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Subject: authors from India in early language and literacy
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: avril-ga
List Price: $4.00
Posted: 23 Jun 2002 10:49 PDT
Expires: 23 Jul 2002 10:49 PDT
Question ID: 31949
I am looking for authors from India who write in the area of language
arts for pre-schoolers and for children from five to seven years (in
Kindergarten and Grades one).  Language arts could also be known as
language and literacy

Request for Question Clarification by politicalguru-ga on 23 Jun 2002 16:08 PDT
Dear Avril, 

In what language? Hindi? Bengali? Punjubi? etc.

Subject: Re: authors from India in early language and literacy
Answered By: runix-ga on 23 Jun 2002 21:35 PDT
Hi Avril! 

Thanks for such a magic journey!
I found a lot of resources of writers from India for
kids and literacy. 

I'll try to do a fair selection.  

1) Prodeepta Das 

I is for India
From Bullock cart to Peacock, from Namaskar to Tea, here is a
celebratory photographic alphabet of India in all its colourful
KS1/2 Frances Lincoln ?4.99
Also available as a big book (?14.99) 

Geeta's Day
Geeta's day begins as most children's do: she washes, brushes her
teeth and has her breakfast. But when she sets off to school, passing
the kamar at his forge, the bhandari shaving a customer and the mali
weaving garlands of flowers to offer to the temple gods, her world
begins to beat to the distinctive rhythm of Indian village life?
KS1/2 Frances Lincoln ?10.99 

Books references at: I could not found any
contact information, but here you have more than 300 results from
2) Jayshree Tripathi 
Interesting writer. She has a literacy website for kids:
"Come let your imagination fly to ancient India and
its legends. Or read short stories set in modern
times. You will even find some tales  in verse. The
choice is yours!!" Contact info
and brief

bio at: 3)
Sanjeevini, Navjeet &

Misti Book:
Tales from India
For over 2,000 years, mythological and folk tales have
been told and retold, sung, enacted and danced in
Indian villages and marketplaces. They are enjoyed by
young and old, not only for their storylines but as
guides to morality and wisdom. Five tales are retold,
accompanied by full-page, colour illustrations.
S2/3 Mantra ?4.95 

Google results:

4) Ruskin Bond  Book:
Ghost Trouble, Snake Trouble
Here are two stories in one book by an author renowned
for his quality stories of life in India. These
entertaining tales both centre on the same family, who
live in the north-Indian town of Dehra. As well as
being entertaining, lively stories, they are useful
for portraying differences in lifestyle, culture and
belief systems.
Walker, 1992, 0744523699, ?2.99
(no longer in print but available from the library) 

Brief bio and other links: 

Other interesting links: 

Book about literacy, primary level and India:
Kosonen, Kimmo. 1998. 

What makes an education project work? 
Conditions for successful functioning of an Indian primary-level
programme of nonformal education.

University of Joensuu Publications in Education, 41.
Joensuu: University of Joensuu Faculty of Education.
357 p. SIL publications on
India listed by subject (very very complete and interesting!) 

If you are looking for hard to find Indian books, you may need this

"We can supply you any title published about India by any publisher,
even out-of-print or hard to find items. Please e-mail us at for any title published in India". 

Search strategy:
"from India" (these quoted marks help to avoid
"American Indian" results). 

Well, hope you enjoy this material. Do you need further help? 

Regards,  Runix

Request for Answer Clarification by avril-ga on 24 Jun 2002 04:40 PDT

Thank you. I will look at the websites you sent.  

I should have mentioned that I am particularly interested in books and
magazines of an academic content and not story books.



Clarification of Answer by runix-ga on 24 Jun 2002 07:32 PDT
Dear Avril, 

Since you asked for authors, I looked for their names and
publications, and not for magazines or books. I still think specially
Prodeepta Das is doing what you are looking for.

After I posted the answer, I found information about Varsha Das, a
women who has expirience on "developing books for neo-literates
children and rural readers and continuing education in different parts
of the country in collaboration with local administration of NGO".

"Sun and Moon" (A picture book for children, 6-8 age group, in
English, Hindi, Gujarati and Malayalam), National Book Trust, India,
"Mausi ne Kahi Kahani" (Social Sciences for children, 8-11 age group,
in Hindi), Kitab Ghar, New Delhi, 1990.

Brief bio and contact information at:

At the Asia-Pacific Literacy database from Unesco, you'll find lots of
information from India about:
Literacy Facts and Figures 
Literacy Breakthroughs 
Literacy Publications 
Literacy Materials
Literacy Resource Centre Network 
And much more!

Who's Who in Literacy. Here's where I found Varsha Das information:
"Who's Who in Literacy introduces experts, who have worked as ACCU's
resource person since 1995 and/or UNESCO consultants for the promotion
of literacy and non-formal education in the Asia/Pacific Region".
Publications. Bio. Contact. 

Here's the India Literacy Project:
Most of the information I gave you is about stories writen for
academic use. if you go to the references, you'll see the academic
goal behind the tale.
For example, Bond's book: "As well as being entertaining, lively
stories, they are useful for portraying differences in lifestyle,
culture and belief systems".

If you are looking for Indian authors writing about
education/literacy, you'll be interested in the followoing. Although
they are not talking about children and literacy, but about literacy
for anyone:

Décsy, Gyula. 1994. Review of Can literacy lead to development? A case
study in literacy, adult education, and economic development in India,
by Gustafsson, Uwe. Word 45: 242-45.

Gustafsson, Uwe. 1991. Can literacy lead to development? A case study
in literacy, adult education, and economic development in India.
Summer Institute of Linguistics and the University of Texas at
Arlington Publications in Linguistics, 97. Dallas: Summer Institute of
Linguistics and the University of Texas at Arlington. xviii, 149 p.

Jackson. 1991. Review of Can literacy lead to development? A case
study in literacy, adult education, and economic development in India,
by Gustafsson, Uwe. Notes on Literacy 17(3): 41-44.

Nagappa, T. R. 1970. "Preparation of a text-book (in Kannada) for
functional literacy program for farmers in Gangavathy area." Notes on
Literacy 10: 1-10

I also found a jounalistic report at BussinessWeek online:
A Lesson in Computer Literacy from India's Poorest Kids

Are we geting closer?
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