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Homegrown Fare for Young Minds

Until six years ago, most children’s books available in India were imports. Today, local publishers are bringing out an array of engaging books that draw from our history, culture and society.

“Well-meaning adults,” the English author Neil Gaiman said in a talk in London in October 2013, “can easily destroy a child’s love of reading.” Delivering the second annual lecture of The Reading Agency, a London-based charity, he further said: “Stop them reading what they enjoy or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like—the 21st century equivalents of Victorian ‘improving’ literature—you’ll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and, worse, unpleasant.”

Even until six years ago, Indian parents had to depend largely on books imported from the West to stock their children’s libraries. These books were expensive, so many parents chose not to buy them. A persistent few signed up with fast-vanishing local libraries. However, over the past six years, publishing firms have been bringing out books steeped in the Indian ethos, for kids of all age groups. The books are not limited to urban themes. They traverse all corners of our country and engage with a variety of current topics.

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Updated On : 5th May, 2017
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