Should books entertain or educate? This is a question that baffles many a well-intentioned adult, but we at Goodbooks are firmly on the entertainment end of the argument. We believe that a good book should aim to entertain, even if they are—and you’ll have to drag this word out of us under protest—educational. Bleargh!
Anyhow, the folks at Storyweaver seem to have got things just right. Yamini Vijayan from Pratham did a guest post for Goodbooks last month listing some dozen or so highly entertaining books, guaranteed to enthral youngsters and maybe also teach a thing or two on STEM-related topics in the bargain. Did we mention all the books on Storyweaver are free? Speaking of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM for short), there are dozens or publishers dabbling in the field. Paromita Chakrabarti’s list in the Indian Express is a good place to start.
Vernacular Indian children’s literature often gets the short shrift in the publishing space, dominated as it is by English publishing. Bangla is just one language that has a rich history of kidlit. The Sunday Guardian featured a recent anthology of classic children’s stories from Bengal, translated to reach a wider audience.
Among the inspiring and tireless work done by individuals and organisations to build connections between kids and books, are Tata Trust’s Parag initiative, which supports the dissemination of books to children in Indian languages and helps encourage kids to read more. This summer, a new reading programme is set to come into play in a village in Maharashtra’s Satara district. Read on to know more about the little librarians of Hekalwadi.
Who said you had to range afar for quality kidlit? There’s plenty happening on the home front. So, to round-up this edition of Good Picks, here’s Mint Lounge’s pick of the best home-grown summer reads for youngsters.