Little Zakir’s fingers can tap on anything, at any time, at any speed. Not surprising for someone who first heard the beats of the tabla when he was only a few days old, whispered into his ear by his father, the great maestro Allarakha. Award-winning writer Sandhya Rao and award-winning illustrator Priya Kuriyan render the story of this ‘wonderkid’, inspired by the flair and infectious energy of the ustaad himself – Zakir Hussain!
Go between-the-lines in our interview with Sandhya Rao to know how she shaped the story. Look out for illustrator Priya Kuriyan's behind-the-pictures interview too!
Soda and Bonda at Gottsunda!
It really is the cat's whiskers because Soda and Bonda is all set to appear in theatres in Gottsunda, Uppsala, Sweden! The gender-bender-trendsetter picture book featuring the cat-dog duo have already taken bookshelves by storm and even have children renaming their favourite toys. Tail waggingly wonderful news!
Born to be a storyteller
"Character + situation = story." A simple, magic formula that turns anyone and everyone into a storyteller, says Australian writer Ken Spillman, and uses it marvellously in his books, Clumsy!, Advaita The Writer and No Fear, Jiyaa!. On his recent visit to Chennai, Ken hopped in and out of schools to share this formula and a special ingredient called imagination!
A sweet tooth treat
The children at ReadnBond's Story Fiesta in New Delhi took a big bite of our recent picture book Lila's Loose Tooth! After author Mamta Nainy read the story, there was much chewing and chomping over imaginative ideas for some great activities. What more? A free dental check-up to go with the theme! Wide, toothy grins were spotted everywhere that day.
Women's Day went by quickly but we've made a list of our #StrongAndBold girls who represent #GirlPower. So now you can come back to the list all year long!
"...books that push the boundaries"
The path-breaking Guthli has Wings has flown and settled comfortably in laps and hands. Here's what people have to say about it:
"a fine example of... books that push the boundaries... I really hope that stories like these make it easier for young readers to defy traditions that make little sense. And also for them to feel less alone in confusing and difficult situations." - Yamini Vijayan, library consultant
"...educators, teachers and some parents have found her story useful to discuss gender with children." - Livemint
"I'd been curious about Ammachi's Glasses for a long time, and am so glad I finally picked it up – it's one of the best books for all ages that I've ever read. Ammama's sari is so full of a textural visuality that tugs gently at nostalgia. Ammiku Oru Pudavai/A Saree For Ammi takes the gentlest touch to themes of class and labour, with vibrant images. All three are by the always marvellous @tulikabooks." (@sharanya_manivannan)