Friday, September 30, 2011
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- Brij and Rashmi - Bangalore
- Neela Gupta - Vadodara
- Nisha Sharma Agnihotri - Delhi
- John Yengkhom - Dimapur
- Anitha S Jebaraj - Chennai
- Shilpa Krishnan - Chennai
- Subrat Goswami - Bhopal
- Rathy - Chennai
- Sangeetha - Hyderabad
- Rashmie Jaaju - Delhi
- Nithya Sivashankar - Coimbatore
- Anuraag Trivedi - Jaipur
- Sandhya Sharma - Delhi
- Monika Manchanda - Bangalore
- Anupriya Iyer - Singapore
- Anisha Oommen - Cochin
- Radhika - Washington DC
- Anitha Ramkumar - Hyderabad
- Mohammad Faisal - Mau
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
These awards were initiated as an attempt to encourage and honour the efforts of those who came together to fight for change. They who refused to sit back and watch. They who took the plunge and brought about Social Impact. We started this journey by inviting applications, and were overwhelmed with the response we received from organizations across the country working in the fields of Education, Heathcare, Livelihoods, Environment, Empowerment & Advocacy.
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) blog features a post written by Kris Lill about a wonderful library programme.
Read the entire post here.This has been our experience with our Stuffed Animal Sleepover programs. Yes, that’s right! We have a sleepover at the library — but just for stuffed animals.Basically, it works like this: children are invited to bring their stuffed animals to the library for a bedtime storytime. During storytime, we encourage children to help their stuffed animals listen to the stories and say the rhymes together. As storytime comes to a close, we sing a lullaby and pass out board books for the children to read a bedtime story one-on-one with their stuffed friends. Finally, the children tuck their animals into “bed” (I spread a couple of blankets on the floor), say goodnight, and go home.The next day, children pick up their stuffed friends, along with a craft item their animals “made” and a memory book of their animals’ overnight adventures in the library. The memory book includes a link to more pictures we’ve posted on the library’s Flickr account.The first time we held this program, I was amazed by the strong reaction we got – from both children AND their adults. Children were excited to get their animals back, and to look at the pictures of their overnight adventures in the library. They were very interested in seeing the different locations within the library their animals visited – one child even walked around the library with his photo-book, looking for the exact spot in which his animal’s photos were taken!
Friday, September 9, 2011
DEAR (DROP EVERYTHING AND READ)Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) time is a time that is set aside daily for independent reading by both students and teachers. Every person in the class is to drop everything and read. DEAR time takes in consideration a variety of student interests and ability levels, because each student selects for himself or herself the book or books he or she wishes to read.The major goal of DEAR is to encourage students to read independently for extended periods of time. I usually begin the year with 5 minutes, later increase the time to 10 minutes, and get students to read for longer periods of time as the year progresses. By the end of the year, my students are usually reading for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. Many times they will beg for more time to read.READER’S THEATERIt is a fun way to read literature books and makes them more genuine and appealing to students. I usually copy the book and then highlight the parts for each student to read. Actors and actresses get together to practice reading their parts. There are no props or costumes. They will rehearse several times as a group before presenting their production to other classmates. Students are assessed according to clarity of voice, appropriate volume, inflection when reading dialogue, and overall group cooperation. My main purpose for using this kind of reading is to get students enthusiastic about reading stories by allowing play with oral language and giving students opportunities to feel at ease and not threatened when reading in front of their classmates.LITERATURE CIRCLESIn literature circles, students choose their own reading books. I provide a list of books that are available for circle time and copies of the actual books. Sometimes I focus the selections on a specific theme, literary strategy or genre of literature. Then we create temporary groups based on the students’ book choices. There will be several different structured groups of four to five students in each literature circle. Groups meet at a regularly scheduled time to read, take notes, and, finally, discuss their books. As students read their books silently, they are encouraged to take notes in written or graphic form on ideas or topics that they may want to discuss with their group. Students have different roles as they openly discuss their literature. The roles that I include in my literature circles are the discussion director, graphics guru, culminating project chairman, debriefing dictator, and word wizard. The discussions are informal, and, upon completion of the discussion, students write or illustrate individual reflections in their literacy response notebooks.
"How are different languages responding to each other and to the ubiquitous creep of English in our lives? How are authors, filmmakers and songwriters responding? And just as importantly, at which frequency is the book publishing industry receiving these signals?" asks Manisha Chaudhry, Head- Content, at Pratham Books, in an article. She makes an eloquent response on the challenges and joys of multilingual publishing in the current issue of Muse India, a literary e-journal with the primary objective of showcasing Indian writings in English and in English translation to a broad-based global readership.
"As if difficult access and low choice were not daunting enough, there is the issue of price. Individual book buying is not a priority spend. Multilingualism only adds another level of complexity to a difficult situation. Assuming that it was possible to choose, in which language would a child like to buy a book? .....So why would anybody want to be a multilingual children’s publisher of ‘story books’? Because there are sudden shafts of sunlight in this grim picture that give us compelling reasons."
You can read the entire article here.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Scholastic India is happy to invite you for a multimedia book reading of its latest release—For Kids by Kids- The Best of Scholastic Writing Awards 2011.
The Genre of the book is both Fiction and Non-fiction.
The winning entries have been selected by the renowned authors- Ranjit Lal, Asha Nehemiah and Abhijit Gupta; and the Publisher, Amar Chitra Katha -Sayoni Basu.
The book launch is scheduled on Friday, 9th September 2011 at Reliance Time Out, Axis Mall First Floor, B- Block New Town, Kolkata from 6:00 PM onwards.
Dr. Reena Sen will be launching the FKBK book and will distribute the prizes to the winners. A founder member of the West Bengal Spastics Society – now Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, Dr. Sen is a member of the Governing Body and the teaching faculty and at present, her designation is Executive Director. During 1984-87 she lived in Kochi where she founded Raksha, an NGO that continues to thrive as a nodal centre for disability in Kerala.
About the book
For Kids By Kids: The Best of the Scholastic Writing Awards 2011, featuring selected award recipients from The Scholastic Writing Awards of 2010-11, showcases the new and exciting voices of our country’s best writers between the ages of ten and sixteen.
Drawn from over 2500 manuscripts, this anthology contains short stories and non-fiction pieces in a wide array of genres, styles and subjects. Read on to find out what Indian children think, dream and write about …
Found some gorgeous pictures of book quilts and blocks on Flickr.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
“Knowing how foods grow is to know how and when to look for them; such expertise is useful for certain kinds of people, namely, the ones who eat, no matter where they live or grocery shop.” - -Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara King Solver
Click here to read more tips.... one of the best ways to guarantee a successful scholastic experience for your child is to encourage a love of literacy – and it starts at home.“Try to carve out some time to read to your child every day,” says Jordan. “Your child will begin to look forward to the time with you and will be exposed to more literature that way.”“If your children see you read for work and school as well as reading for pleasure, it makes an infinite difference,” said Yoshimura.Here are some additional pointers you can use in hopes of having your child pick up a book instead of a seat in front of the television:
- Read with your child for at least 30 minutes a day. Make the process interactive by asking questions to ensure your child is comprehending what your reading. Make this process a routine.
- Read yourself. If your child sees the enjoyment you gain from reading yourself, chances are it will rub off.Make up additional endings to a story, this helps your child to use his or her imagination and eventually will lead to your child’s understanding of plots, characters and the author’s message. Learning through imagination will help a child gain insight to story sequence.
- Before you read the text of a story, do a “picture walk.” Look at the illustrations and guess what might happens before reading the book. This will also peak a child’s interest in a book.
- Choose books for your child based on interest. If your child loves scuba diving, chances are that any book on the topic will be interesting to them. The act of reading becomes second to the subject matter itself.
- Talk about books you like and dislike. It’s important for your child to see that it’s OK to not like a story, that’s how you determine what book you would like to read next.
- For youngsters, read street signs or material posted at stores – anything that will engage your child and help them put together sounds. Learning how words are strung together will help your child to develop strong phonics skills.
Partners in Crime, a film directed by Paromita Vohra will be screened at 6.30pm on Friday, September 9, 2011 at the Smriti Nandan Cultural Centre, 15/3 Palace Road. The Director will be present at the screening.
Synopsis: Who owns a song – the person who made it or the person who paid for it? Is piracy organized crime or class struggle? Are alternative artists who want to hold rights over their art and go it alone in the market, visionaries or nutcases? Is the fine line between plagiarism and inspiration a cop-out or a whole other way of looking at the fluid nature of authorship? When more than three fourths of those with an internet connection download all sorts of material for free, are they living out a brand new cultural freedom – or are they criminals? Full of wicked irony, great music and thorny questions Partners in Crime explores the grey horizons of copyright and culture in times when technology is changing the contours of the market.
For more details, please contact: +919845766808 or +919916158217
Please note that non-members of Smriti Nandan are encouraged to pay Rs. 49/- or above towards the Auditorium.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Yellowleg is a Bangalore-based online bookstore - a bookstore for travellers! Woohoo!
Ready for a journey, but don’t want the usual anthology of guidebooks to help you plan your itinerary?“The idea of setting up a travel-books-only store came from my own experience. When I moved back to India in 2006, and wanted books on travel, I found stores here had little variety. I could order what I wanted online from sites, such as Amazon, but the shipping charges are so heavy. I decided to set up a facility in India where you can buy not just guidebooks, but also literature about unusual destinations across the world,” says Aashish Gupta, the founder of the site.The site is hierarchically organized, and lets you search for books about specific places. For example, if you’re travelling to Indonesia, you’ll navigate through the section on Asia, then the South-East Asia region, then Indonesia, and finally choose a book listed under the three cities—Bali, Jakarta or Borneo. Under Bali, you get the usual Lonely Planet Indonesian Phrasebook and also find the Phaic Tan: Sunstroke on a Shoestring (Jetlag Travel Guide), and My Friend the Fanatic: Travels with an Indonesian Islamist by Sadanand Dhume.As this online book store expands, Gupta has announced a trade-a-book service, which allows you to sell a book back to the website after you’re done with it and earn store credit.Another value-added service that the site offers is personalized travel consulting. “No, this is not a place where you can get discounts on air tickets or hotel deals. We help you plan a trip or answer any questions that you may have,” explains Gupta. Yellowleg offers various packages for personalized consulting: If you purchase books worth Rs599, you can ask five questions; for Rs999, you can ask up to 10 questions. “We archive many articles from various sources, besides which we have access to many travel books from where we pull out this information.”
Read the entire article here.On the seventh page of “The Story of Babar’’ by Jean De Brunhoff, the little elephant is riding on his mother’s back when something awful happens: “a wicked hunter, hidden behind some bushes, shoots at them. The hunter has killed Babar’s mother!’’ The pictures tell the rest of the story - we see Babar happily atop his mother in one scene, crying by her side the next. The first dozen times I read the book to my son, when I reached that two-page spread, I would pinch the pages together to turn as one, and then skip on ahead.It’s become a cliche that today’s parents are hovering helicopters, rushing to shelter children from even trivial harm.A recent paper by two Norwegian researchers suggested that well-meaning adults cripple kids’ abilities when they try to make playgrounds safer, since “risky play’’ presents children a crucial and necessary opportunity for growth and development. Such protectiveness extends beyond swing sets and slides, reaching into perilous pantries (high-fructose corn syrup!), the Internet (pedophiles!), and even the family bookcase - (death! sex! racism!).It’s not surprising that many of us find ourselves censoring - even if we’re embarrassed to do it. Even a quick look at the most enduring children’s books reveals that there’s no escaping loss, danger, violence - all figure in some of the best children’s books of all time. And then there’s death, which Maria Tatar, chair of the program in folklore and mythology at Harvard University, calls “that big theme so strangely prominent in children’s literature.’’ There’s a reason for that.“If you look at all the old fairy tales, and even the current ones like ‘The Lion King’ or ‘Finding Nemo,’ ’’ says Lise Motherwell, a Brookline psychologist, many “deal with the loss of a parent, often the mother.’’These stories are popular with kids because of their subject matter, not in spite of it. “Those are questions and issues that kids are dealing with anyway and in many ways reading in books helps them deal with it on a developmental level,’’ says Motherwell. “They start to grapple with the feelings they would have if something like that were to happen.’’It’s up to parents, she says, to provide a context to help their children handle ideas that both fascinate and terrify them.While their children work on emotional issues, it’s a chance for parents to explore theirs as well. “I think I’m doing it out of wanting to protect him - but maybe I’m trying to protect myself, or misperceiving what he needs protection from,’’ Andrea Meyer says.Learning that Babar’s mother was killed didn’t scar my son. He still asked for the book again and again, experiencing and re-experiencing a very scary thing from the very safest place he knows - his mother’s lap.
We blogged about MakeBeliefsComix 2 years ago (Read that post here). MakeBeliefsComix is a comic strip generator is extremely simple to use. They also have a page that suggests how teachers can incorporate the use of comics in their classrooms.
1. At the beginning of each new school year have students create a comic strip talking aboutthemselves and their families or summarizing the most important things about their lives. Let each student select a cartoon character as a surrogate to represent her or him. After students complete their strips, encourage them to exchange their comics with classmates to learn more about each other. Students can also create strips that summarize what their individual interests to help a teacher to learn more about them.2. Have students create a comic strip story using new vocabulary words that are being taught. Having students fill in talk or thought balloons for different cartoon characters also helps students practice conversation and language structure in a meaningful context.3. Have students break up into pairs or group teams to create their comic strips together. This approach encourages teamwork and cooperation, with students complementing the skills of their colleagues. The site also provides a structure for students to work individually as they create their own cartoon worlds using their imaginations. Look upon the site as a resource for literacy development and to reach out to engage reluctant writers and readers.4. Having students fill in talk or thought balloons for different cartoon characters helps students practice conversation and offers a way to practice language structure and vocabulary in a meaningful context.5. Create comic scenarios, scripts, or stories for autistic students as a way to teach them different kinds of social behavior and to read emotions by observing the faces of the different characters selected for the cartoons. Says one teacher who works with high-functioning students with autism, "I used the comic strips to create social stories focusing on behaviors we want to modify." Creating cartoons in which the characters speak for the creator also provides a way to help autistic and deaf students to communicate.
Monday, September 5, 2011
To read the full schedule and register for the event, click here.
This post has been long overdue. While we have been enjoying Guardian's children's books website which was launched a few months ago, we completely forgot to tell you about it. Well, better late than never!
Launched on World Book Day, the brand new Guardian children's books site has been designed and curated with the help of a dedicated editorial panel of 100 children and teens from around the world. They told us what they wanted, and we did our best to make it happen. And that's how the site will work: by children, for children.Take a look around: you can read reviews, follow discussions, and watch and listen to the questions our panel have put to top authors, from Jacqueline Wilson to Malorie Blackman, Michelle Paver to Charlie Higson. There's age-themed content, a monthly podcast, a book club, extracts, quizzes, competitions with amazing prizes (win your height in books!) and much more.
The What on Earth? Wallbook – Pocket Edition – tells the complete story of planet, life and people from the beginning of time to the present day. This versatile pocket edition includes a magnifying glass allowing younger readers to explore, discover and learn about natural and human history for themselves in a fun, innovative and engaging format. On the back is a 100-question multiple-choice family world history quiz – the answers can all be found somewhere on the timeline (but only if you look carefully enough!).
Christopher Middleton finds a new 'book’ delivers the big picture of the past. “Suddenly I had the idea of trying to tell the entire history of the world on a single piece of paper.”The result is The What on Earth? Wallbook, a 7-foot, six-inch-long chart, which starts out some four billion years ago, with the explosion that triggered the Earth’s birth, and ends just a matter of months ago, with the election of Barack Obama and the global credit crunch.It’s a feat not just of historical and scientific fact-marshalling, but of sheer stationery logistics, too.“The only way I could get started was by sticking 16 pieces of A4 paper together and laying them on the floor,” Lloyd says. “My aim was to join up human history with natural history, and demonstrate the interaction between them; to present the big picture that we so often fail to see, because school subjects are taught in such a compartmentalised way.“And rather than writing a great, long 180,000-word book on the subject, I wanted to create something that people could dip in and out of.”The result is a truly impressive example of information deployment, in which the reader is presented with a chronological record of all the most significant events in the Earth’s history. Such is the cleverness of the layout, though, that at any one point in the story you can see what was happening at the same time elsewhere on the planet.So, while hunter-gatherers in North America were starting to use stone tools, Confucius was on a round-China philosophy lecture tour; Carthage was growing rich from trade in slaves and animal skins; Celts were spreading throughout Europe; and Mayans were making high-quality pots and figurines in South America.Meanwhile, a whole host of other, less human-powered happenings are documented in a series of parallel sections on the chart, entitled “Land, Sky, Sea and Earth”. As well as full-on floods, plagues and other cataclysms, space is also found for more unusual observations: the 20th-century explosion of the rabbit population in Australia (500 million), or the 14th-century Inca postal system, whereby runners were stationed every five miles along key routes, to carry messages encoded in rope knots, or quipu.In all, then, this wall chart counts as a truly epic undertaking, in terms of layout, typography, design and sheer scale of ambition. Even the timescale has been drawn up according to strict mathematical guidelines; in the first section of the chart, 1centimetre equates to one billion years, in the second section it’s 250 million years and by the very final section it’s just five years.
Animated Anatomies explores the visually stunning and technically complex genre of printed texts and illustrations known as anatomical flap books. These publications invite the viewer to participate in virtual autopsies, through the process of unfolding their movable leaves, simulating the act of human dissection.
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Via Acoustic Traditional
Registration/Schedule here.The Festival of Indigenous Storytellers is an initiative of Acoustic Traditional to build a platform for our disappearing folklorists/storytellers across various tribal communities of India to get together and revive the tradition of oral storytelling towards conserving our rich but dying ancestral legacies from spiritual to cultural to scientific. The event is unique in many ways and will bring in various partnerships to emphasize the need for the preservation of this
Stories are at the heart of any tribal community. With most of our history being passed down by word of mouth in the form of fables, myths, legends, rituals, practices or folktales, it is at the threshold of being lost forever. The Festival provides a great opportunity to revive this important tradition of storytelling through our disappearing storytellers - from shamans to medicine men to the elderly. By bringing them under one roof to share not only their rich folklore but also - and perhaps more importantly - their wealth of community knowledge such as myths, legends, beliefs, practices, medicine, spirituality and so on, all of which are on the verge of near extinction, it can potentially help revive interest in the value of oral storytelling both within and outside the participating communities. With a growing support of expert agencies and organisations, from environmental to developmental, it provides a great stage to bring out the relevance of these stories in the present modern context, apart from the mere pleasure of listening to them.
In many ways, the Festival is about the revival of our tribal cultures and our practices that have had strong links with sustainability and many other critical areas of survival, which are being lost to the modern world. This is the second year of the Festival (the first was organised in Sikkim 2010 with support from the State Culture and Heritage Department, Sikkim Government) and we are glad to open the invitation for storytellers from our tribal communities for their participation in this years three-day event to be held in Bangalore during the last week of September, 2011.
We are organising it in Bangalore this year at the Fire Flies Ashram between the 30th of September and 3rd of October 2011. For registrations, please download the Confluence schedule and registration guide.
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Friday, September 2, 2011
Laxman, a boy from a village in Tamil Nadu, sets off on a Sunday morning on his bullock-cart, to collect bales of freshly cut hay. The author vividly describes the journey to the fields, so much so that one almost begins to experience it - the thudding of the animals hooves on the dirt road, the tinkling of their bells and the chaotic traffic! However, the chaotic traffic poses quite a challenge to Laxman and his bullocks, as people 'never seem to realize that a bullock cart has no brakes!'On the way, Laxman greets all his favourite flowering trees, the birds that sing, as well as those that soar. And as, he watches them his mind is full of questions. However, no one seems to understand him, except his grandmother. She tells him,that it was alright to ask them for asking, "questions are as important as the answers".The story not only provides us a glimpse into the life of life a village boy but also sends two strong underlying messages - one is to appreciate the gifts of nature and second, not to hesitate to ask questions. Even when there seems to be no answer to them. Borrowing from the words on a popular advertisement 'Questions achhe hote hai!Vivid illustrations with a lot of details for children to discover, add to the appeal of the book.