‘How To Plot a Murder’

Do you know ‘How To Plot a Murder’?

Quick join us this Saturday morning for a writing workshop with author and scriptwriter Meghna Singhee*

And get a quick overview on the tricks of developing your own story!!

 Time 10.30am to 11.30am, on 30th April

Ages 8 to 11, Venue Reading Caterpillar Library

Please send confirmations at join@readingcaterpillar.com, these Saturday sessions are free for library members (Non-members – Rs. 300/-)

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April 2016 Schedule

We are now open from Mondays to Saturdays. Please check https://readingcaterpillar.wordpress.com/reading-caterpillar-library-details/ 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 : join@readingcaterpillar.com


  • 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.

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 2015

Reading Caterpillar Summer Program 2015

We have a buzzing summer ahead! New books on our shelves, workshops starting 11th May, visits by author, illustrators, storytellers AND artists! Come to the Library- do check www.readingcaterpillar.com / www.readingcaterpillar.wordpress.com for the library schedule and joining details.

The Summer Program – Children can join in all the workshops or you can choose a specific modules/week. Please mail in at join@readingcaterpillar.com to register or know more.

Ages : 2 to 4

Summer Program 2 to 4 years

Ages: 4 to 7

summer program 4 to 7

Ages: 7 plus to 10+

Summer Program 2015


 Details of the workshop –

 Age- 2 to 4 year

The World Of Eric Carle (Book and Art)

Illustrations are an integral part of children’s literature, attracting a child to the book. The pictures sometimes convey so much more than words. And Eric Carle Does it best! His books are a delight – full of imagination and gorgeous art, they celebrates Art and Imagination and are a visual treat enabling us to create projects that explore multiple mediums and activities, which particularly tap into their visual and creative sensibilities. These three days will be filled full of Eric Carle’s and his inspiration, Leo Lioni’s stories and process-based art.

Group Size- 14

Clay-tastic Mornings

Clay is a medium of art! The object of this program is to sensitize children to this medium and capture their playfulness and spontaneity, converting the same into small objects from their imagination. The advantage of ‘clay’ is that it can take impressions of any kind, be it natural- including hands, tree barks, leaves or man-made! And in the process inspiring children to create interesting tiles/murals.

Group Size- 10

Giant projects and little hands –

Rolls of paper, big brushes, sloshes of colour, knees deep in paint, little hands create giant projects together with their friends. Taking impressions with their hands, or things we find around. Walking in the paint, feeling and kneading, the process becomes the project.

Group Size 10

 Ages- 4+ to 7 years

 A Book Week at the Library:  Stories of the world-

A Story from here and a story from there but IT’s only a story! We bring to you the golden box of ‘Stories of the world’ this May.

 Our favourite theme, it is one of the best and absolutely fun introduction to different cultures. We love coming back every summer to work on this theme with newer stories, bringing in new books every year to showcase different cultures! This time we will also be introducing Oral Traditions of telling Tales. We will share with the little ones stories from across the world, books from different places, and poems from all over. Large rolls of paper, some unusual materials, masks and maps, Some interesting facts, pictures, landscape and more.

  • Introducing Oral Narratives and other visual forms of storytelling in different cultures
  • And the artwork will be inspired from the city / country from which the story originates.
  • Postcard rings – some children who have been coming the last few summers might have these. Bring it! We’ll add more to the collection.

Group Size 12

 ‘The Artist Series’ Artists, their stories and their art –

Artists tell their stories through their art. We will be sharing stories for children from the lives of these artists and then exploring their art in fun and interactive projects. The Artists we have chosen this summer are –

  • Andy Warhol
  • Jackson Pollock
  • S.H. Raza
  • Jamini Roy

Each of their styles make for very interesting projects for children.

Group Size 12

Wonders of waste –Recycled art project

Bring in all the waste you can and let’s turn it into something we can reuse! Let’s look around and see what we can recycle! Or can we turn it into art?

An empty can, a bottle of milk, a worn out tyre, a bouncy ball and newspapers too, maybe a roll, or a cap or two, cartons galore, buttons, shoes and rags to go.  Clothespins, buttons, bubble wrap and many others all had useful lives as they were originally envisioned. Now these materials and many more will find a second life as a favorite project at this workshop.

Group Size 10

 Ages – 8 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 neighborhood’ : 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

 The workshop A Neighourhood revisited’ with Samina Is about putting the visuals that you see around you in to words, the second workshop ‘Fly over your neighborhood’ – 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: Prerna Sood, Rabani, 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 http://priyakuriyan.blogspot.in/ and http://pkuriyan.blogspot.in/

 Rabani Garg– She has been conducting reading programs and story sessions at various schools and libraries and children’s literature festivals. She is also the founding member and on the editorial team of the Children’s magazine Thinkling.

Prerna Sood She is an architect by profession. But loves to work on different art projects with children, where they can explore multiple mediums. She runs a private architecture practice nilaA out of her design studio in New Delhi.


Stories that travel!




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Giant Projects for little hands!



Wonderful World of Waste




Words with Samina Mishra



Exploring Picasso



The Indian Masters at NGMA


Letters to our Heroes with Mathangi!

Thank you Mathangi for an incredible morning. We spent our Saturday thinking about all that you shared. Sarojini and Sarojini are both so inspiring! And it was a wonderful surprise to meet Shruti Shyam. Thank you for the wonderful doodles!


Reading an excerpt with the Author

After Mathangi read an excerpt from the book and discussed who the children’s heroes were, we all wrote a letter to our heroes. A few of the participants  shared their letters with us and a few are going to email theirs –

Aanya La, age 7.8

Dear Helen keller,

I am very interested in your stories. I don’t know how did your study. If I was I would never be able to do it. So please tell me how you did do it.And you went to New York when you grew up!!

Oscar Ghosh, age 9.8

Dear Harry Potter,

My name is Oscar. I am 9 years old. I go to the British School. I think it’s really cool to be in a world of magic, except you have had many near-death experiences with the Death eaters. Is it true that you can split your soul into as any pieces you want? I hope that someday I will meet you.



Dear Percy Jackson,

My name is oscar. You are my favourite hero because:

  • You’re always loyal to your friends
  • You always have exciting / adventurous quests
  • You always escape death
  • and you are so popular

If it is really there, Camp Hay blood, do you think i could join in?

Thank you in advance,


Nora, Age 8

Dear Lob,

I like nature so don’t bite me. In my journal I want to write about nature. Will you give me some ideas?

Maybe I could write about a green tree man like you. I don’t mean to hurt your feelings but I forgot to tell you my name. My name is Nora.

Maybe I could write about a farm!!

Mallika, Age 12

Dear Nanima,

I hope you are doing well. I miss you so much. I am writing this letter to you tell you about my new class, class 7! I will soon come to Benaras to meet you.

About two weeks ago I started class 7. We have got three new subjects – Physics, biology and chemistry. My favourite is Biology. We are studying cells. And do you know i am going to get 5 awards in August on Founder’s Day in whichever subject I get 90% or above. In class 6,  I got above 90% in 5 subjects!

I enjoyed writing this letter to you . Give my love to Sunita Nani and Ajay uncle, also to to Tisa and Simba.

Yours loving,


Risa, Age 9.8

Dear Dr. Mahajan,

You may not know who I am . Well Hmmmm, let me give you a hint, when I came to the hospital you made me feel better. Ya well it is pretty obvious because you make all your patients feel better by poking them with sharp needles!

Ok so it is me Ri…..sa! I choose you as my hero only and I mean only because you made me better. Ok now lets get serious. I have been meaning to ask you doctor people some  questions like ….

1. Why do you doctors, give us children medicines when all we feel like having our chocolates and candies.

2. Why do you doctors smell like tooth paste?

I do not think there are more questions. Anyways

Bye or chow or whatever you say,




Talking about their heroes


Author signing . Always always love having our copies signed.


The illustrator doing us the honours . Signing the library copy! Thank you Shruti.

One of the most interesting reads, Dear Mrs. Naidu is a must for parents and children alike. A book of letters from the 12 year old Sarojini to her hero Sarojini Naidu, the book takes you through her fight for her future. Read more about the book at http://zubaanbooks.com/shop/dear-mrs-naidu/

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Author Event – Dear Mrs. Naidu

We are very excited to have the brilliant Mathangi Subramanian over at the library this Saturday for an author Interaction and workshop for children 8 to 12 years.

Want to know the inspiration behind the absolutely fantastic ‘Dear Ms. Naidu’ ? Come on over for a morning of interaction with one of the coolest authors we’ve met! Read an excerpt, write a letter to your hero and be ready with your question!

Date & Time: 18th April, Saturday, 11.30 am to 12.30 pm, Age : 8 to 12 years, 

This event is free for the library members. (Non-members Rs. 200). Please email join@readingcaterpillar.com to register for the event. 

A bit about the story :

Twelve-year-old Sarojini’s best friend, Amir, might not be her best friend any more. Ever since Amir moved out of the slum and started going to a posh private school, it seems like he and Sarojini have nothing in common. Then Sarojini finds out about the Right to Education! Sarojini gets help from some unexpected characters, and Mrs. Sarojini Naidu, a long-dead freedom fighter who becomes Sarojini’s secret pen pal. Told through letters to Mrs. Naidu, this is the story of how Sarojini learns to fight – for her friendships, her family, and her future.

About the Author:

Mathangi Subramanian believes stories have the power to change the world. The former US government school teacher, senior policy analyst at the New York City Council, and Fulbright-Nehru Scholar is the author of three books for children and young people. 

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Samit Basu and Stoob pay a visit!

Breaking News! The 8 to 13 year olds met best selling author and got their copies signed. Author Samit Basu regaled us with the stories of 10-year-old Stoob a beautiful Saturday morning! If you have not yet got your hands on Stoob, quick now is the time! We are sure you and Stoob will have many things to laugh about!


Praise for the book  ‘Ten-year-old Stoob, Samit Basu’s latest creation, is India’s answer to Geoffrey Heffley, the protagonist of American writer Jeff Kinney’s best-selling ‘Wimpy Kid’ series.’ – Mint

Here’s to good books, conversations about all things school , friends and good books!


Throw your legs up and laugh!


So, tell me all about your school. Uh Oh! Samit you just got us all started!!


We just can’t stop ourselves from reading on..


Book signing and smiles