Are you struggling to get your students to read the books you’ve introduced in class? Worry not! Through the Book Lovers’ Program for Schools, our storytellers have promoted the joy of reading to countless students over the past ten years.

The storybooks used for this article are from the Best of Indian Children’s Writing list. They have been chosen for their engaging plot and diverse characters. Another important criterion is how well it works in classrooms. All of these books are guaranteed hits with the children they’re aimed at (Read more about our levelling process here). So go ahead and try these stories out in class! You can thank us later 🙂

We had previously written about how language learning needs to be aided by activities. To recap, in the BLPS method we split our process into 3 broad steps:

  • Pre-storytelling activities
  • Storytelling + book reading
  • Post-reading activities

Session Plans for Level 1

1. Annual Haircut Day

Theme: Change

Author: Rohini Nilekani
Publisher: Pratham Books
Price: You can read for free on StoryWeaver. If you want a physical copy, you can buy it here.

2. Ramya’s Snack Box

Theme: Friends

Author: C G Salamander
Publisher: Ms Moochie Books
Price: Rs 150

(Buy it here)

Session Plans for Level 2

1. Gajapati Kulapati

Theme: Animal Stories

Author: Ashok Rajagopalan
Publisher: Tulika Books
Price: Rs 150

(Buy it here)

2. The Night Monster

Theme: Family

Author: Sushree Mishra
Publisher: Karadi Tales
Price: Rs 399

(Buy it here)

Session Plans for Level 3

1. A Silly Story of Bondapalli

Theme: Kings and Queens

Author: Shamim Padamsee
Publisher: Tulika
Price: Rs 150

(Buy it here)

2. Angy Akku

Theme: Learning a lesson

Author: Vinayak Varma
Publisher: Pratham Books
Price: You can read for free on StoryWeaver. If you want a physical copy, you can buy it here.


You might have noticed that I didn’t elaborate on the reading part of the session plan. I feel that this part needs to be uniquely tailored to the level of each class, and if possible, to each student. Have a mix of the different types of reading methods so as to not bore your kids. The books listed here, and most picture books, in fact, are great when they’re read out loud.

Feel free to use these activities as templates for any book that you’ve chosen. (Read more about what to look for while choosing a book.) Just remember to keep the activities as connected to the story as you can.

If you’re struggling with creating activities around your chosen book, let us know and we’ll be happy to help you out. Email us at

Do you want more session plans for the other BICW books? Write to us and let us know!

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