Anitha’s Bookshelf: Hyderabad, India

Monday, August 12th, 2013


Bookshelf #29:
Anitha Ramkumar
Hyderabad, India

Anitha is Head of School Library Services at , a Children’s Library and Experience Center located in Saptaparni, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. She also blogs over at Saffron Tree: a potpourri of book reviews and literary resources for children for a lifelong love of reading. Back in 2009 Anitha blogged about her bookshelves here. Since then she and her family have  moved continents and have bookshelves all over the house with the pièce de résistance being this teak, 100 year old bookshelf she inherited.

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A Shout Out for Our “Around the World in 100 Bookshelves Project”

Friday, August 9th, 2013

If you scroll down our blog page and look at the widgets on the right-hand side you will see one entitled “Around the World in 100 Bookshelves”. What is this you ask?

We started our Around the World in 100 Bookshelves project in 2009 in the hopes of featuring 100 of our readers’ bookshelves from, well, around the world! It is our hope that our combined photos will offer a glimpse of a big world made smaller through books and reading. So far we have received pics from India, Canada, UK, Philippines, Hong Kong, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, Jamaica and the USA (click on the “Around the World in 100 Bookshelves” widget or here to see all the photos submitted to date).

Whether your child has too many or too few, in shelves or piles, tidy or scattered on the floor, we would love it if you could send us a photo of their books! Email the photo in .jpg format along with your child’s first name, age, city and country, to corinne(at)papertigers(dot)org and we’ll post the photo here on our blog. If you have a kidlit blog please let us know and we will include that link too. Don’t worry about capturing the whole bookshelf/book collection in the photo. A partial image, along with a reading-related anecdote and/or a few lines describing the bookshelf’s content, should be enough to help us connect across languages and cultures. We hope to feature bookshelves from all over, so please help us spread the word!

Highlighting Feedback from WaterBridge Outreach Participant Butterfly School in Cambodia

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

waterbridgeOutreachSealFinalNew on our WaterBridge Outreach site (formerly known as Spirit of PaperTigers Outreach) feedback from Butterfly School in Popeae, near Udong, Cambodia. Butterfly School is a free English school in the village of Popeae, near Udong, Cambodia, set up by Canadian Heather Willson, of Kamakura, Japan. Free English classes are offered to the students who keep up with their schoolwork at the local Cambodian school. If you are interested in more information about the school please contact author Holly Thompson here.

Butterfly School has participated in our Outreach program for the past two years and and recently sent us their feedback  on the  2011  Book Set. All the feedback from Butterfly School can be read by clicking here  but here is a little preview:

First, the books are lovely, great illustrations, and moving but simple stories. The texts are short enough for butterfly schoolthe students to understand the narrative easily and the illustrations provided lots of visual information to enhance the stories. Having five copies of the same book made it very easy to use them in the classroom.

I only had time to work with one book, so I chose Rain School, as it seemed the easiest one to begin with. I just read the story first, having the students look at the illustrations and my actions. Next, we read the text together, repeating after me either individually or as a group. The next day, we tried the yes/no questions and the multiple choice questions. In the advanced classes, we also used the open ended questions. Students had fun asking various other students in the room, and seemed to enjoy being able to get the right answer. On the fourth day, we butterflyschool2used the sentence ordering exercise, which was a first for them. However, they caught on quickly, and really enjoyed the challenge.

The students were fascinated by the idea of building a new school every year, although most of them were glad they didn’t have to. They felt an affinity with the students in the book because their school reminded them of ours in Cambodia; the fact that it is a one-room school and rather crude and simple. They all said they liked the story very much.

Feedback of Mr. Romel Obinario, Academic Team Head and Institutional Values Formation Program Head Laguna BelAir School on PaperTigers: Books+Water Book Sets

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Continuing our focus on WaterBridge Outreach participants Laguna BelAir School, today we feature the inspiring feedback of Mr. Romel Obinario, Academic Team Head and Institutional Values Formation Program Head.

At the heart of every PaperTigers book is a message for all of humanity. The message each book conveys is relevant, timeless, and transcends the boundaries set by current economic, political, or cultural constructs that continue to impinge on the way peoples of the world interact today.

We at Laguna BelAir School have realized the affinity between our core values and those of the PaperTigers (PT) organization, as conveyed in the PT books that the organization has sent us. By sharing the PT books with our students, we are also imparting our core values in a way that is not awkward and forced. Through the books, they may realize that the things we say we value are not simply words to be memorized but are ideals that other people cherish and live out. Through their constant exposure to these wonderful books, and their continuous experiences in the school’s different advocacies, they may truly become what we wish them to be – stewards for a better world.

Thank you, Paper Tigers, for involving us in your outreach program. We share in Wangari Maathai’s (Planting the Trees of Kenya) advocacy of caring for the environment by planting trees and in her belief in women and in communities working together to bring about much-needed reforms. We are inspired by Kojo’s (One Hen) example of thrift and of making a difference one small step at a time. The way we view people with cultures or beliefs other than ours is challenged by the way friendship is forged between Abaani and Haki (First Come the Zebra), thereby promoting peaceful coexistence. And we are truly inspired by the boy (A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope) who despite all adversity finds hope for a better future in a war-ravaged land.

Continuing our focus on Laguna BelAir School and their involvement in our WaterBridge Outreach Program.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Today we continue our focus on Laguna BelAir School, located in Santa Rosa City, Philippines, and their involvement in our WaterBridge Outreach Project. The first post in the series can be read here.

Working with Ms. Vin Del Rosario, Laguna BelAir’s head librarian, PaperTigers sent 2010 and 2011 book sets to the school. These book sets were used by Ms. Del Rosario in implementing an inspiring  reading program for her students in grades 2 to 6. More information about the reading program can be found here and a video of the program can be watched here.

Feedback on the book sets is a crucial part of our project as we want to share the responses of  teachers and librarians, children and parents, to the book sets with others around the world. Feedback can be  like ripples in a pond, spreading out across the globe, and one never knows what hearts and minds might be moved, and lives touched, by the book sets. Ms. Del Rosario went above and beyond in providing us with feedback from the students and teachers at her school and as our Feedback Coordinator Dr. Barbara Bundy recently stated “We are awed and also very grateful to all of you at Laguna BelAir School for treasuring these books and using them to engage your pupils and to promote both reading and cultural literacy on the one hand, and the values of your own school on the other hand.”

Following is some of the wonderful feedback we received from Laguna BelAir students. Click here to read all the feedback submitted.


Please read the book because it is full of lessons about life. I’ve learned that one way to help solve poverty in the country is by sharing your knowledge to less fortunate ones, like what Luis did in the story.

Luis and I are both book lovers. We like to read books to other people. We are inspired with the stories we read.

Rain School

The part that I liked the most was when the students are building their school. I was amazed how the children who are so young would volunteer and help to build their school.

I recommend this book because I know that the readers would love it and enjoy it. They will be happy to know the culture of Africa.

A Child’s Garden

I recommend this book because it is a story of hope and undying love for the environment. It is also a nice story because even though the soldiers destroyed the plant, the boy did not lose hope. That is a good example for children like us.

Planting the Trees of Kenya

The similarity between my way of life and Wangari’s is that we both aim to help people in the best way we can. I admire Wangari because she helped others to rise from poverty by giving the people seedlings, teaching them how to plant, and telling people how to plant more instead of cutting and removing trees.

The Storyteller’s Candle

My favorite character is Pura Belpre because she is a talented storyteller. She has the ability to motivate and inspire others to read books.

First Comes The Zebra

My favorite part of the story is when the sun rising over the grassland in Kenya.

Click here to read all the feedback submitted.

Laguna BelAir School (Philippines) and their involvement in our WaterBridge Outreach Project ~ Part 1

Monday, January 28th, 2013

This promises to be a special week here on the blog as we spend the next few days highlighting feedback from one of our WaterBridge Outreach participants:  Laguna BelAir School in Santa Rosa City, Philippines.

Our WaterBridge Outreach: Books + Water Nourishing the Mind and Body program (formerly known as Spirit of PaperTigers Outreach)  seeks to further the overall goals of the PaperTigers Program: bridging cultures and opening minds, promoting greater understanding and empathy among young people from different backgrounds, countries, and ethnicities. More specifically, WBOutreach works to advance education through books and reading, and development through clean and accessible water.

Since 2009,  the “Books” portion of WaterBridge Outreach: Books + Water has seen us put  specially chosen book sets into the hands of young readers through schools and libraries, encouraging literacy, developing understanding and making reading a lifelong habit.  Each year’s  set is comprised of books that we feel provide “multicultural” or “trans-cultural” stories that promote awareness of, knowledge about, and positive acceptance of “the other” in ways children can learn and enjoy. We are convinced of the crucial role of literacy and reading in an education that fosters understanding and empathy.

Laguna BelAir School has participated in our Book Set program for the past 3 years under the guidance of  the school’s amazing head librarian, Ms. Vin Del Rosario. Using the books Ms. Del Rosario implemented an inspiring  reading program for her students in grades 2 to 6.  Ms. Del Rosario writes:

You have chosen quality book sets, books that contain values that are important to us. It was easy for us to share the books with our students as the stories and illustrations “capture” our students’ interests.

I initiated the PaperTigers reading program to create an avenue to encourage our students to read the books in a fun way. It is also the library’s way of helping the English subject teachers to get feedback on the PaperTigers books.

This reading program is a class effort. It encourages class participation. The more these students read in a class, the faster they can reach their reading goal. Reading points were assigned to different PaperTigers books. Class advisers and Reading teachers encourage students to participate in the reading program.

The students visit the library to read the PaperTigers books during their snacks and lunch break. After reading a book, the student is given a “book completion form”, which is a small piece of paper with two or three questions about the book. Students earn points for each form they complete and are awarded a “mini book certificate”.

Originally, I had intended to run the reading program up to November 2012. However, due to the overwhelming responses of the students, we completed it by the end of September!

We’ve been posting Laguna BelAir’s written feedback on the book sets on our Outreach page here.  Earlier this month we received this video from the school. Such a thrill for us to see the students and staff of the school engaging with the books we sent and I think we can all agree that Ms. Del Rosario’s reading program was a HUGE success! Enjoy!

D and S’s Bookshelf: Bangalore, India

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Bookshelf #28:
D. and S.
9 years old and 8 years old
Bangalore, India

The kids’ bookshelves are dual purpose shelves, filling a space on top of the stairs that we didn’t want either the kids or the puppy to tumble out of. The raised ledge there meant that the custom built shelves don’t take up valuable floor space, fitting well into an otherwise unusable space. The rocking chair, a hanging chair in another corner and a futon make this space a cozy space to read, do charts and homework with our ‘research’ being close by. One of our favourite spaces in the house.

My children are readers, one from very early on and the other needing some intervention to go from reluctant reader to engaged reader in the past year or two. One major reason (in my opinion) is access to books and the availability of a variety of books in our house. When the right book comes along, it is impossible to not pick it up! As a result of thinking things through, I got to read books that I missed reading when I was growing up like the entire Anne of the Green Gables series and Little House on the Prairie.

Submitted by: Sangitha, blogging at Life and Times in Bangalore

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A’s Bookshelf: Bangalore, India

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Bookshelf #27:
11 years old
Bangalore, India

Here are some of my daughter’s treasures that I would like to share. Pardon the relative disarray: I haven’t got around to making bookshelves yet. These are housed in wardrobes that were cleansed of any clothes and other inconsequential stuff. The first photo is books at hand that A. has earmarked as ‘to be read over the next few weeks’. Note the Bill Bryson book at the far right in the upper row:  A Really Short History of Nearly Everything. The second photo is of  books A. has read. The third photo is the other half of the shelf shown in photo 2. Harry Potter books, Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons series are behind these as is our collection of picture books by the Indian publishers. The thin red and white books obscured by the issue of Tell Me Why are our collection of the Amelia Bedelia books.

Submitted by: Sandhya, blogging  at  Saffron Tree and My Handful of the Sky!

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Prarthana’s Bookshelf: Mumbai, India

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Bookshelf #26:
5 years old
Mumbai, India

This is my 5 year old daughter Prarthana’s bookshelf. She has been an avid book lover since she was very very young! I still have the few odd cloth books that she used to chew on (quite literally!) when she was a baby. As an avid story teller herself – books are just a gateway to her imagination. Every time she picks up a new or old book, she builds up from the pictures to spin her very own unique yarns! Now that she has started to read, re-visiting books is an adventure again. I can see the joy in her eyes every time she can read a new word or decipher a phrase. She has now truly begun her journey into losing herself in a world of words and alternate realities. And it is with great pride that I observe her swelling yet well thumbed down bookshelf!

Submitted by: Nidhi at Momming around in Mumbai 

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Krishnav’s Bookshelf: Gurgaon, India

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Bookshelf #25:
4 years old
Gurgaon, India

Krishnav loves listening to stories. He is a South Indian living in North India, so he knows three languages fluently English, Hindi and Telugu. Which is triple the fun because he gets to hear a variety of stories in different languages.

Some of his favorite books and authors are:

Julia Donaldson‘s books
Eric Carle
Anushka Ravishankar
Roald Dahl
Tiki tiki tembo
Funny Little Women – Arlene Mosel
A Story,  A Story
Gudugudugudu gadagadagada
My Mother’s Sari
Katha, Pratham and Tulika are our source for good Indian books.

Submitted by: Prasannitha

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