Dhruv and I have been reading together almost daily for the past 4 years. We never jump onto the first page of the story right away. I am not a ritualistic person. Yet, there are a few rituals I, or rather both of us, have incorporated into our daily reading.
Authors and Illustrators
The names of authors and illustrators are as important as the story in the book. Hence, first of all, we acknowledge them. This has helped us see similar patterns in the illustrations of a particular illustrator. We can make out the differences in the pictures of Patrick Benson, Axel Scheffler, Emily Gravett, Rebecca Cobb and the likes of them.
Badges and Honours
We look for the various badges and honours awarded to the book. The popular ones are Caldecott medal and honour books.
Year of publishing
This is important for the reason not to note how old is the book but if any (or which) family member was alive at the time of first publication. Any book published after 2011 (Dhruv’s birth year) becomes the cause for delight for being smaller in age than him.
Country of Publishing
Equally important is to find out where the book was published, whether it was published in the USA or UK or India. The question for those published in the USA and UK is how do those books reach India? Do they come by ships? If yes, then which sea route? We have got this sorted now. So, no worries.
Country of Printing
I have one swadeshi in Dhruv. Many hours have been invested in pondering upon why every book is printed in China. Thankfully, books published in India are still printed here and not in China. For the record, we have found one book printed in Italy. It is ‘We’re all Wonders’ by R.J. Palacio.
Only after we complete all the above rituals, step-by-step (with a new book), we proceed to the story.
Linking this post to Monday Musings hosted by Corinne Rodrigues.