Kids & Teens

JUMPSTART 2015 was successfully held on August 18 at IIC Delhi and from August 21- 22 at Goethe-Institut in Bengaluru. Writers, illustrators, storytellers and scriptwriters weaved together amazing stories and illustrations, making it a breeding ground for new ideas. Festival advisors, Manasi Subramaniam and Ameen, brought in respective energies in putting together a contentrich programme at Jumpstart 2015 (organised by German Book Office, New Delhi) which was an effective mix of panel discussions, interactions and Masterclasses for writers, illustrators, storytellers and scriptwriters. While the one day event in Delhi started off with a panel named Storydust, the rest of the day was all about the hands-on Masterclasses led by field experts and international speakers.

While Motti Aviram, from Tel Aviv, guided aspiring and buy viagra generico professional screenwriters sharing his unique formula for writing a good script. Australian author, Leonie Norrington took the participating writers through the tools and techniques of creating everlasting characters. Master illustrator from Australia, Nicki Greenberg charmed the artists and illustrators in her class by reading parts from her illustrated stories and then getting them down to doodling. Expert storyteller, Ameen Haque mesmerised the audience in his masterclass by getting down to the business of telling captivating stories.

Bengaluru sawan enthusiastic response from the city’s creative folks and the two days went off in a buzz of activity and interactions. Moving through Windows, Mirrors and Kaleidoscopes, the day moved onto the Slamathon where select participants got to individually interact with the expert speakers while pitching their stories and receiving ideas for further improvement. The second day involved the above masterclasses led by Motti Avaram, Leonie Norrington and Nicki Green berg.

There was also a session conducted by Goodbooks for educators and lifestyle canadain viagra librarians. For Publishers, the event provided the platform for necessary debates and discussions on experiments in education such as gamification and story based learning. In all, Get Storyfied at JUMPSTART 2015 was a success for team GBO and was of benefit to the creators, disseminators, consumers of children’s content in India.

PM Publications

PM Publications is India's leading publishers of all times largest selling book Rapidex English Speaking Course. They also publish a broad range of general books which includes tales & story, religion, self improvement, biographies, motivational and many more subjects in various languages. They have recently launched the Kidz Factory for children books at the recently held Delhi Book Fair. “We have 150 titles and we publish books in English, Hindi and regional languages like Marathi and Bengali. We have four-five books in Urdu as well,” told Nipun Gupta, director, PM Publications. They have 24 titles in colouring books also, which feature mythological characters like Ganesha, Lord Shiva, Krishna and Hanuman.

“We are trying to offer export quality books in domestic market,” he said. Talking about the distribution system, Nipun revealed that they will continue to work on traditional channels of distribution as they already have a huge distributor network in place. “We are concentrating on offline market and are not planning to sell through online channels,” he added. “However, we will launch an app next year as we wish to create a kids hub in next five years, both offline and online. We will also focus on south east market. Right now, we are targeting India and SAARC countries,” he told.

Innovative titles on health education

Dreamland Publications has published a set of 6 books on Children’s Health Education. The aim of Health Education is the achievement and maintenance of good health which is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as “a state of physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Health Education is concerned with developing knowledge, attitudes and practices which lead to healthy living. It teaches the individual to fit into and serve as a useful member of his community. The books in this series aim at a practical approach to the ways of attaining good health.

This book is for the age group 5-10 years. The contents of all the books in the series are based on the revised syllabuses for Health Education worldwide. The topics covered in these books include: Appraisal of the pupils’ health status; Health and disease; Foods for growing children; Water for health; Cleanliness of the home, school and public places; Dental health; and Family living.

The illustrations and exercises in these books are designed to enhance the pupils’ interest in healthy living.

The Gita: For Children

Author: Roopa Pai
Publisher: Hachette India
(Pp 296, ISBN 978-9351950127, Rs 299)

In a world full of challenges, there are times when we wonder what to do and what not to do. Roopa Pai’s book The Gita: For Children serves as an insight into the epic work for people of all ages who face such a dilemma. In this attempt, the author does not stop with only translating the essence of the conversation that passed between Mighty Arjuna and Lord Krishna.

She also goes on to beautifully relate the relevance and application of the teachings of each chapter in today’s world. She makes it more interesting by interspersing the words of other writers on similar lines. For instance, how the ‘Seven Ages’ by William Shakespeare actually concurred with Lord Krishna’s words that Arjuna was just another character in God’s production. Or how a couple of stanzas from Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If’ also emphasise that one should treat happiness and unhappiness the same way. Or how Harper Lee’s ‘To kill a mockingbird’ also presents ideas on the lines of The Gita.

Bhagavad Gita comes with its share of complex ideas and vocabulary. However, the attitude and language of Roopa’s book makes it accessible to the younger generation. Further, she does break down formal terminologies to ensure better understanding and smooth reading. In addition, mind-boggling facts kindle the reader’s interest from time to time.
–Janani Rajeswari S

–Books for young readers worldwide

Book publishing has got significantly better in India during last several years. With the upgradation and the implementation of new technology and industrious workforce the production is much better and to put it precisely–Books published by the leading publishers of India are of international standard.

“We, at Vishv Books fortunately have had many proud moments when we have been awarded for the quality of our books and have been appreciated by both our international clients and our fellow publishers nationally and internationally for our production. We primarily bring out children’s books. Our books not just wear an international look but even the content, pictures and layout is valid in a global context. Our focal point is the quality of content, its visual appeal for young learners across the world and a widespread reach. Keeping pace with the growing and changing technology, e-books and applications for all kinds of tablets and mobile phones are also done. We make all efforts to serve our young readers the most appropriate and the best,” tells Mudit Mohini of Vishv Books. “There has been an upsurge in demand for our books in not just our own country but also among the international fraternity of publishers. Thanks to our readers out there, they are the ones motivating us to put in our best, and in the process as we evolve, we strive to do more good books and target readers worldwide. We participate in the major book fairs across the world.

The footfalls going up at our stand each year is a reward for our diligent effort,” she adds. Vishv Books has a dedicated team of eminent authors, editors, designers, artists, and experts at printing and binding units. “We have well spread infrastructure, which includes four state-of-the art printing establishments. We derive our strength from the belief that we are contributing in the making of tomorrow’s global citizens who are also facilitators of a positive change in our global society. We believe that education and values are the tools which can transform the young minds into catalysts of economic progress and social change. This is what has driven us to work harder and give better results that show in children’s books which have only gotten brighter, rich in content and more purposeful,” she shares.

They publish a wide variety of books for children: school textbooks and general books. Their books are also being prescribed in many schools not just across India but also in major parts of Asia, Egypt and Africa. “We have a wide variety of children’s books which include picturestory books, short story books, colouring books, art and craft books, model-making books, and also three-dimensional books like pop-up books, known for their designing and quality. These books are not just colourful toy but have lot of learning value. Our aim is same to make learning fun. The reader can simply enter a three dimensional world by turning a page and the book could become ‘lively’ from ‘dumb’,” adds Mudit. These non-conventional books engage better, enhance interactivity with manipulative features. “All these books are conceptualized and produced by us (So truly Make in India—very rare for this Pop up book genre),” she adds.

Their books are marketed and distributed all over India as well as to the other parts of the world like South East Asia, Europe, USA, Africa and Mexico. Books intended for international market are structured keeping in mind a global perspective with a universal approach.

Kovai Sketches launched

Kovai Sketches, a book based on Coimbatore was recently launched at Bookmark Library and Activity Centre in Coimbatore. Published by Timbaktoo Publishing, Kovai Sketches is a compilation of stories by nine children from the city aged between seven and thirteen years. This initiative was part of the ‘Cultural Chronicles’ by the publishing house.

Aparna Raman, founder, Timbaktoo Publishing, says that ‘Cultural Chronicles’ aims to create cultural assimilation amid kids about the place they live in. “Children should feel connected to their city,” she adds. The endeavour encourages kids to delve into the past of their respective cities The journey began with a writing workshop for kids on ‘Creating your mythology’ by Aparna a few months ago in the city. “We went through mythologies from different parts of the world. All of them contained elements such as wars, kings, jealousy, mystery, God taking sides and so on. But there was always a hero who had a goal and achieved it by moving past various obstacles,” she explained.

The kids came up with a story of their own encompassing all these mythological elements set in the backdrop of Coimbatore, during the workshop. These stories have been compiled into a book called Kovai Sketches. “The only condition was that the stories should be based on the myths or folklores related to Coimbatore. It was also a way of bringing back mythological stories from our time to the present generation,” says Aparna.

Also, the alliterations and respective illustrations created by the little authors during the workshop were made into postcards and released during the same event. The book was released by Dr Vijay Karthikeyan, corporation commissioner, Coimbatore.

- Janani Rajeswari S

Dr Darshan Singh Aasht's book for children awarded

A book in Hindi Papa Ab Aisa Nahi Hoga written by Sahitya Akademi Awardee and Shiromani Punjabi Bal Sahitya Lekhak Dr Darshan Singh Aasht, (working in Punjabi University Patiala) has been chosen as Best Book Award for Children in Hindi Languages by the Department of Languages, Punjab, Patiala for the year 2013. The amount of the award is Rs 21000 and a plaque. The award is likely to be presented to Dr Aasht in a state literary function, The Languages Deptt, director Dr Chetan Singh said, "This book has also been translated in Maithily language of Bihar state."

Perhaps the first books our children use are colouring books. Slowly but gradually, they learn to colour inside the graphic and can spend hours glued to the book with their colouring sets. With so many colouring books available in the market, Varsha Verma of ABP finds out the myriad shades of colouring books in India. Colouring books play a key role in developing a child's imagination power. “They are familiarised with different colours,” shares Anuj Chawla, director, Dreamland Publications.

While, Karan Chawla, partner, Indian Book Depot, adds, “A child’s basics starts from colour recognition from the day they start seeing colours. We might forget what we read but we never forget what we saw and colours helps us to remember those visuals. So colouring books do help all individuals to first know about colours and then secondly use their motor skills to fill in the colours.”

“Colouring books enhance children imagination power, creativity and skill development,” adds Sawan Gupta, proprietor, Manoj Publications. They are an outlet for emotions and appreciation. They teach perspective in art work and terminology of art and craft,” shares Bharat Rai Mediratta, managing director of Jiwan Books International.

Books available…

There are lot of colouring books available in the market. “We have a variety of colouring books for every type of customer. Our range starts from Rs 15 and goes up till Rs 70. In some books we have colouring and activities clubbed together, in some we have copy colour and write along the name of the colours. The age group that we cater is one year till five years,” tells Karan Chawla of Indian Book Depot.

“We have more than 100 different types of colouring books in various formats. We cater the age group from three to seven years,” shares Anuj Chawla of Dreamland.

While, Sawan shares that they have 150 titles in educative and creative colouring books, catering to 2+ age group. Another publisher offering such books is Jiwan Books. “We offer Artography and colour craft series for classes one to five. Both the series have inbuilt colouring pages and craft activities. The colour craft series comes with a material sheet for craft activities. While, the Art expression series carries techniques for creative expression for the age group 10 to 14,” shares Bharat Rai.

Major USPs…

“The books offer a variety of activities in art/craft/origami/ model making, all under one title. Step by step procedure has been given for each. The craft and origami activities come with attractive pictures,” tells Bharat Rai.

“The USP of our colouring books is that we design the books keeping in mind the interest level of the child. We try to use the illustration which a child sees in their daily life and can relate to them. Apart from this we use special high quality paper in our books which makes the colouring easy,” tells Anuj.

While, Karan feels that the USP of their colouring books is the price and also that their designs are very clear and attractive and give enough space for children to move their hands and colour the figures as accurate as possible. “The USP of our colouring books is price, quality and lot of new ideas like mini colouring books (pocket size) which children can colour anywhere,” adds Sawan.

Choose the one you like…

So what makes one colouring book different from another? “The manner in which it is presented. The books are designed as per the age level of the children. For early learners we keep the images simple and attractive,” shares Anuj. Similar views were shared by Karan, who adds, “First thing that differentiate any colouring book from another is the designing of the figures/characters/scenes.” While, Sawan adds, “We create subject-based and concept-based colouring books like magic colour books, which are different from others.” While Bharat Rai adds, “The level of creativity, value creation and connect with the environment are the important factor distinguishing colouring books as learning by doing is the most ideal.”


Innovative ideas are always welcome. Even colouring books have seen their share of innovations, like Manoj Publications, which has launched 3D colouring books, which are unique and interesting. “This is first 3D colouring book in India,” adds Sawan.

While, Anuj puts it, “We have launched a series by the name of "Splashy Colouring Books", a set of five books each having a different theme like Fairy Tales, Superhero etc. The main feature of this book is that we provide a set of colouring plate and brush free of cost along. By this, a parent need not to look for any special material for the child to use.”

While, IBD has recently launched fluorescent covers for their colouring books for attraction and inside they have used thick black outlines for figures so that the child can colour within the outlines easily. “Also, we launched two books in which we first teach the child to know about colours one by one and write the names of the colours they are using on every page then as they start completing the pages they get to use two colours together, then three colours and so on and by the end of send part, a child is well versed with the colours and combinations they used together which gives them the sense to match the colours in contrast,” adds Karan.

Paper used…

“The best kind of paper is offset paper. This provides enough roughness for the colours to easily spread on it. The thickness of the paper can vary as per the likings or the budget of the publisher,” tells Anuj as a matter of fact.

“Maplitho paper of a sufficient thickness (approx 115 gm) that should be able to withstand water colours as well serve good with pastels, should be used for such books,” adds Bharat Rai. While, Karan feels that at least a 90-100 gsm white paper is best suited for colouring books.

Average print runs…

“Our average print run for colouring books is 10,000 copies each title biannually,” tells Anuj. While, Karan shares that their average print run is 5,000 copies, and for Manoj Publications also it is 5,000-10,000 copies and 10,000 copies for Jiwan Books.

Adult colouring books…

Worldover, adult colouring books are in vogue. Do we have something like this in India as well? “Yes, this concept is now picking curiosity of people. We are launching a set of four books at the forthcoming Frankfurt Book Fair by the name of "Rejuvenate Yourself - Colouring book for Adults". As per the current fast lifestyle, stress is playing a major role in harmful effects to the mind and body.

With these books an individual can de-stress themselves by simple colouring the pages. This new concept is helping people throughout the world and we try achieving the same with our series,” shares Anuj. Even Manoj Publications is coming up with a series for adults. “We are developing a ‘Dot to dot’ series, wherein we are increasing the number of dots to 1,500, so that adults can also colour it,” tells Sawan. While, Karan has a different perspective in this regard. “Recently I have come across a lot of queries for adult colouring books but personally I think it’s just a fad. It’s good for only BFA students or and designing students to improve their skills. Right know, we don’t see such books in India to my knowledge.”

Food for thought…

“Always keep in mind to use those colours in designs which a child can easily get in market. We don’t use any shaded colours or double tone colours,” shares Karan.

“As easy as colouring books may sound, they help in developing the cognitive skills of a child and should be designed keeping in mind the inquisitive mind of young learner,” concludes Anuj. Similar views were shared by Bharat Rai who says, “Colouring books should be designed keeping in mind the fine and gross motor skills of the learner. They should also be in tandem with the cognitive abilities of the child.”

Organisers of the Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair have revealed ambitious expansion plans for the 2015 edition, the only fair of its type in the Asia-Pacific region. The dramatic growth of the Fair, after just two years of existence, reflects the soaring demand for international children’s titles, and in particular, multimedia and digital content.

The fair takes place from November 13-15, 2015 at the Shanghai World Expo Centre, which accommodated over 25,000 visitors in 2014 and hopefully will welcome up to 30,000 people this year. Major names in the children’s publishing industry from the UK, USA, Europe and the Far East are expected to be represented, together with a strong line-up of Chinese publishers.

The fair provides a one-stop shop for publishers, agents, authors and illustrators wanting to enter the China’s buoyant children’s publishing sector, with all types of content represented, including educational, ‘edutainment’, picture books and digital.

With the Chinese pavilion already sold out, the ambition for 2015 is to boost the international content of the Fair, according to CCBF Fair Director Randy Wang, “The increasing demand by Chinese consumers for children’s books means that there are many opportunities for non-Chinese publishers. As a result we are planning to welcome publishers from around 30 countries, together with authors and illustrators who will get the chance to meet young readers at our hugely popular public events”.

“Sale of children’s book is enjoying double digit growth in China and regularly feature in best-seller lists across all genres. In particular we are seeing a rapid shift towards titles that cross media boundaries into TV, film, games and apps, often preceding success in print.

Titles like ‘Dad! Where are we going?’ which started life as a TV reality show, are now hugely successful across all publishing platforms.”