Promote Reading in Times of PANDEMIC


Promote Reading in Times of PANDEMIC

Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle- offer entire catalogue free

Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle are offering their entire catalogue free, till March 31st to help with social distancing. Here are the links:
Amar Chitra Katha:

Gulshan Books donates 1000 books

Gulshan books a famous chain of book stores in Kashmir has donated 1000 books to Jammu and Kashmir administration. Sheikh Ajaz, owner of Gulshan Books did this for the several Quarantine centres which have been set up.

HarperCollins Publishers India- HCCBatHome

HarperCollins Children Books is starting, HCCBatHome which will bring writing and doodling workshops, activity sheets and book readings. This will include a range of talented authors and illustrators like Paro Anand, Shamika Chaves, Shabnam Minwalla, Deepa Agarwal and many more. The authors who will be going online at 11:30 am everyday: 25th March: Deepa Agarwal (writing workshop),26th March: Shabnam Minwalla (on writing horror)27th March: Shamika Chaves (doodling workshop).Following authors are in pipeline: Paro Anand ,Vaishali Shroff ,Tanu Shree Singh , Mila Kahlon.

They will also be putting out audiograms of local authors reading from their books and activity sheets from international titles. And have exciting and engaging activities coming up for children to learn more about the world around them. This should start in April.

Links which have gone online :
Activity sheets:
Activity Guide:

For the adults division:
They are putting out quarantine reading recommendations under #HarperAtHome. Sending out weekly newsletters with exciting lists of e-books to read, what to cook and what to listen to.

Juggernaut to create India’s first online Literary Festival in association with Scroll

As part of its #readinstead campaign, Juggernaut Books will be creating a month-long online literary festival in association with Scroll called #Readinstead Online Literature Festival.The #readinstead campaign was set up in response to the lockdown people are living through because of the coronavirus. On Saturday (21st March) they made their entire catalogue free for readers to access during this period. Alongside this, they are creating a unique month-long literary event. The #Readinstead litfest will include some of Juggernaut’s biggest authors and consist of conversations, workshops, competitions, master classes and more. The festival will be launched on Friday, March 27th at 12 pm.

‘At Juggernaut we are always trying to do something original, and we have been playing with the idea of creating an online literary festival for some time. This was the perfect moment. Our vision is to get more people reading and to find new ways to bring the magic of books and reading to them. The #Readinstead lit fest will we hope entertain and stimulate people in this difficult time and remind us of the power of books. We are delighted that we could make this happen and thank our partner Scroll for coming on board with so much enthusiasm.’ said Chiki Sarkar and Simran Khara.

Chiki Sarkar is the publisher and co-founder of Juggernaut Books. Simran is the Chief Executive Officer at Juggernaut.(

“In this uncertain time, we unexpectedly find ourselves with time to read all those books we’ve been stockpiling for a rainy day and to reflect about the ideas that have shaped our world. was started with the idea of covering the news that matters and things that make life worth living. We’re delighted that Juggernaut has given us the opportunity to reiterate this.”

National Book Trust, India Launches #StayHomeIndiaWithBooks

National Book Trust, India in its efforts to encourage people to read books while at home and is providing its select and best-selling titles for FREE Download as part of its initiative of #StayHomeIndiaWithBooks. The 100+ books, in PDF format, can be downloaded from the NBT’s website Available in Hindi, English, Asamiya, Bangla, Guajarati, Malayalam, Odia, Marathi, Kokborok, Mizo, Bodo, Nepali, Tamil, Punjabi, Telugu, Kannada, Urdu and Sanskrit, the books cover all genres of fiction, biography, popular science, teacher’s handbook, and majorly books for children and young adults. In addition, there are books by Tagore, by Premchand, and books on Mahatma Gandhi — all in all there are books for everyone in the family to read and enjoy. More titles will be added to the list.

Scholastic India Initiatives Lit Pro Library

Scholastic (India) offers free Lit Pro Library access for children- till May 31 2020. From KG and up. This will have over 1000 e-books across a range of genres with new and popular titles for ages 5 and up. Read aloud for younger readers- that supports independent reading and listening comprehension. Clickable Vocabulary definition, audio recorder to practise fluency, personalised dashboards to track progress.

Tune in to #StoryTimeWithSohaAliKhan only on Hubhopper. Girl In The Garden, written by Deepa Agarwal.This is the first part, there’s a lot more to come next week.

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