The Big Little Book Award is a first of its kind award instituted by Parag and ‘Literature Live!’ to recognize and honour significant contribution of Indian authors and illustrators to children’s literature in Indian language (s). The first awards were announced at Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest in 2016. The award is given under two categories – one for author and another for illustrator/artist. An eminent panel selects the winners. For 2017, the author award went to Ms. Nabaneeta Dev Sen for her contribution to Bengali children’s literature and the illustrator award went to Ms. Proiti Roy.
Every year, one Indian language is chosen for awarding an author. The language for 2017 was Bengali. The award for illustrator is not language specific and nominations can come from across languages.
The Big Little Book Award aims to create a platform for young readers, parents, schools, publishers and other stakeholders to meet and read the work of authors/illustrators. The goal is to ensure every child experiences the joys of reading and reading good children’s books.
Last year, a series of events were conducted by Parag across the country. This included book readings and discussions with children in libraries, workshops with children by children’s authors and illustrators, panel discussions with in literature festivals and talks by experts.
Parag aims to extend the discourse around Indian children’s literature. BLBA will also collaborate with major literary festivals to advocate for children’s literature in Indian languages and create multiple platforms for children’s authors and illustrators to present their work and thoughts.
The ‘Big Little Book Award’ recognises authors and illustrators who have written and illustrated stories that connect with children, make them laugh, encourage them to think, introduce them to new ideas and cultures, are inclusive and balance the traditional with the contemporary.