Why I Created Vaaranam Children’s Books

Vanitha with her 2 little munchkins - Johann & Meera

Off I went in 2012, when my baby boy was born, to fill up my bookshelf with amazing, colourful and engaging children’s books. Of course, I soon found out that not all books were made equal. There were limitless options for English books – board books, touch and feel books, lift-the-flap books. However, when it came to Tamil books, the choices were rather dire. The few Tamil books that my mum sent from Singapore were of poor paper quality, text-heavy and contained illustrations that looked a little scary.  


Quite often, as my son got older, he ripped a couple of pages of the Tamil books rather easily and even chewed them to bits. I desperately wanted to read to my son in Tamil so that he will develop an interest in the language. So, I scaled the internet to find better quality Tamil books only to find more of the same.


As a child growing up in Singapore, Tamil was always one of my favourite and strongest subjects at school. And I did read loads of Tamil (and English) books. Back then, the difference between Tamil and English children’s books was not as stark. Both contained simple black-and-white illustrations and were mainly focused on imparting basic language skills. However, English children’s books have progressed by leaps and bounds in the last 30 years, providing multi-sensory experiences for kids, while the Tamil counterparts have stayed stagnant.


In addition, I realised that Tamil is readily available in Singapore – it is an official language of the land, it is part of the national school curriculum, it is present in the signage throughout the country, there are Tamil TV channels and a Tamil radio station… It is just present everywhere and seeps through to the Tamil households. Having moved to Australia, where Tamil is rarely spoken around my immediate surroundings, I find that I have to work a lot harder for my children to be exposed to the Tamil language and culture.


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And that is why I decided to produce my own books that Tamil children, from all over the world, can benefit from. I formed Vaaranam Children’s Books and have just completed my first project – 2 Tamil alphabet board books which highlight the vowels and consonants of our language – with many more exciting projects in the pipeline.


I want Tamil kids to reach for the Tamil books on their bookshelves and I hope that by producing books which are of good print quality with colourful, engaging illustrations, I will play a small part in passing on the Tamil language and culture to our children.


I do believe that this is the first step towards encouraging our kids to read Tamil books. Which in itself is a small, yet essential step towards nurturing a love for the Tamil language – Tamil which is one of the oldest languages of this world… Tamil which is close to my heart.


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Vanitha Tonn

Vanitha Tonn

Vanitha is the owner of Vaaranam Children's Books which focuses on producing high end Tamil books for little children, mainly between the ages 0 - 5 years.

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