GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 29 APRIL 2019

GOOD PICKS FROM GOODBOOKS – 29 APRIL 2019

Once upon time, in a land far, far away… Is this how stories begin in your native language? All storytelling traditions come with their own unique conventions. In this piece for The Guardian, Kate Lyons follows a delightful Twitter thread that explores how stories begin in different languages. From the quirky Catalan “Once upon a time in a corner of the world where everybody had a nose…” to the quiet wisdom of the Chilean “Listen to tell it and tell it to teach it,” the thread throws up some very memorable fragments.

Another gem: In this in-depth interview with Kanika Katyal of Indian Cultural Forum, writer and filmmaker Samina Mishra talks about her work on children’s literature and film, and how we understand the experiences of childhood.

On the Parag blog, Aanchal Mittal writes about the Tata Trust libraries in rural Rajasthan, highlighting their role not just in encouraging children to read, but in fostering community involvement around schools and libraries.

And finally, an interesting nugget of information: National Book Trust has launched a list of ten Indian children’s titles at a book fair in the UAE. Intrigued? Here’s everything you need to know.

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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.”

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