KidEngage Reads: Neel on Wheels by Lavanya Karthik

KidEngage Reads: Neel on Wheels by Lavanya Karthik

Neel on Wheels is a welcome addition to the world of picture books. Narrated from the point of a younger child, Neel on Wheels is a paean to the courageous Neel, who is unfazed by anything that happens to him. There is a clear note of hero worship in the voice of the narrator which is heartening to see. It hints at the strong bonds between the siblings and suggests a relationship built on admiration and complete trust.

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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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8 Fun ideas to celebrate Independence Day with your kids !

8 Fun ideas to celebrate Independence Day with your kids !

Enjoy the Independence Day celebrations with your kids while making them aware of our rich culture and history with these fun ideas.

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KidEngage Reads: The Mysterious Lovables by Katie Bagli

KidEngage Reads: The Mysterious Lovables by Katie Bagli

Children love animals, and animals love children. And if you look from their eyes, all you see is a playmate, ready to hop and jump with them. The concept of an animal being scary, or ugly or to-be-held-at-an-arm’s-distance is totally alien to the children. And so, it makes sense to introduce them to this fascinating world in the formative years. This would ensure a bond that will last for a lifetime! And this is exactly…

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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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Book Review: The Curious Case of The Sweet and Spicy Sweetshop

Book Review: The Curious Case of The Sweet and Spicy Sweetshop

What happens in a sleepy, rainy small town somewhere in India? Nothing much, you’d say. What if a there’s a sweetshop with sweets named coconut apple rolls and jamun barfi? Gets interesting, isn’t it? What if there were ghosts too? This gets curious. And now, throw in two kids who land up at the sweetmaker’s house, each claiming to be the offspring of his estranged sister. Perfect recipe for a delicious, nail-biting thriller, that’s as tempting as the sweets in the story.

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Of Sweets and Ghosts – A conversation with Nandini Nayar

Of Sweets and Ghosts – A conversation with Nandini Nayar

Award-winning children’s author Nandini Nayar is back with her new book “The Curious Case of Sweet and Spicy Sweetshop” by Puffin, and Team KidEngage got a sneak preview of the book. While the review of the book (which looks gorgeous, BTW) is on its way, we couldn’t resist a chance to ask Nandini a few questions about the book in particular, and reading, writing and stories in general.

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Book Review – Water Stories from Around the World

Book Review – Water Stories from Around the World

Children are told in schools and homes that water is a precious resource and every drop should be saved. But when told through imaginatively written stories from different parts of the world children gain a broader understanding of the timeless and intrinsic relationship between people and water in every culture. ‘Water Stories from Around the World’ is one such collection. It is a fantastic mix of stories from mythology and folklore with simple messages on conserving, using and respecting water.

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Protect, Conserve and Value Water – World Water Day

Protect, Conserve and Value Water – World Water Day

What is World Water Day? World Water Day is an international day of observance that encourages people to not only learn more about how water impacts the lives of others but also to teach people new ways to positively impact water usage worldwide. World Water Day is a great opportunity to teach your kids about the importance of water. It’s crucial to teach them to appreciate how lucky we are to have clean, safe water. Be…

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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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