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Announcing the ParentEdge Annual Book Review Contest 2015!


We are back with our third Annual Book Review Contest for children of all age groups. Last year’s contest was fun and successful, with over 130 entries from across the country. Many schools were enthusiastic participants, sending us entries in bulk. We had some illustrious judges on our panel who were impressed with the quality of writing of the contestants.

This year, we have made the contest bigger with more age categories (which means more winners and more prizes!). The announcements and posters have gone out to schools across India and we have mailed our readers, FB followers and just about everyone we know asking them to encourage their children to take part.

Aside from the great experience of taking part in a contest of this magnitude, your children can learn a lot about writing and expressing opinions in an engaging and readable manner. Reviews teach them to think critically about what they read and analyse books from different perspectives. It teaches them to understand why some books leave an impression on them and why others don’t. Writing a review will help them understand how writing can be creative and disciplined at the same time, how to impose a structure on their thoughts and emotions, and how to appeal to an audience through the power and magic of words. Finally, it hones their writing and expressive skills in a fun manner, without having to write essays on boring subjects!

Add to all this the bonus of prizes and recognition. Two winners from each category will be awarded book hampers sponsored by Puffin India, and others can look forward to Special Mention certificates. Winning entries will be published in our magazine and on our website and a few of the lucky winners will also get an opportunity to intern with ParentEdge.

The age categories that we have this year are 8-10 years, 11-13, 14-16 and 17-18. For more details on eligibility criteria, rules, word requirement, etc. visit http://parentedge.in/annual-book-review-contest-2015/.

Entries must come in before the 14th of August, so get your children reading, thinking and writing!

Here is something to help them: The ParentEdge Guide to Writing an Effective Book Review.

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Kritika Srinivasan is an Editor at ParentEdge. She has her hands full with an active young child and her writing. She is keenly interested in ways to engage and stimulate children to keep their lively and intelligent minds busy.


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