Going Beyond Books

Venkatalakshmi Vikram is a parent and an interior designer who takes a very active role in introducing her child, Vania, to books. She founded and runs Beyond Books, Chennai, a book club for parents looking to discover new literature for their children. Both she and Vania are also very enthusiastic participants in our storytelling events. Here, we interview her about her book club, and her experience in building a love of books in Vania and the impact it has had on her.

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Sion’s Misfortune: Book Review

Advaita Manikkath is an editorial intern at Karadi Tales. This is her review of Sion’s Misfortune by Chen Jiafei, illustrated by Wang Ran.

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Daisy Dolls: Book Review

Advaita Manikkath is an editorial intern at Karadi Tales. This is her review of Daisy Dolls, written by the famous Chinese author Cao Wenxuan, illustrated by Zhao Lei.

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A Timeless Classic

Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar  is an incredibly well-known children’s book, having sold over 50 million copies worldwide – not surprising, considering the vibrant and multi-dimensional experience it provides children. It follows the story of a newborn caterpillar and his metamorphosis, before which he needs to eat as much as he can.

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Delhi Through A Different Lens

Adrija Ghosh is a literature graduate from Calcutta who is passionate about illustration. She has been freelancing on illustration and design projects related to book covers, children’s books and graphic narratives. She loves to travel and work with children when she is not illustrating. Here, she talks to us about her work on the book Letters to Ammi.

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A Love Letter To Delhi

Aftab Yusuf Shaikh is the author of Letters to Ammi, the latest book in our City Series. He is a poet, writer, and teacher, who has always had a strong connection with Delhi and its history. Here, he talks about his book with us, and why Delhi will always intrigue and excite him.

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Shortlisted for the NEEV Children’s Book Award!

It has been a great last couple of weeks for us at Karadi Tales with a slew of positive reviews and awards pouring in. This time, four of our titles – The Clever Tailor, Thukpa for All, Sadiq Wants to Stitch, and The Tale of Babban Hajjam, have been shortlisted for the Neev Children’s Book Award 2019 in the Picture Book category.

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Rupa Ram does it again!

Rupa Ram is a famous but poor tailor with an unfulfilled dream – to stitch something for his own family. So, when he receives a gift of a brand new saafa, he is inspired to do just that! At the heart of this touching tale is a generous man who uses his imagination and creativity to do right by his family.

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Book Review – Letters To Ammi

Akshaya Mohan interned with us at Karadi Tales for two months. This is her review of our latest release, Letters to AmmiLetters to Ammi is an epistolary picture book written by Aftab Yusuf Shaikh, generously interspersed with photographs by Adrija Ghosh and Soumitra Ranade, and drawings by Aparna Trikkur.

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Farmer Falgu Makes it to the South Asia Book Awards’ Highly Commended List!

The South Asia Book Awards seek to highlight outstanding literature for children and teens that portray South Asia or South Asians living abroad. Their goal is to encourage and commend authors and publishers who produce such books, and to provide librarians and teachers with recommendations for educational use.

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Inside the Karadi Cave

This was my first time interning at a children’s publishing company and it was such a profound experience. During the first week of my internship, I had the opportunity to attend ‘A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words,’ a workshop conducted by Karadi Tales. Here, I came to understand the power of illustrations, the impact they have on readers and the amount of effort that goes into making picture books. It was also where I was introduced to a world of different illustration styles and techniques.

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A Bold Approach

Kanika Nair is the illustrator of the much-loved Farmer Falgu series. Her distinct, sparse illustrations that are bold and vibrant have played a big part is making this series the success that it is. Kanika loves to incorporate various insights about children that she has collected over the years into her illustrations. She works as a freelance illustrator, writer and designer of children’s books. In this blog post, we interview her about her experience illustrating this popular series.

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All about Board Books

Board books have been around for decades, but are growing more relevant with each passing day. Though they belong to a niche category in children’s literature, they help their young readers form a strong instinct towards reading that lasts for years to come. Board books are not quite like the other books in the industry. Though they often contain vibrant pictures and stories like picture books, they are made of much sturdier material and their content is more educational in its approach.

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Behind Papa’s Marathon

Papa’s Marathon won the Jarul Book Award 2019. Here we talk to Nalini Sorensen, the author, and Prashant Soni, the illustrator, to find out a little more about the people behind this wonderful book.

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Impact over Intent

The couple of days at the start and end of any internship are, notoriously, the most relaxed. You have an inflated sense of importance, an apprehension of the impending changes; you get to sit back while your employers treat you like the special snowflake that your mother always insisted you were, and sometimes you have little breaks to think about a lot of things that you didn’t have the time for when you were pretending to be busy working.

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