Awarding big contributions in the field of literature for little people in India.

Big Little Book Award

Big Little Book Award

Big Little Book Awards:
Honouring excellence in the categories of author and illustrator/artist

Over the last two decades, a handful of authors, illustrators and publishers have attempted to give voice to Indian children’s literature with stories that talk to young readers about who they are, and help them navigate a multicultural and multilingual environment. These authors and illustrators have attempted to balance the traditional with the contemporary to reflect the Indian reality in content, visuals and production. They have given us stories that are not didactic but layered and sensitive, illustrations that fight gender and caste stereotypes, are inclusive, bring humour and fun into books, and books that make for great reading. The Big Little Book Award is a first of its kind award instituted by the Parag initiative of Tata Trusts and ‘Literature Live!’ to recognize and honour significant contribution of such authors and illustrators to children’s literature in Indian language (s). The first awards will be announced at Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest, 2016. The award will be given under two categories – one for author and another for illustrator/artist. An eminent panel will select the winners.


Parag Logo

Parag is an initiative of the Tata Trusts that aims to spread the joys of reading and make reading a part of every childhood by supporting the development, dissemination and use of children’s literature in Indian languages. Over the past nine years, Parag has supported the development of 350 new books in multiple Indian languages. Titles include picture books, educational publishing, curricular material, activity books, poems and story books for various ages. Over 750,000 original print runs and a large number of editions / print runs have reached 110 million readers. Books are priced affordably, have original (and age-appropriate) content for children in the age group of 3 to 16 years, with good production quality. To ensure access to quality literature Parag supports children’s libraries being run through non-profits, schools and communities. It also invests in capacity building and has launched the first of its kind course to train children’s librarians – The Library Educators Certificate Course (LEC). Responding to a gap in the children’s literature sector, Parag launched Riyaz Academy of Illustrators in 2015 to trains young professionals to illustrate for children.

Literature Live!

Literature Live!

Literature Live! is dedicated to celebrating the written word in all its forms. From book launches, thought-provoking talks, literary evenings and author interactions to performances, book swaps, fiction and haiku contests, it offers Mumbai a chance to participate in the many avenues of literature. It also organises Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest, Mumbai's premier international literary festival. Now gearing up for its 7th edition from November 17 to 20,  2016. Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai International LitFest is considered India’s premier litfest, because it looks at literature in a way that complements the spirit of Mumbai: energetic, cosmopolitan and all-inclusive. Over 120 writers, thinkers and performers from all over the world are expected to participate during its many events this year at the National Centre for Performing Arts and the Prithvi Theatre.

Award Process
  1. Nomination

    The nomination process is open till June 30, 2016. Nomination forms can be filled and submitted online. Publishers, librarians, academics and experts are invited to nominate names for the awards. A maximum of 3 names may be submitted in each category. Self-nomination will not be accepted.

    Marathi only
    Author nominations
    All languages
    Illustrator nominations
    June 30
    Nominations close
  2. Longlist

    After all nominations are received the Awards committee will make a longlist of names. Publishers will be asked to send five copies of the author’s /illustrator’s book/s to the jury.

  3. BLB Events

    A series of events will be organised from September to October around children's literature including book readings, library visits by authors and illustrators, and discussions.

  4. Winners

    The winners will be announced at the Tata Lit Live 2016.

    Nov 17
    Winners announced
Award Criteria

Languages: Every year, one Indian language will be chosen for awarding an author. Authors writing extensively for children in that language but not limited to it will be eligible for nomination. The language chosen for the 2016 award to an author is Marathi. Only authors writing in Marathi for children will be eligible to be nominated in 2016. The nomination for illustrators is open across languages.

  1. The award shall be given annually.
  2. Writing in any Indian language including English.
  3. The Award is restricted to authors/illustrators who are citizens of India and have a body of original and significant work in the field of children’s literature in any Indian language(s).
  4. Author/Illustrator should have worked in the area for 7-10 years minimum, is still writing/illustrating for children in the contemporary space and has a connect with today’s readers.
  5. Original work means that the text/illustration was created by this author/illustrator and no one else. For authors it may include original retellings of traditional literature, provided the words are the author’s own.
  6. The author’s/illustrator’s body of work shall be intended for children and display respect for children’s understandings, abilities, and appreciations. Children are defined as persons of ages up to and including 14, and work for this entire age range will be considered.
  7. The text of a book shall include all forms of writing — fiction, non-fiction, wordless books and poetry. Reprints, compilations and abridgements are not eligible. The illustrations made by the illustrator must provide the child with a visual experience and extend/ add to the story. It could also include picture books that have a collective unity of story-line, theme, or concept, developed through the series of pictures of which the book is comprised.
  8. The award will not be given posthumously.

1. How many names can we nominate?

You can nominate up to 3 authors and 3 illustrators.

2. How many entries can we submit against every nomination?

For any author/illustrator you nominate, you should provide as much detail about books written/illustrated as possible, along with other details of publisher, date of publication, etc. Publishers can also provide details of books by the author/illustrator that have been published by a different agency/publishing house.

3. Why are author nominations only in Marathi?

The Big Little Big Award has been instituted to recognize and reward authors and illustrators who have contributed to children’s literature in Indian languages. Since authors write in a primary language, the author award is language specific. Each year a different Indian language will be chosen for awarding authors. In contrast, illustrations, especially wordless picture books or books which are highly illustrated can work across languages. Since the medium is visual and children learn to read pictures before reading text, the illustrator’s award is independent of language.


4. When is the nomination deadline?

The nomination process is open till June 30, 2016 and nomination forms can be filled and submitted online at

5. What is the judging process?

Once all the nominations are received, a longlist will be prepared. Books will be sought from publishers for longlisted names. A shortlist will be generated and an eminent panel will decide the winner. The Big Little Book Award will be presented on November 17 at Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest.

  • Nominations Open

    June 1

  • Nominations Close

    June 30

  • BLB Events

    Sept to Oct

  • Winners Announced

    Nov 17

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Will you be submitting 5 copies of each of the titles above to the jury committee?

‘Yes’ mandatory if you are a publisher. Address will be shared by the award committee after submission of nominations.

Reasons for nominating

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