Indian Section of IBBY

Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children (AWIC)

Nehru House

4 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg

IN-New Delhi 110 002

Tel/Fax [int. +9111] 23 31 10 95

E-mail: infoawic.LÖ



Ms. Nilima Sinha

Tel [int. +9111] 23 31 69 70

Fax [int. +9111] 23 79 41 81

E-mail: sinhan2008gmail.LÖ

(address of the section)


Secretary General

Ms. Manorama Jafa

Tel/Fax [int. +9111] 26 85 96 41


(address of the section)



Ms Ira Saxena

Tel [int. +91 120] 243 36 91

E-mail: saxena.iragmail.LÖ

(address of the section)


Bookbird Correspondent

Ms Ira Saxena

E-mail: saxena.iragmail.LÖ

(address of the section)

Secretary General receives PADMA SHREE

Manorama Jafa, Secretary General IBBY (India Section) has been awarded the national honour PADMA SHREE for her contribution to children's literature, in the Republic Day Honours' List, by the President of India.

The Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children (AWIC), a voluntary organization, works towards the promotion and development of literature for children in India. It represents writers, illustrators, librarians, editors and publishers interested in children’s literature. Founded by the late Mr. K. Shankar Pillai in 1981, AWIC has moved from strength to strength making its presence felt in the international field for quality children’s literature. Since 1990, it has represented the Indian Section of IBBY.

IBBY India is very active in book publishing. In addition to the publication of stories, poems, plays and biographies by its members, AWIC has contributed to literacy projects, school library projects and translations. It runs an exclusive children’s bookshop and conducts regular workshops for members helping them hone their skills.

In 1991, the AWIC Children’s Library Project received the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award

IBBY India hosted the 26th IBBY Congress in New Delhi, September 1998 under the theme: Peace Through Children’s Books.

AWIC/Indian BBY was the sponsor of the 2005 International Children’s Book Day. The message and the poster with the theme Books Are My Magic Eyes was be presented at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, April 2005. (more)

Between 29th and 30th April 2005 the Section organized a National Convention on Children’s Libraries in New Delhi. The aims of the Convention were to co-ordinate and establish links with NGOs, schools, Government agencies, public libraries and all those working with books and children, so that definite direction is given to the children’s library movement.

In 2005 the section organized the Asian Conference on Storytelling to Promote the Reading Habit in Children from 29th to 31st September 2005 in New Delhi.

In 2007 they are organizing the second in the series.

Read about Indian BBY Tsunami relief project on the Coromandel Coast.

Read about a project initiated by Manorama Jafa, Secretary General of IBBY India, taking books to children in Afghanistan.