Timbuktoo Young Authors Publishing
There is an exotic, imaginary, boondocks land in every child's imagination. In other words, a Timbuktoo Land.
Far away, exotic, never-land: Timbuktoo is for children, a mysterious yet accepting place where people go, only to be long gone! ("Where had you gone – to Timbuktu?")
In that sense, it's so much like the Imagination – children can get lost in it, they can take it as far as they wish, and yet it's always near – an idea switch away.
Timbuktoo Publishing was born to represent this unhindered, free, individual aspect of imagining and self expression.
To get into the mood of what Timbuktoo stands for, opinions were crowdsourced from children across cities and even countries for our pre-launch buzz. They were asked to visually express what their Timbuktoo or 'imaginative place' would be like. The answers were diverse, complex, mind boggling and heartening. Do have a look at our gallery section to see what Timbuktoo means to children everywhere.
About the Founder
Aparna Raman decided to work with children after experiencing the fun and wonder of raising her son Rohan. At 7, Rohan had created his first Comic strip series, with a superhero named Captain Pooky who battled hamsters, evil scientists, robots, aliens and skeletons with gusto! Aparna also observed Rohan creating scrap books of newspaper ads, holiday photos and other collectibles from a young age. A Spelling Bee International finalist, Rohan went on to write an ipod story, The Cactus and the Mushroom at 9.
Dear Young Friends!
Welcome to Timbuktoo Young Authors. Write a story and we'll publish it for you. That way, you can create a collection of your own work, authored, illustrated and created by you!
Too young to write? Don't worry. We can help with that too. You can order our kit of illustrated story sequences that you can then piece together, interpreting the story the way you wish. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words. And there are no right answers.
A Timbuktoo book is a great gifting idea to present grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends with.
Order a customized story:
Parents, guess what! You can even order a customized story with your child as the lead character, featuring his or her name in situations and with people that are dear to them. It could be a terrific surprise birthday present for your child. There's no limit to what we can do to make your child love books.
Kids, show your published book to your teacher in school and have your story read in class! Or plan an activity around its themes. You now own an idea and can do anything you like to have more fun with it.
please contact us for planning competitions, publishing for students, or creative learning modules to supplement your curriculum.
Books apart, we function across platforms. You can order an ebook, an iPad app or read your story on Kindle. Just do the writing. And leave the rest to us.
Global sharing space:
Finally, writing a book is no fun if there are no people to share it with. At Timbuktoo, we make the world a smaller place by offering a safe community space for conversations, feedback, friendly reviews, sharing of one's books across the globe. It's an opportunity to see what kids your age are reading and writing. Think of it as a cool hangout joint with friends, except they could be anywhere in the world.
So happy writing and see you in Timbuktoo!
Title: Make Believe
Illustration: Priyankar gupta
Title: NOLAN the mighty shark
Author: BY FARHAN S. Dabhoiwala
Title: OUR ADVENTURES
Author: AANVI MATHUR
Title: Dabloo the Whale
Author: Vivaan Bajoria
Title: Kovai sketches
Author: Children of Coimbatore
Title: AnyOne There
Author: Amrita Chitkariya
Title: Drowning Dreams
Author: Ananya Sengupta
Title: Happy Stories
Author: Shaun Sharma
Title: The Srilankan Chronicles
Authors: Anthology of 15
Authors: Anthology of 15 authors
Title: The Night the Sea came Home
Author: Aparna Raman
Title: My Book of Me
Title: The Moon who wanted to be the Sun
Author: Aparna Raman
Title: I and Mighty
Author: Aparna Raman
Shibani Rangaraj, mother of Dhruv Rangaraj : 7 yrs Creative Writing Class Experience:
Authored by: Creative Writing Workshop participants:
From Authored By: Venue sponsor:
"Aparna - you are such a nourishing teacher : always so warm and welcoming . You provide the perfect space and warmth for any child to be comfortable. My son Vivaan was really nervous the first time he came to you but you did a great job in getting him to write with his own manifestation. Your classes are excellent with personal attention to each and every child. I personally enjoyed reading his work each time he got back from your class. Thanks for being so friendly and encouraging. Now, Vivaan wants to keep coming back for more..."
"My 9 year old daughter thoroughly enjoyed the Genre Genie workshop. She loved exploring multiple genres and unleashing her creativity. The way the workshop was conducted - explaining the genre via mindmaps, outlining the character sketch of the protagonist, and then writing out the story - gave my child the tools required to be able to put down in writing any story that her young mind came up with. Thanks, Aparna, for nurturing my child's talent."
My daughter Khushi is full of imagination, most of which is inspired from fairy tales and fables. She can spin a story around almost anything, be it mermaids, princess, the kind and gentle or the cruel and wicked. In the end, she tries to bring the best out of everyone.
Colombo Event: authored By: Dr Jaya Thakur, mother of Siddharth Jha
Authored by: The Sri Lankan Chronicles author:
Note from Authored by: Event Sponsor:
"I got to know Aparna thanks to Vidya Niketan School and my small interaction with her left me mesmerized. She brought out the creative side in my son's writing and I had never realised that he could write this well. My son, Akash, looked forward to his genre writing classes and would be full of excitement when he had a different genre to write on every fortnight. You are exceptionally talented Aparna, and wish you all the best in all your future endeavours."
"Veds journey through various moods, emotions and sentiments in Aparnas sessions has kindled a new dimension to his personality. A child who feared reading and disliked writing even more is writing upto 500 words at a stretch! Kudos to Aparna as I don't know the magic potion she used with the kids but he was actually enthusiastic to go for the sessions and to my utter joy I never had to push him even once to attend! For a mom whose child hated to write I have a lot to thank to Aparna and her method. The final presentation of course was the climax and the pride and interest with which the kids presented their stories really was satisfying!"
Ishaan's had a blast conjuring up evil murderers (who murder their own brothers!), aliens, tortured twisted young princes (Hamlet anyone?) and even a hero Who Had No Name! All of this of course is because he settled down and became comfortable very quickly (even though he was amongst some of the youngest kids in the class) and hence could focus on each genre and what it offered and pick up a few nuances of that particular style along the way. Kudos for that goes to Aparna and her warm and gentle but witty way of dealing with the kids and making the entire sessions fun and interactive (even though the sessions sometimes over ran the 2 hour slot, Ishaan was always happy to stay back until he had thought that he was really done). It's been a good ride and we'll be back for more.
Aparna's workshops are innovative and dynamic! She explores multiple facets of a topic and finds interesting ways to connect with her audience. Her sessions are always interactive, which truly inspires one to think and create.
Your workshops have been an absolutely fantastic experience for my daughter Tia. Whether it was the "awareness about environment" workshop at Hide n Peek, Tharangini, "genres of writing" at Jagriti or the "Ramayana" one at UFO. To me, what stands out is that the information is packaged so interestingly especially in your choice of medium - art, craft, poetry, song, story game boarding etc.
The Sri Lankan Chronicles was launched by His Excellency
The Creative Writing workshop at Colombo
was part of the Authored By: schedule. It was open to the authors of the Sri Lankan Chronicles and to the public. There were a total of 26 participants. The children were oriented to the structure of a Hero's journey. They created their own Super hero and Villain and wrote a superhero story and humorous poetry. The stories were presented to parents at the close of the workshop.
Authored by: The Kovai Sketches, Coimbatore
Drowning Dreams by Ananya Sengupta, March 2015
We are at once reminded of the forgetfullness of childhood that enables children to move between opposing states with cheerful abandon. The questions are many and the answers not as much. A child wonders what lies beyond death; can a beloved grandparent return? What happens when a giraffe swallows spaghetti? The elementary and the existential await us. Let the journey begin."
Drowning Dreams is a project commissioned from Singapore.
Whackylicious Anthology Dec 2014
"Anyone there?" by Amrita Chitkariya, Sept 2014
Her emotions were honest and from the heart; outpourings of teenage angst, separation anxiety, heartache, the first stirrings of love, bitterness, betrayal, life's lessons and existential questions. Our conversations between Dehradun and Bangalore could have taken place anywhere and would still have rung true. "Anyone there?" is a question that every teenager across the world has reached out with while grappling with an emerging sense of self. All they need is a kind ear. Thank you for listening."
Illustrated by: Ayesha Adil
Happy Stories, Oct 2014
Happy Stories by 7 year old, London based Shaun Sharma is Timbuktoo's first internationally-commissioned project. Read about Happy Stories in the media
The Sheroes Summit 2014 was a B Plan initiative and platform for women entrepreneurs to present their business modulesfeaturing market positioning, past achievements and future projections to an audience of business owners and a jury of advisors. Timbuktoo's business plan received the Jury Special Award at an event and ceremony at the Iris Business hotel.
Accenture Key Note Speaker
Aparna was invited to be a key note speaker at a pan India event in Jaipur organized by Accenture. The Timbuktoo Case Study was presented at an Engineering college and the journey to following one's dreams was the motivational objective. Featuringhumourous television ads and other path-breaking ones to reflect the changing, autonomous lifestyle choices of women, Aparna set the tone for this iconic Women's event. Her presentation received rave reviews and even requests for employment!
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