Young Readers’ Club

Sunday, 7 August 2016 -
11:00 to 12:00

Young Readers’ Club

British Council library invites our young learners to explore some of the best children’s books being written today.  

This Sunday come and explore Something About a Bear a beautifully illustrated book on bears from around the world. Written and illustrated by Jackie Morris this book was shortlisted for CILIP Kate Greenaway medal 2016.

With the reading of the book we will have an illustration activity with well-known children’s book illustrator Soumya Menon. Soumya will introduce the book and guide the children to take inspiration from this book to draw their own bears in their natural habitats. The library will provide drawing materials but if children have any favourite materials, they are welcome to bring them along.    

This programme is suitable for children aged 7 year and above.

Fee: Rs. 200 per child

To register please write to Vani Shivakumar at or talk to our contact centre at 0120-4569000/6684353 

About Soumya Menon

A graduate of NID, Ahmedabad, Soumya worked with Eklavya, a NGO in Madhya Pradesh as part of her final Diploma project, researching alternative children’s literature -for and by children. Since then she has worked as an Associate Designer at NID, Ahmedabad and for IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts), New Delhi to research and document the textile and craft traditions, culture and history of the North-Eastern states of India. More recently, she worked with Agastya International Foundation, doing a series of illustration and animation workshops with children from villages in Andhra Pradesh, resulting in short animated films. She has worked on children’s book illustration projects for many publishers such as Tulika Books, Pratham Books and Scholastic and also for organisations such as the Kerala State Institute of Children’s Literature.

About the book

Where the water churns with salmon, thick and rich with leaping fishes, there the brown bear stands and catches the wild king of the river. With stunning watercolour paintings, this lyrical picture book describes eight bears from all over the world, all shown in their wild habitats: Black Bear, Polar Bear, Sloth Bear, Spectacle Bear, Sunbear, Panda, Moonbear, Brown Bear. But which is the best bear of all? Your own teddy bear of course!

In the distinctive style of Jackie Morris each double page watercolour spread is beautiful, with the bears as the central focus. Each page provides layers of colour, a sense of movement and a tactile quality. Along with each picture is a brief paragraph about each bear, with text and illustration fully complementing each other and never intrusive. The bear theme carries through to include the cover and end papers; in particular the life size paws of a rearing bear on the final endpapers. With a consistent quality and dream like illustrations this is a beautiful, fact based picture book.

About Jackie Morris

Jackie Morris is an author/illustrator who lives in Pembrokeshire, Wales, with children, dogs and cats. Ever since leaving college, the Bath Academy of Art, at least one cat has watched over her while she works. Big and small cats are a passion in her life, and it was while reading and watching her cat Pixie sleeping in winter that the idea for I am Cat came about. As well as Something About a Bear, her many other books for Frances Lincoln include The Ice Bear, The Snow Leopard, Tell me a Dragon, and How the Whale Became by Ted Hughes.