#INDIAKIDLIT – The Case of the Fascinating Folktale

by Shobha Viswanath Karadi Tales -- a children's book publishing house based in Chennai, India A child’s imagination is a vibrant thing, always hungry for stories. Adults, in their role as storytellers to children, nurture this imagination through the stories they tell them. But this can be a daunting task for the typical adult who is … Continue reading #INDIAKIDLIT – The Case of the Fascinating Folktale

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Amazona

While most of the Amazon rainforest is found within the borders of Brazil, other South American countries such as Peru and Colombia lay claim to portions of its acreage. The Amazon itself is home to hundreds of indigenous people groups, who find themselves increasingly displaced from their ancestral homes, or even killed, because of mining, … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Amazona

#INDIAKIDLIT – Pratham Books & StoryWeaver

by Jeremy Willette As a librarian, former language teacher, and someone who lived and worked in India for eight years, I love everything there is about Pratham Books. Pratham Books (pronounced like the English "TH" in "Thanks" and which means “first” in Hindi) is a nonprofit publisher whose top mission is to get books into … Continue reading #INDIAKIDLIT – Pratham Books & StoryWeaver

#INDIAKIDLIT – Memories of Partition in Children’s Literature

by Dr. Dhooleka Sarhadi Raj, PhD  This year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of Pakistan and India, an occasion to celebrate how far they have come from their Independence from British Rule. Annually, on August 14/15 both countries fête the heroism of Freedom Fighters and founders who fought the British and won. Press … Continue reading #INDIAKIDLIT – Memories of Partition in Children’s Literature

#INDIAKIDLIT – Many Languages, Many Voices

by Radhika Menon When Tulika Publishers was set up in 1996 the key questions that confronted us was, how do we create books that reflect a contemporary Indian sensibility, rooted in the Indian multilingual, multicultural context? When the languages children hear all around them are kept out of the books they read, how representative or … Continue reading #INDIAKIDLIT – Many Languages, Many Voices

#INDIAKIDLIT – The Stories We Tell

by Samina Mishra Equality is – when Mummy gives my sister and I the same amount of money Inequality is – when Mummy takes my brother out visiting but not me Equality is – when my friend and I get the same marks Inequality is – when Sir does not give girls a chance to … Continue reading #INDIAKIDLIT – The Stories We Tell

#INDIAKIDLIT – Inviting Children into the World of Books

by Gita Varadarajan “To be literate is not to be free, it is to be present and active in the struggle for reclaiming one’s voice, history, and future.” (Friere and Macedo, 1987) In the year 2011-12, I had the privilege of working with 5th graders at P.S.11 in Chelsea NYC. I walked past this mural … Continue reading #INDIAKIDLIT – Inviting Children into the World of Books

#INDIAKIDLIT – The Invisible Visibles – Sikh Representation in Children’s Literature

by Rasil Kaur Ahuja Sikhs are ostensibly the most visible minority in the world, yet we remain near invisible in the books children read. Famous Sikh Gurus (Guru Nanak, Guru Arjan, Guru Har Gobind, Guru Tegh Bahadur, Guru Gobind Singh) - Amar Chitra Katha comics - edited by Anant Pai Growing up in the India … Continue reading #INDIAKIDLIT – The Invisible Visibles – Sikh Representation in Children’s Literature

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Elephant Island

Elephants are not generally considered to be seafaring animals although they do come with built-in snorkels. When Arnold the elephant’s boat sinks, his snorkel proves very useful. He ends up on a tiny island, which, hilariously, is no larger than one of his legs. Some might despair at this situation; not so Arnold! His snorkel … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Elephant Island

#INDIAKIDLIT – Strong, little known Indian women in history brought alive in contemporary literature

by Deepa Agarwal “Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,             And waste its sweetness on the desert air.” - Thomas Gray, "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" (1751) The poet’s words are telling—they can apply to many women achievers in Indian history whose outstanding deeds have remained buried in the sands of time. … Continue reading #INDIAKIDLIT – Strong, little known Indian women in history brought alive in contemporary literature