India: Children’s literature is now being taken seriously, says Ruskin Bond


ruskin_bondKeeping children riveted to a book is not an easy task and requires responsibility and sensitivity, legendary author Ruskin Bond, who at 81 has more than 150 titles to his credit, says.

The popular storyteller is also gratified by the fact that children’s literature has grown impressively and is now taken seriously by publishers.
“Writing for children is more responsible and one needs to be sensitive. If they don’t find the first few pages interesting, they will keep it away,” the uncannily witty Bond, who weaves magic with his pen, told in an interview on the sidelines of a meeting with five children who have been selected in the ‘Child Reading to Child’ initiative of the Landmark bookstore chain.
Reading has always been a minority hobby even during his school days, though it has improved over the years.

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