Sunday, April 11, 2010

Children's literature on a high

The Indian book market may not yet be able to boast of dough-raking bestsellers like the Harry Potter series or The Chronicles of Narnia, but experts from the field agree that it is adorning a new avatar gradually. And to tap this increasing potential, the annual Crossword Book Awards will be introducing for the first time an entirely new category to award and recognise authors of children’s fiction and non-fiction. The annual award event will review not only those with a creative pen, but also those who have picked up the paintbrush to add colour to the authors’ dreams — the illustrators.

R Sriram, founder of the bookstore says, “When we opened in 1992, our bookshop was small. The children’s section was just a couple of racks with a limited range of books available. We wanted to devote 20 percent of our entire store space to the kids. Today, it has become one of the largest selling categories.”

Full report here DNA 

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