During 2008 and 2009 Sanskriti was the consecutive venue partner for India’s first ever Children’s Literary Festival: “Bookaroo!”. Despite the fact that children’s books are the fastest-growing segment of the publishing industry, there had been no festival devoted to bringing together books, children, authors and illustrators until then.

Unlike book fairs, where the emphasis is clearly on selling, the Bookaroo! festival was a place where the imagination could take flight. It was not just about buying books, but rather hearing and seeing how they come alive.

With internationally renowned children’s writers and illustrators, puppet shows, dramatic reading, and interactive workshops, children were inspired to read, draw, watch, question, imagine…to discover new worlds, and rediscover beloved classics.

Bookaroo! featured amongst others programmes:
• Conversation with Jeff Smith, author of the bestselling Bone series of graphic novels
• How to make a comic with Subhadra Sen Gupta
• The Glum Peacock (Young Zubaan) Story telling with Tabish Khair
• Teddybear’s picnic with Jerry Pinto (author of A Bear for Felicia, Puffin)
• Inky fingers: screen printing workshop with Tara Books
• Rhyme Time! Poetry with Anushka Ravishankar
• Dinomania: Make your own Bookasaurus rex with Dorling Kindersley
• Graffiti wall - draw your favorite characters! Express yourself!
• Best of British children’s illustrations exhibition - Magic Pencil
• Nonsense Workshop with Sampurna Chatterji
• A tete-a-tete with Dr. Seuss’ Cat In the Hat
• A panel discussion with Wendy Cooling, Paro Anand and Ranjit



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