We have two book launches coming your way this month! The first being the launch of Cat’s Egg at Cat Cafe Studio in Mumbai on 15th February, 6:30 PM. There will be a story reading by author Aparna Karthikeyan. This will be followed by an interaction with the audience on what inspired her to write the book, her writing process, and anything else you can think of! Aparna will also be doing a book signing for those who wish to buy the book. Find out more details about the event here.
The other book launch is of Get Off That Camel at Higginbothmas, M.G. Road, Bangalore on 23rd February at 5 PM. Get ready for a story reading session and an exciting illustration workshop (for children aged 4 to 9) with Krishna Bala Shenoi, illustrator of Get Off That Camel! Free entry. More details here.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Farmer Falgu Goes to the Market has been featured in the 2019 USBBY Outstanding International Book List! It is our second book to make it to the list, the first being The Blue Jackal which made it to the 2017 Outstanding International Book List. Every year, USBBY’s Outstanding International Book committee sits down to select books that represent the best of children’s literature from countries other than the US that exhibit a distinct cultural flavour, have artistic and literary merit, and qualities that engage and appeal to children. It is a huge honour for our book to be included on this prestigious list.
For the third year in a row, one of our books won the Jarul Book Award. Papa’s Marathon by Nalini Sorensen, illustrated by Prashant Soni was this year’s winner, and Sadiq Wants to Stitchby Mamta Nainy, illustrated by Niloufer Wadia was nominated. The Jarul book award is a children’s choice award which makes this even more special. Children from kindergarten to grade five are given a chance to read and vote for the best book. Previous titles of ours that have won this award are The Night Monster (2017), and Dada’s Useless Present (2018).
SO MANY GREAT REVIEWS!
“Fun wordplays and whimsical, especially colorful drawings enhance a tale that is narrated in a rollicking rhyme to maximum appeal to kids interested in a refreshingly original tale of love and witchcraft.”
– Midwest Book Review, Children’s Bookwatch on A Tangle of Brungles.
Full review here.
“Kastl’s artwork offers a playfully skewed sense of scale, as though from the perspectives of the animals…readers will enjoy knowing better than Cat that kittens don’t come from eggs.”
– Publishers Weekly on Cat’s Egg.
Full review here.
“…readers can learn about an important festival in Hindu culture and also learn about the foods and treats that are common in that region of India. Readers will be inspired by Farmer Falgu to be kind even when kindness requires a sacrifice.”
– Jambo Books on Farmer Falgu Goes to the Kumbh Mela.
Full review here.
“I love that the good-hearted farmer once again shows that kindness is its own reward. The simple story is complemented by vivid, warm, deeply colored illustrations. Text appears in different colors and sizes, emphasizing the onomatopoeia and sensory experiences of Farmer Falgu. I appreciate the note at the end which explains the significance of Kumbh Mela and explains the Hindi words in the text.”
– Youth Services Book Review on Farmer Falgu Goes to the Kumbh Mela.
Full review here.
THE LEARNING COMMUNITY AT QUEST
We had two lovely storytellings by Janaki Sabesh of The Case of the Stolen Smells and Thukpa For All at The Learning Community at Quest! Praba Ram, one of the authors of Thukpa For All was present for a book signing. The children enjoyed yummy bajjis and thukpa after!
TRAILER LAUNCH – GOOPI GAWAIYA BAGHA BAJAIYA
The trailer of the film Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya produced by Karadi Tales and CFSI (Children’s Film Society, India), directed by Shilpa Ranade, was launched by Shri Gulzar on 15th Jan, 2019 at The View, Andheri (West).
Watch the trailer for the film here.
COME SAY HI AT THE KOLKATA BOOK FAIR!
We are at the Kolkata Book Fair till the 10th of February. Drop by our stall and say hi!
WHAT WE’RE READING
Monkey and Me written and illustrated by Emily Gravett, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, is a delightful board book for children aged 2 to 4.
A little girl and her toy monkey love imitating different animals, everything from jumping like kangaroos to waddling like penguins! Guess what animal they are as you jump from page to page!
Journey by Aaron Becker, published by Candelwick Press is a stunning wordless picture book that manages to convey a beautiful story through only its illustrations. When a lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall with a red crayon, she finds herself entering a world full of wonder, adventure, and danger, but most importantly, friendship.
A GIFT FOR THE NEW YEAR!
What could be a better New Year’s resolution for 2019 than to read and keep reading?!
This new year, we brought our stories and songs even closer to teachers and schools with a teacher’s programme that will now be available on their phones through the Trikona app.
WORKSHOP: A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
A workshop on the magic of picture books was conducted by Shobha Viswanath, Publishing Director of Karadi Tales on 19th Jan, 2019.
The workshop was attended by 170 teachers and principals from 27 schools in Chennai who have adopted the Power English programme. The workshop was aimed at getting teachers to increase engagement with kids in the classroom using the power of visuals in picture books and to show that illustrations in books do much more than simply support the text.
MAHARASHTRA TRIBAL DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT –
TEACHERS TRAINING WORKSHOP
Around 250 teachers teaching grades 1 to 7 participated in a training workshop on Jan 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th in Sangamner, Maharashtra. The Project Officers of the Rajur District were present for the workshop. The teachers were active participants and seemed to truly enjoy themselves during each of the modules with the guidance of Karadi Path’s team of trainers. By the end of the workshop, the teachers were eager to go back to their respective schools and start the implementation of the programme.