Bengali writer and Sahitya Akademi awardee Nabaneeta Dev Sen wins the Big Little Book Award this year in the “Author in Bengali Language” category for her contribution to the children’s literature.
The award organised by Parag initiative of Tata Trusts to recognise and honour authors and illustrators of children’s literature, focused on the writers in Bengali language in its second edition.
“In today’s world, books are fighting for children’s attention. Technology and other recreational activities like music are taking precedence over a more conventional form, i.e. reading. It’s important to re-ignite children’s imaginations with books, and encourage more publishers to invest their time and energies towards children’s literature,” she said.
Chennai-based illustrator Proiti Roy, known for her works in various children’s books across languages, received the award in the illustrator category.