Bookaroo in the City (BIC) is the event that launches the Bookaroo festival in Delhi by bringing the joy of books to children across a spectrum of schools.
The schools range from NGO-run schools in ‘bastis’ to MCD schools, from B-category schools to the schools that have every facility available to school children. What is common is the thread of our love for books that binds us to all children. The wonder and delight on the faces of the children when they listen to an author, leaf through the book at the end of the session and ask, “where do you get these ideas from?” is the same regardless of the school. The Bookaroo Trust was set up to bring the children and books together and the BIC is the prime mover of that social objective. The Festival draws parents and children who, more often than not, already enjoy books. The BIC helps in widening the network of joy by sometimes taking books to children who might not be able to come to the Festival and in other cases, spreading awareness that such a Festival is taking place and more children are encouraged to come.
The BIC also creates a climate where books become a source of joy in a school environment and this helps in taking the ‘green vegetables’ tag from them and making them more akin to ‘ice cream’!
Bookaroo in the City is organised by Pratham Books. Both Bookaroo and Pratham Books are working to bring books into the life of every child. Pratham Books’ initiative of Bookaroo in the City also ensures that books in Indian languages get the attention they deserve and children enjoy stories and books in Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu an other languages.