MACHHER JHOL wins the Prestigious NEEV Book Award 2019

MACHHER JHOL wins the Prestigious NEEV Book Award 2019

We are elated at our MACHHER JHOL winning the Neev Book Award 2019 in the Picture Book category at the Neev Literature Festival held last week.
We can’t seem to be having our fill of this most beautiful citation:

‘The colourful streets of Kolkata come alive in this heart-warming picture book in which a young boy goes on a quest to surprise his father. The reader cannot help but follow along, only to be surprised as well. Through the masterful interplay between the complex narrative and the rich painterly artwork, the author and the illustrator illuminate the deep social fabric of Indian society.’

Thank you, Neev Lit-fest, for this proud recognition. @Sumanta Dey and @Richa Jha, take a bow. Congratulations!

MACHHER JHOL wins the Printed Children’s Book at the Publishing Next Industry Award 2019

MACHHER JHOL wins the Printed Children’s Book at the Publishing Next Industry Award 2019

We are over the moon at our MACHHER JHOL winning the Printed Children’s Book of the Year (8+years) at the prestigious Publishing Next Industry Award 2019!

And much joy at this lovely citation: ‘…a book whose each spread is thoughtfully presented, and in which the text and visuals complement each other beautifully. The illustrations are beautiful and detailed, and it is easy to see that much effort has been taken over them. A reader’s delight.’

Yay for us! Yay for @Sumanta Dey and @Richa Jha. 🥁🥂

Call for Submission

Call for Submission

WITH SUPPORT FROM

We are open to picture book biography manuscripts.

Concept Note:

Picture book biographies for children under the age of 8 years is an untapped genre in India. While we are seeing a sudden spurt in India-centric biographies being published, most are in the middle-grade and young-adult space. We see a lack of real life role models for young children from diverse and marginalised backgrounds, from different parts of the country and from different walks of life.

Pickle Yolk Books, with support from Parag, an initiative of Tata Trusts, is keen on bringing out picture book biographies (either fictionalized or pure non-fiction) on the lives of heroes (irrespective of their gender) who have been/ become inspiring role models in their own ways.

The #ownvoices aspect to the submissions will be an important (but not the only) deciding factor. Ownvoices, a global movement that is gathering force, aims to seek out voices on a community from within that community itself (could be of diverse ethnicity, nationality, gender, socio-economic strata, political ideology, minorities of one kind or another). Essentially, it is important that the stories about marginalised identities be written by authors of the same identity group.

We believe in the power of #ownvoices, and in the imperativeness of children’s literature acting as both a reflection and a critique of the socio-political and cultural norms and nuances that ordinary people in different communities/ regions/ sections are impacted by. We want to draw out stories of people who have risen above these, against all odds, and touched others’ lives. We want to publish true stories of real, diverse set of Indians who have made/are making a change in their own big or small ways.

SUBMISSION CRITERIA:

  1. Ideal word count: under 600. Not exceeding: 1000 words.

2. Ideally, Indian/ living/ not already done to death (eg no Sachin Tendulakar, Dhoni, Narendra Modi or some such, please).  An inspiring name from the recent past is fine too (from early 1900s onwards). 

3. Stories that highlight certain inspiring aspects of a person’s personality, or inspiring episodes from the person’s life rather than giving a complete linear life history from birth to (where relevant) death. 

4. But if details of the person’s birth is important in the context of shaping them into what they went on to do/become, then, by all means, include that too. 

5. We’d love to see manuscripts on contemporary heroes (irrespective of the gender) from Indian states from different walks of life whose contributions need to be highlighted. 

6. We are interested especially in marginalised and #ownvoices. If there’s an inspiring role model you’d like many more to know about, we are waiting to hear from you.

7. Submissions only in English and Hindi, please. While we understand the irony behind it (and the limiting nature of the call-out because of this), we are not in a position to consider manuscripts in other languages, for now. However, if you believe you have a compelling manuscript in other languages that we’d be later sorry to have missed out on, please do send it across. We will connect with you to understand the stories better.

8. There is no cap on the number of submissions by an individual.

Email for submission: pickleyolksubmissions@gmail.com

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2019.

Please note: we are currently closed to all other submissions.

We are Shortlisted for Publisher of the Year at the Publishing Next Industry Awards 2019

We are Shortlisted for Publisher of the Year at the Publishing Next Industry Awards 2019

We are especially proud of this shortlist at the Publishing Next Industry Awards 2019. This is across all categories in India’s trade publishing and we couldn’t be more chuffed.
A humongous hug going out to all our fabulous readers, illustrators, authors, designers, printing and trade partners, our colleagues in publishing, parents, storytellers, the book clubs, librarians, litfest organisers, critics and reviewers, and this entire book ecosystem for their loving support and encouragement.

THE TREE BOY’s AFCC Launch

THE TREE BOY’s AFCC Launch

The first set of pics are here of Srividhya Venkat launching her book THE TREE BOY at the AFCC, Singapore. We also have a pix of the book’s fabulous illustrator Nayantara Surendranath with her video message. Our most heartfelt admiration and hugs for Srividhya for having initiated this and having managed the a-z of the launch on her own. 💕🤗
Want to see what makes this book super funky? Get your copy here: http://pickleyolkbooks.com/buy/ or here: https://www.amazon.in/Tree-Boy-Srividhya-Venkat/dp/9352678141

MACHHER JHOL in Hindi

MACHHER JHOL in Hindi

We are delighted to see our MACHHER JHOL in Hindi, published by the ever-brilliant Eklavya Pitara. Translated from English by Bharat Tripathi, illustrations by Sumanta Dey, written by Richa Jha.

We are up at KAHANI TAKBAK today

In which our publisher #RichaJha talks about the joys and challenges of being an independent publisher in India today. Thank you, Shyamala Shanmugasundaram and Kahani Takbak for featuring us on your blog. We love the way your platform shines the spotlight on the fascinating array of work happening in #IndianKitLit.

https://shyamalasworld.blogspot.com/2019/07/pickle-yolk-books-bouquet-of-emotions.html?fbclid=IwAR1L2_gLc0hX8UapEUBoxFWOEL0BRi4WONr3n_w-jSY18OXhxdu-qIYIYdQ&m=1

Here’s the link to the interview. Kahani Takbak, thank you!

Father’s Day with GIGGI AND DADDY and Talking Turtles at Kahani Tree

Father’s Day with GIGGI AND DADDY and Talking Turtles at Kahani Tree

Look at the love our Giggi and her daddy are getting from all these daddies, mommies and their children at our very favourite Kahani Tree in

Mumbai. Photographs of the Father’s Day Fun with Talking Turtles Storytellers and Shreedevi Sunil are making us wistful for having missed it in person. We are sending out our warmest, fuzziest thank you hugs to everyone there. And a humongous one to Kahani Tree for hosting the event.

GIGGI AND DADDY launch at The Magic Tree

GIGGI AND DADDY launch at The Magic Tree

Glimpses of our GIGGY AND DADDY Noida launch and Father’s Day celebrations at The Magic Tree, Noida. Shalini V Bansal, we have run out of superlatives in our head to describe your den and today’s event you hosted. The little ones giggled, the parents laughed and none of us wanted to leave your Magic Tree. All we’ll say is, we are still speechless a good two hours after the event. Thank you!