"I am thrilled at the fact that - The LEADING READING SCHOOLS of INDIA AWARD 2014 has been organized for students across India. The engaging & unique competitions will surely develop the language and literary abilities of students helping them to showcase their talents. Truly, it’s a platform whereby students can hone their writing, reading, imaginative & creative skills. In today’s day and age, when students are loosing out on their reading & writing skills, such initiatives should be applauded. Kudos to all those involved in this stupendous effort!" said Dr Vandana Lulla, Director/Principal, Podar International School, Mumbai.
And this is what Mrs Radhika SInha, Principal of the Aditya Birla World Academy, Mumbai, had to say, "We are grateful to Young india Books for organising the nationwide competition, The Leading Reading Schools of India, 2014. Our school children and parents were really excited about the contest. We look forward to more contests of this nature in the future."
The rationale for the Award?
- To recognise, appreciate and honour schools that go that extra mile to inculcate good reading habits and a love for books in their students. This award programme will appreciate their efforts and pave the way for others to emulate.
- To generate through books an awareness on our rcih heritage - be it our flora, fauna, the arts, crafts and more.
The theme for the year, 2014 was, We, The Children of India, inspired by the book of the same title by Leila Seth, the first woman high court judge of India.
The books on the recommended reading list reflected the intrinsic strength, resilience and courage of Indian children from every strata of society. Children came up with thought-provoking entries, both the written word,as well as the illustrations making life difficult for the panel of judges to make their decision (in fact, we were forced in some cases to give out joint prizes!).
Award-winning author Jerry Pinto judged the final entries of the written word and world renowned artist, Akbar Padamsee judged the illustrations and cover designs. When he saw the entries he commented, "These entries are all so good. How do you expect me to make a choice?"
Prizes were given to children for the book reviews, illustrations and creation of a game based on the books.
View the prize-winning entries here:
The Leading Reading Schools of India for the year 2014 are:
Podar International School, Mumbai
Bombay International School, Mumbai
Vidyashilp Academy, Bangalore
Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, KK Nagar, Chennai
Congratulations to all the winners. You do India proud!