Amma, Tell Me About Ramayana! (Illustrated Story Book)

Amma, Tell Me About Ramayana! (Illustrated Story Book)

Published By: Anjana Publishing Story: Bhakti Mathur Illustrations: Maulshree Somani Rs 350     Prince Rama, the oldest, was loved by all – His virtues knew no bounds. Kind, wise and brave, a warrior Unmatched on the battleground.     In a Sentence: Ramayan, from Rama’s coronation until his return to Ayodhya from exile.          Book Blurb:  The Story of Rama, the righteous prince, Written ages ago by the poet Valmiki. This is Ramayana – an ancient, epic poem, As told by Read More

Bioscope on IBBY Honours List 2012

Bioscope on IBBY Honours List 2012

  Just came across this on the Katha website: Bioscope has features on the 2012 IBBY Honours list! I am delighted to know of this for two reasons:   1) I have briefly met Mamta Nainy, the author, and have found her to be an exceptional person!   2) And two, the book is set right in the Mithila heartland (of Madhubani painting fame), which is where my origins lie 🙂   For details on the honour, click here.

Picture book authors are human; we err!

While writing a picture book may seem like the easiest thing to do, here’s why it ain’t that easy-peasy, honey.  And all of us picture book authors are sure to fall for one or more (in most cases, it’s all) of these common mistakes with the first few books. Click here for the rest of this new post on Snuggle Blog.  

If There Was One Place I Could Be

If There Was One Place I Could Be

Published By: Little Latitude Story: Kalpana Subramanian Illustrations: Prashant Miranda From the series: Anahi and Vir   If there was one place I could be I think it would have to be under the sea. In a Sentence and a half: THE PERFECT PICTURE BOOK! Well, almost.   What is it About: If there was one place that our little girl Anahi would wish to be if she could, it would have to be under the sea. She is in love with what lies deep Read More

The Great Race

The Great Race

  Published By: Tara Books Story: Nathan Kumar Scott Illustrations: Jagdish Chitara   ‘I am the fastest animal in the jungle,’ he thought to himself.            The other two books in the Kanchil series:         In a Sentence: Come ye, come see, one and all / Tricks the trickster, this creature small!   What is it About: A simply told (familiar) story + some exquisite artwork = an irresistible book that will keep drawing you to it again and Read More

The Neverending Story

The Neverending Story

Published By: Tulika Books Story and Translation: Ashwini Bhat Illustrations: Chinmayie   Are you saying there is a story without an end?            In a Sentence: The never ending story!   What is it About: A little girl (with impossibly long pretty plaits!) urges her Ajji (grandmother) to tell her a story ‘as long as without an end…neverending…’   Form and language: The repetition of elements in the story will ensure a delightful perky participation from children all through and it Read More

Power Cut!

Power Cut!

Published By: Tulika Books Story: Sowmya Rajendran Illustrations: Renuka Rajiv   Power Cut!            In a Sentence: How a family’s spontaneous imaginativeness transforms a dreaded boring power cut in the night into a fun family game.   What is it About: A family conjures up an entire jungleful of endearing animals by creating animal-shadows in the dark, without elaborate expensive toys and gadgets.  .   Form and language: Prose. The words are easy, simple, and kept to the bare minimum. Not a Read More

Siri's Smile

Siri’s Smile

Published By: Tulika Books Story: R Amarendran Illustrations: Bhakti Pathak   Anybody who saw her always pinched her cheeks and said, ‘Smile, Siri, won’t you smile?’                 In a Sentence:  The three-year-old Siri finds her reason to smile.   What is it About: A curious little girl goes around the park asking everything to smile, because that’s what everyone asks her to do. The sun and the moon and the animals tell her they can do other things but Read More

School is Cool

School is Cool

Published By: Tulika Books Story: Sowmya Rajendran Illustrations: Kanchon Mitra   I like eggs. School too. Just that sometimes, I like tiger dreams better.                In a Sentence: Children like their own dreams and stories, but what they love more are stories about you when you were a little one (this entire inseparable grandparent-grandchild nexus rests on that :))!   What is it About: This book is about two things. One, the infinite scope of a child’s imagination, and two, Read More

Best friends are Forever

Best friends are Forever

Published By: Wisdom Tree / Little Monks on the Wisdom Tree Story: Richa Jha Illustrations: Gautam Benegal   Myra, my best friend, is going away. I am feeling sad.                In a Sentence: Best friends are forever.   What is it About: Two little best friends are about to get separated. How do they deal with their emotions?   What makes it snuggly: I’ll be cheating if I fill this space myself, but everything about this book is snuggly 🙂   Read More