Kids & Teens

FarFaria announces partnership with Canadian publisher Orca Book Publishers

FarFaria, the award-winning iPad app that offers unlimited reading for families, is announcing an exciting new partnership with Canadian publisher Orca Book Publishers.

Orca Book Publishers was founded in 1982 and produces award-winning, best-selling children's books in numerous genres and formats. FarFaria publishes a handful of Orca picture books and board books for young readers including Hamster Holding Hands and Kiss, Tickle, Cuddle, Hug. In August, FarFaria published the imaginative Mechanimals and Night Boy picture books.

"As the publishing industry evolves and changes, Orca is committed to bringing our stories and authors to as wide an audience as possible," said Orca publisher Andrew Wooldridge. "We are especially proud to be publishing our stories with FarFaria, which has a unique approach to children's publishing."

"Orca consistently publishes highly appealing children's books that our subscribers will love," says Ajay Godhwani, CEO and cofounder of Intuary, the creator of FarFaria. "We are excited to be partnering with such an esteemed Canadian publisher."

Innovative slide board book by Apple Publishing

Chennai-based Apple Publishing offers innovative slide board books for teaching little ones alphabets! Once a child sees an alphabet he can slide it to see the picture of an object with that sound as well as the name of the object. It will keep the child engaged for hours, who would love to slide in and out.

Also available are slide board books on numbers, animals and their young ones, world flags and world capitals. All these books are designed to make learning fun. The books can be used as a learning aid, testing aid and even be turned into a game. Using the books will improve memory, excite curiosity and induce a love for exploring new things.

Kaynak Licensing Agency to represent Purple Turtle in Turkey

Purple Turtle which is licensed by Aadarsh Pvt Ltd is a kids luxury brand. Purple Turtle believes that children are capable and innovative and books play a major role in developing a child brain which leads to overall development of the child.

Kaynak Licensing, a part of Kaynak Holding Inc. is Turkey’s leading copyright, licensing and merchandizing agency, will now represent Purple Turtle in Turkey. Kaynak hosts some biggest brands, publishing houses, authors, characters, films/tv and more. Purple Turtle being recognized by all as “A Kids Luxury Brand”, through Kaynak will now be available in Turkey.

NK Krishnanand, head – licensing and publishing, Purple Turtle, said, “We are very happy to say that Kaynak is one of the top licensing house in Turkey and will now represent Purple Turtle. Through this association we promise to bring greater education and better fun learning facility to all the children of Turkey.”

“Purple Turtle through their consistent devotion in education sector have now achieved a major milestone and is reaching Turkey. We assure to give the best of knowledge and wisdom to the children who will enjoy and love Purple Turtle. Our publications have brought in an element of fun and excitement in the concept of acquisition of knowledge,” says NK Krishnanand.

Kaynak licensing not only represents fiction and non friction but novel story, coffee table, history, spiritual, popular culture, children’s education and course books but also brands, character licensing as well as licensing and merchandising rights including TV and DVD rights.

ACK pays tribute to Kurien through comics

Amar Chitra Katha (AKC) in association with Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) released a series of biographical comics on the visionary dairy technologist Dr Verghese Kurien on the eve of his 92nd birth anniversary (September 09). Paying tribute to the great Indian social entrepreneur, best known as ‘Father of the White Revolution’ the comics is titled Varghese Kurien: The Man with the 'Billon-Litre' Idea.

My First Atlas Publisher: Compare Infobase Ltd

(Pp 36, ISBN 978-93-5104-399-7)
Let’s make geography fun! – that’s not just a catchy phrase for this book, it’s a reality. Beautifully designed and produced, the book will be a delight for children and parents alike. While children will love the colours, typos and presentation, parents will be delighted to see their interest invoked in studies. When children have fun learning, they understand and remember it for a long time.


Purple Turtle shines at Frankfurt Book Fair 2013

Purple Turtle, licensed by Aadarsh Pvt Ltd, displayed more than 100 books at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2013 and received tremendous response. Purple Turtle experienced a splendid response at the fair where kids enjoyed the company of their little friend “Purple Turtle” and the entire gathering of people at the fair evinced their interest and appreciated Purple Turtle for its contribution and participation.

According to NK Krishnanand, national sales manager, Aadarsh Pvt. Ltd, said, “The Frankfurt Book fair 2013 is the biggest fair for publishers, booksellers, agents, film producers, hardware and software providers, or authors. It is the best international platform, where we could promote our brand globally, we are very happy that we got an outstanding recognition at the fair and we broadened our reach even more through our participation at the Frankfurt Book fair 2013.”

Children's Book Fair to Promote Copyright Trading debuts in Shanghai

The inaugural China Shanghai International Children's Book Fair (CCBF),was held at the ShanghaiMart Exhibition Center from November 7-9, 2013. Managed by Reed Exhibitions and supported by the General Administration of Press and Publication, Radio, Film and Television, this event was dedicated to the copyright trading, publishing, printing and distribution of content/books aimed at 0 to 16 year-olds.

Home to more than 230 million people under the age of 16, China boasts a flourishing children's publishing sector that is currently valued at USD 5 billion, of which USD 340 million comes from licensing. These figures illustrate why children's books are the most dynamic, competitive and fastest growing sector in China's publishing industry. Between 2011 and 2012, the number of children's publications grew by 35 percent, with 20 percent of total rights sales in China's book industry coming from this segment.

"The purchasing power of young Chinese parents is huge. Over 52 percent prefer buying books to borrowing them from libraries. In fact, 70 percent of this market segment buys books for their children on a monthly basis," says Randy Wang, senior project manager at Reed Exhibitions, the exclusive event manager of CCBF. At the same time, 90 percent of the children's book content in China is imported.

A comprehensive collection of on-site events were running concurrent to the fair, which included The International Children's Book Publishing Summit, The Best Children's Book Award, The International Children's Publication Copyright Trade Summit, The International Children's Book Promotion Events, the International Promotion of Chinese Children's Literature Author Workshops and more.

One Sachin’s autobiography launched by another Sachin!

Mehta Publishing House, Pune have published the title Hach Maza Marg in Marathi by Sachin Pilgaonkar - a renowned name in Indian film industry. On the occasion of celebrating Sachin’s 50 years in Indian film industry, an event - ‘Suvarn Sachin’ was organized in Mumbai, where the print edition of Hach Maza Marg was launched by ‘Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar while singer Sonu Nigam launched the e-book.

Many dignitaries from Marathi film industry & Bollywood were also present at the occasion - Amitabh Bachhan, Ashok Saraf, Sulochana Didi, Rajkumar Barjatya, Ramesh Sippy, Jackie Shroff to name a few.

AWIC organising ‘International Conference on Literacy Through Literature’

Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children (AWIC), the Indian section of the International Board of Books for Young People (Indian BBY), is organising International Conference on Literacy Through Literature from February 06-08, 2014 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Three days of the literary conference will provide a platform for eminent authors, illustrators, educationalists, NGOs and researchers to highlight the importance of literature in promoting all around development of a child.

Themes and sessions to be carried out during the three-day conference would include The Importance of Literacy and the Role of Books – For Individuals, Communities and Societies; Creating the Right Literature in Steps to Literacy; Reaching Books Where There are None; The Role of NGOs; Technological Literacy; and Towards a Better Tomorrow. Each session will have a keynote presentation followed by panel discussion. And afternoon sessions will be devoted to book-related activities, workshops and storytelling for children. Inspiring exhibitions and displays will also be held throughout the day with some colourful cultural programmes to enliven the evenings each day during the conference.

As literacy is a global issue today, it has been commonly defined as proficiency in three Rs (reading, writing and arithmetic). And literacy has finally come to include technological, visual and other aspects, both in formal and non-formal ways. In this respect, AWIC is stepping forward to convey the fact that books and reading can play a crucial role in promotion and sustenance of literacy through its International Conference on Literacy Through Literature.

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101 Indian Children Books We Love!

Edited By: Anita Roy & Samina Mishra
Publisher: Young ZUBAAN, An Imprint of Kali for Women, New Delhi
(Pp 161, ISBN 978 9381 01 71 04, Rs 195)

How about a book on the children books which are timeless and love by one and all? The book gives a glimpse into the finest children books written by Indian authors. The book is divided into five sections: 0-5 years, 5-10 years, 10-12 years, 12+ and reference sections. It is an invaluable guide to books in English, currently in print.

It is a must-have, one-stop shop for teachers, parents, kids, librarians, bookstores, or just anyone interested in children’s books.

Great Tales from India

Author: Manorama Jafa
Publisher: Khaas Kitaab Foundation,
New Delhi; Pp 52; US$5

India’s rich treasure of folktales and fables gives kids and young people a pleasure of reading as well as moral lessons which inspire the young minds. Great Tales from India is an exclusive collection of tales from mythology, folklore and history being designed in an ideal manner to convey the age-old wisdom of India to young readers. Retold by Manorama Jafa, one of India’s popular children book writers, collected tales in the book include The Prince and the Wounded Swan (From the life of Buddha); The Three Idols; The Parrot and the Tree; Arjun, The Flight of Pigeons; Kapil, the Reader; The Ant and the Pigeon; Two Brothers; The Monkey King; Who is Greater; The Brave Prince; The Gem in the Pond and Bhola and His Mother.

Author Manorama Jafa’s unique story telling style adds a modest element in every tale collected in Great Tales from India. She is currently secretary general of the Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children (AEIC), New Delhi. So far, she has written 85 books that include varieties of titles ranging from novels, picture books up to books on popular science. She has been strongly taking part into the encouragement and development of new talents, pioneering a new movement for creative writing and better books for children in India.

Half Bad in 25 languages

Sally Green’s YA debut novel Half Bad was the ‘buzz’ book at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Everyone was talking about it, everyone wanted it. The publisher Penguin Group has recently secured rights deals in a staggering 25 languages for this novel. The landmark 25th deal was struck with Norwegian publisher Cappelen Damm.

Says author, publisher & renowned TV host
Saniyasnain Khan in conversation with Varsha Verma of AABP.

The vehicle of content is changing. Earlier, people used to memorise stories, then it took the form of a book and now the buzz is digital. As a publisher, we need to keep pace with the changing times, more so for the children’s books, says Saniyasnain Khan, an Indian television host, publisher and children’s author, with over 100 children’s books to his credit.

His book range on subjects relating to Islam and a number of them have been translated into different languages like French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Russian, Turkish, Malay, Arabic, Urdu and other languages. More recently, he was in news for winning the Sharjah Children’s Book Award for his book, The Story of Khadija.

On asking about his inspiration to write, he shares that his kids were his inspiration. “When my kids were small, there were hardly any good books available for their age group. Whenever I went to US, UK or other western countries, I used to get them books. I saw there is a huge demand for such book. I tried my hand at writing, starting with small book stories from Quran. People liked the idea and that gave me motivation to write. Soon, my books were exported to countries like US, Canada, England and they were also translated into different European languages like Spanish, French, German, etc,” he shares. He particularly mentions that he used to get good inquiries for rights at the Frankfurt Book Fair and he himself made good deals as well. More recently, he bought rights of a few books from Turkey.

What makes this author different from other authors is that his books have no fiction. “The stories are picked up from Quran and from the stories of Prophet. These books are suitable for children from ages six onwards,” he adds.

Saniyasnain always strives to keep the language of his books as simple as he can. “Children like to see the details, that’s why in new covers and new books, we have changed the pattern and now use more intricate designs,” he tells. Little wonder then that books take more than three to six months in designing.

Readers can now look forward to his new series on Prophet Muhammad Story Books. “Book 1 & 2 are already into print while I am working on Book 3. Also, there is a huge demand for bilingual dictionaries and we are coming up with Dictionary for Children in Arabic & English,” he shares. His publishing house Goodword Books has 1,000 titles, adding about 10-15 titles every year.

On asking about the declining reading habit in children, he replies, “Parents should read out stories to their children and explain and discuss them every day before going to bed. This will build a foundation for them and make them interested in reading.”

Saniyasnain is looking forward to the various seminars and presentation for digital platform at the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair 2013. “Mobile app has become very important and publishers are trying their best to bring it out in the most effective way,” he adds.

He is now planning to start their own IT department at Goodword Books, to focus on apps and ebooks. So, would the printed books fade away? “Books will stay till the doomsday,” he replies fast and we all would definitely agree.

The Basics of Licensing, a comprehensive book on the subject of Licensing, which provides property owners, licensing agents and manufacturers with the information needed to build and manage a successful licensing programme, will be published by Aadarsh Pvt Ltd. The company has acquired the rights for the publication of these books in India.

The series begins with the original Basics of Licensing followed by the sequel Basics of Licensing: Licensee Edition. Each book has been developed in cooperation and with full endorsement from LIMA (The International Licencing Industry Merchendisers’ Association).

Co-authored by two industry pioneers, Gregory J Battersby and Danny Simon, who possess a combined licensing experience of 60-plus years, the Basics of Licensing book series explores all aspects of establishing and running a licensing programme from the perspectives of different types of licensing professionals. Whether the reader is a licensor or a licensee, a licensing agent or a manufacturer’s representative, the business person will get the true insights on how to maximize his or her position in the world of licensing.

NK Krishnanand, national sales manager, Aadarsh Pvt Ltd, says, “The book is a go-to resource for those seeking the most comprehensive information on the structure and operation of a successful licensing programme. The Basics of Licensing book series explores every aspect of licensing from the perspectives of top professionals in the industry. We are very proud to publish this series of books in India, and helping out the licensors & licensees section.”

Whether the business person’s are licensor or manufacturer focused on entertainment, brands, fashion, sports, celebrities or non-profit properties, the Basics of Licensing offers insights that will help them reach the objectives while minimizing the risk of costly mistakes.

Aadarsh Pvt Ltd is into children’s book designing, illustrating, publishing and printing since 1989. Over a period of time they have become a virtual one-stop solution enterprise for a host of diverse printing & packaging needs like e-books, author services, licensing, designing, etc.

This International Literacy Day, Pratham Books has taken a 1,000 steps towards a 'Reading India.' What started as a small step by Pratham Books to spread the joy of reading has become a movement. Last year, Pratham Books initiated the ‘One Day One Story’ initiative on the occasion of International Literacy Day and conducted over 250 storytelling sessions. This year, over 1,000 sessions happened across the length and breadth of the country.

This initiative is part of the Pratham Books' Champions programme where they encourage their community of volunteers to conduct reading sessions. These sessions are conducted free of cost and mostly with children from under-served communities. The Pratham Books' Champions Programme is a one-of-its-kind volunteer programme that has scaled to a national level.

The book chosen for this year was Paplu, The Giant, written by Ramendra Kumar and illustrated by Zainab Tambawalla. A delightful story about a little giant who did not like to fight with anyone! The book is available in English, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu and Kannada. Pratham champions read out Paplu, The Giant across 27 Indian states.

Another highlight of this nation-wide initiative was that sessions were conducted in 20 of the 22 official languages of India. Some champions even conducted sessions in dialects like Nagamese, Mizo and also in International languages like Portuguese, Tibetan and Chinese.

Interesting incidents occurred across the country - nine sessions were conducted in Arunachal Pradesh and sessions took place in nine districts of Manipur. A small NGO working in tribal areas conducted three sessions in one village under Mamit district which is one of the most backward districts of Mizoram. An NGO working with mentally and physically challenged kids had such success with the storytelling sessions that similar centres from across the city asked that the kind-hearted giant 'Paplu' visit them too! Teach for Nepal Fellows were so excited to hear about this initiative that they read stories in their classrooms in Nepal. Indian Development Foundation showed huge support by coordinating 110 storytelling sessions with the different organizations they work with - from Jaipur to Secunderabad, from Patna to Manali, from Leh to Bellary. In Bengaluru, theatre artist Vikram Sridhar enthralled the children with his act and interactive storytelling method.

Paplu, The Giant does seem to have made a place in children's hearts and we hope that they continue falling in love with stories and books. On the occasion, Suzanne Singh, managing trustee said, “At Pratham Books we have a mission to see “A Book in Every Child's Hand”. To make this mission a reality, we all have to join hands in the journey. Our idea of doing over a thousand book reading sessions on one day across all states in India is a step in this direction. What has left us speechless is the commitment of so many people to come forward to conduct these sessions and work their magic with children. If we can all make reading to children a part of our regular routine, we are not far away from the dream of a Reading India.”

Pratham Books is a not-for-profit organisation that publishes affordable children's books in multiple Indian languages.