Posts Tagged ‘Children Books’

10 Adventurous Daadi Tales

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Few years ago, Kabir had written a biography of his grandfather and we added loads of photos to this biography and got this book printed.  We cherish this book and Kabir cherishes the experience of doing this project.  So, we wanted Arjun to get this experience too.  Arjun chose his grandmother as the subject but he didn’t want to write a biography.  He wanted to write 10 short adventurous stories.  That’s exactly what he did.  Again, a project like this takes about 1-2 years but it’s worth it.  We are so happy with both the process and the end result of this project.

Children of the Sun

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Kabir wrote a poem on the Solar system and then both Kabir and Arjun created illustrations with the help of Mrs. Vicki Farmer.  Here’s a little back-cover summary of the book.

Designed to introduce children to the solar system, this book attempts to teach facts about the planets around our sun, from Saturn’s Rings to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. However, in this case the story goes a step further. What if… every planet wasn’t just a sphere of rock or gas? If they each had personalities, what would they be like? Here is one artist’s attempt to represent their unique personalities, each with his or her own distinctive qualities and behaviors, through The Children of the Sun. Follow this poem through our solar system, and read for yourself these special virtues of each of the children of the Sun. At the same time, readers can learn scientific facts about the solar system. We hope that you may enjoy this poem, written and illustrated by children.

Please buy this book at (you should be able to find coupons).  It’s a 50-page full color book.  Here’s the Facebook page for Children of The Sun.

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Non-competitive Reading Fair 2016-2017

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

We hosted a Reading Fair in October at the library.  At the end of the fair, we left the trifolder story boards in the library for display during the month of November.  Heather Tate and Lisa Floyd were the judges.  They gave written comments to each participant.

Arjun chose “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White and Garth Williams.  For his project based on the book, he created a model of County Fair but I forgot to take the photo.  He made a Ferris Wheel (with help of his grandfather), a pig pen and a grand stage.  I wish I had taken a photo 🙁



Kabir chose “The Apothecary” by Maile Meloy.  He dressed up as one of the characters, Benjamin.  For his project based on the book, he has been converting the book into a comic.  He plans to mail the comic to the author when done to show his appreciation of the book.



Making Movie and Publishing Book

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Boys have had an interesting experience this year: making movie and publishing a book!

Kabir and Arjun along with their friends, Cox brothers (John Gannon and Jackson) made a 45-minute long movie titled: America: The Land of Hope, Opportunity, and Freedom.  They interviewed 17 immigrants living in Tupelo, Oxford or Saltillo.  We held the movie premiere in the library.


Kabir had co-authored and co-illustrated a picture book with his friends Architesh Prasad and Gargi Koul.  We published this book on Amazon: Tantrum Fantrum.  We are selling the book at cost price of $6:10 and if you do buy the book, please consider leaving an honest review on Amazon for the book.  Today, Kabir read the book to the class of Mrs. Anna Beth Williams at Lawhon elementary school.  It was a wonderful experience for him.  Just it would have been better if he could do the reading with Architesh and Gargi.  Archi and Kabir read the book together in our local Barnes & Noble.  There was a nice article about Tantrum Fantrum on Daily Journal, local newspaper.  In October, Kabir read to preschoolers at a All Saints Storytime.  Kabir got an opportunity to do reading at the hospital too.


Reading Fair 2016

Friday, January 29th, 2016

This is the first time that both my kids participated in a Reading Fair.  It was so worth it that I am going to host it again next year.  There is so much learning involved in creating story board and getting deep into your favorite book.  We had just 8 kids (with youngest being only 3).  We had 2 teachers who listened to every kid and gave them a detailed feedback.  My kids have been very proud of their feedback and I couldn’t have imagined how precious it is to them.

Kabir chose The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba.  I gave this book to Kabir in LA Airport before we were going to take a flight back to Memphis after Christmas.  As soon as he started reading it, he was hooked to it and couldn’t stop reading.  I expected him to pause when we had taken off as we had a personal TV in the plane.  He looks forward to a personal TV in the plane.  Even a movie in the plane couldn’t distract him.  All 3 of us (Amit, Arjun and me) were watching a movie in the plane while Kabir was hooked to this book.  He knew this is his favorite book at the time and his eyes were sparkling.  That’s when we decided that he should work on this book for his reading fair.  We didn’t realize that nonfiction story board is so much more hard than a fiction but it was worth it as we learned a lot.  Amit helped him to make a small windmill that can generate electricity.  I think this was his favorite part of the project.  I think the most difficult part of the project for him was to draw the windmill on the story board.

Kabir - The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Arjun chose Night of the Ninjas – Magic Tree House #5 by Mary Pope Osborne.  He loves to make things from the cardboard and wood.  So, he made a tree house and he added some handmade books in them and also inscribed it with “M”.  He made a Peanut with clay and put him inside a sock and he found a white stone which he believes wholeheartedly that it is a moonstone.  Arjun did all the cutting and gluing on this board.  He drew a ninja and samurai.  At this stage we realized that we don’t really know much about ninjas and samurais and so we ordered the fact tracker and learnt from it.  So, he had to go back and fix the description of ninjas and samurais.  He did most of the writing on the computer and I had to just fix spelling and other errors.

Arjun - Night of The Ninjas (Magic Tree House #5)