We vote for these!! Get your children civics-savvy these elections!

We vote for these!! Get your children civics-savvy these elections!

Are you teaching your children about the elections? We’re having assembly elections in 5 Indian states this week, and the national elections are also due next year! Bombarded with ads on television, on the radio, and everywhere we turn, it’s obvious to young children that something different is happening and that we will be choosing a new leader. It is our responsibility as citizens to educate kids about the democratic process of elections and voting. So, what better time than now, to introduce children to how our government works, our constitution, elections, voting and what our role is in it all.

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Holi Hai – 5 Books about Holi that you must read!!

Holi Hai – 5 Books about Holi that you must read!!

Known as the festival of colors, Holi is celebrated on the last full moon in the lunar month of Phalguna. This ancient tradition marks the end of winter and honors the triumph of good over evil. Celebrants light bonfires, throw colorful powder called gulal, eat sweets, and dance to traditional music. Watch this video about the Story of Holi. Or read from one of these books about Holi.

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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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Tales from the Jungles – Children’s Books about Wildlife

Tales from the Jungles – Children’s Books about Wildlife

Children today are growing up in an age of deforestation and urbanization and hence it very vital that we teach our children to protect and preserve our precious wildlife.  Reading up about animals in their natural habitats can inspire children to create a better world where wildlife is cherished and sustained. Here’s a list of our favourite books that will help children become aware of the jungle and its inhabitants and how much they mean…

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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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Celebrate real life heroes – Books about Param Vir Charkra Awardees

Celebrate real life heroes – Books about Param Vir Charkra Awardees

Celebrate real-life heroes Independence Day is a great time to talk to children about our history, freedom fighters and how we got our freedom. It is a wonderful way to remember the leaders who gave us the India we cherish. But have you thought about the heroes who stand by us every day? Yes, our soldiers who relentlessly protect our country. These are the men of steel who have given their everything to keep our country…

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Who doesn’t love libraries? Favourite Quotes about Libraries

Who doesn’t love libraries? Favourite Quotes about Libraries

“The More books you read, the more things you will know and more places you will go”. – Dr. Seuss.  For many of us, libraries are where we found our favorite book series or when we discovered the power of choice when reading for fun. Many libraries for children are more than a place with a good stock of books. They also double up as activity areas where children can read, play and learn something new….

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Best Friends Forever: Children’s Books About Friendship

Best Friends Forever: Children’s Books About Friendship

Best Friends Forever! We all need friends. But they don’t have to look like us, talk like us, or even belong to the same species as us to make a difference in our lives. Showing your child what friends really are is a wonderful life lesson. Reading books about friendship is a great way to teach kids about how to make friends and what it means to be one. Just like a real-life friend, books about…

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