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Idea #1 — Read Together

0 Read together.  Read with voices,  read with noises.  Sing songs, 
dance to the verse and celeb...
Idea #2 Don’t Judge

Don’tjudge the reading choice.  Don’t force your children or yourself just to read
motivational books...
Idea #3 — Match it with
Music

0 If your child is excited about a book,  find songs to go with
the book.  Whether they are...
Idea #4 -
Read and
Draw

If you read a book together,  draw and
paint scenes together.  How about
mosaic art? 

How about ...
Idea #5 .  t
Crafty

The Internet and YouTube are filled with arts and
crafts activity about every imaginable to ic.  So w...
Idea #6 Movie Nights

0 Read great books that have been made into movies and follow it up
with a movie night.  Whether Bol...
Idea #7 Link it with Life

Connect current affairs and history to the books you’re reading.  If you read Enid Blyton and
T...
Idea #8 — Animation
Adventures

0 Animation adventures can be borne out of reading fun
picture books or even chapter books...
Idea #9 — Blog Away

0 Blog about the books you read.  There are great websites which
request children to review books.  O...
Idea #10 Create a Library

0 Create a lending library manned by your little

ones.  Whether you invite neighbours and fami...
Idea #11 — Make Your Own

0 Take a book like Diary of the Wimpy Kid — and
ask your children to create a diary of their liv...
That’s not all. ..

0 There are a million other things you could do with
books.  l’ll be writing a second instalment of th...
And of course. ..

0 Check out my books on www. chitrasoundar. com

0 Great activities and resources are available on
the ...
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Books are fun. Reading should be for pleasure. How do you make reading and books the centre of your universe? Come and get 11 smashing ideas.

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11 Ideas for Making Books The Centre of Your Universe

  1. 1. <5‘ . "_7-. - 11 ideas to Make Reading The Centre of I Your Universe _' Chitra Soundar© . w. O i . ‘ . K‘ . I;
  2. 2. r :5 DDHOD ' q of (l| I'I. ‘ ‘ 1 : mrl. xPo1 Al I OI Wisdom arr Salus A bout gs CI-IITRA SOLII'Di-‘. F{ Chitra is the author of over 20 books for children. Her stories are filled with the colour, spice and sounds of India. Find out more at www. chitrasoundar. com Like her Facebook Page at www. facebook. com/ ChitraSoundarAuthor Follow her on Twitter @csoundar
  3. 3. Idea #1 — Read Together 0 Read together. Read with voices, read with noises. Sing songs, dance to the verse and celebrate the words. Reading together doesn’t have to be aloud all the time. It could be as cosy as each person in the famil from grandmother to toddler picking a place on the sofa or on the loor or under the dining table (as I used to) and read at the same time. Adults can’tjust say reading is fun. Show the kids that reading is fun. 0 Here are some tips and great examples of reading aloud. http: //www. booktrust. org. uk/ books/ children/ how—to—share—books/ top—tips- on—sharing—books/ Here are some great videos to watch to demonstrate reading together. https: //www. youtube. com/ watch? v=36feZP5zhfl https: //www. youtube. com/ watch? v=36feZP5zhfl
  4. 4. Idea #2 Don’t Judge Don’tjudge the reading choice. Don’t force your children or yourself just to read motivational books, non—fiction, school assessment books or what’s useful for school. Let them decide what they like. Some kids like non—fiction and some like stories. Some like comics only. All reading is good reading. Perhaps your kid plays cricket, find some books on the sport, find histories and biographies on the Internet and print them out for them. Don’t frown upon their choices in bookstores and libraries. Don’t check the price of storybooks and compare it to an encyclopedia. lt’s like comparing the price of soap to the price of mangoes. Those two exist for two different reasons and we want them in different measures in our lives. No reading is wasted. Stories are blueprints for life. Fiction allows children to read about someone else who has a similar problem or a different problem they have never seen before. When the character in the story has the same problem as the reader, the stor equips the child to question their situation, shows them how to approach it or how not to. hen the character in the story has a different problem than the child, it teaches empathy. Here is a study by the UK government which emphasizes that reading for pleasure has far- reaching benefits. https: //www. gov. uk/ government/ uploads/ system/ uploads/ attachment data/ file/284286/readi ng for pleasurepd
  5. 5. Idea #3 — Match it with Music 0 If your child is excited about a book, find songs to go with the book. Whether they are Bollywood tunes or nursery rhymes or pop music — ask them to explore. My storytelling coach used to encourage us to find songs for every story we want to tell. lt’s a great way to celebrate the story and integrate it with other aspects of life. 0 Here is a list of books that have music as an integral part. http: //www. tarleton. edu/ Faculty/ boucher/ Selected°/020List°/0200 f%2OChiIdrens°/320Books°/ o2Othat°/320Incor orate%20Music. d I 0 Here is a list of songs that encourage reading. htto: //wwwsonosforteachin . com/ readin encouraoementhtm
  6. 6. Idea #4 - Read and Draw If you read a book together, draw and paint scenes together. How about mosaic art? How about a home exhibition of all paintings all of you have done that are connected to the books you read. Invite aunties and uncles, grandparents and neighbours and create an art gallery visit. Perhaps you can create a pininterest board of all your drawings and artwork too.
  7. 7. Idea #5 . t Crafty The Internet and YouTube are filled with arts and crafts activity about every imaginable to ic. So when I wanted to create a craft activity for my armer Falgu books — I found an ice-cream stick bu| |ock—cart craft video. How cool. One school watched the video and created tens of bu| |ock—carts for World Book Day. Here are some great videos of craft activities. https: /'/ 'www. youtube. com/ results'? search query= chlldr en+craft+actIvItIes+ Find a craft that matches the book. Be it a kite, a house, perhaps clay modelin of the animals, stickman if ou are into Julia onaldson. This is true for older kl s and teenagers too.
  8. 8. Idea #6 Movie Nights 0 Read great books that have been made into movies and follow it up with a movie night. Whether Bollywood or BBC Films, there is a treasure trove available. Some movies have been made more than once. Imagine the discussion at the dinner table — children would know if the movie justified the book or was better or was nowhere near it. Talk about if the character they had imagined matched the actor on screen. 0 Timeout has created a of fabulous movies that were adapted from children’s books http: //www. timeout. com/ new—york—kids/ movies/ best—kid—movies—adapted— from—childrens—books 0 And this is an exhaustive list of all movies made from children’s books. https: //en. wikipedia. org/ wiki/ List of children's books made into feature films
  9. 9. Idea #7 Link it with Life Connect current affairs and history to the books you’re reading. If you read Enid Blyton and Tintin now, it would be a bit dated around some things. Some things that people said and did 50 years ago might not be polite now. Brin it up — talk about it. Check out some hot topics and related books here. http: //www. thec ildrensbookreview. com/ topic/ books-by- sub'ect/ current—affairs Ask the children if they see today thin s that happen that might not be polite in the future. Children are wise in an innocent way. hey would want a better world if you asked them about it and of course they are the ones who could make it happen. So create leaders of your brood. Show them how to make their own way. What was science fiction in the 1920s — read them now and see if some of it has become a reality. Similarly read today’s science fiction and think about what’s the probability of these new ideas becoming a reality. Here is a list of inventions inspired by science fiction. http: //www. smithsonIanmag. com/ ist/ ?next: /science—nature/ ten-inventions—inspired—by— science—fiction—128080674/ Here is another less serious list. http: //www. theguardian. com/ science/2014/oct/21/the—future—has—arrived—the—sci—si— Inventions-that-have-become-reality Now, historical fiction is a different type of fun. Imagine the stories set during historical times. What an opportunity to get grandparents involved in conversations a out when they were young people and the stories they saw and how they relate to the books you’re reading. http: //www. bookworm4kids. com/ Historical Fiction. htm| What about the cultural scene when grandparents were kids? How does that measure up now?
  10. 10. Idea #8 — Animation Adventures 0 Animation adventures can be borne out of reading fun picture books or even chapter books. How about introducing your children to free tools to animate. They can draw and create animations — whether they write a script for their own book or a book they read or animate a book review — what a wonderful way to learn animation. Here are some lists of animation ideas and resources. http: //domain. me/ best—free—animation—software—for—children/ http: //www. teachingideas. co. uk/ ict/ animationideas. htm 0 Are you hooked too? Then here are some grownup tools. https: //www. graphite. org/ blog/16—websites—and—apps—for— making—videos—and—animation
  11. 11. Idea #9 — Blog Away 0 Blog about the books you read. There are great websites which request children to review books. Of course there are various competitions every year for which long—lists and shortlists are announced. Encourage your children to shadow the awards, review books they read, recommend books to their friends. Here are some tips to start a book blog. http: //www. booktrust. org. uk/ books/ teenagers/ writing-tips/ tips—for— starting—a—book—blog/ htt : //www. the uardian. com/ childrens—books-site/2014/dec/29/how-to- start—a—book—blog 0 Of course if ou don’t want a blog of your own and want to contribute to a public b og, try this. http: //wwwtheguardian. com/ books/ childrens-books/2011/mar/ O2/how—do—i— get-involved—guardian-childrens-books
  12. 12. Idea #10 Create a Library 0 Create a lending library manned by your little ones. Whether you invite neighbours and family to come and borrow or just for the immediate family — it is a great way to teach responsibility too. Children can arrange books, catalog them, review them, post recommendation notes and of course lend books out and chase out delayed returns. Here is an idea of how to create a home library. http: //wwwplayingbythebook. net/2015/O1/22/7- I, ’:! r?/ S-IO-Set-LID-8I’ICl-I’Ul’I-a-ChlldI’eIIS-bOOk-C{@. "’1[
  13. 13. Idea #11 — Make Your Own 0 Take a book like Diary of the Wimpy Kid — and ask your children to create a diary of their lives in the same design. How cool would that be? All they need is a blank notebook or a diary with lots of space to draw and write. 0 Perhaps they can develop an infographic about the book. Here are some free tools to create an infographic. http: //www. creativeblog. com/ infographic/ tools- 213197_1
  14. 14. That’s not all. .. 0 There are a million other things you could do with books. l’ll be writing a second instalment of this based on all your feedback and suggestions. 0 If you have a suggestion for a book-related activity, get in touch via Facebook or Twitter or post comments here on Slideshare. 0 Share the post — the more people love books and reading, more fun for everyone.
  15. 15. And of course. .. 0 Check out my books on www. chitrasoundar. com 0 Great activities and resources are available on the website too. 0 Don’t miss my posts about diversity in publishing and reading for pleasure. Subscri , _. ’ ' www. chitrasoundar. com ‘

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