Writing for children in not a child’s play; even though the language used is simple, the adult writing for the target audience is far removed from their world. Still, India has produced many successful children’s writers who have been playing a significant role in grooming children for a more creative and bright future ahead. SheThePeople.TV takes a look some of the most popular female children’s writers in India.
Jafa is one of the most popular children’s writers of Indian origin. She has written over 100 books, being especially regarded for the books she has written for children with special needs and has even introduced book therapy for them. Apart from the numerous children’s books, Jafa has also written and researched on writing children’s literature. The former General Secretary of the Indian National Section of the International Board on Books for Young People, Jafa has won numerous awards and accolades for her work.
Krishnaswami is the author of some of the recent children’s books like Chachaji’s Cup, The Happiest Tree, The Closest Ghost and Bringing Asha Home. Born in India, Uma developed a keen interest in writing from an early age was published for the first time at the age of 13. Currently a resident of North Mexico, she keeps travelling to India and has been the writer in residence at the Aztec Ruins National Monument for over ten years.
Neelam Saxena Chandra
A poet and author, writing in both Hindi and English, Neelam has been the recipient of Rabindranath Tagore International Award in 2014, and also won a poetry contest, ‘Poetry for Social Change,’ organized by the Consulate General of the United States, Mumbai. Some of Neelam’s most popular books include, ‘Can I Have This Chance’, ‘Skyline’, ‘Silhouette of Reflections,’ ‘Soulseekers’ and ‘Pankhudian.’
Santhani is a critically acclaimed children’s books writer, who has written over 30 books and had a rather interesting beginning. A story that she made up to tell her son was entered into a competition and she ended up winning the first prize! She has won numerous awards for her writing since and was also awarded a Junior Fellowship in Literature for two years from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, by Government of India.
[Featured Picture Courtesy: The Indian Express]