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KathaVana 2020-2021 – Libraries Supporting Foundational Literacy

KathaVana is an ongoing annual children’s literature festival hosted by Azim Premji University since 2012. Recent decades have witnessed a nascent and burgeoning interest in children’s literature publishing in India. However, children’s literature still doesn’t find a vital place in Indian schools, classrooms and libraries. In most schools, literature is introduced through textbooks in upper grades, and then, is often taught in ways that don’t connect the readers meaningfully with the texts. A few key questions motivate KathaVana:

  • Can young children be introduced in meaningful ways to literature?
  • Can teachers be introduced to (and convinced about) its power and relevance to the lives of their young students?
  • Can this be accomplished in the context of government schools?
  • Can we produce useful materials – children’s books, teacher resources – to support teachers’ use of literature in the school context?
  • Join us for the 9th edition of KathaVana - a series of week-long online sessions from March 22 to 26, 2021, 10am - 11.30am, on YouTube Live for children to give them the experience and joy of literature during a time of quiet hopelessness of the pandemic. During this week, resource persons will conduct sessions in storytelling, puppetry, read-aloud, etc., for one and half hours a day for 5 consecutive days for children in the age group of 8-12 years.
  • You may join the sessions live from 10 am- 11.30 am using the following links:

KathaVana is a multilingual children’s literature festival organized by Azim Premji University since 2012 to promote interest in reading among school children and introduce them to the rich treasure of stories in various Indian languages.

Rejuvenating Children’s Literature in Kannada

The festival features book exhibitions, storytelling and story-reading sessions, meeting authors and illustrators, workshops for teachers and librarians, panel discussions, and fun activities for children and adults.

  • To raise awareness about the significance of literature in children’s lives.
  • To showcase some of the best literature in English and in various Indian languages.
  • To create forums for professional development and learning for teachers, librarians, and students of Azim Premji University.
  • To further a dialogue amongst all those involved in the development and use of children’s literature in educational settings.
  • To build stronger relationships with our partner organizations and practicum-schools.

For more information, mail us at [email protected]

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