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Storytimes, School Visits and Speaking Engagements

At KitaabWorld, we are passionate about sharing South Asian culture. With over 1,000 South Asian titles on our website and extensive storytelling experience, we strive to create fun, unique, engaging and valuable experiences for children to learn about various aspects of South Asian culture. 

We offer educational presentationstalks, workshops and story time activities geared towards parents, children and educators in the community. 

We work together with schools to collaborate on workshops and story times that support teacher curriculum and student development to help engage students and open new windows to different world views. For preschool and kindergarten, we offer 30 minute story times and 40-50 minute presentations for elementary, middle and high school students. 

Below are a few different storytimes and speaking engagements we have conducted:

ALA Annual Conference 2017 - Conversation Starter: Counter Islamophobia Through Stories

As part of our outreach efforts , we presented our Counter Islamophobia Through Stories campaign at the American Library Association's 2017 Annual conference in Chicago. 

Bay Area Book Festival 2017 Panel - Spinning Stories and Telling Tales: Exploring Cultural Appropriation Via South Asian Children's Literature

 

An informative and passionate panel discussion on cultural appropriation via South Asian children's literature with Mitali Perkins, Ginee Seo, Sunaina Maira and Arjun Gupta.

Celebrating Diversity at Open Mind School

   

 A fun-filled story time followed by art, music and a cooking activity that examined the idea of diversity, celebrating different abilities and perspectives at this inclusive school. 

Counter Islamophobia Through Stories story times at Peninsula School

 As part of taking our Counter Islamophobia Through Stories campaign offline into schools and communities, we conducted three story times and activities to help children (K-3rd grade) expand their perceptions about the lives of others. 

A Bhil Story at Palo Alto Art Center

 

Pithora art is a traditional art form common to tribal communities in central India. The Palo Art Center was the perfect place for story time with A Bhil Story followed by a communal art activity! 

Holi Story Time at Childrens Discovery Museum

 

 - Holi hai! It's Holi!  and what better way to color your world than learning about a festival that encourages kids and parents alike to get messy! We shared stories, played with colors and even taught kids some fun ways to celebrate Holi, the festival of colors!

Parent Ed class on Counter Islamophobia Through Stories at Geokids School

 We conducted a presentation around our Counter Islamophobia Through Stories campaign to parents to help give them ideas on how to introduce diverse and inclusive books in their homes. 

South Asian Kids for Social Justice Teach-in

    

 We collaborated with South Asian Kids for Social Justice on a teach-in around refugees and Muslims, where we read Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns and The Journey.

Sunnyvale and Foster City Library Bilingual Story Times

 We routinely conduct bilingual (Hindi- English) story times at local Bay Area libraries to double the fun on all our bilingual stories!

If you're interested in expanding horizons or bringing in a taste of South Asian culture to your school, email us at gauri@kitaabworld.com. We can discuss and create a  collaborative experience with you. We are also connected with most South Asian authors in the US, and can schedule author visits for you. 

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