CBT is now in its 60th year of establishment. These golden years have seen a marked progression in CBT books not only in terms of creative ideas, themes and factual accounts, but in their presentation, production and visual interpretations as well. From playful animal fantasies that were published as Panchatantra tales or the retold folktales that even today make perennial favourites, CBT gradually steered its energies towards reality issues like teenage problems, scientific and technological advances, school and sports dilemmas, contributions of eminent men and women in India’s progress, the changing mindset of ordinary people and the evolution of their thought. The change came about with the launch of the Competition for Writers of Children’s Books in 1978. The subjects were diversified to make a much wider spectrum. This now comprises, among others, Fiction, Science Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Short Stories/Humour Stories, Magical Tales, Short Plays/Dramas, Read-aloud Books/Picture Books and Concept Books. Healthy, rich in content, live in line and colour, and brought out with excellence, these books have become valued possessions of millions of children in all age groups. Quite a few of the titles have been entries in the many Competitions for Writers of Children’s Books held by CBT over the years. They have opened up new vistas and finer perceptions in the arena of children's books.
CBT is now happy to announce the XIX Competition for Writers of Children’s Books in English and the IX Competition for Writers in Hindi.