Two Panels, One Theme: We Need Diverse Books
We have had an interesting few weeks in Delhi. As the temperature begins to dip, the city is transforming into a veritable festival ground for literature events, storytelling soirees, lit-picnics, food and cultural digs for children and adults alike.
We’ve had the glorious opportunity to be a part of some exciting conversations among the stakeholders in India’s kidlit macrocosm. Our founder and publisher Richa Jha was on two panels The first such event was a panel discussion ‘Books as Mirrors: Differencing the Canon in Children’s Literature’ as part of IHC-ILF Samanvay Children’s and Young Adults’ Literature Weekend.
The second happened as part of the annual Bookaroo Lit Fest celebrations – ‘Drawing Lines: How well are we handling diversity while illustrating for children’.
We hope to be a part of many more meaty, meaningful conversations that help bridge the gaping diversity gaps in the literature that we bring out for children in India.