Why are kids fascinated by dinosaurs? It’s a question we’ve probably asked ourselves numerous times without admitting that dinosaurs fascinate most of us, adults, too. But among the hundreds of dinosaur books out there, can you name any Indian books? If you’re up to date with all things kidlit, then Vaishali Shroff’s The Adventures of Padma and the Blue Dinosaur will be familiar to you. Here’s an interview with the author on why she wrote the book and why she loves dinos.
A study in 2012 found that 55 per cent of all readers of young adult fiction are, in fact, adults. Here’s an excellent essay by Maria Devlin McNair about how children’s books are a window to our world and why children’s literature is everybody’s literature.
Are you raising a reader? Yes? Great, your work here is done. No? Here are some tips to get the little humans in your life interested in the world of books.
Speaking of inspiring kids to read, conventional wisdom of reading to them, telling them stories always holds good. Most of us who are readers recall childhoods filled with books and storytellers — and some of us even grow up to be writers and storytellers ourselves. But if you thought all storytellers were born on their grandparents’ laps, listening agog to their stories, get another thought coming. Ruskin Bond swears that his grandmothers never told him any stories!
Are we all agreed that books must be loved, and reading must be embraced by all? Yes? But why? “This theme of bookish love has me thinking of the thousands… of people in the world who have lived lives of absolute love in the absence of books,” says Sujata Noronha. “It makes me think how full we are of ourselves in imagining that this is the only way.” Here’s her entertaining piece on bookish love (not!).