Boo! Can reading scary stories benefit children?

Boo! Can reading scary stories benefit children?

Yes. Reading spine-chilling tales with your children may teach them some important life lessons. No, you shouldn’t be scaring the pants off your kids, but it’s okay for them to read some scary stories or get scared of the bogeyman every once in a while. Many parents keep children away from scary books (TV Shows and movies), in an effort to protect their kids.  Some parents worry that the stories’ evil characters may send the wrong…

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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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Book Review – Poppy N’ Pals – A Children’s Comic

Book Review – Poppy N’ Pals – A Children’s Comic

Poppy N’ Pals – A Children’s Comic Written by Anitha Kannan Illustrated by Arjun Dev Published by Self-Published Poppy N Pals is a collection of 5 stories in 1 Volume in comic book format.   These are stories about three adorable friends Poppy, Mimi, and Tee who live in a charming town called Pincyl Town. Poppy is the most helpful friend you can find in Pincyl town. His smart-simplicity makes him attractive. Mimi is the richest and prettiest and she can’t…

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KidEngage Reads – Mythology for children

KidEngage Reads – Mythology for children

Most of the schools have broken for the term, and being in India, the break always coincides with the festivals – born multitaskers that we are! And if it’s holidays, and holidays for a reason, you can always expect the curiosity about the mythology getting to the fore.We put together a list of some beautiful books that will give the children a good peek into the world of Indian mythology.

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Kapow! Zap your kids into reading with these Graphic Novels

Kapow! Zap your kids into reading with these Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are wonderful for “reluctant readers” and children who are just learning to read.  They’re generally fast-paced, and the word-to-picture correlation provides an easy way to expand children’s vocabularies. And more importantly, graphic novels tend to be more engaging than other “early reader” books. Moreover, the number of titles is expanding rapidly and there’s something to cater to every child’s interests. There are so many reasons for children to read comics, most of all…

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KidEngage Reads: Vibhuti Cat by Shikhandin

KidEngage Reads: Vibhuti Cat by Shikhandin

Vibhuti Cat is the story of Magesh and his Vibhuti Cat. Magesh is different from other children and does not speak much. His interaction with his understanding older brother Vignesh and his love for Vibhuti Cat define Magesh. Magesh’s Vibhuti Cat emerges out of the boy’s own interactions with the world and the people around him. Read up the review of this book in the ‘Children First’ series by Duckbill.

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Tales of Peace – 10 Books about Peace

Tales of Peace – 10 Books about Peace

Tales of Peace 21 September is observed as International Day of Peace. What exactly does peace mean to children? Different cultures view peace in different ways. It could mean harmony with others around or acceptance of each other or the feeling of being calm and composed. Children know about events happening in the different parts of the world or about events in history and will have lots of questions about what peace means. Here are eight…

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Rock On! Books About Rocks!!

Rock On! Books About Rocks!!

One of the best ways to connect with nature and get nature close to you is through rocks! Whenever we take a walk to the park or the beach, many kids (and adults) like to collect some pretty looking rocks. In fact, Rock collecting can be an engaging and beneficial hobby for children. Do you children love rocks too? Here are some children’s books about Rocks that can get them interested if they are not already! 6…

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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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