As a teacher, this is the first Children’s Literature Festival that I have been a part of and it definitely captivated me the most. It celebrated the creative spirit and commemorated the literary diversity it offers, bringing in conversation with the best minds in the world of literature within and outside India. Besides being an annual platform for an amazing discussion in Indian and world literature, it also tapped into the youthful energy and distinctive charm of the audience.
I was given a wonderful opportunity to introduce the authors to this event along with my fellow colleague and two enthusiastic parents. The topics discussed during the panel discussions by these talented authors helped me understand and appreciate many significant details that were discussed in panel talks such as ‘Trend vs. Tradition’, or ‘Should We Fear the Dark’.
I felt connected and entranced by the discussion on the Dark Literature panel the most and could relate to what I have acquired on this topic as my two teenage daughters read dark literature. I always questioned their choice of books until I heard the authors who helped me discern that books are not always fantasy written to hide away the real world.
I want to encourage educators, parents and the community members to help students develop a love and passion for reading by giving them access to all varieties of literature to develop their cognitive skills and be able to succeed in everything that they do like – appreciating about their own cultural heritage as well as those of others; develop emotional intelligence and creativity; and nurture growth and development of their personality. I hope to inculcate the love of reading in children and encourage them into perceiving the real world from different views through this event.
Vandana Aragula, Upper Elementary Coordinator