Goodbooks (www.goodbooks.in) is happy to announce The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Awards for Indian children’s books. The purpose of these awards is to promote excellence in children’s writing and illustration in India and to acknowledge innovative publishing trends.
The awards were instituted in 2016 and are presently in their third year. The awards are given at The Hindu Lit for Life festival which will take place in Chennai in January every year. Typically, the awards are given in the following four categories:
Best Picture Book: Story
Best Picture Book: Illustration
Best Book: Fiction
Best Book: Non-Fiction
Each award carries a cash prize of Rs. 50,000, a trophy and a citation.
The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Awards are the first in India to recognize different genres in children’s publishing and to reward authors and illustrators for their invaluable contribution. The Hindu Lit for Life, which showcases the best of Indian literature, provides a platform to promote excellence in Indian children’s books.
The Goodbooks website is a repository for Indian children’s books and provides a space to all those engaged with children to enter the fascinating discourse on children’s literature. It is where educators, parents, librarians and research scholars get an overview of children’s literature in India, and an update of books being published across the country. The reviews on the site critically evaluate books, enhancing the understanding of what constitutes good children’s books and creating awareness about the role of books and reading in a child’s life.
The 2018 Awards were given out on 15 January 2018 at The Hindu Lit for Life fest in Chennai.
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Illustrations, like music, need no translation. That said, I’m glad that The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Awards are being given because they are such an encouragement to the publishing industry, authors and artists in India.
CHATURA RAO for Gone Grandmother (Tulika Publishers) Citation by the jury (Gayathri Bashi, Ranjan De, Niju Mohan): Chatura Rao’s Gone Grandmother handles the theme of death and loss of a loved one with sensitivity, empathy and a lightness of touch that is not easy to achieve in a picture book. Rao’s splendid juxtaposition of theREAD MORE