Dev Sharma, a 14-year-old boy from Shimla, has won the award in the “Best Young Adult and Children’s Book Community” category of the Global Book Community Book Awards, 2020. “I have been awarded for my love for books and spreading the joy of reading to others and encouraging them to read,” said the elated Dev.
Dev is a student of class IX. He runs a YouTube Channel – Genius Apple – where he reviews books. His channel was picked a winner from among 1,000-plus book communities from 30 countries across the globe. “My channel was recognized globally and chosen out of the 1000-plus book communities from across the globe,” says Sharma.
Born to Deepika and Nikhil Sharma, an Army officer, Dev got introduced to the magic of books very early in life. “He started with fairy tales and fables and then came Enid Blyton, Famous Five, Secret Seven, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, etc. He completed the Harry Potter series in Class V,” said his mother. “He has read epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, too,” she said. While Dev loved reading books, he didn’t find too many of his friends sharing the same passion. “To spread the joy of books, he started a YouTube channel where he reviews books,” said Deepika.
Having won the award, Dev is in the middle of writing an adventure book for children.