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Here Are Some Absolute Must Reads For Kids This Lockdown!

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Does your child spend a lot of time on mobile, laptop, and tablet? Well, you can’t entirely blame your child when we all struck down in our homes, and all the studies are going on online platforms; a child must connect through all these electronic gadgets. However, it is not purely healthy to spend your whole time in front of devices. It is the parent’s job to bring them out and ask them to enjoy other things. And this is the perfect time for you to introduce your child to the world of books. If you were wondering which book you should give to your child? We have built up a good list of five books that you can give to your child, and they will definitely like it.

Reading to children from real books is better than reading from tablets - Times of India
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The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid

The diary of a Wimpy kid is the story of Greg Heffley and his BFF Rowley Jefferson. The book illustrators daily life and the way our protagonist survives middle-high school. The book is humorous, relatable, and very captivating. If your child loves a book full of pictures, this book is for him or her. There is a total of 15 books in the series:

Also read: Author Perumal Murugan And Translator N Kalyan Raman On The Act Of Literary Translation

  1. Diary of a Wimpy kid 
  2. Diary of a Wimpy kid: Bodrick rules
  3. Diary of a Wimpy kid: The last straw 
  4. Diary of a Wimpy kid: Dog days  
  5. Diary of a Wimpy kid: The ugly truth
  6. Diary of a Wimpy kid: Cabin fever 
  7. Diary of a Wimpy kid: The Third wheel 
  8. Diary of a Wimpy kid: Hard luck 
  9. Diary of a Wimpy kid: The long haul 
  10. Diary of a Wimpy kid: Old school 
  11. Diary of a Wimpy kid: Double down 
  12. Diary of a Wimpy kid: The Gateway 
  13. Diary of a Wimpy kid: The Meltdown 
  14. Diary of a Wimpy kid: Wrecking Ball 
  15. Diary of a Wimpy kid: The Deep end 

We recommend this book to children between the age gap of 7 to 11 years.


Heidi is the story about an orphan girl whose aunt dumped her into her grandfather’s home in the mountains after getting a job. Soon enough, grandfather and Heidi started living a perfect life, enjoying each other’s presence, but the major twist came in the story when her wicked aunt came back once again and took her apart from her grandfather. Will she ever be able to meet her grandpa again? To know, you need to read the book. 

The book’s central theme is to enjoy the small beautiful things that nature has to offer you instead of just running towards materialistic things. It’s a reminder that you can be happy even when you don’t have much money and facilities.

Also read: Book Review, Mandu: “A Rejuvenating Tale Of A Romantic Past”

Around The World In 80 Days

Around the World in 80 days by Jules Verne is a classic novel in which our protagonist Phileas Fogg bets his companions that he can travel across the whole globe in just 80 days. He travelled through different countries, including India, in which he travelled on an elephant and freed a girl from the Sati system. The book is short, thrilling, and highly captivating. This is the second book after the journey to the centre of the earth by Jules Verne. We recommend this book to children between 12 to 15 years to give them an idea about our world and different cultures throughout our world.

Around The World in 80 Days (with the original illustrations) eBook: Verne, Jules, de Neuville, Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe, Benett, Léon: Kindle Store
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Indian Railway Stories 

Indian railway stories by Ruskin bond is a collection of short stories by different writers based on the central theme of Indian Railways. Some stories of being before independence and some stories are after independence. The significant authors are Khushwant Singh, Satyajeet Rai, R.K. Lakshman, Jules Verne, Ruskin bond, Manoj Das, Victor Banerjee, Manoj Mitra, and Jim Corbett. Stories are fascinating to read. We recommend this to children above the age of 13. There is as such no profane language in the book.

The Blue Umbrella 

Again, this masterpiece is written by Ruskin Bond, in which he described the story of an expensive blue umbrella. Ruskin bond deals with very complex human psychology matters like Envy, jealousy, grief, and fame. About a girl Binya who sold her necklace to get a Blue umbrella which was like pride; everyone in a village feels jealous because of her cause of the beautiful umbrella. But one of the villagers got very jealous of her umbrella, and he did something very horrible. 

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Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

Saurabh has been associated with YKA as a user and has consistently been writing on the issue MHM and its intersectionality with other issues in the society. Now as an MHM Fellow with YKA, he’s launched the Right to Period campaign, which aims to ensure proper execution of MHM guidelines in Delhi’s schools.

The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

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Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

Meri Marzi aims to ensure sensitised, non-discriminatory health workers for the needs of female sex workers in the Suraksha Clinics under the UPSACS (Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society) program by creating more dialogues and garnering public support for the cause of sex workers’ menstrual rights. The campaign will also ensure interventions with sex workers to clear misconceptions around overall hygiene management to ensure that results flow both ways.

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MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A native of Bhagalpur district – Bihar, Shalini Jha believes in equal rights for all genders and wants to work for a gender-equal and just society. In the past she’s had a year-long association as a community leader with Haiyya: Organise for Action’s Health Over Stigma campaign. She’s pursuing a Master’s in Literature with Ambedkar University, Delhi and as an MHM Fellow with YKA, recently launched ‘Project अल्हड़ (Alharh)’.

She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

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A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

The Transmen-ses campaign aims to tackle the issue of silence and disregard for trans men’s menstruation needs, by mobilising gender sensitive health professionals and gender neutral restrooms in Lucknow.

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A Computer Science engineer by education, Nitisha started her career in the corporate sector, before realising she wanted to work in the development and social justice space. Since then, she has worked with Teach For India and Care India and is from the founding batch of Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), a one of its kind organisation creating leaders for the development sector through its experiential learning post graduate program.

As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

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A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

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