Biodiversity Reads

Twitter is definitely a place for us to find out about so many things and we love being on it! One of the things we found out today was that it was #BiodiversityDay! Coincidentally, the book we wanted to share for #PBSummerReads today also had a lot to do with biodiversity in a city pond. Here are three free stories for you to read, share and celebrate the magic of nature amidst us :
Author : Ashish Kothari, Illustrator : Sangeetha Kadur
Wetlands in any city are seen mostly as wasteland, waiting to be built over. It takes a tireless environmentalist to show us what city ponds really are – magically rich ecosystems worth preserving. Based on a real-life experience, here is a story that introduces us to the delightful flora and fauna in the urban landscape.
Read ‘Wildlife in a City Pond’ in English, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu and Urdu
Author : Madhav Gadgil, Illustrator : Maya Ramaswamy
Bears, bees and blossoms are three enchanting building blocks of our natural world. The Indian rock bee is called a giant bee because it is one of the biggest honeybees in the world. Rock bees forage by moonlight. Scientists have been working with forest dwellers to safeguard rock bees, a precious natural heritage. In this informative tale, Muchkund and his bright gang of ghosts have a clever way of dealing with the burning issue of forest offenders!
Read ‘Muchkund and his Sweet Tooth’ in English, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada and Telugu 

Author : Ambika Rao, Illustrator : Ruchi Shah
This is a book that takes you deep into the jungles of the Western Ghats. A wildlife photographer sets out to find an elusive wild cat and meets a menagerie of fascinating creatures. Quirky illustrations pepper a funny narrative inspired by a real-life adventure.
Read ‘The Cat in the Ghat’ in English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Telugu, Bengali, Urdu, Tamil and Odia

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