BICW Awards: The Best of Indian Children’s Writing – Contemporary
The Best of Indian Children’s Writing (BICW) recognises the best books for children in the age group of 4 to 12 years from publishers across India. There is no glittering award ceremony, and no boozy dinner parties. Instead, the “award” is a bulk purchase order – a promise to take these publishers’ books to the market.
BICW rewards only authors of Indian origin. The book has to be set in an Indian (or neutral) context.
Has to be original. No re-telling and rehashing, unless stunningly refreshing. No misappropriation.
Contemporary characters, plot lines, and settings. Modern sensibilities. Rooted in the present.
Level 1: Starter Kit
Hurrah! The kids have started reading.
Level 2: Picture Book Land
Are they really reading or just looking at the pictures?
Level 3: Picking Up Pace
Oh! They really did read it. Phew.
Level 4: Running Ahead
Hmm. Maybe they don’t need our help anymore.
Level 5: Chapters Ahoy!
Will they make it to chapter books?
Level 6: Base Camp Books
Okay! We’re at Base Camp Books and the climb has just begun.
Level 7: In Chapter Land
We’re in Chapter Land and the pictures are disappearing fast.
BICW has been around since 2018 and it will grow with every annual BICW exercise. The books announced each year add to the BICW list. You can view our 2018 BICW announcement here and 2019 BICW announcement here. We are very transparent about our process and the work we do. Free to drop a comment (good stuff and ugly ones) on this page or on any of the posts or write to us. If you have books that you want us to consider, then let us know.
Detailed essays regarding our thought process around BICW:
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