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Children's Voice and Choice
Celebrating Indian Picture Books

Nominated Books for the National Jarul Book Award  2023-2024

My Grandmother Can't Cook
Indu Balachandran 
Priya Kuriyan
Karadi Tales
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The Tomato Flood
Niyatee Parikh Sharma
Alankrita Amaya

Tota Books
Thatha's Pumpkin
Lalita Iyer
Proiti Roy  
Karadi Tales
Thaami’s Gift
Himani Dalmia
Priya Kuriyan
Harper Children's
Many Colours Of Us!
Lavanya Kapahi
Mansi Dwivedi
Tulika Books
The Boy who Wore Bangles
Riddhi Maniar Doda 
Shruti Hemani
Karadi Tales
God's Little Ant
Khyati Anand-Puthran 
Prabha Mallya 
Tulika Books

Beauty is Missing
Priya Kuriyan
Pratham Books
Nani's Walk in the Park
Deepa Balsavar
Pratham Books
That Big-Voiced Girl
Mamta Nainy
Asuma Noor



  • The book is published in India in the last ten years
  • The author and illustrator must be of Indian citizenship
  • The artwork supports and enhances text features contributing to Indian literature, through a theme, clear expression of plot, character, setting, and style
  • Engage children aged 5-11 years
  • Exemplify a literary element or a life lesson
  • Could be either fiction, narrative nonfiction, biography, or non-fiction
  • Be in English (could be a translation from an Indian dialect)
  • Must be an original piece of work, retelling, abridged and compilations are not included

Jury Schools

Top row: Gizelle Rodrigues, Heeru Bhojwani and Sarah Pickles

Bottom row from the left: Darpana Baria, Maruska Desouza, Komal Salvi, Malika Shaikh, Bharti Lachhani, Rashmi Chainani, Sushma Sakpal, Arati Siram, Ketaki P Vaishampayan,  Shachii Manik, Samir Kapadia, Sahil Gaikwad and Chaitali Bhandarkar
American School of Bombay
Bombay Scottish School
Don Bosco International School
Hill Spring International School
Shindewadi Mumbai Public School 
Jasudben M L School
Kotak  (NGO)
Oberoi International School
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Mr Samir Kapadia, Proprietor of Creative Learning Aids partners with National Jarul Book Awards

Give your children an opportunity to cast their vote for their favourite picture books based on the criteria mentioned below. 


Register your school. Give your children the power.


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