KidEngage Reads – Walk the Rainforest with Niwupah by Aparajita Dutta and Nima Manjrekar

KidEngage Reads – Walk the Rainforest with Niwupah by Aparajita Dutta and Nima Manjrekar

Once in a while, you come across a book that makes you look at it wistfully, making you wonder – how nice it would have been if I had this book to understand things back in my school days! ‘Walk the Rainforest with Niwupah‘ by Dutta and Manjrekar is one such book. It is a non-fiction book, but it doesn’t throw textual information as a bundle of facts. It has a very friendly and comprehensible tone, with beautiful illustrations to go with it.

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KidEngage Reads : The Haunted School and Other Stories

KidEngage Reads : The Haunted School and Other Stories

It is this horror that is brought to the fore quite lucidly by Nandini Nayar in her collection of short stories. There is no over-the-top screaming, or creating the atmosphere in building up the horror scene. Because, she pulls you so hard in the story that the goosebumps are actually because of the tug you feel in your heart. It is sensitivity and poignancy all the way.

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Read your blues away – 5 Books that will help your child ease into back to school routine

Read your blues away – 5 Books that will help your child ease into back to school routine

Yes, its that time of year again! A new class, curriculum, friends and in many cases a different school altogether. So, getting back to the choc- a- bloc routine of the school after the long summer holidays can cause some serious blues to even the happiest of the lot. Sometimes, reading about characters who are of the same age group and are going through similar experiences of settling back in school can help ease the whole process for your child. Here are a few books we recommend your child should read once school begins and these will also help you start a discussion with your child about settling back into the school routine.

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KidEngage Reads: The Zoo Around You

KidEngage Reads: The Zoo Around You

What comes to your mind when someone says the word ‘Zoo’? A huge open space with enclosures, moats, display galleries and a fun day out? If you go by what Katie Bagli and Medha S Rajadhyaksha have to say in their book ‘The Zoo Around You’, you will realise that the images that rolled before your eyes are definitely that of a zoo, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find a variety of creatures around you.

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KidEngage Reads : Fing by David Walliams and Tony Ross

KidEngage Reads : Fing by David Walliams and Tony Ross

David Walliams has fast climbed up the popularity charts in children’s fiction, and how. The funny man in children’s literature brings another one out of his hat, which would make you laugh until your sides hurt! Team KidEngage reviews Fing for you.

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Pink is for girls, and boys too! – A conversation with Ritu Vaishnav

Pink is for girls, and boys too! – A conversation with Ritu Vaishnav

Ritu Vaishnav’s Pink and Blue is an attempt by a mother to initiate a dialogue with her little one about gender stereotypes. It encourages kids to question these notions before they begin to shape their thinking and offers adults an opportunity to initiate this very necessary discussion. A discussion that needs to happen – it’s never too early, or too late! While we reviewed the book, there were some questions in our mind that we wanted to ask Ritu, and she agreed to answer them for us.

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KidEngage Reads : Pink and Blue by Ritu Vaishnav

KidEngage Reads : Pink and Blue by Ritu Vaishnav

One of the easiest way to introduce or reinforce a concept in the impressionable mind of a toddler or a preschooler is to do it through picture books. And when the concept is about the gender, there probably is no better way than books, with the caveat that our own behaviour and attitude follows what we are reading to the children.

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A Message, Gently Delivered – 4 Books that make you think

A Message, Gently Delivered – 4 Books that make you think

If you are the kind of parent who sees an opportunity to teach your child something anywhere you look, the books on this list are for you! What sets these books apart from other belligerently moral books, is the way the gently delivered message sinks in. A gentle touch, a lovely story, an intriguing narration do a great job of camouflaging the message in the story. Push these books into your child’s hands and let simmer for a little while, for best results.

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