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A Guide to 101 Indian Children’s Books We Love!

  • September 23, 2013
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‘101’
is an amazing guidebook which gives us a sneak peek at the vast
variety of Indian books available to children at various stages of
their growing up years. It gives details of books like the author,
illustrator, publisher and price. We are happy to note that four
books, “Annual Haircut Day‘, ‘The Monsoon Concert‘, ‘Phani’sFunny Chappal‘ and ‘Handmade in India’,  published by Pratham
Books, have made it to ‘101’!


Parents
keen on getting their children on the reading wagon, here’s good news
for you. ‘101’ lends you a helping hand by grouping the books based
on age. 


Today,
many of us lead fast-paced lives, with barely enough time to stop and
think, much less sit and read. But there are some others who take to
books and how! Books become their constant companion, guide and
friend. But when is it the right time to shake hands with this
to-be-friend? “It’s never too soon!” says UK based writer,
editor and children’s book consultant, Wendy Cooling.

Cooling,
in her article on books and early childhood points out the
differences between a child who has been around books from a very
early age and a child who encounters a book for the very first time
in school. I have to agree with her  when she says that parents
who read to their tiny tots and introduce them to picture books,
actually help in building the child’s power of concentration in
addition to colouring their imagination.

I’m
in agreement with her as, as recently as a few months ago, I used to
tell stories to my two and a half year old cousin at bed time or to
distract her when she got cranky. But now, she has begun to tell me
stories! Her latest was about a BIG croc that ate a sma….ll fish.
And boy, is she hooked to stories now!

‘What
do you speak at home?’ ‘English!’ comes the prompt reply from most
kids living in cities today.  ‘101’ features an article by
Radhika Menon, publisher and managing editor of Tulika Publishers, in
which she discusses the importance of bilingual books and its impact
on children. According to her, reading in one’s own language is an
enriching experience for kids and reading in another language 
is an empowering one. Yay! Nanige Kannada baruthe! (I can speak
Kannada) 🙂

Another
treat is that our very own Manisha Chaudhry, Content Head at Pratham
Books, has contributed to the richness of this book. Reading is not
just another brick in the wall, but is “the most basic building
block in education”, says she. She adds a cultural and
historical touch to children’s literature in Hindi. By walking us
back to the past, she unfolds to us the development of Hindi
children’s literature.

Through
the peephole ‘101’, we see the colourful world of Indian literature
winking back at us. Literature in various Indian languages has not
only been introduced to us in this book, but we are also presented
with a long list of promising, fun books that are must-reads! By
bringing out the importance of bilingual books and books in other
Indian languages, ‘101’ says, “Onward, forward Indian
Literature!”. This makes it a must-read too!

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