Kids corner at Ekushey Book Fair
As a 90s kids, I can relate how eagerly we used to wait for Ekushey Boi Mela. Visiting the book stalls and taking autograph from favourite authors were very exciting. But those golden days are faded because of the advancement of technology.
Pramatha Chowdhury, a famous writer and an influential figure of Bangla literature penned in his fiction Boipora, "Reading books is human's best hobby, though I do not want to advise anyone to read books as a hobby. First of all, he/she may not pay any heed to it because our race is not intellectually elite. Secondly, many people may dissuade, because we do not have any time to maintain our hobby." I wonder - was it known to him that technological advancement may lessen our reading habit one day?
But still there are many chances to make the new generation friendlier with books. An orientation from the very beginning can be helpful. Ekushey Book Fair is happening and this is the chance to provide a mental orientation to children.
The children's book corner at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair has already engrossed a huge attention. Almost 60 publishers are displaying verity of children books.
The book fair also boasts a big collection of audiobooks. Bangla Academy has its own stall at the children's corner called Shishuder Boi and is selling new books by Imdadul Haq Milon called "Abdullah" and Shamsul Haq's "Boi Pora Bhari Moja." Publishers said they are pleased with the number of people visiting the fair.
Sisimpur published 10 new books, Dhaka Comics published 10 to 15 new adventures comic books, Shopto Dinga published 20 books, and TunaTuni published 6 new books along with an audio CD in time for the fair.
Six-year-old Fida's father Sahamsul Haq bought her "Tuktukir Golpo" from Sisimpur Publications telling the Daily Observer: "I want to help her to extend her creativity by reading more books and book fair is the best place for exploring creativity."