Depending on which part of India you are in, summer holidays are either already here or about to begin. Most of us are keeping our fingers crossed that books will feature in a big way in the summer entertainment catalogue. But what if your little darlings are not being as much into reading as you’d like them to be?

The wise ones say to let them be, since putting pressure might be counterproductive. There is, however, no doubt that books are good for kids of all ages. So here are some tips from the New York Times’ Books section on how to raise a reader.

The author Joseph Coelho feels poetry might be the key not just to getting kids reading, but also picking up a pen and being creative themselves. He shares some tips on how to get children excited about poetry.

It’s all very well to want to read to kids, but how does one read to a child who won’t sit still? Janssen Bradshaw from Brightly has some tips on how to engage a kid who struggles to pay attention.

It’s well documented that girls aren’t allowed access to play as much as boys are. Indeed, we only need to open our eyes and look around to verify that this is true—and it is true across socioeconomic class and region. “Go to a park, a maidan, a playground. Look at the happy kids play. Now, a question. How many girls did you see playing?” asks the #GirlsMustPlay campaign, which seeks to raise awareness about having spaces where our girls can play in as safe and carefree a way as our boys do. Read Pratham Books’ blog post about this and some books that encourage girls to play.

To round up this edition of Good Picks, let’s talk about the the creative process of writers. Tulika Publishers turns the focus on on Rinchin, an activist working with tribals in Chhatisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, as well as an author of a number of engaging children’s books. Also check out this interview with Rinchin where she talks about her work.

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