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Children's books in great demand

S. Ramesh

Better to encourage reading habit when children are becoming TV addicts, says a mother; Along with children's books, dictionaries and health-related books are also selling well.



A TREAT FOR KIDS: Young mothers having a look at books for children at the Book Fair 2005 in Salem. - Photo P.Goutham.

SALEM: Sameera, mother of a five-year-old, is looking for children's books at the ongoing Salem Book Fair-2005 here. "I am searching for illustrated comics and puzzle books. These will help kids improve their language and logical skills. It is better to encourage reading habits at a time when children are becoming addicted to television," she says.

Like her, there were a number of young mothers with their children going through thousands of children's books at the stalls in the exhibition. The demand for children's books is good, when compared with the sale of other books, say booksellers. Along with children's books, dictionaries and health-related books are also selling well. Another book that has evoked good response is the comprehensive collection of 19 Puranas `Pathinen Puranagal', from the Narmadha Pathipagam. "We have sold more than 15 copies of the books in this fair so far,' says the stall manager, D. Srinivasan.

`Palam' is another outlet, which showcases books related to social issues. The fair has a good variety of game CDs, educational and tutor CDs, music CDs and cassettes, notebooks and stationery. The fair concludes on July 24.

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