a fine start!

‘Thatha at School’ and ‘Vee Loved Garlic’ off to a fine start!

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Vee and Thatha

We couldn’t be more delighted! Our brand new titles¬†Thatha at School¬†and Vee Loved Garlic¬†have got great reviews in the last fortnight.

Thatha at School gets a thumbs up from kidlit critic and commentator Bijal Vachharajani over at her column in The Hindu. She includes this book as one of the great summer reads this vacation season. Thank you, Bijal!

Once Upon a Summer’s Day

The fabulous book blog Books and Strips has many many many wonderful things to say about Vee Loved Garlic!  Books and Strips, thank you!

A Little Vampire Who loved Garlic

We are chuffed!

Da dum design and drama!

Da dum design and drama!

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So this is how the Pickle Yolk pages get designed. With Abhishek Jha at his Atonal Indian design-cum-music studio, giving final touches to our forthcoming pickle yolk ‘Love Like That’ (the sumptuous illustrations are by Gautam Benegal). Not seen in the pic: yummy aloo parathas, loads of cigarette smoke, the funky (and some clunky) music instruments, the massive ego-bruising arguments (it finally comes down to which of us is the more creative sibling :p¬†) and the fabulous Usha Prasad who is busy clicking us. It’s fun until one of us ends up calling Mom up to settle the usual I’ve-always-been-better-at-this crisis, and the verdict is announced over failing mobile signal. ūüôā¬†IMG_4758 IMG_4771

Whispers and the Limca Book of Records 2013

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Whispers in the Classroom, Voices on the Field, edited by Richa Jha, illustrated by Priya Kurian and contributions by 31 fantastic writers with the song, penned by Shobit Arya, publisher of Wisdom Tree, and composed and rendered by Indraneel Hariharan finds a place in the Limca Book of Records.

An absolute honour to have been a part of this wonderful journey. Though I had very little to do with the actual making of the song (apart from getting wowed by the ease with which Shobit came up with the words!), I’d like to believe that the handsome anthology that I put together went on to inspire an idea as novel as this.

As Shobit wrote in an earlier facebook update, ‘A memory from three years back. Interestingly, this idea has been copied by several publishers and authors thereafter. At the cost of sounding pompous, we set the trend.’

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