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Bookaroo festival: A literary fiesta for kids

books Updated: Nov 28, 2011 14:24 IST

Sonakshi Babbar, Hindustan Times
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From rock operas to spaceship adventures, the Bookaroo Festival of Children's Literature, held at Sanskriti Anandagram over the weekend was a literary treat for kids. With more than fifty authors, book stores, creative corners, and interactive games, the fiesta was a great hit among kids and parents alike.

Reading with Read

American storyteller Margaret Read MacDonald's storytelling sessions attracted kids like moth to light. Her grandma style, animated expressions and interactive approach brought out the best in kids. Not behind were, The 2 Steves who took kids on a Viking adventure with their theatric readings of stories. Kids were spotted pulling their parents to their dramatic session in the amphitheatre. Kriya, 9-yr-old student of a Delhi School couldn't believe it when the session got over, "Can we take the Steves home Mom?," she asked with a serious expression at the end of their session.

With arms wide open

While a majority of the visitors and authors were English speaking, the festival welcomed students of Kendriya Vidyalayas and Government Schools as a part of the new outreach program. The festival saw a mix of Indian and foreign authors who interacted with the kids. The language barrier was overcome with right kinds of interactive methods like singing, theatrics and the like.

Getting creative

In between the interactive session, kids were spotted bringing out their creative talent on a specially created doodle wall. They were provided with free pens, colours and crayons to draw and get lost in the world of imagination. A little further was the Crafty Corner, where kids created little masterpieces with the help of teachers who assisted them in creating wonderful crafts.

Mommy and me

The event saw two kinds of parents, the enthusiastic lot and the prim-&-propah mommies. While the former took active interest in all their kids' activities, sat cross-legged with their kids and made paper crafts. The latter, with sunglasses perched on their forehead, languidly walking with Louis Vuitton on arms were basking under the sun, content with letting kids be.

Films, music and fun

The fest offered a break from books with sessions on script-writing and music composition, for the budding Spielberg's and AR Rahmans's. Arjun Kaul took kids on a musical voyage with a rock opera and later taught them music composition in a musical class. Gregory Hughes invited kids to learn how to create a film from a book. Harry Potter enthusiast Mrinal Kapur, couldn't hide his anticipation, "I love Harry Potter books and movies, one day I want to direct a books series into a film, this session was a great fun."