Young Author’s Day 2023-2024
There's no friend as loyal as a book
- Ernest Hemingway
The 6th of January 2024 was the culmination of an incredible journey for the students of grades 4 and 5 at NPSIC. Young Author's Day is one of the most awaited events of the school year, showcasing the writing talent of these skilful young students. Friends on an adventure, a murder mystery, a unicorn riding through the clouds were only some sights from the wonderful books written by our students.
The process began early in June with students presenting their first drafts and giving suggestions to their fellow peers till their final book was released fresh out of the press, under the guidance of their teachers. From ideating to scripting, editing and collaborating to critically appraise each book, the experience was indeed enlightening for the children.
The day began with the release of over 250 books covering genre including adventure, mystery, realistic fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, travelogue, biography, historical fiction, romance and comedy. Children were ready to present their tales to their parents. The rain however had unexpected plans and showed up as soon the ribbon of inauguration was cut. Yet our students showed resilience as new venues were arranged. They presented with renewed vigour. They passionately explained genres to the parents, and guided them through their creative thoughts put on paper.
Their illustrations brought their imagination to life, and their words described new worlds. With varying genres like horror which expressed fears to all their readers, and historical fiction, which echoed events of the past, the parents witnessed a wide variety of stories which provided entertainment to all. The students explained the stories behind their stories to all the parents who came to experience their imagination.
It was a delight to watch the appreciation provided by the parents as they listened to each child explain their book with eagerness.
Curated videos of children talking about their books and engaging in a discussion about the process were aired in the auditorium. The video show also included students who have been part of the YAD programme in the past and have taken this learning further.
Members of the School Press Club and podcast, Voice of NPSIC were seen actively chatting with parents, taking their feedback and collecting bites.
YAD has been an intense learning experience for all involved and we are sure many of these young students will continue their writing journey in the years to come.