Taking that approach to the Young Readers’ Club has brought out so many beautiful voices in the group. They have begun to realise thanks to wonderful books that they too can think of many possibilities and above all, their voices matter.

Here is a book that I haven’t read myself. However, I am reasonably sure that this would be a great book to read. How do I know that? Ten year old Anvi was so excited to share this book with the rest of us for Activity of the Month. We all worked hard at guessing what the story is. If you haven’t read it yourself, give it a try. It’s a lot of fun guessing.

This is a book that taught us that an idea that we think is not likely because it might sound crazy to others, might actually…

Even more so, when peers ask for recommended titles again to make a note and look for it later to read themselves

It is the time of the month at the Young Readers’ Club when we come together to show off our book finds over the last month. The hunt for new books is generally based on a common objective, such as the hunt for one’s favourite character or books that had the most compelling plot and so on. This month we decided to make a game out of it. Oh yes! A game based on each one’s book finds!

Taking the lead for one’s own book recommendation

Every young reader as always was asked to find and read books that caught their attention. But this time, they were told…

Akshara Uppuluri, the author of the book “Rising From The Ashes”, is a 9th grade student who loves science and is fascinated with robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). An avid reader herself, she shares how reading for pleasure helped her to become more perceptive and find writing as an enjoyable means of expressing herself.

Being a voracious reader right from childhood, she dreamt about writing a book of her own. The COVID-19 pandemic induced lockdown provided the perfect opportunity to make her childhood dream come true.

While writing a book of her own may have been a childhood dream, her book- Rising From The Ashes is by no means an ordinary book. Living in a time in which AI is making in roads into many aspects our lives, the setting of this book seems highly likely perhaps several decades later. The book takes us on a journey into the future in which humankind finds…

A book that led to many questions among the young readers

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We had just completed “The Book of The Month” activity in the Young Readers’ Club. Over the past month, we were on a quest to independently find our own books of the month- books with the most gripping problem that made us want to read further.

A compilation of everyone’s finds was being discussed when this book Bhimrao Ambedkar: The Boy Who Asked Why written by Sowmya Rajendran and illustrated by Satwick Gade came up. The publisher of the book, Tulika, on their website describes the book as “Visualised with quirky imagination, this is a story that will raise the…

It’s perhaps also the most happy state to be in. Or so I thought…

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It is a wonderful festival today- Pongal as they like to call it in Tamil Nadu, Makar Sankranti or Lohri in other Indian states. It is a harvest festival reminding us the nature’s bountiness. There is a festive feeling in the air and of course our phones are buzzing constantly as wishes are pouring in. The holiday mood set in even before I dragged myself out of the bed this morning. Festive lunch having been taken care of, I just had to make some prasad and get something important for the puja. I was feeling so lazy. I hoped that…

Here is an effective way to give children a playground on which they can practice and develop their problem solving skills.

Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.
— Roger Lewin

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Problem solving at the Young Executives Club

The Young Executives Club is a meeting place where children in the age group 12–14 meet twice a week on Zoom to make use of various opportunities to express themselves in spoken as well as written form. The last ten months since we first began, I have come to realize something that is so crucial to developing self confidence in children.

Given the opportunities to brainstorm and the assurance that no idea is crazy or stupid, it is amazing to see what children…

How do sportspersons handle the pressure while they perform in a major sports event? Surrounded by people watching their every move, making noise and worse, to know that one is on international television must be more than enough to make anyone have a nervous breakdown!

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These questions always leave me in awe of these wonderful people. One possible explanation is that they have practiced so much that they are confident out there and nothing stops them. Yet, somehow I am not convinced. …

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I wondered what interesting writing prompt I can pick for the last week of 2020 for the kids at the Young Executives Club. That’s when it hit me that it is end of unusual year. Ironically, it made me pause and think about what I am grateful for.

As I dwell on that thought, my mind starts to race. I never imagined that a good internet connection would make such a difference. It not just helped me connect with friends and family during series of lockdowns and ofcourse sometimes even shopping for essentials, it enabled me to bring together children…

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It depends on what one associates reading with.

“We tend to think of that era as one when there were no distractions such as television, computer games and the like. But reading has always been a minority pastime. People say children don’t read any more. This may be true for the vast majority, but I know many boys and girls who enjoy reading- far more than I encountered when I was a schoolboy…Book readers are special people and they will always turn to books as ultimate pleasure.” -Ruskin Bond

Why don’t all children become book readers?

The love for books starts early. Children who would choose to curl…

Word limit can be the worst idea when you are writing freely to express.

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Lakshmi Mitter

Writer, Voracious Reader, Author of Personalised Children’s books, Self Taught Illustrator

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