The Amar Ekushey book fair gets abuzz with the presence of children on the weekends as the little book lovers ransack the stalls for their favourite books.
Accompanied with their parents, the tiny tots are busy finding their literature, frolicking and taking photographs at the venues dedicated to them — one at Bangla Academy and another at Suhrawardy Udyan.“I have come to visit the fair today with my wife and two daughters as it is weekend. I do not find time to come here on the other day, said a private job holder Mohammad Saidul Islam.
While he was talking to this correspondent, his daughter Rukeya Islam kept pleading him to buy her ghost books.
The eight-year-old, Rukeya, who has already bought three books, said: “I want to buy more books of ghosts. I want to roam aswell.”
Saidul said: “I came from old Dhaka’s Armanitoal and I will buy more books for my kids after making a round on the Bangla academy premises.”
The nine-year-old, Preety, who came to the fair with her elder brother Mohammad Sabuj brought two books including a fiction.
Alongside books, children also purchased toys, masks, balloons, and other items to play with at their free time at home.At the book fair, a corner of most stalls was dedicated to children while children’s corner was abuzz with chattering and laughter of the little book lovers.
Of their favourite books, children like to buy short stories, rhymes, drawing books, fictions, detective stories.
Asked the book sale, Rozina Akthar of CCB Foundation said: “We mainly sell out children and law books, but on Friday, only children’s books sell like hot cakes.”
Among the best choices of children, Chotoder Mohakash Porichiti, Gopal Varer Golpo, Spiderman, Vutura Barir Vut Konna, Sagor toler Matsya Kahini are ones.
The book stalls that are dedicated to children include Joy Bangla Prakasani, Bangabhandhu Joy Mela Parishad, Propa Prakasani, CCB Foundation, Chalontica Boighor, Moyurpankhi and Muktodhara New York.
On the 15th day of the fair, a total of 272 new books arrived including 55 novels, 41 essays, 9 poems, 94 research books and 13 biographies.
The writers whose books were selected to be the best of the day on the weekend of Friday are Aslam Sani, Golam Kibria, Polash Mahbub, Faruk Ahmed, Julfiya Islam.
The writers talked about their books at the stage titled – Ami Writer Bolci – solely dedicated to the writers themselves.