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What is the LRSI Award?
The Leading Reading School Award is an annual award programme initiated by Young India Books to applaud and recognise the five leading schools of India for their exemplary work in instilling a love for reading in their students.
What do the schools have to do?Participating schools will have to register ONLINE Without school registration students will not be able to participate.
A staff member, preferably the librarian, has to be appointed to be in charge of the event.
Who can participate in this competition?
- LRSIA is open to children of all schools, libraries and book clubs.
- There is a participation fee of Rs.100/- per child.
What are the awards to be won?
- The Competition is open in three categories: Primary (Grades I to 3), Middle (Grades 4 to 6), Secondary (Grades 7 to 10)
The 5 Leading Reading Schools of India Award
- A Trophy
- A Citation
The most outstanding review
- A Hamper of Books
3 Student Awards in each category
- A Kindle
- A certificate from YIB
- A Crossword store gift voucher
Children’s Choice Award for the book most preferred by the students.
- An opportunity to become a reviewer for Young India Books
What is the Children’s Choice Award?
Children’s Choice Award is a biennial award that has been initiated by Young India Books in which children get to select the book for the award.
|A student council member shares his love for reading with the audience present.|
There are some chain libraries that have been doing stellar work in bringing books to kids and adults, like the Eloor Libraries and Just Books. Alongside these, there also some small libraries that have been trying to bring to children that experience of wonder and joy of being surrounded by books – and of being able to find a new book to read.Reading Caterpillar, DelhiThe Reading Caterpillar started in 2009. Founder Rabani Garg had felt a lack of children’s reading spaces in Delhi and she met other parents, teachers and writers who talked about the need for such a space. “We started a small community of parents and would meet with our children and read to them. Reading Caterpillar was born out of a need for a library for young children. And a belief that it had to be an interactive space that would bring children, parents, book lovers and people who work in this field together. Authors, illustrators, parents, artists are all an integral part of Reading Caterpillar.”
“We like to call it a library, book haven and studio! We pretty much squeeze in all book-related activities. It is a book-lending library, a reading space – drop ins are welcome – a book club for different age groups, a book hospital, an artist space. We love book launches, workshops and readings with authors and artists.”
The Reading Room, which is the library arm of this venture, started in June 2015.My Little Chatterbox started in 2012 to help parents raise readers.
Falak Randerian, the founder, wanted to “build a space where kids can come and fall in love with books.” With physical bookstores disappearing and very few libraries, many kids do not have the experience of being physically surrounded by lots of books. “We wanted to do whatever little we could to bring that experience back.”
The book club, My Little Chatterbox, continues in this new avatar. There is also a book hospital, where members are invited to take care of books which need their help. “We are also looking at hosting author read-alouds and book launches.”
She got up to face a small blackboard perched on a wooden stand. “My dad drives a water tanker, my mom cleans houses,” she told me in Hindi, as she swirled her palms across the damp surface. “And I come here to play and learn.”
Educating children in a city of more than 18 million people — of which at least 1.7 million are children under 6 years old, according to the national census — is a daunting task.
Mumbai’s education system has fallen gravely short of absorbing its children. Only 400,000 children were enrolled in municipal schools in 2014, according to a report by Praja, a non-partisan research and advocacy organization. That number actually dropped 11 percent since 2009, despite increased government spending on education.
That leaves more than half of the children in Mumbai either out of school or learning in private institutions.
In response, community members, activists, and educators have carved out classrooms between the hidden folds and seams of the city. They offer safe and regular learning spaces to students who can easily fall throughout the gaps. Some you have to literally climb into to access, while others are built on wheels. For thousands of students across Mumbai, these classrooms have become tiny oases, a place to call their own for a few hours every day.
Manasvi Khasle walked up and down a narrow aisle. She called out even numbers and waited for her class to say the next one. The 22-year-old teacher knows how to command the attention of the 20 students sitting in neat rows in her unusual classroom: a yellow school bus parked near a smoky crossroad of factories and railway tracks in south Mumbai.
“In the beginning I had to go to their homes and call them to class,” she said. “Now they see the bus pull up and just come.”
Khasle has been teaching for eight years with Door Step, an organization founded in 1988 that runs classes for more than 10,000 students, in school buses and tiny community centers. The buses can only hold 20 students, most of them between six and twelve years old, without much space to wiggle around or store books. But they have unique benefits — like their ability to reach many of Mumbai’s poorest migrants who live on illegal plots of land where schools can’t be built.