This bimonthly update focuses on Children's Literature from India and the Indian diaspora and the many ways in which it has changed over the years. Nowadays, the children's literature being produced in India includes much more than just stories and folktales rich in morals and traditions. The output of its writers and illustrators in a variety of genres and in a plethora of languages reflects India's complex and ever-changing multilingual society. They also break through and go beyond long-standing gender, cultural and social stereotypes.
The unique challenges and opportunities Indian children's book creators face–or those in the diaspora writing about India–help create what one of our interviewees poetically calls the "rainbow-colored horizon" of Indian children's literature.
We hope these interviews, reviews, gallery features and point of views will help spread the good news of India's many voices speaking to children, and contribute to making them heard and treasured not only within but also beyond their country.
Returning to Essential Questions
by Uma Krishnaswami
Trailblazers of Yesterday: Bengali Children's Classics Shouldn't Be Forgotten
by Swapna Dutta
Once Upon an India
Bitten by the Anushka Ravishankar Bug
by Anitha Ramkumar
Personal Views Revisited:
Diwali: The Hindu Festival of Lights
by Chad Stephenson
Here to Stay: South Asian Literature for Children and Teens
by Pooja Makhijani
Borderless World: Multicultural Poetry for Children and Young Adults
by Debjani Chatterjee
Make sure to read PaperTigers' new reviews, and to check out our compilation of all the books from/about India reviewed on PaperTigers to date. Take a look at the newly added reviews from our other review sources as well: CCBC, Books for Keeps, Resource Links...
Links & Lists:
In this section you will find links & reading lists related to children's literature from/about India...
And in addition to focusing on India, we will also continue our focus on the Spirit of PaperTigers Project. Many book sets have already reached their destination. You can read the children's feedback we have received so far here . We will post feedback as it comes in, both here on the website and on our blog.