Homegrown picture books and illustrated books are poring out from the presses faster than we can keep up. They suffer the same lack of visibility as their middle-grade and young-adult counterparts, of course, which is a pity, because readers are missing out on some treasures. In fact, there are also some lovely board books up for grabs, and the folks at Indian Moms Connect have done a round-up of some of these.

(We don’t like to blow our own trumpet—though we’re going to do so anyway, so stand clear—but we at Goodbooks try to keep our fingers on the pulse of developments in this field. So check out our Snapshot Reviews for the low-down on picture books, among others.)

Across the seas, the #OwnVoices movement is seeing a lot of opinions and controversy, including in terms ofchildren’s literature. It asks who has the right to write about marginalised voices. This post from the blog of Mia Wenjen (better known as Pragmatic Mom on social media) goes deeper into the issue. An eye-opening read that reminds us that we need to start an #OwnVoices conversation in Indian children’s literature too.

Why do we read to children? To broaden their minds, to make them better people, to help them understand the world, just for fun? Probably all of the above, with some more reasons thrown in. But author Daegan Miller suggests that we do so to save ourselves. Read his fascinating essay on

Poetry—love it or loathe it, but the author Joseph Coelho is convinced that it might be the key to raising children who love to read and write. “Kids are naturally poetic,” he says. “Poetry is natural to them, and when you highlight their use of it, they glow.”

It is summer and mangoes are in season. We don’t really need a reason to eat mangoes, but for those of you who are on the fence about this supremely Indian activity, here’s a push from Natasha Sharma.

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