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Children's Voice and Choice
Celebrating Indian Picture Books

2023 National Jarul Book Award Winner

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National Jarul Book Award Event in Pictures

Times of India Education 30th Jan 2023
Click here to download the Pdf

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.

National Jarul Book Award Literary Event

For children by children.

Date: Monday, 23rd January, 2023

          (For participating schools)

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: American School of Bombay, Mumbai. 

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Gigi and Daddy 
Richa Jha & Mithila Ananth
Pickle Yolk Publications
Sometimes Mama, Sometimes Papa
Nandini Nayar & Upanmanyu Bhattacharyya. Puffin Books
Paati's Rasam
Janaki Sabesh, Dhwani Sabesh, Pallavi Jain, &  Viajayanthi. Karadi Tales


  • 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

Nominated Books for the National Jarul Book Award  2022-23

  1. Aai and I  by Mamta Nainy and Sanket Pethkar, Pickle Yolk Books

  2. Gigi and Daddy by Richa Jha; illustrated by Mithila Ananth, Pickle Yok Books

  3. Home of Our Own by Meghaa Gupta, illustrated by Habib Ali, Tulika Publishers

  4. I Am So Much More Than the Colour of My Skin by Divya Thomas; Illustrated by Ruchi Shah, Harper Collins

  5. Just Like Papa by Nandita da Cunha, illustrated by Shreya Sen, Tota Publishers

  6. Machher Jhol by Richa Jha and Sumanta Dey, Pickle Yolk Books

  7. My Name is Gulab  by Sagar Kolwankar, Tulika Publishers.

  8. Paati’s Rasam by Janaki Sabesh & Dhwani Sabesh, Storyboard by Viajayanthi, illustrated by Pallavi Jain

  9. Ritu Weds Chandni by Ameya Narvankar, Penguin Publishers, India

  10. Sometimes Mama, Sometimes Papa by Nandini Nayar, illustrated by Upamanyu Bhattacharyya, Penguin Publishers, India

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From left - Samir Kapadia, Swati Cheulkar, Ishrat Mirza, Arati Siram, Ketki Bedekar, Revathi Manohar, Nandini Vyas, Sarah Pickles.
Bottom row: Geetmala Sabbani, Gizelle Rodrigues, Sapna Ratan, Zikra Kamil, and Heeru Bhojwani.

Jury Schools

American School of Bombay
Bombay International School
CanShaala (NGO)
Chennai International School
Don Bosco International School
Muktangan (NGO)
Nalanda Public School
Oberoi International School
Podar ORT International School 
Teach for India (NGO)
The Somaiya School
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Mr Samir Kapadia, Proprietor of Creative Learning Aids partners with National Jarul Book Awards


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