Befriending ancient art

How does a book on a place like Mammallapuram take shape? How can an author, who also happens to be a ‘teacher’, weave together his appreciation for sculpture art, fascination for history and love for children?

A wealth of treasure to dip into

Urvashi Nangia
We need to revive the reading culture. But which books do we begin with? Which of the many books do we pick up for our children? Tata Trust’s initiative, the Parag Honour List is the answer to these questions. The list brings out the best of children’s books in English and Indian languages every year.

Harnessing the power of technology

Deepika Venkatesh
If you are looking to enhance the teaching-learning experience for your students and are wondering how, here are a few tools.

A new discourse about disability

Chintan Girish Modi
Here is a book that lays bare the indignities that people with disabilities have to tolerate on an everyday basis. Divided into seven sections, there are autobiographical accounts that provide a glimpse of what self-representation means to people with disabilities. The book also contains narratives that put the spotlight on parents, educators, and caregivers of people with disabilities.

In harmony with nature

Chintan Girish Modi
Stories are perhaps the most beautiful ways of ensuring that important messages reach people, both adults and children. Mita Bordoloi’s picture book Bumoni’s Banana Trees is an endearing tale of how a little girl finds a solution to a human-animal conflict. Through the story the book also passes on the message of sustainable living.

To a librarian, with love

Chintan Girish Modi
Thammi’s Gift is a rare children’s book that addresses both grief and joy without any over-simplification. The book acknowledges children’s feelings on the death of a grandparent. It is a tribute to a pioneering Indian librarian, Bandana Sen. It is also a useful resource for adults.

Books on Climate Change

If you are looking to introduce children to climate change and hope to inspire them to work with the topic, here is a list of books that can help you nudge them in that direction.

Turning the pages of history

Chintan Girish Modi
Here is the first children’s book in English that highlights the Chera kingdom and life in Kerala in the 11th century. A wonderful addition to school libraries, the book highlights Kerala’s multiculturalism and explores the matrilineal system that was prevalent in Kerala. An interview with the author gives an insight into the process that went into writing this book.