Dear friends,
I'm excited to share that my story 'Wake Up, Amma!' is one of the prize winners at the CBT Competition for Writer's of Children's Books 2016 in th...e Picture Book (500-600 words) category.

Also amongst winners across categories and language are friends from the Children's Authors community that I've been fortunate to make over the past few years - Shyamala Shanmugasundaram, Santhini Govindan, Neera Jain, Sanjeev Jaiswal and Ramendra Kumar. Congratulations to you all too!

Priya Narayanan

And here's where you can check out the complete list of winners:

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Children's Book Trust (CBT) invites manuscripts for Competition for Writers of Children's Books 2016 in English and in Hindi. (For people above 18 years)

Q. What do u get when u combine #WorldReadAloudDay & the #supermoon phenomenon?
A. A gr8 opportunity to read aloud to ur child from the book 'The Moon Wants to be Spotless White' tht has a reference to the said phenomenon
Check out the book here:

The vain Moon is devastated when he finds out about the dirt patch on his otherwise pristine white self. He wants to be scrubbed and cleaned by Dhobi Kaka to regain his spotless beauty. The moon cunningly manipulates Mitu into helping him out in this mission. But how will mitu get the moon down t...

Thanks @fortunecookieMs for the review! It's an honor to be part of the #ReadYourWorld campaign by Multicultural Children's Book Day that focuses on bringing attention to all of the amazing #ChildrensBooks available that celebrate diversity. #diverse #kidlit

For those who are unaware of the concept, Multicultural Children’s books are:
- Books that contain characters of color, as well as characters that represent a minority point of view.
- Books that share ideas, stories, an...d information about cultures, race, religion, language, and traditions.
- Books that embrace our world, and offer children new ways to connect to a diverse and richer world

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Multicultural Children's Book Day

In The Moon wants to be Spotless White written by Priya Narayanan, Mitu, the main character who loves the moon, was told to clean the moon until it turned into spotless again.#readyourworld…/multicultural-childrens-book…/

It was fun conducting the 'Spooky Tales' writing workshop for kids at the recently concluded GLF - Gujarat Literature Festival

We started with a short clip from the movie Transylvania until the excited bunch settled down. We discussed the difference between spooky and horror stories followed by drawing up a list of creatures, places and sounds that the kids could relate with the word ‘spooky’. I was pleasantly surprised by the rather long list we drew up in just five minute...s! And by the realization that kids these days are more scared of their moms than ghosts!!
We then read aloud a short spooky story for the young writers to see how they could pick up various words from their list and knit them together into a story with the right amount of spookiness in it. It also demonstrated how ‘sounds’ play an important role in spooky stories -be it the howling of the wind or rattling of the windows or wailing of ghosts.
This was followed by a 20-minute writing marathon based on some prompts and we concluded with a read aloud session of stories written by the budding writers.

All in all, a satisfying, spooky day 😊

A big shout out to the team at Ahmedabad Book Club who organized the workshop.

#spooky #writing #gujaratliteraturefestival #glf #childrenfest #ahmedabad

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Happy birthday Mr.Tolkein! Here's a great write-up about one of my favorite books -full of crazy characters and a blissful read indeed.
#kidlit #childrensbooks

“‘What color?’ said Mr. Binks. ‘Bright yellow,’ said Mr. Bliss, ‘inside and out.'”
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Redbricks Education Foundation

Redbricks hosts Read to Lead - Young Readers' Conclave for the 2nd time. Here is the detailed schedule with all the workshops and sessions line-up.

A special p...erformance by Neeraj Arya's Kabir Cafe on 17th December. Do attend.

For passes and registrations, contact 9979500003/ 8200296268,

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'When Grandma Climbed the Magic Ladder is a sweet book that explains the transition between life and death in a very magical way. It provides a wealth of cultural information and is clearly designed to show this transition as not just a time to be sad, but also as a time to rejoice in all the love a family provides and provided.' - Thanks Heather Beal for the wonderful review!

For those of you who are yet to read the book, here's where you can find it:

And those who've already read it, please spare a few minutes to leave a review on the link provided above.

Have a great week!

#kidlit #childrensbooks

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When his much-loved Grandma passes away, Shashi is both grieved and puzzled. Amma takes him aside to reveal something amazing – that Grandma was now on her way to become a star! In the heavens above, she would join Grandpa, who was impatiently waiting for her. Shashi hides three of his fav...

Hi everyone,

My story 'A Question of Time has been featured in the October issue of children's magazine Champak. Do check the link below to get your copy of the e-mag or get yourself the print magazine from your neighborhood bookstore.…/Delhi-Pre…/Champak/Children/246188


You can also read the story at along with my other contributions to children's magazines.


#storiesforkids #champak

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I'm sure those of you with junior readers at home would have read the iconic #picturebook 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak. My joy knew no bounds when I saw 'Where the Wild Mums Are' at the bookstore today. Similar plot, similar illustrations and just as short and sweet as the original A must read for all harried moms!

Happy reading
Priya Narayanan
#kidlit #childrensbooks #parenting

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This Dussehra, sharing an engaging and fun book by the newest author on the block - Diksha Pal Narayan

Happy reading

Ved and Friends Celebrate Dussehra and Diwali is an amazing book about how festivities and learning can go hand in hand beautifully. Get your copy of Ved and...
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In Kassel, Germany, at the very the site where Nazis once burned over 2,000 books by Jewish and Marxist writers, one artist has built a colossal tribute to free speech. Welcome to the “Parthenon” of banned books, a powerful installation at documenta 14.

Hey all,
My poem 'Love is in the Clouds' has been published in the Narrow Road Literary Journal (page 35). It's a short piece, so do read and share. And there several other wonderful pieces of flash fiction, haibun and poetry that you might not want to miss.

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Narrow Road - A Literary Journal showcasing Flash Fiction, Poetry and Haibun.

A lot of people I know find it difficult to read. I'm sure it is, if you've not been conditioned to do so since childhood. But then, love for reading is something that can be acquired at any age. All you need is patience and positivity. Maybe you'll only read one page to start with, but that's a great start! As parents, many of us put that extra effort to make readers out of our kids. But I do wish more adults discover the wonder of reading too. #reading #books

Commitment to reading is an ongoing battle.

Lovely lovely read!! What a great book to start the week with!
Do read, laugh and share


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Raji is having a terrible day. First, a crow gobbled up her bajji. And now it's trying to gobble up h

What is a poem? Why does a poet pen a poem and what does it do to you, the reader? When we adults discuss books and literature, we seldom talk about poems - its always stories and prose. And it is very rare that children are encouraged to read poetry outside what they encounter in their textbooks. I often wonder why, because a poem is such a simple tool to both convey and absorb complex concepts and emotions.
* Don't forget to read the article through to the end... you'll be treated to a beautiful piece of poetry

“A poem … is when you are in love and have the sky in your mouth.”