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Haque Academy distributed its academic calendar 2018-19…and we are in LOVE!


Haque Academy distributed its academic calendar 2018-19…and we are in LOVE!

Haque Academy distributed its academic calendar 2018-19…and we are in LOVE!

There are certain things that touch your heart tremendously and this year’s academic calendar by Haque Academy is one of them. Epitomizing the core of an educational institution, the 2018-19 calendar is a practical guide to improving literacy and reading skills in students and families.

With a colourful title featuring the Haque Academy’s logo, fictional characters and a child reading a book, the calendar is titled ‘Booked Everyday’ (isn’t that creative?) and boasts the promise of ‘Best Reads for Children of All Ages’.

Like regular calendars, each leaf depicts the days and dates of each month while every other leaf gives a list of recommended books for different age groups; 4-6, 6-8, 8-12 and 13 years onwards. Moreover, each of the six alternative leaves have a theme which means that the books recommended for each age group follow that particular theme. The themes include Acceptance/Belonging/Identity, Compassion/Kindness, Courage/Adventure, Determination/Perseverance, Equality/Respect, Family/Friendship.

Aren’t these the very things we want to teach our littles?

The books recommended for each age group are given below:

Ages 4-6

  • Not All Princesses Dress in Black by Jane Yolen
  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  • A Colour of His Own by Leo Lionni
  • The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
  • Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
  • The Kindness Quilt by Nanvcy Elizabeth Wallace
  • Paddington the Bear Series by Michael Bond
  • Pete the Cat Series by Eric Litwin
  • Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker
  • Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
  • The Princess Knight by Comelia Funke
  • The Wildest Brother by Comelia Funke
  • Sheila Rae, the Brave by Kevin Henkes
  • The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  • The Most Magnificient Thing by Ashley Spires
  • Swimmy by Leo Lionni
  • Flight School by Lita Judge
  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
  • The Whale and the Snail by Julia Donaldson
  • Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
  • The Sneeches by Dr. Seuss
  • Julius Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes
  • The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat
  • The Hello, Goodbye Window by Chris Raschka
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Ages 6-8

  • Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  • Free as a Bird by Lina Maslo
  • Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
  • Have You Ever Filled a Bucket Today by Carol Cloud
  • We’re All Wonders by RJ Palacio
  • The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
  • The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau
  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  • The Promise by Nicola Davies
  • Ramona Quimby Age 8 by Beverly Clearly
  • The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Shlitz
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Dave Pigeon by Swapna Haddow
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
  • The Story of Babur by Urmimala Nag
  • Brave Irene by William Steig
  • Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
  • Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
  • A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams
  • ‘Yours Sincerely, Giraffe’ by Megumi Iwasa
  • Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Ages 8-12

  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • Schooled by Gordon Korman
  • Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  • The One & Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery by Jeannete Winter
  • Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  • The Paper Boy by Dave Pilkey
  • Feather by Jacqulein Wilson
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  • Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind by Suzanna Fisher Staples
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaquline Woodson
  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  • Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Age 13 onwards

  • The Absolutely True Identity of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¼ by Sue Townsend
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Skellig by David Almond
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • A Long walk to the Water by Linda Sue Park
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
  • The Breadwinner Trilogy by Deborah Ellis
  • I am Nujood – Age 10 & Divorced by Nujood Ali
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

A good education does not only reflect in good grades but also on how well-versed and well-mannered a person is – some of which comes from reading and discussing good books. A good book not only keeps children from getting bored, it enhances their cognitive skills and gives them exposure to experiences they may or may not be able to undergo in real-life.

That a school in Pakistan has creatively integrated book recommendations into its annual calendar is commendable. Not only will children be able to pick up the calendar and choose the next book they’d like to read; it will also help parents inculcate and encourage the habit of reading in their children.

We are absolutely in love with the idea! What do you think of it?

Has your school or your child’s school taken such out-of-the-box initiatives? Tell us in comments!

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