Hello from Cosy Nook Library!
It’s a brand new day, and a brand new year! Leaving the old behind, we step into year 2021. While 2020 held many lessons and messages for us, we are looking forward to the new year: to more books, more reading friends, and fresh challenges. We wish our Cosy Nook family the very best of health and happiness and peace for 2021.
2021, what we are looking forward to
Our libraries are open and bursting with books! Despite a pandemic and its challenges, we added more than 200 books over the last 6 months to our shelves, and our members have responded with enthusiasm, reading more and more and more!
We are happy to announce that starting 2021, we are open for longer hours.
Cosy Nook Library, Raheja Residency: Tuesday and Friday, 3.30-5.30 pm
Cosy Nook Library, ILM Montessori: Monday, Thursday and Saturday, 3-5 pm
We welcome walk-ins, and would love to bring in new members into our cosy nooks.
Visit us soon, or you can chat with us on the phone, online or on email.
Books! Books! Books! New on our shelves
1. Mog on Fox Night, Judith Kerr, age 3+
2. My Grandpa is Amazing, Nick Butterworth, age 3+
3. My Grandma Is Wonderful, Nick Butterworth, age 3+
4. I Broke My Trunk!, Mo Williems, age 5+
5. Are You Ready to Play Outside?, Mo Williems, age 5+
6. We’re All Wonders, R J Palacio, age 6+
7. Happy Birthday X3, Libby Gleeson, age 7+
8. The Lost Treasure, Jan Stradling, age 7+
9. Robin Hood’s Day, Josephine Feene, age 7+
10. Colly’s Barn, Michael Morpugo, age 7+
11. April Fools Mr. Todd! Megan McDonald, age 8+
12. Mrs. Moody in the Birthday Jinx, Megan McDonald, age 8+
13. Willy Visits the Square World, Jeffrey Archer, age 9+
14. Willy and the Killer Kipper, Jeffrey Archer, age 9+
15. By Royal Appointment, Jeffrey Archer, age 9+
16. Time Travelling with a Hamster, Ross Welford, age 10+
17. Code Name Bananas, David Walliams, age 10+
In the year 2020 we turned to books often for comfort and understanding. Here are the books that we recommend because these are the ones that gave us joy and brought warmth and much needed perspective on the year that was.
Radhika Sathe Mantri: Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan
The book that tops my list this year is not a children’s book at all, but rather a book about children’s books. This one may not be for our children, but definitely for the children we once were. Author Lucy Mangan takes us on a whimsical and sometimes very poignant journey in Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading.
Lucy writes an account of her experiences as a reader, how books impacted her young life, how they shaped her as a person and we find what an universal and a shared experience books and reading can be. Whether it is discovering Enid Blyton for the first time, or looking past the mess in the cupboard to find Narnia, she writes about how certain classics are incredible and then some that give us nightmares into adulthood. Lucy also writes about the importance of libraries and how parents play such an important role in creating readers of the world.
Through this book we find how beautifully books unite us across countries and continents and time. As I read Bookworm, I met old friends in those pages, I met a young me and I also learnt so much about the history and about the superstars of children’s literature—the illustrators, the publishers and of course the writers.
I will recommend this book to anyone who loves children’s literature, who wants to take a trip down memory lane through a book, rediscover old favourites, and be reminded of the magic of books. Bookworm might make you run to your neighborhood library or your neighborhood bookstore, because that happened to me.
So, Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading, in one word is, enchanting!
Have a happy 2021. Let us read a lot with our children, create beautiful memories and stay sane and safe. Thank you for being a part of our library and our lives this past year. We are looking forward to 2021 with excitement and hope.
Sudeshna Shome Ghosh: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, Charlie Mackesy
If there ever was a book that could shine a light of hope in uncertain times and that brought to the fore our innermost fears and insecurities, while giving us the wings of upliftment in hope and happiness, it is this beautiful book. It is a series of reflections shared by four friends as they traverse landscapes together. Adorned with drawings in pen and ink that are quirky, masterful, and unforgettable, this is the perfect book to dip into any time of the day and year. I read and re-read it many times, sometimes just turning the pages to enjoy the beauty of the object I was holding. It is a book for anyone of any age, and one that should, at least once, be read with your child held close to you.
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