The child prodigy, Adora Svitak, says, “The world needs ‘childish’ thinking, bold ideas, wild creativity, and optimism.”
I completely agree with her as I am a big fan of creativity and always encourage my daughters to imagine and create. I also encourage other parents to let their kids be creative and think freely. We always focus more on studies and less on other stuff. This way we kill the creativity and do not let them think, imagine and explore.
There are different ways to encourage creativity in kids like reading, dancing, art and craft, photography, music, and writing etc. But they need a proper platform which can help them explore their creativity.
I recently came to know about one such platform. Pearson India organised a contest called MyPedia Reader Creative-writing Contest 2017. It got almost 1500 entries from kids from all over the country. The panel of judges was – award-winning author of children’s literature in English – Santhini Govindan, children’s writer – Arundhati Venkatesh and quintessential storyteller for children – Indira Ananthakrishnan.
Pearson India launched Mypedia reader which is written by children, for children on the basis of the results from the contest. It is a book with stories written by kids from different age groups and the youngest writer was 8 years old. This book launch was on 29th November 2017 and has 42 stories written by budding authors.
They chose few winners out of all the entries and the book includes stories from all the winners of the contest. The launch was followed by a mypedia reader event and you can see some photos from the event available here.
Why is the book special?
First of all, the book is written by children, so that makes it different as it is full of creative stories. It is a book inspired and written by children. This book can help the children who will be reading the book to be creative too.
You will not only find the reading material but also many other things to help you learn the language and also unleash the creativity. It has –
- critical-thinking prompts to make them think deeper about the stories
- creative-writing prompts to trigger them to practice story-writing
- comic strips and picture stories to engage visual learners
- ‘scribble here’ space to help them freely express their ideas
- fun games to improve vocabulary and creativity
- Incomplete comic strip for learners to complete using their own imagination
- ‘charts and checklists’- easy notes to help them write good stories
The good thing about the book is that the stories in MyPedia Reader come from different geographies and different cultures. These stories are from children’s viewpoint and perspective. So, the little readers can easily relate to the book and also enjoy it.
The book is available on Amazon – https://goo.gl/3uqzCT
I really liked the fact that Pearson India not only gave a platform to kids to show their creativity but also helped them learn and explore. Pearson India is doing a great job in the field of education. Teachers and learners use their products all over the world.
The product they recently launched is something which is a complete package in itself – Creativity, imagination and critical thinking, all 3 rolled up into one.
Creativity is something which can help our kids to face any challenges they face in the future. They can be ready to face the world if they have the power to think, imagine and create.
As parents, it’s important to encourage them and not stop them from being creative. This great initiative by Pearson is something which is commendable and worthy of all appreciation. I have already ordered a book for young readers in my house. What are you thinking?
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Watch this video to see unveiling of the book by young readers
December 12, 2017 at 4:28 pm
What an innovative and encouraging concept! I will be sharing this with all my Mommy friends.
Great post, Deepa.
December 13, 2017 at 8:41 am
December 14, 2017 at 4:14 pm
This is such an interesting concept! Loved the idea of for the children, by the children
December 14, 2017 at 4:15 pm
thoughtful inspirational post
December 14, 2017 at 8:58 pm
Very innovative and the idea is excellent.
December 14, 2017 at 9:52 pm
This is amazing. I feel it would have been a huge encouragement for the budding writers. My daughter writes stories too, I will surely buy this book, I am sure she will love reading the stories and will help her learn too. Thanks a lot for sharing Deepa.
December 14, 2017 at 11:49 pm
My daughter is also very creative. She keeps searching different craft categories on the internet and try them at home.
December 15, 2017 at 9:32 am
Such a great initiative by Pearson India, I would love to read this book. Such a great thought behind bringing out this book which is written by kids. All parents must encourage their kids to be creative.
December 15, 2017 at 9:35 am
This is a great concept and a great way to increase creativity in kids really.
December 15, 2017 at 10:27 am
Wow..That is something really creative..Not just for the little readers but also for little writers .
December 15, 2017 at 11:40 am
This is such a great initiative. It must be so rewarding and encouraging for the kids to see their writing being published. I am sure it will foster creativity and imagination in other kids too.
December 15, 2017 at 11:47 am
This is an interesting concept. Loved the idea. Thankyou for sharing this with us.
December 15, 2017 at 12:57 pm
Such a creative, encouraging initiative! I so so love this ❤️ I cant wait to get hold of te book to read all that the little souls hav to say!
December 15, 2017 at 5:17 pm
This is really nice concept I would love to know more about how to send entries for this book
December 15, 2017 at 5:47 pm
I am definitely gong to buy this for my toddler. A book written by kids for kids can be only best nothing else:)
December 15, 2017 at 7:03 pm
Creativity, imagination and critical thinking all much needed .Great way to help children grow and learn through books.A book by children for kids.
December 16, 2017 at 1:13 am
I really liked the concept a book by kids for kids. Pearson initiative is truly noteworthy.
December 16, 2017 at 8:29 am
I started reading stories when i was probably 10 and from then on i have never really taken my eyes off books. Innovative ways to encourage young readers to read.
December 16, 2017 at 6:09 pm
What an innovative concept to nurture and boost creativity in children. Definitely will try this with my toddler.
December 16, 2017 at 11:26 pm
A book by a kid will be really inspiring for other kids too.
December 16, 2017 at 11:44 pm
This is such a gud concept. A deal of encouragement for the young buddin writers. Wil definitely tell my frens around…
December 17, 2017 at 10:54 am
Such a nice way to engage kids in right direction and such activities and books surely help them grow.
December 17, 2017 at 10:40 pm
December 17, 2017 at 9:28 pm
Such a innovative concept…loved it..would surely get one and share to my freinds too
December 17, 2017 at 10:41 pm
December 17, 2017 at 9:33 pm
This is a nice concept! I like such books as they help kids to bring out the writers in them.
December 17, 2017 at 10:41 pm
December 17, 2017 at 10:08 pm
very informative and inpirational post. Great concept.
December 17, 2017 at 10:41 pm
December 17, 2017 at 10:52 pm
Love the concept. And book written by children and for the children with definitely inspire kids reading habits
December 18, 2017 at 4:53 pm
Great and Inspiration blog. every one should read this. keep sharing and keep writing.
December 20, 2017 at 7:06 am
Its amazing how innovative things are being done with books. I am sure kids will enjoy this book with its multi-dimensional reading options.