I am doing my best to sound modest and all, BUT over 1.2k exhibitors, over 26k visitors, etc etc, and who finds a little mention in the Publishers Weekly wrap-up of this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair? Guess, guess! My tiny baby Pickle Yolk Books is right up there, standing strong (4th para from the bottom)! Hugs to one and all for always cheering me on through this madness of mine!
Just received this exciting piece of news – two of my books, The Unboy Boy (illustrated by Gautam Benegal, Pickle Yolk Books), and Whispers in the Classroom, Voices on the Field (edited by me, Wisdom Tree), have been selected alongside some other truly awesome books for this year’s Leading Reading Schools of India Awards (LRSIA) 2017! How cool is that!
Here is the entire list for this year.
Organised by the inimitable author, educator and story teller par excellence Shamim Padamsee and her Young India Books team, this is the fourth edition of the awards. These annual awards applaud and recognise the five leading schools of India for their exemplary work in instilling a love for reading in their students. On the historic occasion of our 70th year of Independence, this year’s programme lays emphasis on INDIA MERI HAI with the objective of creating sensitive readers and aware citizens who care for our land, its people, environment and heritage.
Don’t miss this lovely, upbeat video “India Meri Hai” the team has produced; its peppy zing will have you humming it all day long! It will be shown at the participating schools and other venues. India’s leading wildlife photographers have contributed to making this an inspirational video. The images in the film can be used for further discussion to sensitise students to our environment.
Watch it here!
To know more and/or to participate in the Leading Reading Schools of India Awards (LRSIA) 2017,
‘Love Like That’ is on the Publishing Next Industry Awards 2016 shortlist for the best printed children’s book of the year. Happy and honoured to be hanging out with the very best out there. The winners will be announced at the Kochi conference on September 16.
This book is illustrated by Gautam Benegal and designed by Abhishek Jha.
Here’s a link to all the shortlisted books in all the categories: Shortlist for Publishing Next Industry Awards 2016
Reason to celebrate! 🙂
Have returned home with priceless memories of a wonderful experience at The Raymond Crossword Book Award 2014. The Susu Pals did not win, but I savoured every moment, enjoyed Crossword’s gracious hospitality, strengthened old bonds, forged new friendships, and had an extraordinarily good time. I would have loved to have someone, anyone, walk up to me and say, ‘I LOVE your book!’ but what I did hear instead were a few ‘I LOVE your saree!’s.’ Well, the small little things that bring us joy when the almost-attainable has given you a miss! 🙂 Alicia, we missed you. Samina, Payal, Shilpa, applause and respect. And a beautifully worded citation it was for Shals Mahajan, the winner in the children’s category.
— at NCPA Nariman Point.
Whispers in the Classroom, Voices on the Field, edited by Richa Jha, illustrated by Priya Kurian and contributions by 31 fantastic writers with the song, penned by Shobit Arya, publisher of Wisdom Tree, and composed and rendered by Indraneel Hariharan finds a place in the Limca Book of Records.
An absolute honour to have been a part of this wonderful journey. Though I had very little to do with the actual making of the song (apart from getting wowed by the ease with which Shobit came up with the words!), I’d like to believe that the handsome anthology that I put together went on to inspire an idea as novel as this.
As Shobit wrote in an earlier facebook update, ‘A memory from three years back. Interestingly, this idea has been copied by several publishers and authors thereafter. At the cost of sounding pompous, we set the trend.’