GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 22 MAY 2018

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 22 MAY 2018

Indian’s evergreen storyteller Ruskin Bond turned 85 last week—and celebrated his birthday in the best way an author can, by releasing a brand new book. Sakal Times published an interview in honour of his birthday and the new book. You can read it all here.

Speaking of evergreen, Bijal Vachharajani suggests going back to the classics, including Enid Blyton, for kids to learn more about where their food comes from. That said, there are some wonderful contemporary books about the subject as well.

When the author Siddhartha Sarma set out to collect the books—all 37 of them—that his school English textbooks carried excerpts from, little did he know that it would be a 20-year quest. Hear about his journey in his own words, first published in the Bookworm Trust’s Torchlight journal.

Dyslexia is a learning disability affecting millions, yet more or less completely overlooked in India. Instead of being helped, children with this disability are often ridiculed and shamed in our schools. And not just in India, across the world dyslexic children find themselves at a disadvantage when it comes to learning, right from learning to read. Concerned about this, a school district in Ohio in the US has been retraining teachers in the way they teach children to read.

We talk often about books in this section of the blog but rarely about what it’s like to be involved in the process of making books. In this post, from the Storyweaver blog, Sudeshna Shome Ghosh (a familiar face in publishing circles) tells us her story of starting off in the world of children’s publishing two decades ago.

Writing for children is not all about holidays, picnics and chocolate cake. When it comes to serious issues, an author’s job can become extremely tricky. For instance, how does one write a story on domestic violence for 10-year-olds? Asha Nehemiah talks about how her book Behind the Lie came into being.

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“For a teacher or librarian faced with dozens of books to read, a good book review website is as essential as maps are for geographers.”

Anil Menon - Writer
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“Indian children’s books rarely get the kind of publicity they deserve in the popular or social media. Websites like Goodbooks plug the gap by not letting a single Indian children’s book of merit slip through the cracks. Most people would not even know about the books available in the market if not for a resource like this.”

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“Book review sites like Goodbooks are a wonderful resource for locating theme-based or issue-based children’s books to enrich the learning experience in the classroom and at home.”

Asha Nehemiah - Children's Writer
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