Srinagar 2017


It has been four long years but we are back at the place we love.

The dates: October 7th and 8th, 2017
The venue: DPS Srinagar


Bengaluru 2017

After 22 editions – in the North, West, East of India and one in faraway Malaysia – and one international award under its belt, Bookaroo decided to look to the south of India.

There is a little story behind this. When the Bangalore-based Funky Rainbow‘s spunky co-founders Greystroke a.k.a. Shyam Madhavan Sarada and Vidya Mani  visited Delhi sometime early this year, we happened to be chatting in our office. Thinking aloud, we were wondering how it would be to go south.

“Bangalore,” they said in unison, adding persuasively, “If you want to go south, start with Bangalore.” Their arguments seemed to make perfect sense. It was an early March eight-in-the-night snap decision. Funky Rainbow’s third partner Muthamma B Devaya was around somewhere in Delhi while this momentous decision was being arrived at.

One thing led to another and here we are, five months down the line with a new city on the Bookaroo map. On September 2nd and 3rd, Bookaroo’s will touch down in the charming city of Bengaluru (to give the city its rightful name).

Funky Rainbow is a travelling children’s bookshop that carries an exclusive selection of Indian children’s books and puts them up for sale at children’s events across Bangalore (and online for the rest of India). What could be a better fit?

And the venue? Bookaroo’s home in Bengaluru will be the sprawling Freedom Park with its awe-inspiring history. We hope Bookaroo in Bengaluru becomes as loved as it is in the other cities it has visited. Take a look at the fantastic line-up of authors, illustrators and storytellers you will meet in Bookaroo Bengaluru.

VENUE: Freedom Park, Seshadri Road
TIMINGS: 11:00 hours to 16:30 hours
DATE: September 2-3, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday)

See you there!

Jo Williams, Swati Roy & M Venkatesh

Kuching 2017

We are back in Kuching fresh from winning the International Excellence Award at the London Book Fair! Pustaka Negeri, the Sarawak State Library, is all set to experience a magical third edition of Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival.

Pustaka Negeri Sarawak, a major information resource centre and hub of information services throughout Malaysia,  also provides a gateway into and from publicly accessible international information centres.

Set within a vast park that covers the State Mosque and the Minaret Gardens on the western side, Pustaka Negeri Sarawak has the perfect atmosphere for a children’s literature festival like Pustaka Bookaroo.

Pustaka Negeri has been a major stopover in Bookaroo’s mission  of bringing children and books together in a borderless world. Check out the fantastic spread of sessions and take a look at this year’s line-up of speakers.

Don’t miss the dates – April 22 and 23rd 2017.

For  enquiries, please write to: Japri Bujang Masli or Razak Rambili at 082-442000 ext 103 /348 or email: or

Delhi 2016

Welcome to Bookaroo 2016

Celebrating what is the 21st edition of Bookaroo in the eighth year is a heady moment for us. In what has been a sometimes bumpy but mostly exhilarating ride, we are grateful for the support we have received from publishers, arts councils, corporate sponsors, the media, speakers, friends and most of all from the young visitors and their parents who have made the festival what it is.

This year, we are back in our favourite venue, the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. Continuing with the special state focus, we bring you some of the best of  children’s literature in Marathi. Also on show is an exhibition of original artwork from children’s books  published by Children’s Book Trust and displayed in public for the first time.

Savour a literary Smorgasbord of scrumptious storytelling, delicious doodling, tangy tales, spicy stories and cool crafts.  52 speakers, 102 sessions and 11 venues – there is something for everyone. It can’t get more exciting than this.

None of this would have been possible without our enthusiastic bunch of volunteers who make every Bookaroo tick over smoothly. Whether it is Delhi, Pune, Goa, Kuching, Ahmedabad, Jaipur or Kolkata, it is they who keep the Bookaroo flag flying high. You will meet them as they smilingly help you navigate your way around the grounds.

Enjoy the weekend.

Kolkata 2016


Although the cyclone and rain played spoilsport, Bookaroo in Kolkata went ahead with all the excitement. The show had to go on and our speakers rose to the occasion magnificently. Squelching through waterlogged paths to their respective sub-venues, they made sure that even a single child who dropped in did not go back disappointed.

We can only thank them from the bottom of our hearts. The Indian Museum too made it an occasion to remember.

Jaipur 2016


The Pink City. The city of forts and palaces. Jaipur does not need an introduction at all. As Bookaroo returns from Kuching, Malaysia, straight into Jaipur for its first edition in the city, a wonderful venue awaits India’s best-loved children’s literature festival.

On April 30 and May 1, 2016, the Jawahar Kala Kendra (or JKK as it is commonly referred to) will play host to a thrilling array of storytelling, book reading, crafts, Dream Jars and much, much more.

Located on Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, JKK is the place where something or the other keeps happening – in the cultural space. The multi arts centre, designed by Charles Correa, is inspired by the original city plan of Jaipur, consisting of nine squares with central square left open. JKK adapts and applies concepts from ancient architectural principles called Vastu Vidya.

With Bookaroo making its home in the centre for two days, the children of Jaipur are in for a double treat.

Watch this space!


Kuching 2016


We are back with Bookaroo at one of our favourite venues – Pustaka Negeri, the Sarawak State Library.

Pustaka Negeri Sarawak is conceived as a major information resource centre and as the hub of information services for the public and private sectors throughout Malaysia. It  also provides a gateway into and from publicly accessible international information centres.

Set within a vast park that covers the State Mosque and the Minaret Gardens on the western side, Pustaka Negeri Sarawak has the perfect atmosphere for a children’s literature festival like Pustaka Bookaroo.

The park includes a lake, areas for public performances and art exhibitions, a playground, picnic areas, a scenic drive, pedestrian walkways and bicycle lanes strewn with trees, shrubs and flower gardens.

Bookaroo’s mission is to bring children and books together in a borderless world.

For  enquiries, please write to:

Japri Bujang Masli or Razak Rambili at 082-442000 ext 103 /348 or

email: or

Ahmedabad 2016


Amdavad, here we come. February 13th and 14th are the two days when Bookaroo will make its first tryst with the city and its children.

We promise to make the weekend an unforgettable one as the festival gets ready for its home in Ahmedabad – the iconic Mill Owners’ Building on Ashram Road. In a historic city, Bookaroo will have a venue that has a lot of character and history around it. We couldn’t have found a better place than the open house-palace engineered by the Swiss-French master architect Le Corbusier way back in the 1950s.

Delhi 2015

Bookaroo 2015

This was just the tonic that we needed. A full house that gladdened our hearts and pushed us to move onward. Scenes like the one above were witnessed in each of the sub venues that made up Bookaroo 2015.

Thank you Delhi for making it all worthwhile. A huge thank you to all our sponsors and supporters led by ZeeQ and the Shankar’s Centre for Children. We have a long list of names that even the online medium with its India-Rubber flexibility will find tough to accommodate. The parents of our young visitors, friends, publishers, writers, illustrators, school teachers and well-wishers from all corners of the world pitched in to help us take our dream beyond November 2015.

From Delhi we moved on quickly with back-to-back editions in Goa and Pune, thanks in no small measure to Gomantak Times and Sakal Times. And now, it is time to think of  Bookaroo’s 17th edition in Ahmedabad. We will be in the city on February 13 and 14th. This is one journey that we want to go on and on and on…

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For those who missed out on the Delhi edition or for those who wouldn’t mind a walk down memory lane, click schedule to look back on the show – by date, location age group and time. 


Pune 2015


What can one say about one of Bookaroo’s favourite cities? What makes Pune so special for us? That is a question, we have asked ourselves over and over again.

Is it the parents who make sure that their children are in the venue on the dot of the opening session? Is it our partners Sakal Times? There is something about Pune that draws Bookaroo. Not surprisingly, this was Bookaroo’s third visit to the Queen of the Deccan. And it just gets better each time.

A new venue, a new set of speakers, a fantastic spread of sessions and the warmth of Pune’s children as well as their infectious enthusiasm made every minute worth its while.

As the glorious weekend wound its way to the inevitable end on December 13th, there were more than a few people who were misty eyed. They were possibly looking into Act 4 in 2016.

So are we.

To see what happened on December 12th and 13th, 2015 in Pune, click here