Ruby Singh
1 year ago
All for the love of reading: When kids get hooked to books

Accompanied by her mother, Tarini Chandra, a student of class I in a south Mumbai IB school, visits Shemaroo library on Warden Road every Saturday. The weekly ritual involves browsing through the children’s section on the first floor to pick up as many as 14 books. A precocious child, Tarini is as much at home with fairytales as with the history of Pompeii and the Trojan Horse. Her introduction to the world of classics happened through Gulliver’s Travels and Treasure Island, thanks to her mother who gently prods her to expand her horizons.

Minutes after they leave, seven-year-old Reyansh Panchmatia walks in to borrow a book about a boy whose nose grew longer every time he lied. “He’s looking for Pinocchio,” says his mother Priti, a school teacher, who introduced the joys of reading to Reyansh when he was a toddler.

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