My Big Book of Girls comprises of stories, poems and short write-ups that highlight how girls over India are empowering themselves. The book seeks to provide inspiration to other children, especially girls, that they can make a difference to their own lives and the lives of others around them.
Here is a peek into some of the stories that find their way into this delightful book: Two teenage girls from Bengaluru started a “Why Waste” campaign that aims to sensitise people to the issue of water conservation; a short snippet about Malala, the young Nobel prize winner; the story of a village girl who gets to go to school and a few more.
There is a mix of real-life instances and stories that showcase the bravado of the female protagonist.
Towards the end there is a little section with questions and food for thought that young children can easily understand in order to fully assimilate the point that the book is trying to make.
While the stories are about girls, it is also a book that I feel boys should read!
Who should read this book…
- It is great for younger children aged five upwards. Since the stories are quite short it is perfect for them, without appearing to be preachy.
- It is also a good resource for libraries and schools.
- If you work with children, especially girls from disadvantaged backgrounds, this could be an inspirational book to use.
Katha Publishers give a voice to the stories of girls who have braved little or big challenges. My Big Book of Girls edited by Geeta Dharmarajan is a short but inspiring picture book!