Grandmother School

  • Illustrated By: Ellen Rooney
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:India, village, female literacy, intergenerational, power of education
  • Available:05/05/2020
  • Age Groups:Fiction Picture Book
  • Lexile:AD840L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:N
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Every morning, a young girl walks her grandmother to the Aajibaichi Shala, the school that was built for the grandmothers in her village to have a place to learn to read and write.

The narrator beams with pride as she drops her grandmother off with the other aajis to practice the alphabet and learn simple arithmetic. A moving story about family, women and the power of education—when Aaji learns to spell her name you’ll want to dance along with her.

Women in countless countries continue to endure the limitations of illiteracy. Unjust laws have suppressed the rights of girls and women and kept many from getting an education and equal standing in society. Based on a true story from the village of Phangane, India, this brilliantly illustrated book tells the story of the grandmothers who got to go to school for the first time in their lives.

Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer Grandmother School in two accessible editions. The audiobook features alternate text descriptions of images, including the cover. The epub edition of this title is fully accessible.

“Offers its readers a poignantly lively picture book that expressly reveals the power and freedom found in words for women across the world. How great a treat it will be to read this book in a grandmother’s lap. Highly Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“A moving story about family, women and the power of education―when Aaji learns to spell her name you’ll want to dance along with her.”
– Here Wee Read
“Joy is evident on the page—and infectious...A spirited book about gender, age, rights, and the importance of education.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Gorgeous…Colors are crisp and contemporary…Provides a surprising angle to the growing body of children’s books about gender inequality and the continued work of pioneers like Aaji.”
– Booklist
"The connection between the little girl and the grandmother is the touching heart of this story."
– Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) Canadian Children’s Book News
“A wonderful and poignant story about the need for literacy and how vital learning to read is.”
– The Globe and Mail
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection   | 2020  |  Commended
Ontario Library association (OLA) Best Bets   | 2020  |  Commended
BC and Yukon Book Prizes - Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize   | 2021  |  Winner
The Egghead - The Doug Wright Award for best kids’ book   | 2021  |  Short-listed
Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award   | 2021  |  Short-listed
Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards - Shining Willow   | 2022  |  Nominated

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