The Fox and the Crow: A Very Short Story for Kids with Pictures

The Fox and the Crow

Here is an online picture book for your little one to enjoy. This is a classic children’s tale with a moral. It is also sometimes called “The Crow and the Fox” or “The Crow and the Cheese.”
Picture story books for children – Short stories with pictures for kids

What type of story books are available? There are many famous picture stories for kids. A huge and growing variety of short stories are available – Short stories with a moral, animal stories, fairy tales, tales of famous people, simplified folk tales and so on, to name just a few. Try to select a book keeping in mind your child’s reading ability. For young kids there are many beautiful ‘board books’ which are very attractive to use and also sturdy enough to resist even rough handling by small kids. Short stories for little kids are preferred with pictures as their attention span is short and so long stories may not hold their attention. Also stories with pictures are loved by kids as they love to see the pictures, and even if they don’t understand some of the words in the story, they will comprehend it through the pictures. Short stories for toddlers need to be read out to them and may be very simple stories. In short, a story for kids with pictures holds great appeal.

Beautifully illustrated – The lion and the mouse – with kids activities – ebook for kindle

One day, Neelam the crow was flying over the trees. She was hungry. She was looking for something to eat. She found a piece of cheese under a tree. “How lucky I am!” said Neelam to herself.

She picked up the piece of cheese with her beak and flew to the top of the tree. “I shall eat this piece of cheese slowly,” said Neelam to herself. “I have not eaten cheese for a long time. I love cheese.”

Foxy the fox was walking near the tree. He too was hungry. “I have not eaten anything all day. I am so hungry. I hope I find something to eat,” thought Foxy.

Foxy saw Neelam sitting on the tree and he also saw the cheese.

“I must get that piece of cheese from Neelam. But Neelam is very clever. I have to make Neelam drop the cheese.”

Foxy thought of a plan. He went to the tree where Neelam was sitting and said, “Oh, what a beautiful bird you are! I am sure you have a beautiful voice too. Why don’t you sing for me?”

Neelam was very happy when she heard these words. She forgot the cheese was in her mouth. She opened her mouth to crow and the cheese fell out.

Foxy ate the cheese. He laughed at Neelam and said, “You have an ugly voice. I only wanted the cheese. You are a fool!”

What is the moral of this story? The foolish crow was so proud of its voice that it forgot it had a piece of cheese in its mouth! When the wily fox asks it to sing, praising its “beautiful” voice, the crow is so flattered, it forgets that its voice is actually hoarse.

In order to show off its voice, it opens its mouth to sing and it loses the cheese. Thus, this ancient but popular fable teaches us a valuable lesson and conveys an important moral about pride. It also teaches us to be wary of flatterers.

Moral Short Stories With Pictures: Clever Rabbit & Foolish Lion

Who doesn’t love a good tale? Kids love short stories, especially with a moral to discuss. Children in nursery school, pre-school, or at the kindergarten level (pre-kg, lkg, and ukg) enjoy listening to stories as part of their day. Of course, the morals should be too obvious. The best stories leave the moral unspoken explicitly. Kids should get it by themselves, rather than being told a moral.

Among the best of gifts you can give a child is a love of reading and, of course, a stock of good books. The best way to do this is to tell them stories from an early age or read aloud to them. There is a vast treasure of stories for children: Aesop’s fables, Panchtantra, Jataka tales, Arabian nights, folk tales, and fairy tales. Even the longer of these stories can be told as short versions to nursery, kindergarten, or preschool kids.

Here is an interesting one from the Panchatantra, about a clever rabbit and how it outwitted the powerful, but foolish lion.
The Clever Rabbit and the Foolish Lion
The clever rabbit: Moral stories for kids
The clever rabbit: Moral stories for kids

Terro Lion was a very proud lion. He was a real terror in the jungle. He often just roared and killed animals, even when he was not very hungry.

The terrified animals of the jungle one day called for a meeting. “We must put and end to this menace,” Forro fox cried. “But how,” wondered the other animals. “Terro is so big and strong, none of can even touch him. I guess we will have to just live with this, more likely die with this!”

But Buns Rabbit was not the kind to give up. He thought of a plan.

The next day Merry Monkey went to the lion and said, “My majestic lord! You are so mighty, you are lord of us all. But you know what? Buns Rabbit says he has seen someone even more powerful than you.”

Upon hearing this Terro Lion roared. He asked Merry to go and send Buns Rabbit to him.

The clever Buns came up to Terro.

“Hey Buns, you puny fellow,” roared Terro. “What’s all this nonsense about a more powerful lion than me in the jungle?”

Buns said, “My lord, you are indeed mighty. Forgive me, I am just telling what I saw. I saw a huge lion yesterday.”

Terro roared aloud, “Where is he? I will have him for breakfast today! There is no one more mighty than me. Take me to him.”

The clever Buns took Terro to a lake. He then pointed to the water in the lake and said, “My lord, I saw the huge lion cooling off in this lake.”

Terro peeped into the water. He saw his own face in the water. He roared loudly. He saw his image in the water roaring back at him. He was so angry, that he forgot everything, even that he didn’t know how to swim.

“How dare you roar back at mighty me. I will finish you.” He cried and jumped right into the lake. Terro drowned.

Buns Rabbit happily took the news of Terro’s end to the other animals. There was joy in the jungle.
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Baby Animals (Little Golden Book)
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You can tell many such to kids. They enjoy them and slowly understand the morals. Enjoy this and other stories and reading them to a child in your life.

Best Narrative Nonfiction Books for Kids

Why Narrative Nonfiction for Kids?

When I was in elementary school, the teachers emphasized reading fiction books, and I ate it all up, starting with the exploits of Dick and Jane and moving on to books like Johnny Tremain and Charlotte’s Web.

On the other hand, when my husband was a boy, he disdained the lady who wanted him to read about a mouse riding a motorcycle and instead chose to read nonfiction books about Hannibal crossing the Alps with his elephants, or an informational book called Fish Do the Strangest Things.

Back then, the teachers prized my kind of reading and tolerated my husband’s nonfiction. Today, the tables are turned.

The new Common Core State Standards for our nation’s schools emphasize reading nonfiction, especially narrative nonfiction, to develop student’s skills in understanding and analyzing informative texts.

What Is Narrative Nonfiction?

Most of us are familiar with what is called “expository nonfiction.” These are the texts that explain the Bill of Rights or describe the planets of the solar system.

But what, exactly, is narrative nonfiction? Simply put it’s a text that gets factual information across in a form that uses many of the elements of storytelling. An author of narrative nonfiction will typically introduce an actual character (perhaps a baseball player or a baby polar bear at the zoo), and narrate some sort of experience or journey that character has taken, all the while teaching kids a thing or two about history or zoology along the way.

By using a narrative structure (first this happened, then that, and that, and that), writers can relate nonfiction material using many of the techniques of the storyteller: characterization, dramatic tensions, foreshadowing, etc.

Narrative nonfiction provides kids with information–in a format that is interesting to them.
Narrative Nonfiction for Kids in Primary School, Grades K-3

Check this section if you are looking for narrative nonfiction for the younger set.
The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation
The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation
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New! The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring

Grades K-3, 40 pages, 2016

It would be great fun to bring in a Slinky and have it walk down an incline as a way of introducing this book to children.

It was a toy that took the US by storm in 1945, but like many other inventions, it started as somewhat of an accident. Back in 1943, Richard James had been assigned to invent something that would keep the Navy’s fragile equipment from vibrating in rough seas. He was working with springs, and one day when he knocked a torsion spring off a shelf, it seemed to “walk” instead of fall. He took it home to his son, who was able to walk the spring down from the top of the stairs. Richard and his wife, Betty, decided it would make a great toy.

Anyone who’s been in the business world knows it’s not as simple as having a good idea. The author, Gilbert Ford, does a nice job of showing the next steps in the process. Betty searched the dictionary trying to find just the right name for their new toy. (Can you see a companion activity for the kids? Developing toys and then looking for just the right name?) Richard went to the bank to get a loan to have 400 Slinkys made. And then, Richard went on the road to try to sell his idea, but toy sellers were skeptical. Finally, he persuaded the manager at the Gimbels department store to let him demonstrate it during the holiday season.

There rest is history. The Slinky walked down the ramp and the store sold out of all 400 units that night. When the postwar boom happened, the toy’s popularity skyrocketed. Ford lets us know a little more about how Richard and Betty managed the business. Richard invented a machine which could manufacture their toy much faster and Betty kept the phones and paperwork humming. The author’s note at the end includes some more interesting tidbits: it was launched into space on Discovery and has inspired a magician. We also find out a little about what happened to Richard and Betty. He went to do missionary work in Bolivia and she took over the business, which was nearly bankrupt by that time and built it again into a thriving concern.

I love Ford’s illustrations, a blend of paper cut-outs and actual objects that portrays the period and the tone perfectly. This picture-book account of the “marvelous thing that came from a spring” will be one that the children will love choosing for their narrative nonfiction assignment.
Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
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New! Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

This is a book that touches my heart, maybe because I can identify a little with children who love music but don’t have a way of getting instruments of their own.

The story follows a girl, Ada Rios who “grew up in a town made of trash.” The people of the town eke out a living by living in the landfill and scavenging items to sell. In her Author’s Note, Hood tells us that the people there work 14-hour days, and most of them live on less than two dollars per day.

Enter Favio Chavez, and environmental engineer who went to teach the people safer practices for working in the garbage. When he saw the children who worked there alongside their parents, he decided to offer music lessons. Ada was one of the children who went the first day, along with nine others. But Chavez only had three guitars and two violins, not enough for the children to take home and practice with. And, even if they had each had an instrument, it wouldn’t be safe to be carrying around a relatively expensive instrument that was worth more than the houses.

Chavez hit on the idea of making instruments from the trash all around them. He and some of the fellows in the neighborhood fiddled around with materials until they had workable instruments. I love the author’s use of language, “They transformed oil drums into cellos, water pipes into flutes, and packing crates into guitars!”

After lots of practice, the children had an orchestra that has been asked to travel around the world and play.

I can see music teachers, as well as classroom teachers, finding a place for this in their lessons. It would lend itself well to a unit on designing instruments from found objects. The author’s note contains a wealth of additional information, as well as a list of websites and videos that include a 60 Minutes piece and footage of their performance opening with the band Metallica. The collage illustrations give a real sense of life in the town and help readers to see what the instruments were like.
One Plastic Bag — Narrative Nonfiction Books for Kids
One Plastic Bag — Narrative Nonfiction Books for Kids
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

AR 2.9 2015 36 pages Ages 6-9

Narrative Nonfiction

This book combines learning about Africa, recycling, and women’s cooperatives. It is the story of Isatou Ceesay, who noticed that the trash was piling up in her town in Gambia and wished that something could be done to clean them up. When she sees a friend crocheting, she realizes that she can crochet the bags into purses to sell at the market.

Soon, many women joined in to make purses and make money for their families and their town. The author’s note fills in more of the details and tells us the whole town is doing better because of the recycling project. there are one or two paragraphs per page, and the large and colorful illustrations blend paint and photographs.
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
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Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

AR 3.7 2014 40 pages Ages 3-8

Narrative Nonfiction

Applegate wrote the touching Newbery-winning novel The One and Only Ivan, and in this non-fiction picture book she tells about the life of the gorilla who inspired her book. Ivan was captured in the Congo in 1962 and taken to the B & I Circus store in 1962. At first, he lived in the home of a family who opened the pet store (he especially liked fried chicken and swinging from curtains), but when he grew too big, he was moved to and enclosure that was only 14X14 feet. In the 1990’s people began to agitate for him to be moved to a better home, and in 1994 he joined the gorillas at Zoo Atlanta. Applegate’s text is spare and evocative, and Karas’ illustrations aptly capture the emotions of the story.

Shuffle, Duffle, Muzzle, Muff! What Are On The Kids Bookshelf Pop?

The Grinch and other Tales

Children love stories and are always eager for the next tale. They are always awe struck with the Grinch stories – How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat and Halloween is Grinch Night and other classics from Theodor Seuss Geisel aka Dr. Seuss. So be sure you have these on the kids bookshelf.

There’s a story for every occasion and you can read a story fit into the day’s events – grouchy kids at breakfast? Tell them about Green Eggs and Ham; after a day at the beach you can cap the day with One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish – all from Dr. Seuss.

Start your kids off with the Grinch and sail smoothly to Harry Potter. As the kids grow older, they’ll want to read books on their own. By stuffing the kids bookshelf with colorful animal books and you won’t go wrong with The Big Red Barn, Your Mama is a Llama?, Jesse Bear What will You Wear?, and lots more.

Classics to Futuristic

Start your toddlers with childhood picture books and the concept books of the alphabet or counting and segue into traditional literature – myths, ballads, fables, fairy tales, and legends. Read them fun poems as you go along and when the toddlers become bigger children, they’ll shift their interest to fiction and futuristic books, read Star Wars. Better have a well-stocked kids bookshelf.

Not all classics fitted for children work well, read. But you can’t have them clueless about the Three Little Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Cinderella. As you read along from the books on the kids bookshelf, your toddlers will learn which board book or picture book they would demand you to read for them.

They’ll point out the books for the bedtime story and as they grow older until they are twelve they’ll be reading Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, Gulliver’s Travels and Lorna Doone or Little Lord Fauntleroy.

As years pass, they’ll be avid fans of super heroes – Aquaman and Zatana. Don’t forget to share your enthusiasm for Batman and Superman and the Star Wars crew with them. Take them to the movies for some adrenalin-pumping action and you’ll be surprised at their sophistication when it comes to book and comics heroes. Thanks to the collection on the kids bookshelf and the movies.

Should You Introduce Shakespeare?

Any kid will have to confront Shakespeare in school. It would be smart to get them on Shakespeare – the easier read of course such as the Stories from Shakespeare by Geraldine McCaughrean.

When the time comes, your Shakespeare savvy child has an idea of Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Macbeth, and The Midsummer Night’s Dream. The paperback edition would be a nice addition to kids bookshelf even if your child is already eleven years old.

As the years fly, you will marvel at the extent and variety of your child’s collection and his or her stash of knowledge and vocabulary. So now what’s on the bookshelf Pop?

Read Award Winning Books To Receive An Unforgettable Experience!

Book awards only go to the best literary creations, as award winning books are the most bought and the most read books of all. By having a book award, an author has the guarantee of fame, fortune, and millions of readers to his present and future books.

Moreover, it is a great responsibility to offer someone a book award, because an award winning book raises many expectations as to the excellence of its content and composition. In other words, readers will generally anticipate an extraordinary book if they hear that it has won one or more awards. In today’s society, people do not have that much time for reading and rarely go into book stores to buy a good book. When they do have time to read, it takes too much time to read the back cover of each book in a shop, so they just pick an award winning book. Receiving an award is equal to being valuable in the literary world, so book awards are highly valued.

You can find award winning books in every domain. Awards generally enter four categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young people’s literature. Each of these categories further divides into hundreds of other domains. Therefore, if you are a person who enjoys reading mystery novels, you will surely find a mystery book that has won an award. In this manner, you have an additional guarantee that this may be one of the best books of its domain.

Reading is very important, as it develops imagination from an early age by making you enter the life of the characters in the book. While reading, you tend to forget about your problems. It makes an incredibly reliable form of relaxation. However, sadly enough, nowadays people read less then they used to do and watch a lot more TV.

Nevertheless, one can never compare a good book with a TV movie. Even the most sophisticated special effects or the best actors in the world cannot capture the literary genius of some authors. Only by reading such a book, you can feel the atmosphere of the time and the manner in which the characters evolve.

Such books that amaze you with their realism and beauty are rare, but you have the guarantee that, once a book receives a book award, it will be one of the best works of art in the world. Award winning books gather world wide appreciations, from millions of people. Moreover, such books provide people with the opportunity to learn more about different ways of living.

An award winning book on the shelf of your local book store may well have a creator living thousands of miles away, in a country about which you know little. That book will give you insight into a way of living which you have never witnessed and, while reading that book, you will experience things that would be impossible to experience in an entire human lifetime.

One can start reading award winning books from the earliest age, as nowadays they are giving book awards even for children’s books. The selection of these books targets specifically the reading satisfaction of your child. Moreover, book awards in such a domain (i.e. children literature) offer a guarantee of the books’ literary and moral values.

Books enter categories according to the age of the reader and according to the topic, so that, as your child gets older, you should be able to help him or her gain a good literary culture that corresponds with his or her interests and ability to understand them. Once into adulthood, the reading of award winning books is still mandatory, as it helps you keep learning about new things and expands the possibilities you have.

Book awards are a valuable tool in choosing the right book for yourself according to your interests. Award winning books definitely represent the highest standards in literary value that exist.

Great British Authors And Famous Books Of The Last 100 Years

Britain’s rich literary heritage produced several British authors that wrote great masterpieces. Some of the most famous British books made significant impact on the contemporary world literature and inspired the production of extravagant blockbuster movies.

So here is a partial list of Britain’s great contemporary authors and the books that they published.

The Fantasy Adventure Genre

When you survey contemporary fantasy adventure works produced by UK’s top authors, you should not miss J.R.R Tolkien. Tolkien wrote the world famous The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Tolkien is one of the many British authors who received international accolades after they died. His books, including The Hobbit, continue to sell widely.

Another famous fantasy adventure author is Joanne K. Rowling. JK Rowling is an award winning author who wrote the Harry Potter series. Rowling’s books continue to dominate the world’s best seller lists until now.

Britain’s Most Famous Children’s Writers

Jacqueline Wilson is one of the most famous British authors writing contemporary children’s literature. Wilson is renowned for her famous children stories as well as novels about children. Her famous published books include The Story of Tracey Beaker and Girls in Love.

Jacqueline Wilson received a distinction as Britain’s Children Laureate. She still writes novels and short stories about British children facing real problems in a contemporary world.

Another great children’s writer is Quentin Blake. Every child in England loved the works and illustrations of this distinguished British author.

Quentin Blake is the first Children’s Laureate of England. He started his career as a cartoonist and children’s books illustrator. In 1968, he published his first novel Patrick. He received numerous awards for his children’s books and his novel Angelo was made into a children’s opera.

Contemporary Realism Genre

Most modern British novelists tackle modern problems and approach such subjects quite frankly. The realism of the novels of these authors accurately captures the dark and lighter side of humanity.

Irvin Welsh, an Edinburgh-born author, is probably one of the most popular modern writers in England. His book Trainspotting delved deep into the stark realism of urban youth in Edinburgh hooked on heroin.

Trainspotting was the first book published by Welsh. It was adapted into a movie and instantly made an impact in the indie and modern cinema. After Trainspotting, Irvin Welsh continue to produce human realist books such as Marabou Stork Nightmares.

Another contemporary realist writer who specializes in modern fiction is Rose Tremain. She was born in London and got her education at the Sorbonne University.

Tremain published her first novel in 1976. After her first book, she continued to write several novels that made into print. Rose Tremain is a recipient of several literary awards and Book of the Year awards.

Her famous novel The Colour, which she published in 2003, was included in the short list of the best books for the Orange Prize in 2004. The novel tells the story of the 1860 gold rush in New Zealand.

There are hundreds of contemporary British authors that have made significant impact on world literature, cinema, and theater. It simply shows that British literature is very vibrant and continues to produce world class novels and literary masterpieces.

Children Books – The Importance Of Children Books

The habit of reading books nurtures the capabilities and skills of the readers. Reading books permit the reader to explore the wide horizon of facts. However, books for children should be very carefully chosen. Fairy tales and adventurous books enthrall them a lot. Parents should always try to cultivate the reading habits in their children. They should try to understand the like and dislikes of their children and develop their reading habits. We are always guided by the notion that boys like adventurous books whereas; the girls like romantic or fairy tale books. Though to some extent this notion holds true, but story books enable all the children to wander in their fantasy world, be it adventure or fairy tale. There are various genres of books available these days to provide the readers the ultimate amusement. Reading books help to stir up the thoughts and imagination of the children. This in turn enables them to imbibe good moral values in them.

Children books are found almost in every nook and corner. The main question that concerns us is, what actually constitutes or defines a children book? How should we interpret that a specific book is for children for adults? To answer this debate there are many definitions. The most popular concept defines that children books provide fantastic reality and also imaginative story. As children like to wander in their fantasy islands, imaginative stories are assumed to cultivate their reading attitude. Another popular concept defines that a story books that has a child character should be regarded as their book. This is because the children can easily relate themselves with the character.

To understand the imagination of the children, one need to do careful research. Books like Harry Potter develop the ability among the readers to visualize the images and ideas in their mind. This book has been written so brilliantly that it portrays the semblance of reality. As such Harry Potter has become so popular among the kids that they impatiently wait for the next issue. Further, children books that are versed in very simple language help them to utilize their leisure time with fun. There are various genres of books available such as historic, adventurous, fairy tales etc. Books that are narrated in such a manner that helps to develop the curiosity and knowledge of the readers are very beneficial. Whatever the genre of the book is, the mellow flavor in those stories should sustain to enthrall the children readers.

Today in our fast pace of life, everybody seem to be very busy. People fail to pay attention to the likes and dislikes of their children. This technological boon has come to swirl away all those concerns. It is playing the genie role in our daily activities by fulfilling all our desires. A person who can access the internet can easily serve all his or her official and entertainment needs. It has greatly turned everybody very techno savvy. As such people tend to do all their works online. With the click of a mouse the user can easily log on to the preferred website. If you are an avid reader of books, the online shopping stores would help you a lot to get best price for children books. The internet would easily enable the users to access their preferred online book stores within few minutes. Browse those sites to avail the books of your choice. The exciting feature of this online shopping would facilitate your search option by the name of genres, authors etc. The users would no longer have to wander round the shop corners to purchase the books of their favorite authors. These online stores would further enable them to read the reviews of readers to avail the latest launched story books.

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Children Books Store – Get the Best Books for Children

Children have always loved reading books. Books are their best companion and give them knowledge. They love to read and get complete information regarding various aspects of life. In school we used to study a number of books on different subjects to gain insight. Every child spends considerable amount of time with books. Story books have always been a great source of entertainment and awareness for kids. Children books help the kids to understand various subjects and learn them in an easy manner.

Every child begins his foray into the world of knowledge and wisdom with the incredible books. Beginning with the initial level nursery rhymes and picture books to the intricate mathematics and science subjects in the middle level, books provide knowledge to children. No one can imagine education without books. Thus they are extremely important for every child. Children books are full of interesting facts presented in funny and comprehensive manner. These books endeavour to present various topics to children in easy and interactive manner so that they can easily understand the important lessons. Books have always contributed in facilitating knowledge and awareness in children.

Storybooks and fairy tales have always attracted children. The awesome tales of Cinderella, Snow White and Rupenzal have entertained kids since ages. How can one forget the fun filled journey of Alice in the Wonderland and the Red Riding Hood’s perils in the forest with the cunning wolf? These stories have entertained the kids. Fairy tales books are quite popular amongst children. These best children fantasy books have characters which take children to the world of whims and fancies; they enthrall them with their magical and wonderful extravaganza and entertaining anecdotes. Kids get thrilled with the amazing stories. Stories are wonderful way to teach them small and important lessons of life. Stories give them the true knowledge about the morals and values through the imaginative characters.

Interactive learning is provided by the various books that have been specially crafted for giving children innovative lessons about the various topics. From numbers to alphabets, from science to literature -books are the source of knowledge on every subject. It is very important for the young ones to learn the basics of various subjects well and then only they shall be able to understand the complex topics at later stage. Books play a very vital role in this aspect. There have been many highly successful series of books from various authors and publishing houses that have given children the most important and valuable lessons in the most intelligent manner.

From time to time new books for children are published which deal with the various aspects and subjects from different arena. With the advancement in technology and enhancement in lifestyle, today children have better understanding and increased level of comprehensibility. This change has also influenced the children books. Best selling children books are now speaking about the internet and technology etc.

The best place to avail the most awesome children’s books is the various children book stores. These days various online books stores are present on the internet with which one can get the books on various genres and topics for children of all ages.

You can find innovative and interactive picture books and children reading books that teach numbers and alphabets for beginners. For kids between 3 to 4 years you can have books with interesting poems and nursery rhymes. For a bit older kids who can read well, various story books and fictional novels are present. Kids between 7 to 11years love reading comics and thriller books. The famous characters like Archie, Richie Rich, Superman, Sherlock Holmes etc have always entertained children.

Online childrens books store are the most reliable place to search for your child’s favourite books. You can avail these books at great prices and avail amazing discounts. The best aspect is that you can avail these books easily right from your home. All you need to do is, select the book and order it online.

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Call for book donations to Alphabet Soup Madiba Annual Book Drive

To celebrate Mandela’s life, Alphabet Soup will be doing its annual Mandela Day Book Drive, which it has done for over four years. Each year, Alphabet Soup selects charities where it knows that the books end up in the hands of those that need it most.
The 2015 annual event collected 3,500 books and, after weeks of sorting, was distributed to the following charities.

Seeds of Africa – this NGO is about community upliftment and is focused on enterprise development and early childhood development in previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa. This year, the donations will be helping them in building their library.

Touch Africa – its core focus is on the young previously disadvantaged learner and the charities strategy is to migrate
Call for book donations to Alphabet Soup Madiba Annual Book Drive
these young schoolchildren from home to school. One can only achieve this if we ‘make school a better place’, be it by improving sanitation, upgrading school kitchens and building classrooms, libraries and science laboratories. Alphabet Soup assisted in the donation of books to Touch Africa’s Libraries, which are constructed out of refurbished shipping containers and are fitted with air conditioning, wooden laminated floors, beautiful shelving, a blackboard, tables and chairs, as well as +2,500 books.

Deloitte – the Deloitte network is committed to driving societal change. Working in innovative ways with government, non-profit organisations and civil society, it is designing and delivering solutions that contribute to a sustainable and prosperous future for all. The books donated by Alphabet Soup aid Deloitte in its efforts to bring rural communities the books they need to uplift the community.

Drop off books now

This year, Alphabet Soup is getting a head start on its book collecting. It will be collecting mainly crèche and children books this year, but textbooks, autobiographies, fiction, non-fiction, history books, educational books, coffee table books and any books that you may have which you are no longer using are welcome.

Education on the right track, says minister

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says she is confident that the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) is a game changer that has put the country’s education system on the right track.
Education on the right track, says minister”When I was appointed in 2009, the first thing I wished for was to deal with the curriculum.

“CAPS is much more clearer (sic) on what needs to be taught, how it should be taught, the assessment and the cognitive rigour that is needed in our schools, and many other things that are necessary for stability,” Minister Motshekga said.

She was addressing The New Age business briefing held in Sandton yesterday.

2014 marked the first year that CAPS was tested at matric level. The CAPS curriculum was phased in during 2012 in Grade 10, 2013 in Grade 11 and 2014 in Grade 12.

The National Curriculum Statement (NCS), Grades R – 12, underpinned by CAPS, was also implemented in 2014 in the Senior Phase (Grade 7, 8 and 9) for the first time.

Minister Motshekga said the intention of CAPS is to improve the standard and quality of curriculum implementation. CAPS encapsulates the new promotion requirements, which are considerably higher than the previous promotion requirements.

The minister said it is recommended that the curriculum is kept for 10 years.

“Umalusi [Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training] confirmed it is a good curriculum.

“It has been benchmarked internally – it is a good curriculum. It is not yet perfect, it can still be improved. All of us are satisfied that at least we have something we can continue to improve on,” she said.

Minister Motshekga said she was excited about CAPS being rolled out in 2014, although demands were much higher on both teachers and learners to train teachers and implement the curriculum.

Minister Motshekga’s deputy, Enver Surty, said the department has raised the bar and that means the paradigm has changed. Learners have to be encouraged to be more creative, innovative and more critical in terms of responding to questions.

“The scope of their knowledge has to be expanded and become much more relevant to the demands of our current society. This means we have to review the curriculum content so that it is responsive to the social and economic demands,” the deputy minister said.

He said there is now a national standard of examining and measuring the ability of learners across the system.

“There is also uniformity in terms of content as CAPS outlines what needs to be done, when and how… so there is no confusion when it comes to that,” he said.

He said the department has also managed to bridge the gap between deep rural schools and urban schools.

Quintile system

Minister Motshekga said South Africa uses the quintile system to classify schools according to the economic profiles of communities and certain infrastructural factors.

Quintile 1 is the ‘poorest’ quintile, while quintile 5 is the ‘least poor’. Each quintile, nationally, contains 20% of all learners but not 20% from each province.

Schools in quintile 1, 2 and 3 have been declared no-fee schools, while schools in quintiles 4 and 5 are fee-paying schools.

“Quintile five schools are found in areas where parents are able to support the system. They pay fees, buy their children books and also run their own School Governing Bodies (SGB). They are the most affluent schools,” said Minister Motshekga.

Quintile one schools are found in deep rural areas, townships and informal settlements and are the poorest.

“… We provide meals and free schools… For poorer communities, we need to provide more support,” said the minister.

She said about nine million learners in South Africa are found in quintile one schools.

Gauteng’s glory

Gauteng came out tops in the results announcement, with matric learners having recorded an 84.7% pass rate.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said he attributes this to the support by the national department, Premier David Makhura, learners and teachers alike.

To keep the winning streak going, MEC Lesufi said they would make sure that the playing field is levelled for all learners.

“We want to introduce what we call common examinations… I am also an agent for Information Communication Technology (ICT) education. Gone are the days of using old teaching methods,” he said.

Group copying

Meanwhile, Minister Motshekga said the department is still going to investigate group copying that occurred in some of exam centres.

“There was a level of desperation, which means curriculum coverage was not properly done and that may have resulted in desperation of group copying.

“There was just a lot of instability in KZN… We still need to go and find out what led to KZN not finishing the curriculum,” the minister said.