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Jarul Book Award


Winner of the Jarul Book Award 2018

Title: Dada's Useless Present

Author: Nalini Sorensen


Illustrator: Allen Shaw

Publisher: Karadi Tales Publication


Shortlisted Titles for 2017-2018

  • 1. Ashok Rajagopalan. Gajapati Kulapti: Gurrburrrrooom! Chennai: Tulika, 2016. Print.

  • 2. Basu, Samit. Intergalactic Idol. Chennai: Karadi Tales Pvt, Limited, 2015. Print.

  • 3. Nalini Sorensen, and Allen Shaw. Dada's Useless Present. Chennai: Karadi Tales, 2016. Print.

  • 4. Neha Singh, and Sonal Gupta. Bela Misses Her Train. Chennai: Karadi Tales, 2017. Print.

  • 5. Nonda Chatterjee, and Joyita Banerjee. Old Man Who Would Not Listen. New Delhi: Katha, 2013. Print.

  • 6. Prabhat, Bidyut Rai, and Tultul Biswas. The Cycle's Dream. Bhopal: Eklavya, 2013. Print.

  • 7. R. Amarendran, and Ashok Rajagopalan. Salim the Knife-Sharpener. Chennai, India: Tulika, 2015. Print.

  • 8. Rao, Sandhya, and Tanvi Bhat. Dream Writer. Chennai, Tulika Publishers, 2016.

  • 9. Sengupta, Swati, and Sayan Mukherjee. The Talking Bird. Chennai: Tulika, 2015. Print.

  • 10. Whitaker, Zai. Kanna Panna. Chennai, India: Tulika, 2015. Print.

Nominated Titles for 2017-2018

  • 1. The Cycle's Dream by Prabhat, illustrated by Bidyut Rai and Trans. by Tultul Biswas (Ekalvya)

  • 2. Dada's Useless Present by Nalini Sorenson and illustrated by Allen Shaw (Karadi Tales)

  • 3. Kanna Panna by Zai Whitaker (Tulika)

Participating Schools

  • American Embassy School, Delhi

  • American School of Bombay, Mumbai

  • Ascend International School, Mumbai

  • Canadian International School, Singapore

  • Don Bosco International School, Mumbai

  • Ecole Mondiale World School, Mumbai

  • Fazlani L' Academie Globale, Mumbai

  • Hindustan international School, Padur

  • Jamnabai Narsee International school, Mumbai

  • JBCN International School, Oshiwara, Mumbai

  • Meridian School, Madhapur

  • Oakridge International School, Newton Campus

  • Oberoi International School, Oshiwara, Mumbai

  • Oberoi International School, Mumbai

  • Santacruz West Education Society, Mumbai

  • Smt. Surajba Vidya Mandir, Mumbai

  • The Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad

  • The Somaiya School, Mumbai

Gifts and Certificates for all Participating Schools


All participants at the event were gifted with Grow Trees Certificates. The Jarul Committee believes that gifting and greeting the winners and guests with Tree Certificates instead of flowers supports a social cause. Trees are planted on public grounds to honour our guests and participating schools. The Grow Tree Organization's vision is to enable the present and future generations to take an active part in nurturing the environment. Planting trees provide employment to tribal folk, improve the ecological balance, thus positively impacting the lives of the flora and the fauna around us.

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