Nina Sabnani received the Big Little Book Award, illustrator category, in 2018. She is an artist and a story weaver who illustrates stories with paper, fabric, needle and thread. She uses ethnography as a medium to put the story and the illustration together which makes her work unique. Nina travels across the country meeting people and documenting their lives and culture, then bringing it forth for children through picture books. Her world of illustration is made up of various elements which shows inclusion and newness along with exploration.

Book art and photos from the field


Poetry and art

Threading cultures, people and stories

Stories are an inclusive place where different worlds meet. To present this diversity, Nina explores the form of illustration in a different way. Her work is a combination of culture, people and stories, presented not only through the story, but through the form of telling. It is a convergence of time and space, culminating as one.

Library Educator’s Course

A professional development certificate course that trains practitioners to imagine the library as an open and creative space for all curricular areas, especially reading for pleasure.

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Big Little Book Award

An annual award that recognizes and honours original and significant contribution of Indian authors and illustrators to children’s literature in Indian languages.


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