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Breaking Gender Stereotypes

Women can’t drive. Boys don’t play with dolls. Act like a lady. Boys don’t cry. Blue is for boys and pink is for girls. Girls must have long hair. He is a sissy. Are these phrases all too familiar? You have…

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“I’m happy being a writer-editor-bookclubber-bookshopper and everything else in between!” Says Vidya Mani

After a long chase, Hippocampus finally pinned Vidya Mani to do an interview with us. Enjoy her witty responses and expert advice. When was the first time you, as an adult, discovered a love for children’s literature? I used to work…

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5 Significant Special Needs Books

Children at some point will encounter people with disabilities. In such situations, they may be inclined to stare, heckle, laugh or make inappropriate comments. They may even be scared sometimes. Siblings of children with disabilities also face a myriad of…

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6 Rib-tickling books

  Children’s laughter must simply be the most delightful sound in the world. Hippocampus recommends 6 hilarious books that won’t just make them laugh-out-loud but also help enhance their reading experience. Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo…

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“There’s a little part of us that remains a child forever.” says Payal Kapadia

  Payal Kapadia’s debut book, Wisha Wozzariter, won the Crossword Award for Children’s Writing in 2013. It is also on the “101 Indian Children’s Books We Love!” list. After getting a B.A.(Hons.) degree in English Literature from St. Xavier’s College,…

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Meet Ranjit Lal, Author of the Award-Winning Book ‘Faces in the Water’

Renowned author Ranjit Lal has written delightful fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children. Lal, who admits to enjoying writing for children more than for adults, started his writing career in the mid 90s. Since then, he has written…

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7 Delicious Books to celebrate World Friendship Day

World Friendship Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August each year. This year, It will be celebrated on the 3rd of August, 2014. With August being a month that celebrates friendship, grab this opportunity to help children develop…

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Does Your School Library Have These 5 Books That Celebrate the Joys of Reading?

One of our favourite books at Hippocampus is ‘Biblioburro’ by Jeanette Winterson. This book is precious to us not only because it narrates the amazing journey of a passionate teacher, but also because it celebrates the simple yet powerful pleasures…

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How do you keep preteens and teens hooked to books? ‘Litpert’ Dr. Shailaja Menon offers great solutions

Joseph Colin has to be one of the most eager and enthusiastic school librarians we have come across. He works at Bangalore International School in Bangalore. Here’s a question he had for our ‘Litpert’ Dr. Shailaja Menon: Q. I feel…

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‘Illustrations provide the reader with a window into a new world’

There are certain characters in children’s literature that are unforgettable. For most of us who have read Mahasweta Devi’s ‘The Why-Why Girl’ (published by Tulika), Moyna is certainly one. Perhaps what makes her so memorable is her intense curiosity. But…

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