Katie Bagli is one of Mumbai’s best loved children’s author.
Katie Bagli is an avid nature lover.
She gives expression to her passion by writing for children. She has 27 published titles to her credit so far, nearly all of which are on various subjects of nature. She has published articles in several magazines like the Sanctuary Cub, Highlight Champs, Saevus, The Children’s Magazine and is currently contributing articles on nature to the children’s section, “Young World” of The Hindu. She writes a monthly column on Nature in “Robinage”, a children’s magazine.
Her books have been recommended for general reading in schools and also to college students of zoology.
When the BMC came up with a plan of revamping Rani Bagh (now known as VJB Udyan and Zoo), Byculla, Mumbai, in 2007, Katie joined four other women to form the Save Ranibagh Foundation which campaigned to save the more than 3000 trees that exist there, from the construction work that would take a toll on them. Katie enjoys conducting wildlife workshops and story-telling sessions in schools, colleges and other institutions. She had also been invited by the Andhra Pradesh Government to Vijayawada to conduct a session on Literacy Day for the Differently Abled Children.
Katie helps in organizing the children’s section of the global festival 100
Thousand Poets for Change, each year. The children’s play in this festival is
written, directed and produced by her.
She is currently writing the scripts for creating E modules on Environment Education as per the NCERT curriculum, for grades 7, 8 and 9.
Katie was awarded the prestigious Rex Karmaveer Global Fellowship Award
(instituted by iCongo and the UN) in 2019 for her constant efforts to sensitise
the young about issues that adversely affect our planet through her writing
and conducting various workshops related to wildlife.
She has also won two prizes in the Children’s Book Trust Writing Competition
for Children’s Writers in two different categories.
Her book, The Mysterious Lovables, was short-listed for the International
Board on Books for Young People award.
Her recent book The Flight of the Pink-headed Ducks and Other Stories got her long-listed as Best Children’s Author for the J K Author Awards, a joint venture by Times of India and J K Paper Ltd. Very recently she has been awarded a prize by CLR (Culture, Literature and
Research) of Pachyderm Tales, for outstanding service in the field of literature,in 2021.
When she is not writing Katie devotes her time to taking tree walks, nature trails, and conducting creative nature writing workshops and creative poetry writing, doodling comic strips and cartoons for children. She also indulges in fun-filled nature-related activities for the young and old like running a Nature Club and conducting wild-life quizzes.
Qualifications: Katie had specialized in Microbiology ( Stood first in Bombay University) and later, after joining Bombay Natural History Society she did correspondence courses in Entomology, Botany and Leadership in Biodiversity and Conservation of Nature.