Parag has been selected by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), in January 2024, as IBBY’s National Section of India. Considering Parag’s work towards sector building of children’s literature in India since 2005, the IBBY platform, its network of 84 National Sections, is beneficial to place the various stakeholders globally.

IBBY is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1953. Its head quarter is in Basel, Switzerland. It represents countries with well-developed book publishing and literacy programmes, and other countries with only a few dedicated professionals who are doing pioneer work in children’s book publishing and promotion.

IBBY Mission

  • to promote international understanding through children’s books
  • to give children everywhere the opportunity to have access to books with high literary and artistic standards
  • to encourage the publication and distribution of quality children’s books, especially in developing countries
  • to provide support and training for those involved with children and children’s literature
  • to stimulate research and scholarly works in the field of children’s literature
  • to protect and uphold the Rights of the Child according to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

IBBY Website – https://www.ibby.org/

Parag on IBBY website – https://www.ibby.org/ibby-worldwide/index.php?id=2293



Three books have been submitted for IBBY’s Outstanding Books on Young People with Disabilities list. The final selection is the responsibility of the IBBY Project Director, assisted by a jury. National Sections will be informed about selected titles by October, 2024, and the List will be published by IBBY in December, 2024.

Keep an eye on this space for more details.

For more information on the Outstanding List of Books – https://www.ibby.org/subnavigation/archives/outstanding-books-for-young-people-with-disabilities

Riyaaz Academy for Illustrators

A professional development certificate course for artists and young illustrators to explore different forms of illustrations, refine professional skills and intellect, especially in picture book illustration.

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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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