Like for so many others, John Berger was an inspirational figure for us, a long while before Tara was born or even thought of. It was from him that we learnt to look at and think about art in a way that no one had taught us before. As young feminists, his ideas became a kind of foundation, a place from which it was possible...

From her studio Minus 9 Design, Rathna Ramanathan has worked with Tara Books on projects over the last twenty years. Here, she reflects on her experiences of collaborating with Tara Books in the context of sustainable modes of design and production, and alternative models of publishing. Jason McLennan in The Philosophy of Sustainable Design summarizes sustainable design as the redefining of how things – objects, buildings...

There is nothing we enjoy more than playing with the form of the book, and meeting the French artist Marion Bataille was a revelation. Marion performs an incredible feat – she pushes the borders of bookmaking beyond text and illustration. Her pop-up books – originally published in France by Albin Michel – are three dimensional interactive wonders. They play with design, architecture, time and movement...

More than 20 years after the publication of her first book, India’s acclaimed nonsense poet Anushka Ravishankar looks back at the collaborative process that led to the creation of her first few picture books for children. Tiger on a Tree was your first book. How did the project begin and evolve? The point at which I came in was when Tara had already held an illustrators’ workshop, which Pulak Biswas...

... the book proves lots of fun, both for its intended child audience and for the many adults who enjoy such books as a means of relaxation. Make sure you read the author’s ‘What is Art?’ on the inside front cover flap too...

This Rajasthani folktale can well be seen as a nonsensical story whose main purpose is to introduce children to animals, numbers, and to lend credence to the wily, not-trustworthy image of the jackal...

The illustrations and storytelling are richly portrayed and exude a warmth and love of tradition and most importantly cultural pride which absolutely cries out to be shared with children...

Alongside the drawing guidance, are little snippets of factual information about fish, their body shapes, where and how they live, all adding to make this book brilliantly educational...

The pull-out scroll effect is unusual, and children will love this. It's made out of thick card, so will take the constant scrolling and unscrolling too, which is very important. It would be great for children with dyslexia...

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