The fourth annual Aviva Bookaroo, Children's Literature Festival, kicked off with the Essar Foundation Bookaroo in the city recently. An attempt to spread the joy of reading and storytelling to schools all over the city, the festival had numerous literary stars holding special activities and sessions.
Essar Foundation Bookaroo in the City is co-produced by Bookaroo Trust Teamwork Productions and Pratham Books and is supported by Essar Foundation. ‘We are delighted to partner Bookaroo in the City in their quest to promote literature among school children in India.
Knowledge is best when shared and therefore our focus on ‘Bookaroo in the City' phase of the event, which makes an effort to reach out to maximum number of schools', said Mr. Deepak Arora, VP Essar Foundation.
This two-week long extravaganza of book-related events culminated in three days of dramatic readings and interactive at the festival held at Sanskriti Kendra.
Pioneers in children literature such as Anupa Lal, Tapas Guha, Deepa Agarwal, Mala Kumar and Tanya Luther Aggarwal along with international authors such as John Dougherty, Satoshi Kitamura and Adeline Foo were part of the event.
The packed schedule of Bookaroo in the City included storytelling sessions, poems and sing alongs for the younger students, quizzes and even a little bit of music.
A session by cartoonist at the MCD school in Krishna Nagar had the children learning different illustration techniques and learning the different tricks of the trade from Narayan. Another storytelling session by Vinita Krishna at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pushp Vihar had children listening engrossed as an unfamiliar and exciting world unfolded in front of them.
Some of the participating schools were Andhra School-Pushp Vihar, Springdales -Pusa Road, Mothers International, Shemrock, Cancer Foundation School, Deep Foundation School, Kendriya Vidyala Vasant Kunj, MCD School Seelampur.