Did you know that this is the Banned book Week?
From the early classics to some recent books, the list grows. Or at least the discussion around it. A blanket ban on some , a proposed one on a few and arguments all along.
From The story of Ferdinand (1936) to the more recent talk around the book ‘I am Jazz’ By Jessica Herthel,(2014) children’s book authors have had a political voice. And how can they not! Munro’s book about the bull Ferdinand was banned in Spain as it was considered anti regime and showed his political leanings. ‘I am Jazz’ is a real life story of a transgender child Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere. This beautiful and sensitively written book has been debated upon. Should we or shouldn’t we share!
In the end, it’s important for all voices to be heard even though some issues might be non-negotiable for us. What we need to do is give children a critical lens to look at what they read.
Take a look at the hundreds of books that have been banned or challenged over the years – http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/childrensbooks
We at Reading Caterpillar are closely related to the Delhi Storytellers Network and starting this month- every first Saturday of the month, we will be hosting artists and storytellers at the library to come share a story and their art.
The Story of Tesu
Date: 1 st October | Saturday
Time: 11a.m to 12.15pm
Preferred Age Group: 8 to 12 years
About the Session:
Since 1st of October is the first day of Navratra, we will share the story of Tesu who is now part of a dying culture associated with the festival. Only two decades back the legend and the song of Tesu were very popular among young children from Old Delhi and one could hear children singing the song in the many lanes of Old Delhi. Children, especially boys would take the Tesu with them from one house to another while they sang the Tesu song.
The song goes something like this:
“Mera Tesu yahin khara, khane ko maange dahi bara
Dahi nare mein mirchi bahot, aage dyekho quazi hauz
Quazi hauz pe chali churi, aage dyekho Fatehpuri
Fatehpuri pe baitha nayi, aage dyekho Jamna bai
Jamna bai ke upar rail ka pool, aage dekho shehar Shahdara
Shehar Shahara huwa abad, aage dyekho Gaziabad...”
To register please email firstname.lastname@example.org as we have limited spots. This is a free event and its first come first serve.
About the Teller–
Yuveka Singh is a professional storyteller and the founder of Darwesh
and an active member of the Delhi Storytellers’ Network. She has more
than 10 years experience in the development sector with specialisation
in elementary education, child rights, gender and qualitative research.
She believes that stories are the backbone for social change and self
Delhi Storytellers’ Network (DSN) is a platform for professional storytellers based in the city and the NCR to congregate, collaborate, and commit to nurturing and developing the art form by exploring individual and collective possibilities. While enabling individual professional growth, it is committed to working with a focus on widening the scope of Storytelling to empower individuals and communities. Taking storytelling beyond the perception of mere entertainment, our endeavour is to ensure it gets greater visibility and makes its mark as a respected art form in the collective consciousness of the region.