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Parag, an initiative of Tata Trusts has launched Parag Honour List (PHL) 2021. This list is a curated collection of outstanding books in English and Hindi for children and young adults. List is published annually, comprises noteworthy books of the year and has been created with careful screening and multiple reviews by experts in the children’s literature sector. You can access PHL 2021 along with annotation and details of the book here – English and Hindi

The Parag Honour List Book Box 2021 is an initiative that provides outstanding books of the year to non-profit organisations, libraries, schools, home libraries, and learning centres that have been doing meaningful work in the library space. With the PHL Book Box, we hope to provide libraries with a comprehensive, curated collection of quality children’s literature from various Indian children’s publishers. This initiative is administered by Parag Initiative of Tata Trusts.

Call for Applications

This is an open call for non-profit organisations, libraries, schools, home libraries, and learning centres to apply for this initiative and win a curated collection of quality children’s literature for their libraries. Libraries that received a PHL Book Box in 2020 are eligible to apply again this year.

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The set includes a diverse collection of 20 titles in English or 15 titles in Hindi which are a part of the Parag Honour List 2021 books. This collection will include original fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in the categories of picture books, young readers, and young adults.

Process

  • Launch – Call for applications announced on 26th July 2021
  • Application – Fill the full application form by 31st August 2021
  • Screening – The applications will be evaluated via calls scheduled with the applicant, and a set of Parag Honour List Books, in either English or Hindi, will be awarded to selected libraries
  • Announcement – Selected applications will be notified of their selection to be a recipient of the Parag Honour List Book Box 2021 by the end of September 2021. Books will be delivered to library locations in the months of November and December, subject to availability of courier services.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Non – profit organisations, libraries, schools, learning centres, home libraries can apply
  • Libraries serving children from underserved communities would be given priority
  • Libraries who received the PHL Book Box in 2020 are eligible to apply again this year
  • Only fully filled application forms will be considered
  • The form should be submitted by 31st August 2021

For any queries write to us at [email protected]

Parag Honour List Books 2021

A curated collection of outstanding books in English and in Hindi, for children and young adults, by the Parag Initiative of Tata Trusts. This list, published annually, comprises noteworthy books of the year with brief information about each title. It has been created with careful screening and multiple reviews by experts in the children’s literature sector. The list aims to promote access to a comprehensive curated list of good quality children’s literature that librarians, teachers, parents and children can refer to and read.

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