Leading Reading Schools of India 2015 with winners profiles

The Leading Reading Schools of India Award, an annual award was established in 2013 by Young India Books; India’s foremost review site of children’s books, to recognize and honour the five leading schools of the country; schools that believe in the power of the written word and inculcate a love for books and reading. 

"I am thrilled at the fact that - The LEADING READING SCHOOLS of INDIA AWARD 2014 has been organized for students across India. The engaging & unique competitions will surely develop the language and literary abilities of students helping them to showcase their talents. Truly, it’s a platform whereby students can hone their writing, reading, imaginative & creative skills. In today’s day and age, when students are loosing out on their reading & writing skills, such initiatives should be applauded. Kudos to all those involved in this stupendous effort!"
Dr Vandana Lulla, Director/Principal, Podar International School, Mumbai.

heme for 2015: Wild about Wildlife.

Books that showcase Indian wildlife; a fast dwindling heritage, had been recommended for the reading list. 

Children let their imagination go wild!
The little ones wrote about a day in the life of an animal, or, illustrated a scene from the book.
Older children beautifully placed themselves in the animals shoes and came up with some very touching work. Their passion for the animals, concern for the loss of habitat and poaching is remarkable. 
Here is what Raza H. Tehsin, Naturalist, Explorer & Hon. Wildlife Warden, Udaipur has to say about the awards, “The Leading Reading Schools of India Award is an excellent initiative. Hope it encourages more and more children to discover the joys of reading and be, Wild about Wildlife.”

Panel of Judges
Winners were selected by an esteemed panel of judges. 
Akbar Padamsee: Renowned International artist, for illustration of scene and story board

Chelna Desai: Graphic designer: Winner of many awards and accolades for the cover design
Uma Krishnaswami: US based writer. Renowned author and winner of international awards judged the senior category
Varsha Bajaj: US based writer, who has won great acclaim for her picture books, judged the junior category 

Winning Schools for the year 2015

Vidyashilp Academy, Bangalore

  Bombay International School, Mumbai

  St Kabir School, Vadodara  

Shishuvan, Mumbai

  Bal Bharati Public School, Delhi


Your commitment to a strong library programme that inculcates a love for reading in your students has been reflected in the quality of work of the students.  ========================

Student Awards 


Senior Category: Writing

Uma Krishnaswami, an eminent member of the jury said;

"It was a delight for me to read the entries for Leading Reading Schools of India 2015. The voices in every one of them were fresh and filled with energy. All the young writers had read their selected texts carefully and with interest, and all of them had something important to say. It was hard to choose."
......The Winners.......

= 1st Prize = = 2nd Prize = = 3rd Prize =

Myrra Arya


Cathedral and John Connon School

Book title: Chained


Simran Zaveri


JBCN International School, Parel

 Book title: The Jungle Omnibus



JBCN International School, Parel

 Book title: Tigers for Dinner


You have all beautifully portrayed the feelings, concerns and challenges of our wildlife. The animal world will be safe in your hands!



Senior Category: Cover Design


"These entries are good enough to go into print!" says Chelna Desai, member of our jury, an internationally recognised designer.

......The Winners......


Joint 1st Prize   Joint 1st Prize    2nd Prize   3rd Prize 

Sachi Guru Dowad
Gundecha Academy, Mumbai


Aarohi Mehta
St Kabir School

Book Title: One Night in the Sunderbans

Priyam Singh
Shikshantar School, Delhi.
Book title: Chained front cover

Diya Chitrabanu 
Bombay International School
Book title:One Night in the Sunderbans


You have successfully envisaged the essence of the story and depicted it very artistically.


Senior Category: Story Board


"The challenge was to conceptualize the story board, in an imaginative and visual manner which the children have attempted well," Akbar Padamsee
......The Winners......



1st Prize  2nd Prize 3rd Prize


Sirat Bhalla 


Book Title: Chained




Book Title: Mother is Mother


Jeel Nrupesh Patel  

St Kabir School Vadodara

Book Title: One Night in the Sunderbans jeel 1.pdf

For your thought-provoking and extremely well-articulated book cover designs.



Junior Category: Writing 


 "Congratulations to all of you! You accepted the challenge to put your thoughts into words.  You are all winners!"

U.S. based award-winning author, Varsha Bajaj.
......The Winners......


1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize




Maria Noor Singh


Bombay International School



Book title: Tigers for Dinner

pg 1 & pg 2



Nandini Rajesh Narkar



 Shikshantar, Delhi


Book title: Lai-Lai, the Baby Elephant


Vritti P. Sanghavi



St Kabir International School, Vadodara


 Book title: Mother is Mother



Junior Category: Illustration 


"As a painter , what impressed me  most was freshness of the imagery of these young people. I am amazed to see how they have applied their imagination around the themes of environment and  animal conservation."

Akbar Padamsee."



......The Winners......

 1st Prize   Jt.2nd Prize   Jt.2nd Prize    3rd Prize 



Varun Sumer Chandra

Shikshantar, Delhi

Book title: Lapalang

 Kimaya Sheth

 Bombay International School

Book title: Baby Beboo Bear


 Jahaan Sanghavi

 Don Bosco International School


Book title: Ira the Little Dolphin

Ananya M. Nair

St Kabir International School, Vadodara 

Book title: Little Flamingo Searches for Food    

"To be a good writer, be a good reader, a voracious reader, and above all, a thoughtful reader. I hope lifelong reading expands your horizons and helps you to

remember that treating animals with dignity and respect makes us better humans." says Varsha Bajaj.


Message from Young India Books




Thank you dear students for participating.

We loved your work and enjoyed every single one. The competition was very close. 



A Big Thank You 


To all schools for your enthusiasm and keen participation.


Crosswords for Gift Vouchers. 

BNHS for gift and support. 

NIE, Robin Age and Rivo Kids for Media support. 


The judges, reviewers and team Young India Books; Mr Maurivard, Priya Bhasker & Ruhi Gurjar  


To participating publishers: Puffin, Hachette, Katha, Pratham Books,  Scholastic, Rupa & Co and CBT for your contribution and for bringing out the wonderful books on animals. 



Our panel of judges comprising of the authors themselves and educators, as well as our esteemed Members of the Jury, have worked very hard to ensure that every student entry as well as every school's participation was given due consideration.

Their decision on the awardees is final.