Celebrating the JOY of Reading!

Discover the extraordinary world of children's literature as we gather to honor the brightest stars in book creation!

Celebrating young creative talents✨ 

The Children’s Literature Awards 2023 is a tribute to the young creative talents who have dedicated their talents to crafting unforgettable stories for children. While a handful of awards acknowledge the outstanding work in children's literature, the majority tends to favour English publications, leaving limited recognition for works in other Indian languages. The Children’s Literature Awards established by Room to Read with support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) aims to honour the authors, illustrators, and creators who ignite the spark of imagination and bring alive the magic of Indian children's literature across languages and cultural diversities that bring immense joy to young readers.

🏆Award Categories


Category 1:

Room to Read Picture Book Creator’s Award

Get Creative

For ages 3-8 and 8-12 

Get Creative

For ages 3-8 and 8-12

Get Creative

For ages 3-8 and 8-12

Category 2:


Room to Read Teacher-Librarian Choice Award




Process for Picture Book Awards


How to apply?

View eligibility criteria in English and Hindi 



Meet the Jury 



Why did we establish the Awards?

Children's Literature, as an independent literary genre, first emerged in the west. It has found its place in India's vibrant literary landscape only a few decades ago. While it's a genre on the rise, it remains an area that is often overlooked in a country with such linguistic diversity. Astonishingly, there are only around 2,700 dedicated children's book publishers in the country. However, we are witnessing earnest efforts sprouting across the nation to create authentic and contextually rich literature that captures the hearts and imaginations of our children.  

In this emerging domain, writers, illustrators, and publishers are embracing the challenge of blending tradition with contemporary themes, all while celebrating the kaleidoscope of Indian diversity through captivating content, captivating visuals, and innovative production.  

Join us as we embrace the richness of Indian children's literature and honor those who contribute to the JOY of READING for our little ones.