Q - What is The National Jarul Book Award?
A - It is a Literary Award given to the best children's picture book and is voted by students from KG to Grade 6.
Q - Why is this important for students?
A - It is important for students to recognize that students' voice, is heard, they have a responsibility and have a choice to select the book that meets the criteria. They select stories that appeal to them in various ways. Their choice has an impact on the literary world.
Q - Is there a charge to participate or be part of The National Jarul Book Award?
A - There is NO charge for participating in this award.
Q - What is the first step for an adult/school that wants to participate in The National Jarul Book Award Selection?
A - The teacher/ librarian/ principal/ school will need to sign up so they are informed of all the submission dates and information that can be received in a timely manner.
Q - When does The National Jarul Book Award process start and finish?
A - The process starts each year in April, and closes on December 24, of each year.
Q - Who can participate?
A - All school students from KG to Grade/Standard 6 can participate. All national, private, NGO's and international schools can participate.
Q - What do teachers or librarians need to do?
A - Once you have signed up, you will need to purchase the 3 shortlisted books that are nominated for the National Jarul Book Award. All children participating will read all the 3 books. For example, if Standard/Grade 1 students are participating then the Teacher/Librarians will read all the 3 books. The three books can be read the books separately, or together, the choice is yours. You will read all the 3 books, then the students use a ballot to select their favorite one.
Q - What do students have to do?
A - Students can listen to the books as a read-aloud, or read it independently, the choice is yours. The Teacher/Librarian can discuss the criteria and have the students vote for the best book.
Q - What is the final step?
A - The Teacher/Librarian will count out all votes and send them to iCommons@asbindia.org (Details will be provided to you after your registration).
Q - How do the school and students celebrate the event?
A - The students and school will be invited to a literary event at the American School of Bombay, Mumbai, to celebrate the winners of the National Jarul Book Award.
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Teachers and Librarians can learn about the National Jarul Book Award.
Discuss why literary awards are important?
Discuss and draw out important elements of the story that makes it a winner.
Skype with other schools that are reading the same book.
Compare and contrast the 3 nominated books.
Study the authors and their work.
Skype or invite the authors to your school.
Celebrate the National Jarul Book Awards at your school and send us your pictures.