What children read helps shape what they learn, how they behave, and who they become. What kinds of people and ideas do we want to see represented in Indian children’s literature? Paro Anand speaks to The New Indian Express on the importance of addressing gender issues in content for children.
In this interview with The Hindu, Nandana Dev Sen discusses her book In My Heart and talks about the need to bring depictions of alternative families into mainstream children’s books.
Children can’t learn from stories unless they identify with what they are reading. In a piece for The Wire, educator Meenakshi Khanna talks about her work with children from underprivileged backgrounds. She points out that there is a need to revamp syllabus content for non-English speakers, and replace outdated stories by foreign writers with stories that better reflect the backgrounds of students.
Sanchari Pal writes in The Better India about someone who really knew how to reach his audience. Anant Pai, father of the Amar Chitra Katha series and Tinkle, was dedicated to the cause of making learning fun, whether by creating comics about history and mythology, or filling them with quizzes and trivia.
But, if we’re being honest, reading isn’t always about learning, is it? We read to feel good, and to feel connected to other people. The Book Fairies are all about connections. An international movement that began in 2016 in London, the Book Fairies are a group of people who leave books around in public places for other people to find, and take home. The Better India speaks to Kadambari Rushin Mehta, on why we need Book Fairies in India, and what it feels like to make people happy. Happy reading!