Architect, visual critic, and anthropologist with interest in exploring linkages between design, culture, and lived experience. Particularly interested in challenges involving behavioural change, ranging from preventing open defecation, adopting good health and hygiene practices, promoting reading at an early age, and reducing air pollution.
More than 6 years of professional experience in addressing social innovation challenges in multiple sectors, such as healthcare, education, financial services, telecommunications, agriculture, across emerging economies using user-centered and participatory design approaches.
Current focus is on helping start ups in India evaluate the effectiveness and refine their business ideas based on the needs and behaviours of target users.
Our founder, Ekta Ohri, has been conducting interactive author speak/workshop sessions at schools across the country to impart humanistic values in her books and other learning products to hundreds of children.
1. love for trees and greens (KG and Grade 1 students)
Based on the book MY GULMOHAR TREEto build a love for nature and respect for Mother Earth
2. save the world
Based on the book CITY OF STARSto inculcate everyday eco-friendly habits
Grade 1 to Grade 4 students
3. VALUE of TIME
Based on the book TIME STORYto learn concepts, habits and values linked to time
Grade 2 to Grade 4 students
4. eat right play strong
Based on the game APPLE FOOD MENUto make kids mindful about what and how they eat Grade 2, Grade 3 students
“I am a parent of an almost 7 year old child , who recently had the privilege of attending a storytelling session by you at her school. She is a fan! 🙂 I have been wishing for her to find a mentor who could see through her stories and guide her so as to share them with the world. I would be most grateful if you could be that mentor. “
When Ms. Namrta reached out to our founder, Ekta Ohri, after a school session with the above message, she was simply thrilled to get an opportunity to nurture such a talented child.
Many hidden emotions are coming out in the mentoring process to make her stories more powerful, which is adding to the excitement of publishing the stories of the young author and artist! We will be publishing her first book soon, stay tuned.
We are looking to hire a graphic designer with experience/inclination to work in the children’s books space.
Create a design language that aligns with LitJoys brand mission and the intent of the project and media used.
Create high-quality illustrations for our storybooks based on existing characters and design of new characters
Design different activities/games involving graphics and/or photographs.
Be original in ideating and bringing forth visuals that justify the intent of the text in the most authentic and accurate manner.
Have at least 5 years of experience as an illustrator and 3 years in the children-books space.
Have a reasonable understanding of the creative sensibilities of children’s literature especially of age groups 4-10.
Have a sense of print processes, requirements and techniques to align the artwork style and size, book design and size accordingly.
Attention to detail in design is a must
Have a high sense of responsibility and be principled enough to deliver work as per the agreed timelines.
Experience in creating digital artwork for social media and a relevant degree as an illustrator would be an added advantage.
While Litjoys is located in Gurugram, we don’t want to lose out on great talent by restricting ourselves to geographies. You can be working from anywhere in the world. We follow the same sentiment to the ‘type’ of the job. And so, we are open to both freelance and full-time positions (3 month contract to begin with).
Write to us at email@example.com along with your CV and a link to your portfolio. And please don’t forget to tell us why you would like to work with us.
We will be thrilled to hear from you and create some amazing value-oriented children’s books together and make an impact on society. Come, be a part of the change!
Conducted three online author speak sessions with students of Grade 1 (IB) based on the chapter (Abdu Celebrates a Green Christmas) from our book – City of Stars.
Kids were excited to learn how they can celebrate a Green Christmas by decorating their Christmas trees with materials that can be reused, are recyclable or biodegradable. They were also excited to learn eye-opening facts, such as all paper is not recyclable and paper mills cause more pollution than any other factories.
Get your copy of our new comic and activity book – Time Story – to teach kids concepts, habits and most importantly, the value of time here!
INSPIRATION BEHIND THE BOOK
In 2020, when families got locked in at homes due to Covid, children (including my own 6-year-old son) started procrastinating a lot more. Not going to school disrupted their daily schedules and parents across the world found it hard to get them to do even the smallest of tasks on time. Parents also struggled to manage their own time between work from home, household chores and handling kids’ school and other activities.
When time battles increased in households and started impacting the happiness of kids and their parents, I was inspired to write my book – ‘TIME STORY’. While writing the book, I also realised that families were struggling to stay happy at home because of the feeling of time slowing down and boredom kicking in due to travel and other recreational restrictions.
While the experience of this whole new notion of time in 2020 acted as a big trigger for writing this book, the idea of working on this concept had lingered on in my mind ever since my trip to Japan in 2017. I realised how by doing even the simplest things on time, Japanese people were able to work more efficiently.
Growing up, my father also often used to tell me stories from his visits to Japan to instill the value of time in me. While time management is a challenge at an individual level, valuing others’ time is also a key societal issue, particularly in India. This is why I was so inspired to write this book to inculcate the value of time in kids from an early age. The intent is to also get their families to become more time conscious as kids often emulate their parents’ habits and behaviours.
Writing all my books in a conversational style between a child – ‘Abdu’ (the main character of all my books) and his parents (mom and dad) helps in involving the entire family in reading together. For Time Story though, I decided to bring in the humour element by writing the book in a comic style and designed activities linked to different concepts, habits and values to make it simpler and fun for kids to absorb the concept.