April, being the month of poetry, I wish to summarize the list of children’s books on poetry mentioned here in IMC earlier and some fresh ones too. Here’s a list for those of you who appreciate poems and rhymes in recent books. “Okaasama Otousama” by Sandhya Rao and Krishna Bala Shenoi Age 2+ ‘Ma’ and ‘Pa’
Rhythm and Rhyme play a significant role in early literacy skills and development in children. You can sing these rhymes to your kids while walking, playing and even while driving. It’s not only fun, but we also teach children the listening skills, a broad range of language, phonetic skills. Pbs.org clearly puts it; Nursery rhymes
Growing up, listening to stories from our grandparents and parents was how most of us learnt about Indian mythology. These stories made the Divine seem human and almost friend-like. I guess that is why we love them, celebrate them and want to share them with our kids. Ranjani Krishnaswamy of Nosey Trunk combines such stories with her love for
“The soldier immediately protested, shaking his head and waving his hands vigorously. The children giggled as he patted his stomach to show he was quite full.” A Stranger Comes Calling is penned by Bharati Jagannathan and illustrated by Tapas Guha. Bharati is a historian and a teacher. She believes in teaching history to kids in
A Village is a Busy Place is a stunning new activity book from Tara Books. The illustrations are in the Bengal style of Patua scroll painting and depicts life in a village of the Santhal people, one of India’s largest indigenous communities. Patua scroll paintings have stories that unfold while the chitrakar sings the story. This book
Genius Kids On A Mission by Ekta Bhatnagar is perfect for kids age group 7+. This book contains two stories, and each story is in a chapter form. If your child is transitioning to a chapter book, this would be a good bet.
Knowledge of tradition and customs being passed on to the progeny is a mandate! But in Indian Hindu families this knowledge transition hits a snag because unlike many religions, the pantheon of the Hindu deities, undoubtedly, is huge. Parents definitely have a hard time explaining the roles of these uniquely varied forms of Hindu Gods.(At
Summer reading for Tweens – Sixth graders and super sleuths, Rachita and Aarti, are on a mission. Are the economist aliens in town? Will wearing Vipul’s anti-alien aluminium foil hats help? Will the Superlative Supersleuths be able to solve the mystery?. The Case of the Careless Aliens is definitely a hilarious read for kids aged 11+.
Summer Vacations are about to begin in India. Are you looking for an adventurous book to read this holiday? Yes, then you have to check this fun and exciting contemporary superhero book- The Assasin Nuns and the Pirates of Peppercorn Bay written by Manisha Anand & published by Puffin Books India. This book is the sequel to
8 Ways to Draw a Fish published by Tara Books follows 8 Ways to Draw an Elephant. The fish is explored from an artists viewpoint using various folk art techniques. Meena, Gond, Madhubani, Patua and Bhil are some of the art forms explored. What’s in the book? The young reader gets to learn some facts about
About Dada’s Useless Present Dada’s Useless Present by Nalini Sorensen and illustrated by Allen Shaw is a book for children of ages 4 years and above. The story is about a 82-year old grandfather who gets a seemingly ‘useless present’ for his birthday. The Plot When Dada who celebrates his 82nd birthday gets a present
Namaste Mumbai Authors: Rachana Chandaria-Mamania , Kavita Bafana Illustrator: Sandhya Prabhat Publisher: Little Ustaads As a former mumbaikar, I love reading picture books on Mumbai. And it is doubly fun when I can read it with my 6 yr old daughter and she identifies places and things in the book because of a trip we made
About Peanut Has a Plan Peanut has a plan is a Duckbill Hole Book written by Yashodhara Lal. The book is 65 pages long and is illustrated by Shreya Sen. It is ideal for young readers aged 5-8. The Plot Siblings, Peanut, Papad and Pickle, are on summer break. Peanut starts getting bored at home
About The Great River Magic: The Great River Magic written by Nandini Nayar is a book for children between ages 9-12. The story is about the great Rajpuri river and a family which depends on the river for its livelihood. The book features illustrations and is a fun read. The Plot The great Rajpuri river flows across
Holi, a festival of colors, is a spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal. It is celebrated to rejoice the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and as a Thanksgiving for a good harvest. It lasts for two days starting on full moon day somewhere between February and March. The first day