You can attend India’s largest children’s literature festival in person
Almost two years after the last Bookaroo children’s literature festival in Delhi, the much-loved calendar returns with field programming in the capital this weekend. On Saturday November 27 and Sunday November 28, 2021, book lovers aged 4 to 14 will be able to listen to their favorites and discover fresh voices in children’s literature through storytelling sessions and workshops organized from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the National Rail Museum in Chanakyapuri.
Entry is on a first come, first seated basis. Although Bookaroo sessions are free, the entrance fee to the museum is Rs 100 per adult and Rs 20 per child on weekends.
Bookaroo to facilitate sessions and workshops
Walk under the Kahani tree for back-to-back storytelling sessions. Artists and illustrators from Art1st will guide children in expressing difficult emotions through works of art at the Healing Wall. Children will be encouraged to discover the many ways in which they are unique through self-discovery sessions. More, poetry, art (by Savio Mascarenhas, artistic director of the group at Amar Chitra Katha) and a multitude of book launches: Happiness train by Nandini Nayar, Coral Woman by Lubaina Bandukwala, Ammu’s bottle boat by Niveditha Subramanium, Pedro and the big boom by Nandita da Cunha, and The tiger, the bear and the battle of Mahovan by Akshay Manwani.
Organized by the Delhi-based Bookaroo Trust since 2008, the festival has since traveled to 15 cities in India and Malaysia. This edition will bring together 46 speakers, many of whom will come from across the country. “The idea was simple,” the festival statement said, “to try to bring a sense of normalcy to the lives of children in Delhi. Face masks are a necessity, alongside the usual COVID-19 protocol.