Book Week at Mahindra IS was held from 14th to 18th October, featuring a range of events, activities, reading sessions, book fairs, presentations etc. to engage our learners. The theme for this year was “Let’s Imagine”.

On Monday, the EY2, EY3 and P1 learners had an opportunity to meet Sharanya Shriram, a storyteller. She used puppets and songs to make storytelling fun and interesting. She narrated a puppet story of a lion cub that got lost in the Jungle and how the different animals that he met on his way directed him to his Daddy. She used voice modulation to add sound effects of different animals talking. The students were also given the puppets to make their own stories within their groups.

The Tuesday morning PYP Assembly saw 5 MYP students doing a ‘book talk’ with the PYP learners. Their short synopsis of their favourite book is surely going to inspire many learners to read the books they talked about!

Emma shared the Thea Stilton series[HS1] 

Aashi shared a great fantasy novel, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

Kanav talked about the Artemis Fowl sci-fi books

Aditya shared his love for Big Nate books

Asya was enthusiastic about “The Land of Stories” series

Shaila Jain Chougule, an Illustrator visited us on Wednesday to interact with our P2, P3, P4 and P5s. She has illustrated 15 books so far and she works for magazines and newspapers. She shared the complete process of illustration wherein you start with reading the text that the author sends, researching for your drawings, designing a page layout (the look of the page with the text), starting to illustrate, finalize the illustrations and then finally submit the work to the Publishers. The learners and teachers were fascinated to see the sketches when compared to the actual page in the book. We hope this session inspires our learners to pursue their creativity and put it into action.

On Thursday, we had Home Language storytelling session. We are grateful to our wonderful parent community for joining us in sharing our passion of reading in home languages. We would also like to thank our ever-supportive teachers who volunteered to read. A big “Thank You” to all the parents and teachers.

The book week concluded with the most popular Book Character Parade. This year the highlight of the book character parade was celebration of the different genres of reading. We had students as well as teachers dressing up under the themes – ‘Folk Tales & Fairy Tales’, ‘Mythology’, ‘Real Life/Biographical Characters’, ‘Fantasy’, ‘Picture Story Characters’ and ‘Animal Story characters.

Other events and activities included Community reading during the breaks, book fairs by Hachette India and Word Book Shops and the ‘Why I Read’ display board in the reception area.

The energy, passion and creativity of our students, teachers and parents helped us make this a fun-filled literacy week.

The Primary Library team