Stones2Milestones is hosting the 10th edition of the international award-winning children’s literature festival Bookaroo on 25th and 26th November at India Gate in Delhi to inspire more children to read and spread awareness. Started by the Bookaroo Trust in 2008, this Children’s Lit Fest was the first of it’s kind and still remains India’s only Children’s Literature Festival and Asia’s largest Children’s Literature Festival.
“The aim of this festival is to bring books, children, writers, and everyone who loves books together to celebrate the joy of reading,” says Venkatesh, Co-founder of Bookaroo.
The literature festival hosts a number of speakers and conducts many programmes for children. This year at Bookaroo Delhi, children will get to meet over 50 award-winning writers, illustrators, poets and storytellers, including 18 speakers from outside India. Children and adults alike get the opportunity to interact with authors and publishers all in an environment infused with fun and frolic.
It includes workshops on various subjects, from building alien worlds to recycling paper; as well as story sessions under the banyan tree, panel discussion, and puppet shows, among many other programmes. Children also get the opportunity to meet well-loved children’s characters – from Herrid Henry to Elmer the Elephant, characters from the Panchatantra to Ramayana, from Taranauts to I Heroes, From Mukand to Felicia.
Enjoy Delhi’s first Ski Slalom, a Story Mountain, the original Oranginus Tragonus Transmuter, an Indian Beach and an Upside Down Forest, two duelling illustrators competing in the Battle of the Brushes and history in a bowl of paneer makhani. Publishers such as Amar Chitra Katha, DK Books, Puffin India and Duckbill have all planned exciting sessions.
The festival is conducted in eight cities including Delhi, Srinagar, Pune, Jaipur, Ahmadabad, Goa, Kolkata and Kuching (Malaysia). The celebrations for Delhi festival has already started with 10 walls around the city being painted with illustrations from children’s books.
We at Stones2Milestones believe that by helping children to ‘Learn to Read’ in elementary years, we enable them to ‘Read to Learn’ during formal education and eventually ‘Read to Lead’ in their chosen path, aiding them in finding their place in the world. Partnering with the Bookaroo Trust who strive to make reading as exciting as possible helps us spread the word far and wide.
Some of the moments captured are here: