The children’s book corner at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair has already attracted a huge crowds.
Around 60 publishers have come to the fair with new children’s books.
Four-year-old Rida’s father Mizanul Haq bought her “Tuktukir Golpo” from Sisimpur Publications telling the Dhaka Tribune: “I want to help her develop her creativity by reading more and what better place to buy books than the book fair?”
“I mostly look for comic book series or adventure and travel books,” said seventh grader Sadia Nusrat Kanchi after buying “Choto Kaku” from the Soptodinga Publication stall.
The book fair also boasts a big collection of audiobooks, said publishers. 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 were happy with the number of people visiting the fair adding that most of the children’s books are sold on Fridays at Shishu Porhor.
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.
Gias Uddin Salim, publisher of Jhingeful said: “We are bringing out a lot of interesting books for children this year. This collection we are bringing out by Ali Imam are 10 books about Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales which is a good read for any age.”
Writer Ali Imam said: “We need to cultivate children’s interest in science, technology, and nature and publishers need to bring out more books on diverse subjects.”
Children’s book writer Selina Hossain said: “We should allow children to read what they want. Only then will they be able to build a discerning taste in books. This is why a children’s corner at the fair is so important.” She has three new books on offer at the fair, including one on the language movement.