What better time to talk about children’s books than at the start of the new year? Since we at Goodbooks like to keep a finger on the pulse of developments in this front, we’ve decided to share some of our finds with you. Specifically, we shall be looking at what people are saying or doing in the field of creating books and stories for young people in India, especially in (though not limited to) English-language publishing.

In late December 2017, Bijal Vachharajani did a spot of stock-taking of Indian children’s literature over the last 12 months and compiled a little highlights package.

Bijal, who writes regularly on the subject, also profiled Julia Donaldson—who, forgive us for this cliché, really doesn’t need an introduction. The award-winning author is currently on an India tour, and she speaks about the marvels of imagination that allow children to see their world differently.

We all knew that grandmothers are special—only, Lavanya Karthik’s Ninja Nani is a little bit extra special. Catch up with the irrepressible Lavanya Karthik and find out how this karate-chopping granny was born.

With the India Art Fair set to start on 9 February, Paromita Chakrabarti and Pooja Pillai went hunting for books on art and books by Indian artists to introduce children to art.

Finally, since we’re (sort of) at the start of a new year, we can’t help wondering what writers have cooking in their cauldrons for the coming months. Looks like Duckbill had the same question, so they did the sensible thing and asked a bunch of authors.

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