The Big Little Book Award (BLBA), a first-of-its-kind award instituted by the Parag initiative of Tata Trusts and ‘Literature Live! is now inviting nominations for the fourth edition. The award recognizes and honors the significant contribution of Indian authors and illustrators to children’s literature. Every year, one Indian language is chosen for the awards. The language for 2019 is Hindi. Authors with extensive work in children’s literature in Hindi are eligible for nomination. The award for an illustrator is not language specific and nominations can come from across languages. The nominations will be open from May 15 to June 30, 2019.
Tata Trusts launched the Parag Initiative in
2005 to spread the joy of reading and to make reading a part of every childhood
by supporting the development, dissemination and use of children’s literature
in Indian languages.
“Classic Hindi literature has some of the best authors and poets. Parag
has been working with a small set of publishers to publish contemporary Hindi
literature of quality. Yet market dynamics and costs of production have been
deterrents for many publishers to come out with original Hindi books,
especially in picture book for younger children. Through the Big Little Book
Award we hope Hindi writers and publishers will get the recognition and also
impetus to do better work. In the long run we want to nurture a generation of
Hindi writers in children’s literature,” said Swaha Sahoo, Head- Parag Initiative, Tata Trusts.
The details of the award are:
One can nominate in two ways – fill in the
online form and submit directly or one can also download, fill and email the
form to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Self-nomination is not accepted. The award
invites public nomination. Anyone can nominate. Nomination forms are filled and
submitted online. A maximum of three authors and three illustrators can be
nominated by each person.
After the nomination closes, a longlist is
drawn from the nominated list in consultation with the respective juries.
Publishers are requested for copies of the books of longlisted authors and
illustrators. In two to three months, the jury independently shortlists authors
and illustrators. Thereafter, over a meeting the winner author and illustrator
Winners will be announced at the Tata Lit
Live! in November, 2019.
The language for the Big Little Book Award, 2018was
Kannada and the prolific author Nagesh
Hegde was announced as winner, while the Award for Illustratorsof children’s books was presented to Nina Sabnani, artist and professor at
the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay.
“Receiving the Award has transformed my outlook
towards children’s literature… Earlier, writing for children was one component
of my work, now it’s kind of central with workshops on writing for children,
conferences on children’s literature and so much! I have been receiving offers
from publishers in smaller towns who earlier did not recognize me as an author
for children. Recently, a film maker approached me for writing a script for a
children’s film…BLBA’s recognition has led to societal recognition I must say.
It has given me a new identity,”shared Hegde
Since its inaugural edition in 2016, BLBA has
also awarded authors who have contributed to children’s literature in Marathi
BLBA collaborates with major literary
festivals to advocate for children’s literature in Indian languages and create
multiple platforms for children’s authors and illustrators to present their
work and thoughts. BLBA organises reading and library sessions, talks, round
table and other events with shortlisted authors and illustrators.
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