Friday, January 13, 2017

Tulika in 2016!


We started the year off on a high…

The House That Sonabai Built won The Hindu Young World-GoodBooks Award for Best Book – Non-Fiction, and Gender Talk: Big Hero, Size Zero was announced as an Honour Book in the same category.

Radhika Menon participated in a panel discussion on ‘Inclusion of Specially-abled Children in Children's Literature’, at the New Delhi World Book Fair.


We turned 20 and it was Open House at our office! Our family of authors, illustrators, translators and well-wishers trooped in through the day with warm wishes. 

Bhimrao Ambedkar: The Boy Who Asked Why won the Darsana Book Award for Excellence in Children’s Book Production.

We launched the popular bilingual picture book, Tiji and Cheenu at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.

A Bhil Story went back to the Bhils! Children from Rani Kajal Jeevan Shala school, Kakrana village, Madhya Pradesh were delighted to read a book about their own people! 

Our favourite storyteller, Cathy Spagnoli, visited the Tulika Bookstore! This gentle, smiling, spirited and strong lady embodies a storytelling style that is mesmerising, even when she speaks just above a hush!

Mr Sathyanarayanan of Lohit Libraries dropped in. Chief enthusiast in the making of Hambreelmai’s Loom in Mishmi, he never ceases to amaze us with his zeal for getting good books out to children.

Wildlife photographer Bina Kak took her ‘wild’ story, Sultan’s Forest to Bookaroo Jaipur. 

Art educator Vishakha Chanchani conducted an engaging craft session with the multiple award-winning The House That Sonabai Built.

We celebrated World Storytelling Day at JustBooks library, Anna Nagar, Chennai, with a reading of Wings to Fly. With the year’s theme being ‘Strong Women’, this uplifting story was the perfect choice!

With rhythm and rhyme, writer Sandhya Rao chanted, sang and recited poems on World Poetry Day. The children at Redwood Montessori danced to the beat of the drums of Dum Dum Dho!

Our books went LIVE on Worldreader where they’re continued to be read and top the charts in the ‘most read books’ category.

We said ‘Konichiwa’ to the Japanese edition of Who Will Rule?

Our taste bud tantaliser, A Silly Story of Bondapalli, staged by Gillo Gilehri for the first time in Mumbai, played to an overwhelming response!

The popular stand-up book, Home was reprinted in a new avatar.

We launched two e-books, The Why-Why Girl and A Silly Story of Bondapalli on the Juggernaut app.

Australian writer Ken Spillman launched his latest picture book, Clumsy!

Actor Twinkle Khanna, the ambassador for Vidyanjali Yojana, a government scheme to promote reading habits among children picked A Silly Story of Bondapalli for a rollicking read aloud.

Several popular titles were released as multilingual anibooks on YouTube by BookBox. 

Winner of the first Bal Sahitya Puraskar, Just a Train Ride Away, was published in Punjabi!

We created some fabulous handcrafted puppets based on the hit Gajapati Kulapati series.

Spotted at an exhibition by a discerning eye, a striking piece of Warli art, turned into the brilliant book, My Gandhi Story. The same exhibition, Bapu: A Craftperson’s Vision, travelled to Australia, along with the books!

Stephen Huyler’s spectacular photographs of the self-taught artist, Sonabai, in the four-time award-winning The House that Sonabai Built were on display in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Our engaging Read and Colour Stories were brought back on the shelves.

Film lyricist and Tulika translator Raj Shekhar took two of his books, Pakdo, Pakdo Us Billi Ko and Ruru Raag to Arushi, an NGO in Bhopal, where he recorded the stories for their library. 

Mr Ravi Arora, an IAS officer currently posted at Navsari, Gujarat, conducted a programme to sensitise children towards differently-abled people using the Gujarati edition of Why Are You Afraid To Hold My Hand? 

Illustrator Proiti Roy and animator-filmmaker Nina Sabnani were nominated for the Big Little Book Awards.

Chie Media’s Fundoodaa train of fun got their first lot of Tulika books on board, and you can choo choo choose them in the language you prefer. More anibooks!

The first in our Illustrated Classics series, Our Incredible Cow was nominated for the Crossword Book Awards – Jury Award.

More of our books were published by Oxford University Press, Pakistan. 

Illustrator Krishna Bala Shenoi’s book trailer for Gone Grandmother has been trailblazing the internet. 

Dum Padam Pappadum from the Oluguti Toluguti book of rhymes was published in the Archa Calendar, by the globally renowned International Youth Library in Munich.

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