The award, a first of its kind in India, has been instituted to recognize and honour significant contribution of Indian authors and illustrators to childrens literature.
The winners will be announced at the 2016 Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest. The Big Little Book Award will be awarded in two categories one for author and the other for illustrator or artist.
Childrens literature and books have been a neglected category in Indian publishing, with a handful of publishers striving to publish stories that reflect the multicultural and multilingual world that children grow up in today.