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Joyous, Thoughtful Programs

Inspire gifted readers, thinkers and tellers with outstanding children's literature

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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.

Magical Results

4: Our signature recipe works its magic week after week. 

5: Kids build crucial language and life skills, helped along by passionate story educators.

 

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6: Voila, avid readers, creative thinkers, outstanding communicators emerge from our programs!

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Endorsed by Parents

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.

My daughter comes back and narrates the most amazing stories. Her imagination is on fire!
— Reema Srichand, Little Readers' Nook parent
The sessions help us teach the value of reading books, particularly now when kids are hooked on iPads!
— Radhika Vedula, Little Readers' Nook parent
Agastya has become very imaginative and attentive. I consider this class a great investment for kids!
— Ruchika Saraf Daga, Little Readers' Nook parent
The activities enrich each story. Thank you for helping us kindle the passion for books in our child!
— Vrinda Pasula, Little Readers' Nook parent
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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.

 
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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!

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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!

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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!

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Enrol Your Child

Outside of India . . .

Dubai
Simran, 0553505570

Zurich
Nayana, 41787676175

Hong Kong
Mala, 60122075734

Jakarta
Aarthi, 81284906058

Bangkok
Sonam, 823233238

Mumbai - South & Central . . .

Marine Drive
Duja, 9930311151

Malabar Hill
Amrita, 9821670704

Tardeo
Nitisha, 9833185101

Prabhadevi
Dipali, 9769324262

Shivaji Park
Meher, 9833646412

Parel
Manasi, 9820693860

Sion-Matunga
Khushbu, 9821410765

Dadar-Wadala
Khushbu, 9821410765

Mumbai - Central Suburbs . . .

Chembur-Deonar
Sadhna, 9819311105

Ghatkopar West
Nikita, 9819955398

Ghatkopar East
Apeksha, 9819581065

Bhandup West
Divya, 9769694342

Mulund West
Divya, 9769694342

Mulund West
Subha, 9867963972

Mulund East
Subha, 9867963972

Mumbai - Western Suburbs . . .

Bandra West
Sarita, 9821175055

Santacruz West
Sarita, 9821175055

Juhu
Geetu, 9821621210

Versova
Geetu, 9821621210

Yari Road
Anindita, 9820700954

Vile Parle East
Priya, 9967357230

Powai
Archana, 9867194449

Chandivali
Tasneem, 9769282322

Goregaon East
Smita, 9819790377

Malad East
Suchi, 9870296113

Kandivali East
Priya, 9096060007

Mumbai - Navi Mumbai & Thane . . .

Vashi
Raashi, 9619564848

Sanpada
Raashi, 9619564848

Nerul
Raashi, 9619564848

Panchpakhadi
Amrita, 9987721713

Vartak Nagar
Amrita, 9987721713

Hiranandani Estate
Subha, 9867963972

Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida . . .

Model Town 1
Ankita, 9643541763

Civil Lines
Neha, 8383043764

Karol Bagh
Geetika, 9811619811

Pitampura
Ruchika, 9971522468

Gurgaon
Seema, 9910336532

Noida
Ruchika, 8800997952

Bangalore . . .

Vasanth Nagar
Kashish, 9880002200

Kormangala
Shrutika, 9059005555

Hebbal
Harika, 9560509513

Bellandur
Jainy, 9773067930

Whitefield
Sonam, 9831423370

Marathahalli
Sweta, 9742621210

Uttarahalli
Sunitha, 9844327021

Vajarahalli
Rittuu, 9611122328

Kolkata . . .

Ballygunge
Swati, 9836324466

Hyderabad . . .

Hitech City
Krishna, 9490318272

Amberpet
Meghana, 9866672830

Nallagandla
Sruthi, 9959408080

Giridhari Park
Anuradha, 9885127845

Pune . . .

Salisbury Park
Neelam, 8888814882

Koregaon Park
Suman, 8008022994

Kalyani Nagar
Suman, 8008022994

South & West India . . .

Mysore
Nandita, 9916962655

Coimbatore
Hemalatha, 9790922443

Nagpur
Rashmi, 9823213532

Nasik
Saylee, 9049810030

Panjim
Deepali, 7387096407

Vapi
Avni, 9099922523

North & Central India . . .

Indore
Gunjan, 9893826411

Bhopal
Stories & Beyond, 9826067973

Jabalpur
Ishdeep, 9669575000

Ranchi
Illuminatrix, 7028021162

Allahabad
Mona, 9839179722

 

Our Story

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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.

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Devaki Bhujang Gajare

Mum of 2 &
former Software Analyst

Founder &
Book-Lover-In-Chief at the Nook

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Sarita Shetty

Mum of 2 &
former English Teacher

Head of Operations &
Book-Knight-In-Chief at the Nook

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Khushbu Gala

Teacher Trainer &
former Preschool Coordinator

Trainer, Creative Designer &
Fun-Maker-In-Chief at the Nook

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Join Us

Believe in our vision and keen to develop a Little Readers' Nook in your neighbourhood?

The Opportunity:

Build your own kid-centric startup as you conduct our programs in your locality.

Our Promise:

  • Comprehensive training
  • Supportive team interaction
  • Complete curriculum - books, props, lesson plans, handouts
  • Marketing assistance
  • Flexibility to choose your own schedule and workplace
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Our Requirements:

  • 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
 

Learn More

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.

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.