Bookaroo which is set to debut in Gangtok, Sikkim on June 28 is India’s first children’s literature festival that has travelled to 12 cities across the country. There are as many as 21 speakers, 59 sessions that include storytelling, drama, workshops, art and craft. This festival that began in November 2008 in New Delhi has almost completed 32 editions. So this year the festival which is of the two-day event will be held in Taktse International School in Gangtok.
In this event, children can interact with the author Reshma Thapa Gurung who wrote “The Very Wiggly Tooth”. They also have an opportunity to meet Chennai based storyteller Bhagirathy and others. This event provides an opportunity for four to 14-years-old to come and interact with all these eminent authors. Apart from storytelling and writing workshops, the US-based author Shruthi Rao will hold a session on 20 Indians who changed the world at the festival.
Priya Kuriyan an award-winning illustrator will also hold art workshops on monsters, jungles and egg children to imagine what they would do if they had superpowers. Some of the names in the list of speakers from across the country are storyteller Deeptha Vivekanand, transmedia artiste Kavita Singh Kale, poet Simrin Tamhane.
The entry is free and open to all for festival Bookaroo.