Introducing Anne Frank to young readers

Amrita Patwardhan
Here is an illustrative biography on Anne Frank that brings her story to life in a way that is easily understood by children. War and death are tough topics for children, and this is made comprehensible in this book. A must for school libraries.

Introducing India’s environmental concerns to young readers

Chintan Girish Modi
Conservation and protection of the environment is a concern that everybody including young children should be aware of. But how does one introduce this topic to them? How do we make them realize the magnitude of the issue? How do we get them to start thinking about the environment? Meghaa Gupta’s new book is a good way to start.

Every boy has a story

Chintan Girish Modi
‘Being Boys’ is an excellent resource to understand the varied experiences of boys instead of assuming that they are all spoilt brats. This collection of stories by well- known writers makes readers aware of the vulnerabilities that boys hide because there are few avenues for them to be heard, and to find support.

How city government schools work

Chandrika Muralidhar
The functioning of government primary schools through the eyes of a keen observer – the schools being those from an urban setup. Functioning of Government Schools in Urban Areas – A Narrative based on Three Schools endeavours to present a holistic view of the functioning of government schools.

Teachers as unsung heroes

Chintan Girish Modi
Our public education system is always in the news for all the wrong reasons, so much so that most of us have stopped believing in it. By highlighting the hard work and passion of many government school teachers Ordinary People, Extraordinary Teachers tells us that not all hope is lost.

Paying heed to the child’s needs

Nisha Butoliya
Mistakes are always frowned upon in our country. Children are afraid of making mistakes. Teachers are afraid of trying something new. Everybody wants to be right all the time. But mistakes are opportunities for both the teacher and the student to learn. The Reflective Learner presents the cases of four teachers who transform their struggling students into reflective learners and think deeply about their own pedagogy in the process.

Reflections on language pedagogy

Chintan Girish Modi
In his review of the book ‘Perceptions of Language Pedagogy’ by N. S. Prabhu, the author attempts to bridge the gap between academic scholarship and school teaching. The book contains several ideas that would greatly help English teachers.

A hands-on learning aid

Madhulika Sagaram
Courage is a trait that all children should develop. But can you grow courage? This unique workbook from Liv & Blue Publishing promises to build your courage through a series of fun activities that cut across subjects and intelligences. Children learn to become ‘even more courageous’ as they imbibe mathematical, language and scientific skills among many others.

This heritage resource is a mixed bag

Nimesh Ved
The UNESCO series of five books on five heritage sites offers interesting nuggets of history and would certainly appeal to young readers. Here is review.