Kids & Teens

Dreamland to launch 150 new titles @ Frankfurt Book Fair

Dreamland Publications is a name among the prestigious publishing houses that publish a lot of wonderful books for children. They aim to educate as much as to entertain. The books published by them are well-loved by children and parents alike. From the brilliant picture books, the lovable story-books to creative activity books they have something to suit every age or inclination. On the occasion of Frankfurt Book Fair, they are releasing more than 150 new titles and below are some of the distinguished series:

How My Body Works

The Human Body’ is a fascinating topic. All our body systems are vital. It is essential and necessary for everyone to know about the body and the organs and how they function so that one can understand about illness and diseases and buy cheap generic levitra online update how it affects the various organs.

How My Body Works – a series of 25 books is an incredible series that endeavours to reveal how all the functions of the body, such as digestion, respiration, reproduction, movement and sensitivity take place.

Each book deals with a separate topic and uses clear easy-to-understand pictures and text-matter to explain all the processes that keep our bodies alive. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about your body as each book takes through a new body system and includes amazing facts. This series is a perfect for an inquisitive mind who is keen to know more about the human body and an excellent reference for each science student.

Famous Stories From Bible

A series of 12 books and a collection of stories from the Old Testament and New Testament are retold in simple, easyto- read text with breathtaking vibrant illustrations on every page that make it a perfect series to introduce young children to the stories and characters of the Bible.

Etiquette for Children

Good manners and etiquette are important for children of every age.

Learning good manners and etiquette can help you to convey respect to people with whom you interact with. People having good etiquette and manners practice basic courtesy, speak politely, hold doors open for elder people, behave well at public places, drive courteously, greet people and never use harsh words and hurt others.

Etiquette for Children, a series of 4 books is an essential series of four books that cover good manners at home, at school, in public transport, on vacations, on special occasions and more. Each topic is defined through charming illustrations support by easy-to-understand text.

Meet them at Frankfurt Book Fair at Stand D-69 Hall 6.1

says Paro Anand who has always been a frontrunner in beautifully expressing and tackling complex issues related to children and young adults through her books. Here, in conversation with Varsha Verma, she shares more about her love for writing and her journey as an author. Excerpts. Journey so far…

Pic courtesy: Asha KochcharEver-smiling and always humble, Paro Anand shares, “I don't know how established I have been over the years, and not even sure when this really happened. The journey has been a roller coaster. I have struggled, strived and pushed as hard as I could. It began one very rainy day when I took a manuscript of several play scripts, door to door, down Ansari Road. I was soaked in the rain as I had wrapped my precious pages in my raincoat. Most of the time, I was turned away right at the gate by the guard. I must have gone to 17-18 publishers that day.

Finally, one said that they were interested in the concept of the playscripts, but wanted me to re-write everything. So I did and ended up with a bad back. But the book didn't even get published as the editor who had told me to write these, left her job and that was that. Eventually, it got published as my 7th book. And I have to say, it wasn't very good.”

But Paro is happy to be where she is now. “Now, I am so fortunate to have publishers wooing me to give them my work. How lucky could I get in one lifetime! The other day, I was sitting in my verandah with my morning tea, my lovely doggies by my side, my Sahitya Akademi award under my belt and I suddenly had the feeling that I had reached. This was it… everything I had worked towards – professionally, personally, economically – I had achieved. It was such a sense of 'phew,' I had worked to get here, and now I was here. Everything from here on is just the cherry on the icing of the cake,” she laughs.

Writing not just a hobby…

So did Paro always wanted to be a writer? “I had thought I wanted to be a drama teacher, but then I started writing plays and knew I loved it. I had always been a great liar. It was when, at a dinner, someone asked me what I did and I said I was a writer and the person said, “Oh that's such a nice hobby.” I was somewhat stung and said, "It's not a hobby, it's my profession" and that's when I started treating it as such,” she replies.

Hardest part of writing a book…

Though it seems hard to believe that established authors would also have some writing issues, but it is true. As Paro puts it, “Getting started is most difficult, and then comes the discipline. Once I am in 'the zone,' it goes along. But writing is something that can so easily be shoved to the back burner. Everything else seems more important and urgent, but you have to just set that time and do it. Even when I don't have something specific to write, I write.”

Writing for children: any guidelines?

“I try and shed every single taboo when writing for young readers, whether it is a book on body image for the very young, or the impact of rape and violence for teens. I respect my readers by giving them my truth. My only beacon light is that I try to end the story on an upswing, with a ray of light at the end of a dark tunnel. It doesn't have to be a happily ever after, tied up in pink bows, but just that I try not to end on a note of despair. Since teenage is a hard, dark time, I don't want them to be left with no hope,” shares Paro.

Characters: inspired from life or fictitious?

“Well, there is always a bit of both... shreds of people who I have come across show up in the oddest places in my stories. But I am not writing biographies, I am writing reality fiction, so the characters are not 'real' in that sense, though the situations and they themselves may be rooted in reality,” she tells. Advice to

aspiring writers…

As an advice to aspiring writers, Paro sums it just right, “Fellow writer, Uma Krishnaswami said something that has stuck with me years later. She had a secret formula for writers – BIC – which stands for Bottom in Chair. Simply put your bottom on a chair and write but don't set out writing for 16 hours and a 100 page book, stake it in bite sized pieces. Writing in the first flow is the fun part. It's the re-writing that is the work. But, re-work and re-write to make the best possible book. And then, once you feel ready, make a neat, error free submission. I have had really sloppy presentations made to me when I was a commissioning editor. And honestly, the feeling I always had was that if the writer didn't respect her own work, how could I?”

Book that influenced your life…

“Born Free by Joy Adams for inspiring me, Watership Down for making me see the animal kingdom in a completely different light, The True Adventures of Prince Teentang by Kalpana Swaminathan for making me laugh and Harry Potter and JK Rowling for showing me and the rest of the world that it was fine to break every rule that the industry pundits had set,” she says.

Tips for inculcating reading habits…

“As a child, I wasn't a great reader, it was when I found Born Free that it clicked. It was just a matter of finding the right fit for me. So I would say, try different books, don't hesitate to drop a book if you don't like it. Carry a book in your car when there isn't much more to do,” she advises.

On a lighter note…

On asking about her likes and dislikes, Paro replies, “I don't consider writing as work. It’s the thing that I go to if I am feeling off centre. I just love it. Other than that, I love to swim, play with my dogs, work out with my trainer, which would all make me a super fit, super slim person, but, sadly I also love food a lot and I am married into a family of awesome cooks!”

“I am secretly addicted to spider solitaire. I have to play it before I sleep because it blocks out everything else that happened in the day. I am also a huge fan of a singer songwriter, Keith Urban whose lyrics just really speak to me,” she concludes.

Paro Anand is one of the leading authors for children and young adults. She also works with children in schools and NGOs, through her programme Literature in Action and holds a world record for helping over three thousand children make the world’s longest newspaper. She has been awarded for her contribution to children’s literature by The Russian Centre for Science and Culture. No Guns at my Son’s Funeral, opened to rave reviews, was on the International Board on Books for Young People Honour List, has been translated into German and French, and is being adapted for cinema. The Little Bird who held the Sky up with his Feet was on the 1001 Books to Read before You Grow Up, an international gold standard of the world’s best books ever. She has published her 26th book this year, a graphic novel called '2' published by Scholastic and there is another ready to go called A Very Naughty Bear with Scholastic and two more in the pipeline - a collection of short stories called The Other and a novel called Nomad's Land.

First of the Children First Books published!

In November 2016, Parag, an initiative of Tata Trusts, Vidyasagar School Chennai and Duckbill Books, ran a contest for writers to write books featuring children with special needs. There was felt to be a need for more such books because while inclusive education and inclusion is a concept that very few argue with, what actually happens on the ground is a different matter. There has to be awareness and a change of attitude if we are to accept differences. The idea behind Children First, therefore, was to publish books which treat children with special needs as children first—with all the hopes, fears, mischief and fun that comes with being children.

The four winning books include Lavanya Karthik’s Neel on Wheels (picture book), R.K. Biswas’s Vibhuti Cat (illustrated book), Harshikaa Udasi’s Kittu’s Terrible Horrible No Good Very Mad Day (chapter book) and Shruthi Rao’s Manya Learns to Roar (chapter book).

“Hundreds of new titles are published each year for children in India, but only a handful of children's books feature a differently-abled character in the story. And books which realistically portray disability are rare,” says Swaha Sahoo, who heads the Parag initiative at Tata Trusts. "Parag aims to make literature a part of every childhood. Unless we have books that register the presence of the differently-abled around us in a sensitive but unexceptional manner, we will not realise the values of inclusiveness in children's books. "What is special about the Children's First series is their representation of children with disability. The protagonists in the books are not overly heroic. They are children with regular likes, dislikes, fears and dreams. They are characters that children can easily identify with.”

“These books are a fulfilment of a long-held dream for us,” say Anushka Ravishankar and Sayoni Basu of Duckbill. “We have long felt the need for books about kids with special needs. While we have previously published a couple—Simply Nanju by Zainab Sulaiman and Unbroken by Nandhika Nambi—we feel there need to be many more for children of all ages.”

MBD Group celebrates its 7th Founder’s Day

MBD Group, the leading education company in India with large diversified operations in hospitality and retail developments observed its 7th Founder’s Day on 10th July 2017 in New Delhi amid much fanfare. The event also marked the 72nd birth anniversary of the founder of The MBD Group, Ashok Kumar Malhotra.

Founder’s Day is the most awaited event for every member of MBD family. As part of celebrations to commemorate his legacy, a book encapsulating the persona and beliefs of the founder, aptly titled “Our Founder Says” was launched on the occasion. The book reflects the vision and guiding principles that led to the creation and grand success of the MBD group, not only in the field of education but also in hospitality, retail developments and much more.

Since recognitions are more like a motivating force for the MBDians to shine, there were felicitations of best performers that encourage them to scale greater heights with their determination and hard work. To make a contribution to the children education of their employees, select scholarships were offered by MBD Group. Moreover, the celebration provided a great platform to the team members to showcase the spirit of MBD Group. MBDians from the different verticals exhibited various inspiring acts as well as dance performances. MBD Group has thrived over six decades of its existence and has always stayed true to its core value of providing education to all with its mission “for every literate person there should be an MBD Book.”

On this occasion, Satish Bala Malhotra, chairperson, MBD Group said, “The success of MBD Group can be attributed to the undying spirit of hard-work and innovation of our Founder. He believed in ‘Education for all’ and that is what propelled him to work for the upliftment, well-being and betterment of the masses. He believed that every human being is endowed with the potential to excel and encouraged every member of his team to be brilliant.”

HarperCollins Children ties up with Wattpad for YA Titles

HarperCollins Children’s Books has collaborated with Wattpad, the global multiplatform entertainment company and community for writers, in an effort to cultivate new voices in teen fiction. As part of this partnership, Wattpad work closely with HaperCollins executive editor Sara Sargent to select teen stories already shared on the platform and bring them to market via traditional publishing. HarperCollins expects to publish several books based on Wattpad stories within the first year. With over 375 million original story uploads, Wattpad is home to fresh voices and content that can’t be found anywhere else.

The 9th edition of JUMPSTART , a forum that brings together thinkers, creators and practitioners from the world of children’s content creation, was held at India International Centre, New Delhi on 4 and 5 August 2017. Here’s more on this interesting and informative event, organized by German Book Office, New Delhi. JUMPSTART, which had started as a series of masterclasses, has grown to become an exemplary platform for ideation, training, development and collaboration. Widely attended by professionals from the field of education, publishing, arts, and education technology, it is an ideal connecting ground and a learning opportunity for everyone involved in creating content for children.

“Jumpstart is a one of its kind platform for us at Collins Learning, India's fastest growing education division of HarperCollins, to engage with and share ideas on how education content, learning and teaching are changing the future of Indian kids,” says Ananth Padmanabhan, CEO, Harper Collins India.

Prashasti Rastogi, director of German Book Office, New Delhi, said, “The culture of innovation needs to be planted right at the school level. The biggest challenge in education is to master the concept and simultaneously make the learning enjoyable. Low attention spans, hyper dexterity in classrooms make it difficult to keep the students focused in the 2D world of traditional textbook learning.

JUMPSTART is a step towards fostering an innovative culture in a community of authors, publishers and consumers to grapple with these issues. In that way JUMPSTART is a unique confluence of multiplicity of ideas, domains, beliefs, professions and practices it represents. From dance to game to storytelling, the participants took back many inspirations to their workplaces."

The 2017 event…

Schools are a starting point for countless creative journeys. Learning, however, has moved beyond the four walls of the classroom—it’s embracing movement and innovation. Keeping this as its basis, JUMPSTART 2017 looked at learning from new, innovative perspectives to find ways to make it more integrated with life experiences. It evaluated the impact of learning on authoring blended experiences, discussed the emerging landscape of learning, and reviewed the use of technology for better learning among children.

The first day of the event witnessed participation from renowned names like authormythologist Devdutt Pattanaik; dancer-choreographer Geeta Chandran; illustrator-cartoonist Moritz Stetter; author and screenwriter Venita Coelho; and, storyteller Rituparna Ghosh. The second day of the event was followed by intensive masterclasses on illustration, storytelling, creative writing and multimedia.

Neeraj Jain, MD of Scholastic India, emphasised on the need of such festivals in India. "It is the ninth year and JUMPSTART is still going strong. The confluence of teachers, authors, publishers and lovers of children's literature with such aplomb is a strong indicator of just how important such events are to children's publishing," he said. Scholastic India also chose JUMPSTART 2017 as the platform to unveil their upcoming book Boy No. 32, written by Venita Coelho who was also a speaker and masterclass expert at JUMPSTART 2017. The renowned author-screenwriter introduced her upcoming book as a rip-roaring adventure, promising that the book will have its readers on tenterhooks throughout!

Festival Advisor Manisha Chaudhry reviewed this year’s edition as it unfolded over the two days: “JUMPSTART 2017 has been a revelation in more ways than one! Within the ambit of Learning +Innovation, we heard from seasoned experts as well as a young student. We demystified gamification and we immersed ourselves in the mystique of stories. We saw the body through the medium of dance and saw an outline of what an unboxed education could be... I think JUMPSTART is fulfilling its promise as a platform for creative ideas.”

While, festival advisor Rohit Kumar said, “JUMPSTART 2017 truly made an impact on how the conference is truly a melting point of ideas and perspectives. It continues to be the platform where the future of how content creators and authors can create content that will impact learning in a positive way in the future! Looking forward to the next year for an even more exciting mix of ideas!"

Jumpstart 2017 will be held from August 4-5, 2017 at India International Centre, New Delhi and looks at learning in innovative, new ways, and its impact on authoring blended experiences. As a forum that brings thinkers, creators, practitioners and publishers together, JUMPSTART recognises the school as a starting point for many creative journeys. Learning, however, has moved beyond the four walls of the classroom—it’s more fluid and transcendent, it’s embracing movement and innovation. With voices from authors, teachers, tech evangelists, storytellers, artists and children, JUMPSTART 2017 is all set to tread new ground to understand learning and innovation. It will coax its participants to think like children again, take everything they’ve ever seen, heard, learnt, written, drawn, published and look at it for the first time. With a fresh perspective, an illustrator may find a gaming world in her art, a teacher may find a storyteller in herself, or a publisher may find the next JK Rowling.

Here, Prashasti Rastogi, director, German Book Office (GBO), the organisers of Jumpstart 2017, shares more on this fest.

AABP: What are the trends in the children literature?

Prashasti: Children’s content is one of the most vibrant areas in publishing, be it finding diverse voices or unique delivery models across electronic and print medium. Continuing and building on the existing trend, middle grade market is booming. So our focus at JUMPSTART this year is also leaning towards what’s hot in the domain.

Globally there is a buzz about reinvented fairy tales, dystopia, YA thrillers and stories set in space. Reading for knowledge has always been an important category so there is a rise in non-fiction and also graphic novels in that spectrum. Talking of reading for fun, character led books by putting favorite characters into a new world of hijinks is always an exciting read.

AABP: How has Jumpstart evolved over the years?

Prashasti: We’re into our ninth edition riding along the wave of broadening of the world of children’s literature into multiform narratives. From being a pure publishing platform to a more content oriented platform, JUMPSTART has put a spotlight on different themes in sync with the latest in the industry. Ebooks, Gaming, Translations, Nonfiction, Characterisations, Apps, Edutainment… everything has been discussed with much fervour over the years.

We’re particularly proud of the various positive outcomes we’ve generated for the entire gamut of attendees. Many authors have found publishing contracts at JUMPSTART and publishers have found interesting collaborators.

AABP: What can the attendees expect this year?

Prashasti: Apart from being an idea stage, JUMPSTART offers multiple structured opportunities for networking.

AABP: Jumpstart 2017 is focusing on innovation and learning. According to you, how important is this subject in the present education system?

Prashasti: As a forum that brings educators, thinkers, creators, practitioners and publishers together, JUMPSTART recognises the school as a starting point for many creative journeys. Learning, however, has moved beyond the four walls of the classroom—it’s embracing movement and innovation. For instance, dance in education, which is one of the topics of discussion at this year’s edition of JUMPSTART. The aim is to move beyond memorisation, make learning more engaging for children and integrate it with life experiences.

AABP: Between Bangalore & Delhi - where do you find audience more interactive and enthusiastic? Why?

Prashasti: We’ve had wonderful editions in both the cities! JUMPSTART is a melting pot of one and all from children’s content world. We have had such an enthusiastic participation from in both the cities that there’s no choosing one over the other.

AABP: Any plans of taking Jumpstart to other cities in near future?

Prashasti: Yes! JUMPSTART is a travelling festival, and we are looking for partners to take the festival to other cities.

AABP: Anything else you would like to add...

Prashasti: With voices from authors, artists, teachers, tech evangelists, storytellers, and children, JUMPSTART 2017 is all set to tread new ground to understand learning and innovation. Come Magnify Your Knowledge Glimpses of Jumpstart 2016 @ JUMPSTART 2017!