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India’s first children’s literature festival, Bookaroo bags award at the London Book Fair

By Pallavi Chattopadhyay

As India’s first children’s literature festival, Bookaroo bags award at the London Book Fair, co-founders Swati Roy and Jo Williams talk about their journey.

You just won the International Excellence Award at the London Book Fair. How does it feel to receive global applause?

It’s an affirmation of our belief that a children’s literature festival can stand on its own. It has just been two days since the announcement was made and is, therefore, too early to measure the impact it may have. However, it has been heartening to discover — at the London Book Fair — how many people have heard of Bookaroo.

How have you seen Bookaroo progress since it was founded in 2008?

It has been a phenomenal journey with its fair share of twists, turns and challenges, ranging from unpredictable sponsors to even more unpredictable weather. Passion, perseverance and positivity have enabled us to surmount obstacles so that without any guaranteed sponsorship, Bookaroo has now travelled to seven cities in India and one in Malaysia. Building a community of readers, writers, illustrators, poets and storytellers across continents has brought its own rewards. Read more

Source: The Indian Express



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India: Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival takes place on Nov 5, 6 in Kolkata

Bookaroo, India’s first and now Asia’s biggest, dedicated-to-children literature festival, will be taking place in the city for the first time on November 5 and 6 at the historic Indian Museum here.

This will be Bookaroo’s 20th edition overall.

Over the last eight years, after captivating thousands of children in Delhi, Srinagar, Pune, Goa, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Kuching, Borneo, Bookaroo is coming in the city for the first time.

Bringing children and books together has been the mission for India’s first and biggest children’s literature festival.

“Our mission is to bring children and books together to celebrate the joy of reading through storytelling, dramatised readings, theatre, poetry, art and craft,” the organizers of the Bookaroo today said.

In Kolkata, 50 speakers from all over India, will enthrall children with sessions ranging from Goopy Gyne to Amar Chitra Katha tales, from Patachitra to puppetry, from Shakespeare to Tagore, from clay modelling to an Art Walk.

Bookaroo is a non-ticketed festival and open to all operating a first come first served policy. The sessions are crafted with great care for children between 4 and 14. Read more

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India: Bookaroo to come to Delhi for its 6th children’s literature festival

It is the big outing-of-the-year for the children of Delhi when Bookaroo comes to town. The children’s literature festival is all set for its sixth edition on November 23 and 24.

Organised by the Bookaroo Trust, this year’s edition of the festival moves to a bigger and more central venue. To be held at the Indira Gandhi Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) on Rajendra Prasad Road, Bookaroo 2013 has a bigger spread of events than before with a special focus on young adult fiction, this time. Continue reading

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India: Child literature fest expands horizons

The sixth edition of Bookaroo, a literature festival for the little ones, is being organized at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts ( IGNCA) and will feature about 95 authors, illustrators and publishers from 15 countries, including India. Last year, the festival drew a crowd of around 13,000 people over three days. This year, organizers feel, it may get even bigger. Continue reading