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Children's Book Trust

Children's Book Trust
Abbreviation CBT
Formation 1957
Headquarters Nehru House,
4 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg,
New Delhi - 2
Website Official website

Children’s Book Trust (CBT) is a book publisher in India. It was founded by one of the India’s most celebrated cartoonist Keshav Shankar Pillai, popularly known as Shankar in 1957. It came to be housed in Nehru House and was inaugurated by the President of India Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, and the building also houses the Shankar's International Dolls Museum established also by Shankar Pillai in 1965 on November 30, 1965. Today, CBT comprises the Shankar's International Dolls Museum, the Dolls Designing and Production Center, Dr. B.C. Roy Memorial Children's Library and Reading Room and Library, and the Indraprastha Press.


Though initially Shankar was the only story writer for the books, soon he started inviting stories from other authors. CBT brought out its first set of illustrated books in 1961: Kings Choice (English) written by K. Shiv Kumar and illustrated by Reboti Bhushan, and Varsha Ki Boond (Hindi) by Kusmawati Deshpande and illustrated by K. K. Hebbar. The first picture book Home (English) written by Kamla Nair and illustrated by K.S. Kulkarni was published by CBT in 1965. The first picture book for pre-school children Three Fish written by Dolat Doongaji and A.K.Lavangia, and illustrated by Pulak Biswas was published in 1966.[1]

Then in 1978, CBT started an annual Competition for Writers of Children's Books, and even today most of its publishing is sourced through the winning entries. It publishes books mainly for children and young readers, printed at its own 'Indraprastha Press', located in the building’s basement, and sends them out to international book fairs through the National Book Trust and its network of 1500 distributors.[2][3]


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