THE MAGIC KEY CENTRE FOR THE ARTS AND CHILDHOOD and Reading Caterpillar Library 

presents

WEEKEND POETRY with Samina Mishra 

Workshop For Children

This 2-day poetry workshop for children focuses on two key ideas – self-expression and rhythm. The workshop uses playful word exercises to understand sounds and syllables as the basis of rhythm in poetry, and encourages children to write from their own experiences and context. The workshop also includes reading and discussing different kinds of poems to understand the ways in which words create rhythm, and how imagery and metaphor form the basis of the poetic imagination.

Age group: 9-12 years Date: Nov 24 & 25 Time: 11 am-1 pm

Fees: INR 2000 

Venue: Reading Caterpillar Library, F-24 2nd Floor Nizamuddin West, New Delhi – 13

Contact

For Registrations call on +91 99536 37995 

Weekend Poetry with samina mishra

programs@yourstorybag.com | themagickeycentre@gmail.com

Register Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfjjjknq7kZnqJlFYdP8q4RRHn0cbHUa0VBIot_w40p8mZJw/viewform

About the Workshop Facilitator

Samina Mishra is a documentary filmmaker, writer and teacher based in New Delhi, with a special interest in media for and about children. She is currently teaching the International Baccalaureate Film programme at Pathways School Noida and collaborating on Torchlight, a web journal on libraries and bookish love. She is also the Curator of Half Ticket, the children’s section at the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. 

More information about Samina can be found on: 

https://saminamishra.wordpress.com/

https://mysweethomebook.wordpress.com/

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Reading Caterpillar Toddler Book Club starts on 23rd February

The art and book club for Toddlers (18 months to 3 years) starts on 23rd February and will meet on Thursdays till the last week of April. 

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The series ‘Celebrate Art and Imagination‘ will explore books that excite visual imagination and visual experience. The art activity will focus on process not product. Illustrations are an integral part of children’s books, it is the visual that first attracts a child to the book. For this book and art club, the book list will include works of some of the most creative author/artists like Eric Carle, Leo Lioni , Petr Horacek. For us at Reading Caterpillar, art in children’s books has always been an important criteria for selecting a book. This time at the book club we have selected books that are a visual treats enabling us to create projects where children can explore multiple mediums. focusing on activities that particularly tap into their visual, tactile, and creative sensibilities

This book club will be led by Prerna Sood. Prerna is an architect by profession. In her free time she loves to work on different art projects with her kids, where they can explore multiple mediums. She runs a private architecture practice nilaA with her husband Nishant, out of their design studio in New Delhi.

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This is an accompanied group, a parent or a caregiver- the child is comfortable must accompany the child. The session starts at 10.30 am, please do be on time, so that your child has time to settle down . You are more than welcome to drop in 10-15 minutes early. Please do dress the children in old clothes as we will be doing projects using paints. It is always nice when children bring in their books to share, if you like you can bring it in the first session and leave it with us so we can bring out each child’s book one by one during the sessions (Do write their names). 

 The Schedule is :

Thursdays @ 10.30 to 11.30 am

Date

1

Feb 23rd

2

Mar 2nd

3

Mar 9th

4

Mar 16th

Holiday

5

April 6th

6

April 13th

7

April 20th

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April 27th

The fee for this term is Rs.6000.  Email (join@readingcaterpillar.com) if you would like to join in the upcoming sessions .

And then there is the Banned Book Week

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

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