Joyous, Thoughtful Programs
Inspire gifted readers, thinkers and tellers with outstanding children's literature
1: Handpick amazing books to introduce rich language and foster empathy.
2: Stir in dollops of joyous play to spark creativity.
3: Sprinkle with a dash of thoughtful conversations to encourage thinking.
4: Our signature recipe works its magic week after week.
5: Kids build crucial language and life skills, helped along by passionate story educators.
6: Voila, avid readers, creative thinkers, outstanding communicators emerge from our programs!
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We've exceeded expectations of thousands of parents across India and overseas since 2012.
Here's a glimpse of what satisfied parents say about us.
Age Appropriate Levels
Our 3 levels focus on language and life skills - speaking, reading, writing, critical and creative thinking, problem solving etc - based on the needs of each age group.
Ages 2-3: Parent-Child Story-times
• Read alouds
• Picture walks
• Messy play and art
• Action games and rhymes
• Play with words
Foster listening skills, letter and word knowledge, love for books!
Ages 4-7: Early Literacy Play-shops
• Mindful telling and reading
• Doodles and drama
• Vocabulary games
• Book reviews
• Design thinking with twists in the tale
Foster vocabulary, comprehension, oral communication, empathy!
Ages 8-10: Language Arts Workshops
• Buddy reading and comprehension strategies
• Contextual vocabulary and word attack games
• Debates, group discussions and presentations
• Design thinking and process drama
• Writing exercises
Foster reading proficiency, oral and written communication, creative thinking!
Enrol Your Child
Outside of India . . .
Mumbai - South & Central . . .
Mumbai - Central Suburbs . . .
Mumbai - Western Suburbs . . .
Vile Parle East
Mumbai - Navi Mumbai & Thane . . .
Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida . . .
Model Town 1
Bangalore . . .
Kolkata . . .
Hyderabad . . .
Pune . . .
South & West India . . .
North & Central India . . .
Stories & Beyond, 9826067973
Why would a software analyst making big bucks in New York start a children’s book club in Mumbai? Motherhood and passion.
Even as Devaki Bhujang Gajare, a young mum on a sabbatical, bonded with her son over books, his peers’ fondness for gadgets over books alarmed her. With unshakeable belief in the magic of books, Devaki resolved to face the problem head on.
She began reading handpicked picture books with her son’s friends, bringing stories alive through discussions, art and play. The little ones were hooked; their vocabulary and imagination soared, and astounded mums clamoured for more.
As word spread, several mothers expressed a desire to weave the magic of books in their own community. Little Readers’ Nook was thus created in 2012 as a network of mums and educators with a shared vision.
A mother's desire to meaningfully engage kids is today a beautiful collaborative enterprise that challenges children's thinking in over 25 cities across India and overseas.
Devaki Bhujang Gajare
Mum of 2 &
former Software Analyst
Book-Lover-In-Chief at the Nook
Mum of 2 &
former English Teacher
Head of Operations &
Book-Knight-In-Chief at the Nook
Teacher Trainer &
former Preschool Coordinator
Trainer, Creative Designer &
Fun-Maker-In-Chief at the Nook
Believe in our vision and keen to develop a Little Readers' Nook in your neighbourhood?
Build your own kid-centric startup as you conduct our programs in your locality.
- Comprehensive training
- Supportive team interaction
- Complete curriculum - books, props, lesson plans, handouts
- Marketing assistance
- Flexibility to choose your own schedule and workplace
- Passion for teaching and books
- English fluency
- Flair for drama and a great sense of fun
- Commitment to ethical practices, excellence and teamwork
- Dynamism to grow your own venture
What are Language Arts? . . .
Language arts are the use of language to communicate ideas — by reading, writing, viewing, listening and speaking.
Skills covered include reading proficiency, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, public speaking, writing.
Language is the basis of all thought — the best ideas are worth sharing with the world!
What are Life Skills? . . .
Life skills are the ability to independently deal with challenges of life. This includes learning to share, making new friends, mastering a skill or planning a trip for example.
Skills covered include creativity, communication, problem solving, decision making, empathy, managing people and emotions.
Life skills allow us to navigate a demanding life with joy and confidence.
How do you use childrens books to promote Language Arts and Life Skills? . . .
Good children's literature is rich in language and thought — new words, multicultural themes, interesting characters caught up in tricky situations… !
We curate award-winning books from around the world and design holistic activities to promote book appreciation and interaction.
Kids learn to read and write in school. We take them a step further: thinking beyond books to form their own views, effecively collaborating to display and nuture ideas.
Our small group size and warm fun-oriented approach ensures even reticent children express themselves freely and with confidence!
What happens in your sessions? . . .
A mix of stories, teacher-led thinking and communication routines, and child-led creative play:
• Energiser song, drama or game
• Interactive narration with story imagery
• Read alouds, picture book walks
• Discussions, games, drama, art-craft and play — to reinforce vocabulary, and recall, reflect upon and rejig stories
• Independent or buddy reading and writing (ages 7+)
What learning outcomes can I expect? . . .
Over time, your child will learn to:
• Listen thoughtfully, Imagine freely
• Communicate confidently using a rich vocabulary
• Show keen interest in exploring books
• Comprehend and think critically to extend reading
• Read with proficiency, write with ease (ages 7+)
Why don’t you teach my child to read? . . .
Learning to read is only the first step in your child’s journey as a successful reader and learner. This basic skill is taught in school.
Purposeful reading — to seek out new things or for pleasure — requires far more - vocabulary and comprehension, critical and creative thinking, communication and collaboration.
Developing ‘soft’ skills to navigate real life problems are our focus at Little Readers’ Nook.
Why a weekly session? How long should my child attend? . . .
• A weekly session allows us to unlock reading goals without overwhelming the children.
• The gaps between sessions offer kids time to reflect and connect to stories.
• Exploring language, enjoying books and building life skills is a continuous process.
• We therefore recommend your child attend our sessions on a continuous basis.
Why not cover more stories? . . .
We make each story count as we channel its power to prod your child to think creatively and critically. Please allow our thought provoking book appreciation activities time to weave their magic!
Will my child be able to retell stories at home? . . .
Most kids respond better to interesting discussions rather than overt questioning. Use our story recap and food for thought tips to get your child talking!
What can I do at home to support my child’s journey as an engaged reader? . . .
• Read together everyday! Let kids choose books, or use our themed booklists.
• Communicate often, integrate our vocabulary and food for thought tips into daily conversations.
• Create experiences around stories — follow up in-class lessons with real life stories and other teachable moments.
• Reflect on our handouts to recall words and stories. Add twists to the tale. Please do send the Little Readers’ Nook file to class each week.