Saturday Morning with Illustrator Ranjan De – 12th November

We have a fantastic session at the library on 12th Nov. with Ranjan De, the illustrator of the much loved Picture book – Ikki Doki. Ranjan De is a designer-illustrator. He conducts creative workshops for children in puppetry, animation and paper sculptures. He is coming in tomorrow to conduct a session on ‘Cuppetry’!


For those of you who have not yet been charmed by the book Ikki Dokki, here’s a review for you to read: And for those of you who have this book, he would be happy to sign it for you!

Age – 6 to 10 years

Time – 11am to 12noon

Date- 12th Nov

Fee – Rs.500 per child

Venue- The Reading Caterpillar Library, F-24 second floor, Nizamuddin West.

To register please do drop in a mail at

This is the second session in the series of  monthly sessions (first Saturday of very month) that Delhi Storytellers Network will be conducting at the Library.

Ranjan De, a core group member of the Delhi Storytellers Network, is an illustrator, puppeteer and oral story reader, teller and creator of funny and whacky stories. And he is constantly busy with his hands creating and co-creating funky things with kids of all sizes and ages with all kinds of house hold junk that he finds all over the place. He has lots of learnshops and creates lots of fun learning activities, under the label of BridgingGaps in India.

 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. The network is a mix of oral and visual storytellers, performers, dancers, musicians, artists, designers, writers and journalists and other individuals who use storytelling in its various avatars. 

DSN has 12 active members…and we are adding more every month… and we have been working with schools, corporates, NGOs and International bodies like the UNICEF, publishing houses, media houses and design institutions. DSN has a cumulative experience of 130 years.

April 2016 Schedule

We are now open from Mondays to Saturdays. Please check for timings.

Sharing our Schedule for April (Saturdays) @ 10.30 am

1. 9th April 2016 – Toddler story hou

2. 16th April 2016 – Printing making for ages 6 and above

3. 23rd April 2016 – Hindi Storytime for all ages 

4. 30th April 2016 –  ‘How To Plot a Murder’ – a writing workshop for ages 8 to 11 with Meghna Singhee* – A quick overview on the tricks of developing your own story.

*Meghna Singhee started her career as a script writer for feature films and has worked worked with various production houses like Adlabs and Mukta Arts. She brings the visual sense of writing for films to her books. All her experiences melded together to help her bring words to kids. She ticked a dream off her list when she authored The Case Files of P. I. Pojo: The Killing of Mr Heathcote (2015)

These Saturday sessions are free for library members (Non-members – Rs. 300/-) and if you feel like contributing something – we would be happy to accept book donations. Please do email to let us know the session you would like to join in for :


  • We are also setting up a reading program and two libraries at the Delhi centers of Cankids, a not for profit that works in the area of paediatric cancer. We will send out a detailed mail on how you can be a part of this initiative soon but in the meantime if this is something you would like to join in and help us out with, please do drop in an email.
  • The toddler morning group will be starting in April. The days and schedule will be mailed out separately.

A Long Walk for Bina, Author Ruskin Bond, Illustrated by Lavanya Naidu, Book Review by Aanya Lall, Age 8



Once upon a time there lived a girl .

And her name was Bina. She lived in Landour with her grandfather. Her mother sent her to her grandfather so she could be well educated.

She use to go to school with two boys every day she had to go walking to school which was 20 miles away. They used to sing a song while walking to school “A river to cross, a mountain to pass, a town we go by and then finally we reach school.”

She enjoyed school a lot, and did her studies really well. And then she knows that there is another long walk ahead to reach home. On her way back home she would again sing a song “Now 20 more miles away to reach home again, we go out of school and then we leave the town behind us and then a mountain to pass, a river to cross and then we finally reach home.”

Days go by like this but then she was very tired, she told her grand father. Her grandfather said this is the last day of school and then the summer vacations start and then you go home to mama and baba RIGHT? Then she went to school and enjoyed her last day at school, without complaining.



Matilda, Author- Roald Dahl, Book Review by Nora Garg, age 8 years



Matilda is a story about a girl. But not any ordinary girl! Unlike other parents, her parents don’t like her! because they think if there is  a television there is no reason to a read a little book. Matilda knows she is smarter then her parents and does not follow them. Matilda parents have not seen anything yet! She has magical powers!that she can pick up stuff with her eyes. And the only person who knows that is Ms. Honey Matilda s’ teacher.Matilda hates Ms. Trunchbull the head master but there is a secret between the head master and Ms. Honey which you will find out when you read the book [by she I mean Matilda]. It is a book with sadness, happiness ,curiousness and of course mystery.


Matilda is sad she has such bruty parents never giving her much attention


Matilda was happy that Ms. Honey gives her books during class.

This book has a hunch of  fear! The fear we like. The one when you are in bed drinking pink milk.

I liked this book and I suggest that you read it to. This book will take you to its own world. Now I must pause for breath. 

I love Roald Dahl’s books because he writes funny things that are not nonsense! They make sense ! I have read almost all the books by him! I think I have to read only two more written by him for children. 

Keep reading! NORA


Moin and the Monster, Author- Anushka Ravishankar , Book review by Aanya Lall, age 7 years 10 months



Author- Anushka Ravishankar,  Illustrator- Anitha Balachandran

This story is about Moin and his Monster that he surprisingly found hiding under his bed one night. Moin doesn’t like to draw much, but the monster forces him to draw a picture that makes him come to life. Slowly Moin got to know his Monster and he had to keep him as a secret from his parents and his teachers. So Moin’s monster loved bananas so he would keep on getting piles, and piles of bananas for him. One day his parents got really worried as they thought that Moin was eating all of them, so they took him to the doctor. Even though his parents  took him to the doctor, Moin decided to keep the monster as a secret from his parents. He thought it would be best to try and get rid of the monster as it was getting hard to keep it a secret for very long. He tried to give it off to Parvati as a present on her birthday but that also did not work. Then he tried to send it off to another planet, which makes the monster really upset and Moin is also happy to have him back. The Monster takes some promises from Moin about feeding him and listening to his silly songs and decides that he will stay on with him after all. So now I will tell you how I liked the book and if it will stay in my mind. This story will stay in my mind because of all its funniness and also every time I think about the book, some silly monster song comes to my head and makes me smile.  I hope you buy and enjoy this book too as much as I have.

And for all you book lovers out there, send us a review of the last children’s book you read at

Macbeth- A Shakespeare Story- Book Review by Aanya Lall, age 7 1/2

(The book review’s are done by children and they choose books that they want to review)

Retold by Andrew Matthews , Illustrations by Tony Ross


Once upon a time there lived three witches like you see on the cover of the book. They were all sitting all day by the edge of the battlefield hidden within the magical mist. They watched the Scottish army win over the Norwegian forces, and once the battle was over the stayed on to see the dying people.

So then after the battle was over Macbeth was going home to his wife when he reached home his wife had become so evil she was just trying to kill everyone. Macbeth thought what was going on first the witches and now his wife he thought to himself, “What is happening to me? I think there must be some evil spirit going on”. Yes, he was right because Banquo was doing it, he was the man who was behind all this evil.

So this is what basically happened in the story dying, killing and all sorts of such unnerving and horrible stuff and I am going to tell you how was the book for me -like will it always stay in my head.

 Did not like the story that much cause it was quit scary but I was skipping those parts. I don’t know if it will stay forever in my head but I hope you enjoy this book review and if you can buy the book and find out the rest of the story that I have skipped since it is a very famous Shakespeare story that one should not miss.

 Happy reading and hope you enjoy it more than I did.

Lob by Linda Newbery- Book Review by Nora Garg, age 8

I read a book called Lob by Linda Newbery.










Lob is the most important character and most interesting too. He is a tree and whatever he touches becomes green as green should be. It is difficult to spot him but……. One of the characters Lucy thinks that there is magic surrounding her in her grandpa’s house so it is easy for her to spot him . But the best thing is that after you finish the book you feel like there is a special book inside you for ever and ever and ever .


Narratives by Children – ‘A Neighbourhood Revisited’

Our first workshop this summer (children – 7 1/2 to 10 years),  ‘A Neighbourhood revisited’  was a multi Media project with Author and Filmmaker Samina Mishra. Children worked with words, pictures and sounds to create a narrative account of the neighbourhood that is home to the library.Who are its friends and neighbours?  Over 4 days, Children observed, talked, interviewed, took pictures and made video recordings . They used all this as a reference material to put together a narrative account of the neighbourhood that is home to the library.  

We do think and hope the children had fun, learned some and enjoyed the experience! We saw them work with great excitement on their projects.

Sharing snippets of their work with you. Click on the link at the bottom to see their complete work.

Group 1- A Walk Through Nizamuddin 


Group II – A Journey Through Nizamuddin


Group III – A Glimpse of Nizamuddinl1
l9Group IV-  A New Friend In Nizamuddin

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You can see their complete works here –

Group 1- A Walk Through Nizamuddin.Reading Caterpillar

Group 2- Journey Through Nizamuddin.Reading Caterpillar

Group 3- A Glimpse of Nizamuddin.Reading Caterpillar

Group 4- A New Friend in Nizamuddin

Summer Program for the 7 to 10+ year olds

We have authors and illustrators visiting us  and working with us this summer. These workshops for the 7 to 10+ children start next week and are on till the end of May. Children can join all or choose a particular Module.

Please email us at to register or know more. The number of participants in each of these is restricted to 10.

summer program 7 to 10

Details of the workshops –

Ages – 7+ to 10+ years

 ‘A Neighbourhood revisited’ with Samina

Where does the Reading Caterpillar live? Who are its friends and neighbours? Who gives it shade? Who brings it new stories? Join this workshop to observe, talk, record, draw and write about the Reading Caterpillar’s neighbourhood with author and filmmaker Samina Mishra. Over 4 days, children will play and work with words, pictures and sounds to create a narrative account of the neighbourhood that is home to the library.

Facilitators: Samina Mishra, Group Size: 10

 ‘Fly over your neighbourhood’: make your own Story Tapestry –

This is a wonderful project– a visual representation of what children see in their mind’s eye. Inspired by the African tradition of quilting their stories, we will sketch our stories out on cloth and the put it all together as a tapestry. Illustrator Priya Kuriyan will be joining in the workshop to help us illustrate our stories- translating our words, images into visuals.

Facilitators: Rabani, Priya Kuriyan and Prerna, Group Size: 10


 (Above Pictures are from the Tar Beach )

The workshop A Neighbourhood revisited’ with Samina Is about putting the visuals that you see around you in to words, the second workshop ‘Fly over your neighbourhood’ – make your story tapestry, is about translating the images and perceptions of different places that we carry within us, into visuals.

These two workshops offer not only an interesting perspective to children but also an opportunity to work with really interesting people. Though children can join in either/ or of the workshops, joining in both the workshops will be a great way to look at the project as a whole.

‘The Modern Masters’ Artists, their stories and Art-

Artists tell their stories through their art. In this five-day workshop, we will hear stories and look at the art of some of our Modern Masters. This summer we have chosen

  • Pablo Picasso,
  • Andy Warhol and
  • Frida Kahlo.

These three artists, from different parts of the world have been a defining force in the world of Art. We look forward to delving into their art through their life stories- learning about what they painted and how…..We will paint using their palette of colors, techniques and inspirations, sharing their artwork with the children.

Facilitators: Rabani and Prerna Sood, Group Size: 10


 About the Facilitators:

Samina Mishra– She is a favorite at Reading caterpillar! Samina Mishra is a documentary filmmaker and writer with a special interest in media for children and has been published by Tulika, Young Zubaan and Scholastic. She makes films, write, teach and conduct workshops to make room for multiple stories of the world.

Priya Kuriyan- She is a children’s book illustrator, comic book artist and an animator. She has illustrated numerous children’s books – including Growing Up in Pandupur for Young Zubaan – for a variety of Indian publishers and currently lives in New Delhi. Priya is a graduate from India’s prestigious National Institute of Design(NID). Take a look at some of her work at and