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Updated: October 11, 2012 20:35 IST

Bond over books

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Lekshmy Rajeev
The Hindu
Lekshmy Rajeev

A reading club for children begins in the city on October 24

In this age of television, the internet and what not, children are not reading as much as they used to. Hoping to revive a love for books in children is Lekshmy Rajeev, who works for Niyogi Books as their consultant editor. She is starting The Little Reader’s Club, a reading club for children between the ages of five and a half and 11.

“When my twins, Bhadra and Adityan, were born, I wanted to initiate them to the fascinating world of literature and so I would buy them lots of books.”

The Little Reader’s Club will be functioning out of her house on the Ambalamukku–Kowdiar road. Members of the club will be divided into groups of 15 according to age.

To help develop the reading habit in children, she will be following the Oxford Reading Tree, an established package, which is used by various schools world-wide as a tool for English language learning and literacy.

It is a 16-stage graded reading programme, beginning at the stage of three and a half years and finishing at the stage of 10 and a half years.

But it is not just reading that the children will do at the club. Games, songs and discussions on various topics are also on The Little Reader’s Club’s activity list. The children will also be encouraged to write a review on the book they have read for the week, which will be then posted on the club’s blog (

Club members can also help themselves to the books in the library. The Little Reader’s Club will start on October 24. Contact: 8129333104

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