Inviting Entries for the Parag Honour List 2019

For more than a decade Parag has been working to catalyse the children’s literature sector in India. Parag has supported the publication of 700+ titles in 9 Indian languages reaching more than 40 million readers. Parag supported books have original and contextual stories for children growing up in a multilingual and multicultural world. To nurture the sector, Parag launched the Riyaaz Academy for Illustrators in 2015 to train young illustrators to illustrate children’s books. The Big Little Book Award recognizes significant contribution by Indian authors and illustrators. Parag has worked with multiple children’s publishers, authors and illustrators in various capacities, supported writing and illustration workshops and created platforms for discourse on children’s literature.

One gap that has been highlighted in recent times is the lack of a comprehensive curated list of good quality children’s books that libraries, teachers, parents can refer to while procuring children’s books. To fill this gap, Parag will be publishing an Annual Honour List. The list will comprise outstanding books of that year with details about each book. This list will be created with careful screening and reviews will be done by an independent jury. Parag will also promote the List among schools, libraries and parents and in book fairs with the sole purpose of promoting reading for pleasure.

We invite publishers to send their books to the address mentioned below for the purpose of review and selection. This year books will be reviewed in Hindi and English languages with original writings only (no translations). The final list will come out in November 2019.

The following pointers will guide you to start this process smoothly:

  • Focused age-group is 0-16 years.
  • Please send the books from these categories- Picture books, chapter books, and young adult.
  • Send five copies of each title.
  • Send books for each quarter by the first week of the following quarter. For April-June 2019 books should reach us by July 5 2019.
  • Please send books for the last two quarters (October-December 2018 and January- March 2019) by 10th May 2019.
  • The cut-off date for 2019 list will be September 30, 2019

Send books to the following Address:

Ms. Priyanka Singh
Tata Trusts
R K Khanna Tennis Stadium,
1, Africa Avenue, RK Puram,
New Delhi- 110029
M- 9871649001
Email: psingh@tatatrusts.org

Supporting Children’s Publishing

A wide variety of books have been published over the last 12 years in multiple Indian languages and across age groups.

Parag Catalogue

The Parag catalogue provides a sneak peak into the books supported since 2005, their central themes and ideas. The books are categorized according to age groups and genres. However, the categorization is suggestive and their most effective usage lies in the hands of readers/story tellers/educators/parents. Books marked for ages 6+ can be read aloud to young children, while Teachers’ Resource books can be read by teens. Books are listed under one category to avoid duplication. This annotated catalogue lists the books published by the Trusts’ partners, under picture books, poems, young readers, activity Books and teachers’ resource books.

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