Kohima 2018

Raj Bhavan

Kohima! Here we come…

Nagaland is a land where folklore has passed down the generations through word of mouth. Where music is an integral part of life; where folk songs eulogise ancestors and the brave deeds of warriors and traditional heroes; where poetic love songs immortalise ancient tragic love stories; where Gospel songs touch the soul; where contemporary tunes make you want to tap your blues away. What could be a more fitting pitstop in Bookaroo’s journey of celebrating books and stories?

Thanks to the rock-like support from our partner, The Kohima Institute, Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival, with its stories, art and craft, workshops, drama and books, has been able to venture into the north-east at last. Our authors, storytellers, illustrators and performers will land in Kohima very soon to add to the colour of a city, where life itself is one long festival.

As Bookaroo wings its way to its ninth state and 12th city, we hope that the children of Kohima are as excited as we are.

Come on over. We promise you something that you will not forget in a hurry.

The dates:    October 26th and 27th, 2018

The venue:      Raj Bhavan & The Heritage, Officers Hill

The timings

26th October – 9 AM-2:30 PM  (by invitation)
27th October – 11 AM-4:30 PM (open to all)

The ages

26th October – 6 years to 14 years (by invitation)
27th October – 4 years to 14 years (open to all)

The Speakers

The Heritage

 

 

  • Amrutash Misra

    Amrutash is a writer, storyteller, entrepreneur, and all-round raconteur. Beaches, books, and bitter gourd are among his favourite things in the world. He loves the idea of learning something new every day.

  • Anushka Ravishan...

    Anushka Ravishankar has never met a monster or a crocodile. Disappointed at her boring and monster-deprived childhood, she decided to make life exciting by creating strange creatures – humans, animals and monsters – in her books.

  • Ashok Rajagopala...

    Ashok Rajagopalan’s main aim in life, is to laugh and make people laugh. A shy bookworm, he manages this by writing and drawing funny books. Or he would have joined the circus and become a clown!

  • Ashwathy PS

    Chennai-based visual artist Ashwathy loves to explore art, transforming a simple piece of paper into a whole new multi-sensory experience. Her passion for art came very early, while learning to draw as a child.

  • C G Salamander

    As a child C G Salamander wanted nothing more than to become an insurance salesman, but that changed the moment he was bitten by a radioactive writer. He now writes children’s books, dreaming of selling insurance.

  • Greystroke

    Greystroke – also known as Shyam Madhavan – is a self-taught artist who’s been drawing ever since he can remember. He has been a writer, illustrator, art director (even publisher) for over 20 years now. He’s a photographer and filmmaker as well.

  • Harshikaa Udasi

    Harshikaa Udasi, a journalist and children’s writer, runs a children’s book club in Mumbai. When fed enough paani-puris, she transforms into a parody artist par excellence. She believes that laughter can help solve everything.

  • Indu Harikumar

    Indu Harikumar is a children’s writer, illustrator and craft teacher who enjoys tinkering with everyday objects that find their way into the dustbin to create art around them.

  • Karthika Gopalak...

    Karthika is a writer, storyteller, daydreamer, and dedicated polish-off-er of jars of chocolate ganache. She enjoys her work as an editor but she really likes making children laugh – and making appallingly bad puns.

  • Khyrunnisa A

    Khyrunnisa A, prize-winning author and creator of the popular comic character Butterfingers, is a hoarder, who hates to throw anything away. Her house is full of “stuff” which might just come in useful one day.

  • Lidwin Mascarenh...

    Lidwin Mascarenhas, a Physics graduate-turned-3D animator-turned freelance-graphic-designer-turned mom-turned ceramic artist, loves travelling, food, nature, the smell of the earth after rain and the awesome feel of clay.

  • Neha Singh

    Neha Singh loves creating stories through books, plays and films. She believes there is a crazy story inside every person itching to be told.

  • Priya Kuriyan

    Priya Kuriyan is an illustrator and animation film designer whose forte is the visual art of storytelling When she’s not Illustrating she is usually travelling to places (sometimes imaginary) far and near.

  • Proiti Roy

    Proiti Roy loves to draw for children and rescue animals in distress. She is happiest painting surrounded by her rescued furry friends. She collects matchboxes and postcards… but doesn’t really know what to do with them!

  • Savio Mascarenha...

    Savio Mascarenhas’ is the creative mind behind Super Suppandi, the super avatar of Suppandi. He is also the artist for Little Shambu, based on the childhood adventures of Shikari Shambu.

Bali 2018

It seemed the right time to move into interior India. So Bookaroo takes a detour from the towns and cities to go to Bali in rural Rajasthan. The destination? The Fabindia School that lies just off the main road of Bali, three hours from Udaipur.

Set up 26 years ago by John and William Bissell  with 11 students, The Fabindia School, today, has over 500 boys and girls enrolled. Students come from various villages across a 30 kilometre radius. It is set in picturesque surroundings with its very own forest that was planted by the school.

Bookaroo will visit the School on August 11 with 14 authors, illustrators and storytellers. And we hope the children are going to have fun.

  • Amrutash Misra

    Amrutash is a writer, storyteller, entrepreneur, and all-round raconteur. Beaches, books, and bitter gourd are among his favourite things in the world. He loves the idea of learning something new every day.

  • Anushka Ravishan...

    Anushka Ravishankar has never met a monster or a crocodile. Disappointed at her boring and monster-deprived childhood, she decided to make life exciting by creating strange creatures – humans, animals and monsters – in her books.

  • Ashok Rajagopala...

    Ashok Rajagopalan’s main aim in life, is to laugh and make people laugh. A shy bookworm, he manages this by writing and drawing funny books. Or he would have joined the circus and become a clown!

  • Ashwathy PS

    Chennai-based visual artist Ashwathy loves to explore art, transforming a simple piece of paper into a whole new multi-sensory experience. Her passion for art came very early, while learning to draw as a child.

  • C G Salamander

    As a child C G Salamander wanted nothing more than to become an insurance salesman, but that changed the moment he was bitten by a radioactive writer. He now writes children’s books, dreaming of selling insurance.

  • Greystroke

    Greystroke – also known as Shyam Madhavan – is a self-taught artist who’s been drawing ever since he can remember. He has been a writer, illustrator, art director (even publisher) for over 20 years now. He’s a photographer and filmmaker as well.

  • Harshikaa Udasi

    Harshikaa Udasi, a journalist and children’s writer, runs a children’s book club in Mumbai. When fed enough paani-puris, she transforms into a parody artist par excellence. She believes that laughter can help solve everything.

  • Indu Harikumar

    Indu Harikumar is a children’s writer, illustrator and craft teacher who enjoys tinkering with everyday objects that find their way into the dustbin to create art around them.

  • Karthika Gopalak...

    Karthika is a writer, storyteller, daydreamer, and dedicated polish-off-er of jars of chocolate ganache. She enjoys her work as an editor but she really likes making children laugh – and making appallingly bad puns.

  • Khyrunnisa A

    Khyrunnisa A, prize-winning author and creator of the popular comic character Butterfingers, is a hoarder, who hates to throw anything away. Her house is full of “stuff” which might just come in useful one day.

  • Lidwin Mascarenh...

    Lidwin Mascarenhas, a Physics graduate-turned-3D animator-turned freelance-graphic-designer-turned mom-turned ceramic artist, loves travelling, food, nature, the smell of the earth after rain and the awesome feel of clay.

  • Neha Singh

    Neha Singh loves creating stories through books, plays and films. She believes there is a crazy story inside every person itching to be told.

  • Priya Kuriyan

    Priya Kuriyan is an illustrator and animation film designer whose forte is the visual art of storytelling When she’s not Illustrating she is usually travelling to places (sometimes imaginary) far and near.

  • Proiti Roy

    Proiti Roy loves to draw for children and rescue animals in distress. She is happiest painting surrounded by her rescued furry friends. She collects matchboxes and postcards… but doesn’t really know what to do with them!

  • Savio Mascarenha...

    Savio Mascarenhas’ is the creative mind behind Super Suppandi, the super avatar of Suppandi. He is also the artist for Little Shambu, based on the childhood adventures of Shikari Shambu.

Mumbai 2018 – Pre-registration Recommended

  • Amrutash Misra

    Amrutash is a writer, storyteller, entrepreneur, and all-round raconteur. Beaches, books, and bitter gourd are among his favourite things in the world. He loves the idea of learning something new every day.

  • Anushka Ravishan...

    Anushka Ravishankar has never met a monster or a crocodile. Disappointed at her boring and monster-deprived childhood, she decided to make life exciting by creating strange creatures – humans, animals and monsters – in her books.

  • Ashok Rajagopala...

    Ashok Rajagopalan’s main aim in life, is to laugh and make people laugh. A shy bookworm, he manages this by writing and drawing funny books. Or he would have joined the circus and become a clown!

  • Ashwathy PS

    Chennai-based visual artist Ashwathy loves to explore art, transforming a simple piece of paper into a whole new multi-sensory experience. Her passion for art came very early, while learning to draw as a child.

  • C G Salamander

    As a child C G Salamander wanted nothing more than to become an insurance salesman, but that changed the moment he was bitten by a radioactive writer. He now writes children’s books, dreaming of selling insurance.

  • Greystroke

    Greystroke – also known as Shyam Madhavan – is a self-taught artist who’s been drawing ever since he can remember. He has been a writer, illustrator, art director (even publisher) for over 20 years now. He’s a photographer and filmmaker as well.

  • Harshikaa Udasi

    Harshikaa Udasi, a journalist and children’s writer, runs a children’s book club in Mumbai. When fed enough paani-puris, she transforms into a parody artist par excellence. She believes that laughter can help solve everything.

  • Indu Harikumar

    Indu Harikumar is a children’s writer, illustrator and craft teacher who enjoys tinkering with everyday objects that find their way into the dustbin to create art around them.

  • Karthika Gopalak...

    Karthika is a writer, storyteller, daydreamer, and dedicated polish-off-er of jars of chocolate ganache. She enjoys her work as an editor but she really likes making children laugh – and making appallingly bad puns.

  • Khyrunnisa A

    Khyrunnisa A, prize-winning author and creator of the popular comic character Butterfingers, is a hoarder, who hates to throw anything away. Her house is full of “stuff” which might just come in useful one day.

  • Lidwin Mascarenh...

    Lidwin Mascarenhas, a Physics graduate-turned-3D animator-turned freelance-graphic-designer-turned mom-turned ceramic artist, loves travelling, food, nature, the smell of the earth after rain and the awesome feel of clay.

  • Neha Singh

    Neha Singh loves creating stories through books, plays and films. She believes there is a crazy story inside every person itching to be told.

  • Priya Kuriyan

    Priya Kuriyan is an illustrator and animation film designer whose forte is the visual art of storytelling When she’s not Illustrating she is usually travelling to places (sometimes imaginary) far and near.

  • Proiti Roy

    Proiti Roy loves to draw for children and rescue animals in distress. She is happiest painting surrounded by her rescued furry friends. She collects matchboxes and postcards… but doesn’t really know what to do with them!

  • Savio Mascarenha...

    Savio Mascarenhas’ is the creative mind behind Super Suppandi, the super avatar of Suppandi. He is also the artist for Little Shambu, based on the childhood adventures of Shikari Shambu.

Delhi 2017

PARKING ADVISORY

As the India Gate circle is a high-security zone, all cars will have to be parked in Bhairon Road parking lot or on official parking lots around India Gate, not in the circle. Please try and use public transport, Uber or Ola to come to the venue.  Nearest metro stations are Central Secretariat and Barakhamba Road.

Join in the biggest birthday party of the year for children!

Bookaroo, India’s first children’s literature festival, will be celebrating its 10th birthday on the 25th and 26th November from 10.30am to 5.30pm at Children’s Park (near India Gate).

The celebrations have already started with 10 walls around the city being painted with illustrations from children’s books.

Come and meet over 50 award-winning writers, illustrators, poets and storytellers, including 18 from outside India. 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.

Be ready for fun and games galore with stories and books in all forms, shapes and sizes – and a very special cake of course!

Entry is free and open to all. There is no pre-registration.

 

  • Amrutash Misra

    Amrutash is a writer, storyteller, entrepreneur, and all-round raconteur. Beaches, books, and bitter gourd are among his favourite things in the world. He loves the idea of learning something new every day.

  • Anushka Ravishan...

    Anushka Ravishankar has never met a monster or a crocodile. Disappointed at her boring and monster-deprived childhood, she decided to make life exciting by creating strange creatures – humans, animals and monsters – in her books.

  • Ashok Rajagopala...

    Ashok Rajagopalan’s main aim in life, is to laugh and make people laugh. A shy bookworm, he manages this by writing and drawing funny books. Or he would have joined the circus and become a clown!

  • Ashwathy PS

    Chennai-based visual artist Ashwathy loves to explore art, transforming a simple piece of paper into a whole new multi-sensory experience. Her passion for art came very early, while learning to draw as a child.

  • C G Salamander

    As a child C G Salamander wanted nothing more than to become an insurance salesman, but that changed the moment he was bitten by a radioactive writer. He now writes children’s books, dreaming of selling insurance.

  • Greystroke

    Greystroke – also known as Shyam Madhavan – is a self-taught artist who’s been drawing ever since he can remember. He has been a writer, illustrator, art director (even publisher) for over 20 years now. He’s a photographer and filmmaker as well.

  • Harshikaa Udasi

    Harshikaa Udasi, a journalist and children’s writer, runs a children’s book club in Mumbai. When fed enough paani-puris, she transforms into a parody artist par excellence. She believes that laughter can help solve everything.

  • Indu Harikumar

    Indu Harikumar is a children’s writer, illustrator and craft teacher who enjoys tinkering with everyday objects that find their way into the dustbin to create art around them.

  • Karthika Gopalak...

    Karthika is a writer, storyteller, daydreamer, and dedicated polish-off-er of jars of chocolate ganache. She enjoys her work as an editor but she really likes making children laugh – and making appallingly bad puns.

  • Khyrunnisa A

    Khyrunnisa A, prize-winning author and creator of the popular comic character Butterfingers, is a hoarder, who hates to throw anything away. Her house is full of “stuff” which might just come in useful one day.

  • Lidwin Mascarenh...

    Lidwin Mascarenhas, a Physics graduate-turned-3D animator-turned freelance-graphic-designer-turned mom-turned ceramic artist, loves travelling, food, nature, the smell of the earth after rain and the awesome feel of clay.

  • Neha Singh

    Neha Singh loves creating stories through books, plays and films. She believes there is a crazy story inside every person itching to be told.

  • Priya Kuriyan

    Priya Kuriyan is an illustrator and animation film designer whose forte is the visual art of storytelling When she’s not Illustrating she is usually travelling to places (sometimes imaginary) far and near.

  • Proiti Roy

    Proiti Roy loves to draw for children and rescue animals in distress. She is happiest painting surrounded by her rescued furry friends. She collects matchboxes and postcards… but doesn’t really know what to do with them!

  • Savio Mascarenha...

    Savio Mascarenhas’ is the creative mind behind Super Suppandi, the super avatar of Suppandi. He is also the artist for Little Shambu, based on the childhood adventures of Shikari Shambu.

Jaipur 2017

Jaipur, here we come again!

 

It is going to be Bookaroo time again in Jawahar Kala Kendra.

On November 18th and 19th, the Jawahar Kala Kendra (or JKK as it is commonly referred to) will once again play host to a thrilling array of storytelling, book reading, crafts, drama and much, much more.

Located on Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, JKK is the place where something or the other keeps happening – in the cultural space. This year, Bookaroo has speakers from four other countries – Portugal, Australia, Poland and the UK.  Add to this a mind-boggling assortment of Indian stories and you get a tantalising taste of what is to come.

The sessions will be conducted in Hindi and English. On the weekend of November 18th and 19th, you know where you have to be

Timing: 11am to 430 pm

Check out the line-up of speakers who are going to keep you in thrall.

 

 

  • Amrutash Misra

    Amrutash is a writer, storyteller, entrepreneur, and all-round raconteur. Beaches, books, and bitter gourd are among his favourite things in the world. He loves the idea of learning something new every day.

  • Anushka Ravishan...

    Anushka Ravishankar has never met a monster or a crocodile. Disappointed at her boring and monster-deprived childhood, she decided to make life exciting by creating strange creatures – humans, animals and monsters – in her books.

  • Ashok Rajagopala...

    Ashok Rajagopalan’s main aim in life, is to laugh and make people laugh. A shy bookworm, he manages this by writing and drawing funny books. Or he would have joined the circus and become a clown!

  • Ashwathy PS

    Chennai-based visual artist Ashwathy loves to explore art, transforming a simple piece of paper into a whole new multi-sensory experience. Her passion for art came very early, while learning to draw as a child.

  • C G Salamander

    As a child C G Salamander wanted nothing more than to become an insurance salesman, but that changed the moment he was bitten by a radioactive writer. He now writes children’s books, dreaming of selling insurance.

  • Greystroke

    Greystroke – also known as Shyam Madhavan – is a self-taught artist who’s been drawing ever since he can remember. He has been a writer, illustrator, art director (even publisher) for over 20 years now. He’s a photographer and filmmaker as well.

  • Harshikaa Udasi

    Harshikaa Udasi, a journalist and children’s writer, runs a children’s book club in Mumbai. When fed enough paani-puris, she transforms into a parody artist par excellence. She believes that laughter can help solve everything.

  • Indu Harikumar

    Indu Harikumar is a children’s writer, illustrator and craft teacher who enjoys tinkering with everyday objects that find their way into the dustbin to create art around them.

  • Karthika Gopalak...

    Karthika is a writer, storyteller, daydreamer, and dedicated polish-off-er of jars of chocolate ganache. She enjoys her work as an editor but she really likes making children laugh – and making appallingly bad puns.

  • Khyrunnisa A

    Khyrunnisa A, prize-winning author and creator of the popular comic character Butterfingers, is a hoarder, who hates to throw anything away. Her house is full of “stuff” which might just come in useful one day.

  • Lidwin Mascarenh...

    Lidwin Mascarenhas, a Physics graduate-turned-3D animator-turned freelance-graphic-designer-turned mom-turned ceramic artist, loves travelling, food, nature, the smell of the earth after rain and the awesome feel of clay.

  • Neha Singh

    Neha Singh loves creating stories through books, plays and films. She believes there is a crazy story inside every person itching to be told.

  • Priya Kuriyan

    Priya Kuriyan is an illustrator and animation film designer whose forte is the visual art of storytelling When she’s not Illustrating she is usually travelling to places (sometimes imaginary) far and near.

  • Proiti Roy

    Proiti Roy loves to draw for children and rescue animals in distress. She is happiest painting surrounded by her rescued furry friends. She collects matchboxes and postcards… but doesn’t really know what to do with them!

  • Savio Mascarenha...

    Savio Mascarenhas’ is the creative mind behind Super Suppandi, the super avatar of Suppandi. He is also the artist for Little Shambu, based on the childhood adventures of Shikari Shambu.

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

 

  • Amrutash Misra

    Amrutash is a writer, storyteller, entrepreneur, and all-round raconteur. Beaches, books, and bitter gourd are among his favourite things in the world. He loves the idea of learning something new every day.

  • Anushka Ravishan...

    Anushka Ravishankar has never met a monster or a crocodile. Disappointed at her boring and monster-deprived childhood, she decided to make life exciting by creating strange creatures – humans, animals and monsters – in her books.

  • Ashok Rajagopala...

    Ashok Rajagopalan’s main aim in life, is to laugh and make people laugh. A shy bookworm, he manages this by writing and drawing funny books. Or he would have joined the circus and become a clown!

  • Ashwathy PS

    Chennai-based visual artist Ashwathy loves to explore art, transforming a simple piece of paper into a whole new multi-sensory experience. Her passion for art came very early, while learning to draw as a child.

  • C G Salamander

    As a child C G Salamander wanted nothing more than to become an insurance salesman, but that changed the moment he was bitten by a radioactive writer. He now writes children’s books, dreaming of selling insurance.

  • Greystroke

    Greystroke – also known as Shyam Madhavan – is a self-taught artist who’s been drawing ever since he can remember. He has been a writer, illustrator, art director (even publisher) for over 20 years now. He’s a photographer and filmmaker as well.

  • Harshikaa Udasi

    Harshikaa Udasi, a journalist and children’s writer, runs a children’s book club in Mumbai. When fed enough paani-puris, she transforms into a parody artist par excellence. She believes that laughter can help solve everything.

  • Indu Harikumar

    Indu Harikumar is a children’s writer, illustrator and craft teacher who enjoys tinkering with everyday objects that find their way into the dustbin to create art around them.

  • Karthika Gopalak...

    Karthika is a writer, storyteller, daydreamer, and dedicated polish-off-er of jars of chocolate ganache. She enjoys her work as an editor but she really likes making children laugh – and making appallingly bad puns.

  • Khyrunnisa A

    Khyrunnisa A, prize-winning author and creator of the popular comic character Butterfingers, is a hoarder, who hates to throw anything away. Her house is full of “stuff” which might just come in useful one day.

  • Lidwin Mascarenh...

    Lidwin Mascarenhas, a Physics graduate-turned-3D animator-turned freelance-graphic-designer-turned mom-turned ceramic artist, loves travelling, food, nature, the smell of the earth after rain and the awesome feel of clay.

  • Neha Singh

    Neha Singh loves creating stories through books, plays and films. She believes there is a crazy story inside every person itching to be told.

  • Priya Kuriyan

    Priya Kuriyan is an illustrator and animation film designer whose forte is the visual art of storytelling When she’s not Illustrating she is usually travelling to places (sometimes imaginary) far and near.

  • Proiti Roy

    Proiti Roy loves to draw for children and rescue animals in distress. She is happiest painting surrounded by her rescued furry friends. She collects matchboxes and postcards… but doesn’t really know what to do with them!

  • Savio Mascarenha...

    Savio Mascarenhas’ is the creative mind behind Super Suppandi, the super avatar of Suppandi. He is also the artist for Little Shambu, based on the childhood adventures of Shikari Shambu.

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)
PROGRAMME SCHEDULE

See you there!

Jo Williams, Swati Roy & M Venkatesh

  • Amrutash Misra

    Amrutash is a writer, storyteller, entrepreneur, and all-round raconteur. Beaches, books, and bitter gourd are among his favourite things in the world. He loves the idea of learning something new every day.

  • Anushka Ravishan...

    Anushka Ravishankar has never met a monster or a crocodile. Disappointed at her boring and monster-deprived childhood, she decided to make life exciting by creating strange creatures – humans, animals and monsters – in her books.

  • Ashok Rajagopala...

    Ashok Rajagopalan’s main aim in life, is to laugh and make people laugh. A shy bookworm, he manages this by writing and drawing funny books. Or he would have joined the circus and become a clown!

  • Ashwathy PS

    Chennai-based visual artist Ashwathy loves to explore art, transforming a simple piece of paper into a whole new multi-sensory experience. Her passion for art came very early, while learning to draw as a child.

  • C G Salamander

    As a child C G Salamander wanted nothing more than to become an insurance salesman, but that changed the moment he was bitten by a radioactive writer. He now writes children’s books, dreaming of selling insurance.

  • Greystroke

    Greystroke – also known as Shyam Madhavan – is a self-taught artist who’s been drawing ever since he can remember. He has been a writer, illustrator, art director (even publisher) for over 20 years now. He’s a photographer and filmmaker as well.

  • Harshikaa Udasi

    Harshikaa Udasi, a journalist and children’s writer, runs a children’s book club in Mumbai. When fed enough paani-puris, she transforms into a parody artist par excellence. She believes that laughter can help solve everything.

  • Indu Harikumar

    Indu Harikumar is a children’s writer, illustrator and craft teacher who enjoys tinkering with everyday objects that find their way into the dustbin to create art around them.

  • Karthika Gopalak...

    Karthika is a writer, storyteller, daydreamer, and dedicated polish-off-er of jars of chocolate ganache. She enjoys her work as an editor but she really likes making children laugh – and making appallingly bad puns.

  • Khyrunnisa A

    Khyrunnisa A, prize-winning author and creator of the popular comic character Butterfingers, is a hoarder, who hates to throw anything away. Her house is full of “stuff” which might just come in useful one day.

  • Lidwin Mascarenh...

    Lidwin Mascarenhas, a Physics graduate-turned-3D animator-turned freelance-graphic-designer-turned mom-turned ceramic artist, loves travelling, food, nature, the smell of the earth after rain and the awesome feel of clay.

  • Neha Singh

    Neha Singh loves creating stories through books, plays and films. She believes there is a crazy story inside every person itching to be told.

  • Priya Kuriyan

    Priya Kuriyan is an illustrator and animation film designer whose forte is the visual art of storytelling When she’s not Illustrating she is usually travelling to places (sometimes imaginary) far and near.

  • Proiti Roy

    Proiti Roy loves to draw for children and rescue animals in distress. She is happiest painting surrounded by her rescued furry friends. She collects matchboxes and postcards… but doesn’t really know what to do with them!

  • Savio Mascarenha...

    Savio Mascarenhas’ is the creative mind behind Super Suppandi, the super avatar of Suppandi. He is also the artist for Little Shambu, based on the childhood adventures of Shikari Shambu.

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: japribm@sarawak.gov.my or razakr@sarawak.gov.my

  • Amrutash Misra

    Amrutash is a writer, storyteller, entrepreneur, and all-round raconteur. Beaches, books, and bitter gourd are among his favourite things in the world. He loves the idea of learning something new every day.

  • Anushka Ravishan...

    Anushka Ravishankar has never met a monster or a crocodile. Disappointed at her boring and monster-deprived childhood, she decided to make life exciting by creating strange creatures – humans, animals and monsters – in her books.

  • Ashok Rajagopala...

    Ashok Rajagopalan’s main aim in life, is to laugh and make people laugh. A shy bookworm, he manages this by writing and drawing funny books. Or he would have joined the circus and become a clown!

  • Ashwathy PS

    Chennai-based visual artist Ashwathy loves to explore art, transforming a simple piece of paper into a whole new multi-sensory experience. Her passion for art came very early, while learning to draw as a child.

  • C G Salamander

    As a child C G Salamander wanted nothing more than to become an insurance salesman, but that changed the moment he was bitten by a radioactive writer. He now writes children’s books, dreaming of selling insurance.

  • Greystroke

    Greystroke – also known as Shyam Madhavan – is a self-taught artist who’s been drawing ever since he can remember. He has been a writer, illustrator, art director (even publisher) for over 20 years now. He’s a photographer and filmmaker as well.

  • Harshikaa Udasi

    Harshikaa Udasi, a journalist and children’s writer, runs a children’s book club in Mumbai. When fed enough paani-puris, she transforms into a parody artist par excellence. She believes that laughter can help solve everything.

  • Indu Harikumar

    Indu Harikumar is a children’s writer, illustrator and craft teacher who enjoys tinkering with everyday objects that find their way into the dustbin to create art around them.

  • Karthika Gopalak...

    Karthika is a writer, storyteller, daydreamer, and dedicated polish-off-er of jars of chocolate ganache. She enjoys her work as an editor but she really likes making children laugh – and making appallingly bad puns.

  • Khyrunnisa A

    Khyrunnisa A, prize-winning author and creator of the popular comic character Butterfingers, is a hoarder, who hates to throw anything away. Her house is full of “stuff” which might just come in useful one day.

  • Lidwin Mascarenh...

    Lidwin Mascarenhas, a Physics graduate-turned-3D animator-turned freelance-graphic-designer-turned mom-turned ceramic artist, loves travelling, food, nature, the smell of the earth after rain and the awesome feel of clay.

  • Neha Singh

    Neha Singh loves creating stories through books, plays and films. She believes there is a crazy story inside every person itching to be told.

  • Priya Kuriyan

    Priya Kuriyan is an illustrator and animation film designer whose forte is the visual art of storytelling When she’s not Illustrating she is usually travelling to places (sometimes imaginary) far and near.

  • Proiti Roy

    Proiti Roy loves to draw for children and rescue animals in distress. She is happiest painting surrounded by her rescued furry friends. She collects matchboxes and postcards… but doesn’t really know what to do with them!

  • Savio Mascarenha...

    Savio Mascarenhas’ is the creative mind behind Super Suppandi, the super avatar of Suppandi. He is also the artist for Little Shambu, based on the childhood adventures of Shikari Shambu.

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.

  • Amrutash Misra

    Amrutash is a writer, storyteller, entrepreneur, and all-round raconteur. Beaches, books, and bitter gourd are among his favourite things in the world. He loves the idea of learning something new every day.

  • Anushka Ravishan...

    Anushka Ravishankar has never met a monster or a crocodile. Disappointed at her boring and monster-deprived childhood, she decided to make life exciting by creating strange creatures – humans, animals and monsters – in her books.

  • Ashok Rajagopala...

    Ashok Rajagopalan’s main aim in life, is to laugh and make people laugh. A shy bookworm, he manages this by writing and drawing funny books. Or he would have joined the circus and become a clown!

  • Ashwathy PS

    Chennai-based visual artist Ashwathy loves to explore art, transforming a simple piece of paper into a whole new multi-sensory experience. Her passion for art came very early, while learning to draw as a child.

  • C G Salamander

    As a child C G Salamander wanted nothing more than to become an insurance salesman, but that changed the moment he was bitten by a radioactive writer. He now writes children’s books, dreaming of selling insurance.

  • Greystroke

    Greystroke – also known as Shyam Madhavan – is a self-taught artist who’s been drawing ever since he can remember. He has been a writer, illustrator, art director (even publisher) for over 20 years now. He’s a photographer and filmmaker as well.

  • Harshikaa Udasi

    Harshikaa Udasi, a journalist and children’s writer, runs a children’s book club in Mumbai. When fed enough paani-puris, she transforms into a parody artist par excellence. She believes that laughter can help solve everything.

  • Indu Harikumar

    Indu Harikumar is a children’s writer, illustrator and craft teacher who enjoys tinkering with everyday objects that find their way into the dustbin to create art around them.

  • Karthika Gopalak...

    Karthika is a writer, storyteller, daydreamer, and dedicated polish-off-er of jars of chocolate ganache. She enjoys her work as an editor but she really likes making children laugh – and making appallingly bad puns.

  • Khyrunnisa A

    Khyrunnisa A, prize-winning author and creator of the popular comic character Butterfingers, is a hoarder, who hates to throw anything away. Her house is full of “stuff” which might just come in useful one day.

  • Lidwin Mascarenh...

    Lidwin Mascarenhas, a Physics graduate-turned-3D animator-turned freelance-graphic-designer-turned mom-turned ceramic artist, loves travelling, food, nature, the smell of the earth after rain and the awesome feel of clay.

  • Neha Singh

    Neha Singh loves creating stories through books, plays and films. She believes there is a crazy story inside every person itching to be told.

  • Priya Kuriyan

    Priya Kuriyan is an illustrator and animation film designer whose forte is the visual art of storytelling When she’s not Illustrating she is usually travelling to places (sometimes imaginary) far and near.

  • Proiti Roy

    Proiti Roy loves to draw for children and rescue animals in distress. She is happiest painting surrounded by her rescued furry friends. She collects matchboxes and postcards… but doesn’t really know what to do with them!

  • Savio Mascarenha...

    Savio Mascarenhas’ is the creative mind behind Super Suppandi, the super avatar of Suppandi. He is also the artist for Little Shambu, based on the childhood adventures of Shikari Shambu.

Kolkata 2016

kolkata

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.

  • Amrutash Misra

    Amrutash is a writer, storyteller, entrepreneur, and all-round raconteur. Beaches, books, and bitter gourd are among his favourite things in the world. He loves the idea of learning something new every day.

  • Anushka Ravishan...

    Anushka Ravishankar has never met a monster or a crocodile. Disappointed at her boring and monster-deprived childhood, she decided to make life exciting by creating strange creatures – humans, animals and monsters – in her books.

  • Ashok Rajagopala...

    Ashok Rajagopalan’s main aim in life, is to laugh and make people laugh. A shy bookworm, he manages this by writing and drawing funny books. Or he would have joined the circus and become a clown!

  • Ashwathy PS

    Chennai-based visual artist Ashwathy loves to explore art, transforming a simple piece of paper into a whole new multi-sensory experience. Her passion for art came very early, while learning to draw as a child.

  • C G Salamander

    As a child C G Salamander wanted nothing more than to become an insurance salesman, but that changed the moment he was bitten by a radioactive writer. He now writes children’s books, dreaming of selling insurance.

  • Greystroke

    Greystroke – also known as Shyam Madhavan – is a self-taught artist who’s been drawing ever since he can remember. He has been a writer, illustrator, art director (even publisher) for over 20 years now. He’s a photographer and filmmaker as well.

  • Harshikaa Udasi

    Harshikaa Udasi, a journalist and children’s writer, runs a children’s book club in Mumbai. When fed enough paani-puris, she transforms into a parody artist par excellence. She believes that laughter can help solve everything.

  • Indu Harikumar

    Indu Harikumar is a children’s writer, illustrator and craft teacher who enjoys tinkering with everyday objects that find their way into the dustbin to create art around them.

  • Karthika Gopalak...

    Karthika is a writer, storyteller, daydreamer, and dedicated polish-off-er of jars of chocolate ganache. She enjoys her work as an editor but she really likes making children laugh – and making appallingly bad puns.

  • Khyrunnisa A

    Khyrunnisa A, prize-winning author and creator of the popular comic character Butterfingers, is a hoarder, who hates to throw anything away. Her house is full of “stuff” which might just come in useful one day.

  • Lidwin Mascarenh...

    Lidwin Mascarenhas, a Physics graduate-turned-3D animator-turned freelance-graphic-designer-turned mom-turned ceramic artist, loves travelling, food, nature, the smell of the earth after rain and the awesome feel of clay.

  • Neha Singh

    Neha Singh loves creating stories through books, plays and films. She believes there is a crazy story inside every person itching to be told.

  • Priya Kuriyan

    Priya Kuriyan is an illustrator and animation film designer whose forte is the visual art of storytelling When she’s not Illustrating she is usually travelling to places (sometimes imaginary) far and near.

  • Proiti Roy

    Proiti Roy loves to draw for children and rescue animals in distress. She is happiest painting surrounded by her rescued furry friends. She collects matchboxes and postcards… but doesn’t really know what to do with them!

  • Savio Mascarenha...

    Savio Mascarenhas’ is the creative mind behind Super Suppandi, the super avatar of Suppandi. He is also the artist for Little Shambu, based on the childhood adventures of Shikari Shambu.