Thursday, December 31, 2009

Farewell 2009....welcome 2010

Kids Freesouls wishes all readers ‘Farewell 2009 & Welcome 2010’ Make Resolutions and keep them firm. Listen to New Year Song - Keep the faith.

Acquire the secrets of the ‘Magic of Thinking Big’ . The mind is its own place and in itself can make a heaven of hell or a hell of heaven. Thoughts rule the world and amazingly perspective minds echo “There is nothing either good or bad except that thinking makes it so” As quoted in Upanishad ‘You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.’ It’s the every action that generates a force of energy and when we choose actions that bring happiness and success to others, this creates our destiny. Whatever will be, will be – Acquire the ‘Magic of Thinking Big’ and let the sun shine on you.

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for Kids

Saturday, December 26, 2009


I Believe!
I believe for every drop of rain that falls, A flower grows...
I believeI believe A candle glows....
I believeI believe For anyone who goes astray,
Someone will come to show the way.I Believe, I believe.
I believe That above the storm, The smallest prayer will still be heard,
I believeI believe That someone in the great somewhere, Hears every word...
I believeEvery time I hear a new born baby cry, or touch a leaf or see the sky,Then I know why.....I believe.

Like every Christmas, I attended the midnight mass at St. Xavier's Parish with a beautiful memory of the services and the singing of the carols and ever loving 'Silent Night...Holy Night' - It has been translated into many versions 193+ versions of Silent Night in 130 languages including the German version "Stille Nacht" (Find Here).

Christmas time and it's time to be Spiritual and spread love, faith, peace around. I find so amazing is, the holy silence as the sermons are being read at the church. There is a spiritual feel in the air as the baby Jesus is born and everything is so different that makes one believe in a super power 'God'. The carols were just filled with joyous expressions and as we sang along, every moment filled my life with radiance of peace and joy. This year, there seemed to be more presence of non christians and the christmas festival is being celebrated by everyone, whatever the faith. (find my note of last year) O Holy night by Celine Dion sung with spiritual zeal touched my heart to see the presentation with the Lord's world in its vivid picturesque scenes.

The St. Xavier's Parish Crucifix was ordered from "Liturgical Images" Bandra, Mumbai. Sister Vimla was instrumental in selecting the Crucifix. The Crucifix is unique in its attractiveness. It towers above the congregation and looks down upon the celebrant and the alter.

As you can see in the picture, the Alter was sculpted and designed by Mr. Rock and Mr. Ronald Sequiera well known sculptors and wood carvers from Bhasien. The frontal face of the alter depicts the Last Supper carved delicately in wood. The Lectern also designed and sculpted by them depicts the four apostles. The base of the alter and the Lectern are of sea green marble.

Well, like I say, "Faith is a light that dispels ignorance and darkness around. Faith is the hope that keeps you surfing on the waves on a sea of storms. Faith is love. Faith is grabbing the magical moments in life. Faith is deciding, daring, challenging and striving to reach the goals. Faith in whom we believe is intimacy & commitment to fulfill service towards mankind. Faith is trusting in tomorrow and dreaming God’s dream of a beautiful world with love, peace and joy to humanity."

May this Christmas radiate your life with god's light - love, peace and happiness.

Click to find the Christmas pages and listen to Celine Dion 'O Holy Night' to fill your heart with hope and joy at the end of the year 2009. Merry Christmas:-)

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for Kids

Monday, December 21, 2009

A Happy Christmas Holidays....

A happy CHRISTMAS Holidays...

Explore Kidsfreesouls Christmas Pages - Get Spiritual and explain kids about Christmas. Here's on How to teach Spiritual wisdom. Also find Perfect Dance steps for you as per your sun sign.

- Explore Dance Games and steps. Download Footprints and Home is where the heart is for your child's room as you decorate the house for Christmas. Even get children to Make New Year Resolutions. Talk about the New year song and find Auld Lang Syne Lyric words - Enjoy Holidays.......Have Fun:-)

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for Kids

Sunday, November 29, 2009

COP15 - United Nations Climate Change Conference

This week's Earth Talk Column has questions that draw our attention, one of which is on United Nations Climate Change Conference in December. :

What do organizers hope to accomplish at the upcoming (December 7-18, 2009) United Nations Climate Change Conference being held in Copenhagen? -- F. Rojas, Oakland, CA

Oí recientemente el término "edificio viviente". ¿Pueden Uds. explicar de qué se trata? -- Rebecca Gordon, Seattle, WA

Read for the answers : In English In Spanish

Read more on COP15 Copenhagen website and even you can enter into Climate Quiz and Climate Thoughts with visual representation by visitors of the site.

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for Kids

Friday, November 27, 2009

Toast your life with 'Thanksgiving' - Never late!

Planning and this is here we fail sometimes when we often lag behind with short of time schedules! Teachers need to plan their lessons especially with the monthly event calendar. This is like sparing a few minutes in the classroom providing information - spreading awareness and significance of the event.

If you have missed the 'Thanksgiving' just like me, there is no missing the Event worksheets as they can be taught anytime within the event week.

Thank You comes in an amazing way to be fondly appreciated and who else can be so happy than parents or teachers when children bring in a creatively made note with the courtesy words 'Thank You'!

Teaching children to write 'Thank You' notes is teaching them simple social manners of expressing gratitude. Just as much as we value the experience of gesture when somebody writes a 'Thank You' note, children too can receive our 'Thank you' notes for their good behavior or any positive attitude. This can be the first step in teaching them to consider writing Thank You notes to others. Most of the children need to be encouraged to write Thank You notes, as a child will not initiate to write on his own. How often, we forget to send our 'Thank You' notes and especially, when the tradition of 'Thanksgiving' is completely not observed in many places like India. Sometimes, merely we say words. However, writing notes has its own charm and has an educational value when children learn to write them.

So, how do we help kids to write these lovely 'Thank You' notes? Maybe a few Thank you note guideline tips for kids might help.

Btw, here's a very thoughtfully written Editorial Article from New York Times and I am sure, you might start brooding over this - What would our lives look like if they held only what we’d planned? Where would our wisdom or patience — or our hope — come from?

We can toast our lives with 'thanksgiving' to god in an amazing way to join hands and pray for peace as this is the only thing - the need of the hour!

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for Kids

Comics Project for Kids

Recently, I encouraged children to read a Comics in the classroom. They picked up Archies, Amar Chitra Katha picture books, Batman and few random comics that I have in my Library. Comic books are a great way for kids to get interested and excited about reading as well as helping to develop their imagination. But nothing can be more important for parents than to be sure that their children are reading age appropriate material. As a kid, we all love to read comics. But, which one is ok for children now? Here's my best picks in Amazon Listmania and sure, you'd love to read these comics too.

Btw, ever tried a Comic Project for Kids? Well, I remember helping kids to create comic strips with brainstorming sessions using Imaginations - with words and picture stickers. Here's some tips to help.

Vocabulary: Students can learn to get involved in communication and language structure.

Use of words: Help them to create Balloons to fill in simple words of addressing and expressions like hi, oh, ouch, hmm...etc.

Script : Talk to them about the picture sticker and help them imagine to create a script. The flow of the 3/4 panel story comes with their imaginative inputs.

Message: The message selection can be social or anything that can be humor too. Simple ways for beginners to express words.

Story Continuation: Encourage kids to write a story first. Then write dialogues. This may also ease the making of comic strip process.

Pairing : Pair the children in a group of 2 or 4. Make it fun session. Let them share comic books, jokes or quotes. Engage them in group discussions to warm up before writing.

Happy to Create Comics in simple way comes quite naturally when motivation follows to spark creative juices. Kids are at their best only when they are ready to Do It. Forcing them to engage in activities gain no results.

Btw, here is Toondoo, a great Comic creating tool online - Create, publish and share Comic strips. You can discuss and find Ideas to create comics. The site gives a chance to enter into Hall of Fame and take part in competitions too.

Another site I recommend is Bill Zimmerman's Comics which I referred earlier on the Comics Page. This site more enchanced to create comics online with Teacher Resources, Writing Prompts, Story Ideas and much more to explore.
- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for Kids

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sun Signs and daily/weekly forecasts

Wondering, How many of you believe in Sun Sign and Daily Forecast/weekly forecast that appear online or in newspapers? Well, I do. You can't call it a belief but soothing the soul and concluding, compromising self and even finding ways on how to better life! All of us are not Perfect and neither do we follow the law of life at times. It's impossible. Rather, we are ebbing and flowing like the tide when we need solid mates and family to protect and nurture. The more sensitive you are in undercurrents of emotional environment, more confused you are. However, I guess, Marjorie Orr guides you with forecasts that do make you understand your current position of stars and why things do happen as they may be. It only depends on how we take our life to make it positive and shrugg off those negatives that enter our domains.

Well, confused? I did write Sun Signs in my 'Freesouls (Now Kidsfreesouls) print media which you can find alongwith influeced Cheiro's numerology reading. A great fan of Linda Goodman, I still recommed that you can subscribe to Marjorie Orr at Her readings are excellent and I have noticed they stand neutral, correct with suggestive measures too. After all, Marjorie Orr is one of the Top astrologer with over 25 years of experience.

Btw, Linda Goodman was a Poet apart from Astrologer and did you know, she wrote lovely romantic poems? Find my Poetry on Poetry Pages at Kidsfreesouls here. Maybe, you like this too:-)

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for Kids

Monday, November 09, 2009

What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong - Lyrics

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I love you.

I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.

We pass this Life's journey once and leave behind our footprints... This song has been an inspiration especially as it brings in hope and joy to imagine and think of a beautiful world. A nice way of cheering self too....

- ilaxi patel

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Sesame street celebrating 40 years-Chamki spreading literacy

Google Doodle is today celebrating 40th Anniversary with the Muppet character logo. Sesame Street, an American Children’s TV Series, was launched on November 10, 1969. It is the longest running children’s program on US television. Sesame Street broadcasts in over 120 countries and 8 million viewers on 350 stations throughout the world.

The show celebrates its 40th birthday on November 10, 2009, the exact day the series debuted on TV four decades ago. US first lady Michelle Obama will appear on the Children’s TV show “Sesame Street” on the November 10th episode, to ostensibly kick off its 40th anniversary season. A section on the show will be telecasted to encourage children to adopt healthy eating habits and even plant vegetables in the garden.

Original songs, story lines and animations such as “Murray Had a Little Lamb,” “Word on the Street” and “Elmo’s World” will continue to stimulate the preschool viewers’ awareness and excitement about the environment. Additionally, new words will be introduced at the beginning of each episode by Murray as he interacts with people on the street. In a series of 26 hilarious celebrity segments, words such as “habitat,” “metamorphosis,” “camouflage,” “hibernate” and “garden” are introduced to enhance vocabulary and further highlight the wonders of nature.

- Read more on Blog

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for Kids

Monday, November 02, 2009

Barbie - Toys R fun

Here's an Interesting site exclusively on Barbie for Parents and Teachers Only.(media center). Celebrating 50 years of Barbie - style icon. The making of the doll and how one woman bring an icon to life. Explore the 50 years of Barbie and you have everything from Retro to beach parties and all the years of Barbie with news, events and fun. You can even strike a pose with Barbie if you wish and check out Barbie in her first Music and Dance videos in my Fav You Tube List.

Here's Barbie website. Play Games, watch videos hang out or just about engage into activities you like.Click for Birthday Party Ideas Here's a record collection of Barbie Dolls by a Fan Bettina Dorfmann who has Guiness World Record.

Toys R fun and always keep kids on a run! I guess, as parents today wonder what can break boredom of kids, I can only think of one thing and that is 'Keeping glued to various activities' - reading is on backseat but prioritising activities can include all activities like reading, coloring, playing games, computers, engaging in hobbies and even going for rides.....Dancing, music and learning skills are always as per the choice.

Creativity and it comes - quite naturally! Find more sites in Resources pages on Kidsfreesouls.

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for kids

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Halloween, Dev Diwali

Happy Dev Diwali! From today, Gods will celebrate Diwali for five days. However, 31st October being Halloween Day, its haunting of ghosts and werewolves and vampires like kali chaudas.

Mystyfying myths remain mysterious even though ultimate truths could be discovered using the human mind alone. Science has yet to reveal what caused them. Satanism, Blackmagic, tell tale, mythology and all, lead to beliefs of evil omens to exist on earth as Ghosts or demons or witches. It takes a fraction of a second to hear the sound ‘AUM’ at such times of spirit scare and take a walk outside the mind, moving from head to heart. We are all hung up in the head. One solution is get down from the head to the heart. Mysteries remain but problems disappear and evaporate leaving the trails of mysteries behind.

Btw, heard the track of Steven Cravis - Happy Halloween Music? It's a part of the 75 Top Halloween Songs picked by Apple iTunes iMix and the individual song is available as a download there, under the special iMix tab called Complete Set. You can also find the track for download on Mac and PC here or just log to or listen at (France, Germany UK and USA only, I believe) - Enjoy!

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for Kids

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Official Gujarat State Portal

As I content wrote the Gujarat Government State Portal for last many days, here's presenting the newly revamped Official Gujarat Portal. The thematic Portal provides glimpse into 5.5 Crore Gujaratis ‘Apnu Gujarat – Agavu Gujarat’ (Our Gujarat, Unique Gujarat) and act as catalyst to positively influence Gujarat and its rich Culture and traditions which has marked its footprints Internationally. The Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi lives on to the boom of a 21st century Gujarat with robust and mass movement of Development and Progress with a Proactive Government.
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A result of Perfect Team Work! Watch this space as I blog more on this...

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for Kids
Web Content Analyst :
Author of Guardian of Angels

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Diwali and New Year Significance

May this festival of lights illuminate your life with good health, long life, peace, happiness and prosperity. Wishing all who pass this way, very Happy Diwali and may your dreams turn true...

Well, invoked Lakshmi? I just did! Only for a day, she descends on the Earth to give her blessings I hear. Read more on Diwali on Kids Diwali pages here.

- ilaxi

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Nobel Prize for Peace

Alfred Nobel was born in Stockholm on October 21, 1833 who became a famous scientist, inventor, businessman and founder of the Nobel Prizes. Alfred died in San Remo, Italy on December 10, 1896. In his last will and testament, he wrote that much of his fortune was to be used to give prizes to those who have done their best for humanity in the field of physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace. It took four years for his executors to convince all parties to follow Alfred's wishes.

That's how Nobel Prizes came to exist since 1901 when first Nobel Prizes were given in Stockholm, Sweden.

However, it is interesting to note How the Peace Prize was included by Alfred Nobel in his will.

Alfred had no family of his own. Once, he announced in the newspapers for a secretary. An Austrian lady, Bertha Kinsky von Chinic und Tettau got the job. After working for a short time, she moved back to Austria to marry Count Arthur von Suttner.

Alfred and Bertha von Suttner remained friends and exchanged letters through the years. She later became very active in the peace movement. She wrote the famous book "Lay Down Your Arms." When Alfred Nobel later wrote his will to establish the Nobel Prizes, he included a prize for persons or organizations who promoted peace.

Here's Profiles in Kidsfreesouls Literature pages and News in Kids section of recent Nobel Prize Awards to Indian born scientist Dr. Venkatraman Ramkrishnan for Chemistry (Joint sharing) and President Barrack Obama for Peace.

As there is mix surprize and opinions, headlines keep changing on Google 'Call to Action', 'A prize that carries perils', 'wins mocks awards' - Cool reactions to Obama's Nobel Prize for Peace!

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for kids
Author of Guardian of Angels

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Bloggers Unite - Make the Change!

With more than 126 Countries, 4530 Blogs and 10, 927.398 Readers - What can one Blog do to spread the message to Change the World?

Watch the video in Kidsfreesouls You Tube Favorites and take action to Change the World - Tackling Climate Change is no simple way but Ideas that generate can bring about a change to make a Difference!

Bloggers unite on the Web for a social event writing for cause - Climate Change. This December, World leaders will meet at Copenhagen (7-18 Dec) and bloggers unitedly will raise their voice by October 15, 2009 blogging on the web. Last year, 7083, 12000 blogs, reached 14 million people and this year, Blog Action Day, Powered by shares their ideas for Bloggers to Blog as Climate Change threatens more than Environment and human life is in danger with famine, flooding, war, refugees, etc.

Ideas to Blog by Blog Action:

* A Technology or Business blog might write about emerging clean tech and how innovative companies might be able to help address the problem of climate change.
* A Health or Lifestyle blog might write about how climate change will affect our children's health and daily living.
* A Nonprofit or Political blog might write about how climate change is deeply connected to many other issues - such as poverty and conflict.
* A Design blog might write about new trends in eco-friendly or sustainable design.
* A Travel blog might write about the places you want to see now before climate change makes them difficult to access or, well, under the sea.

Population, poverty and developing worlds - Co2 emissions - all pose a threat to Climate change. And, India – like other major developing countries – has been demanding that rich, industrialised countries pledge cuts of 25% to 40% in Copenhagen in December. Diplomats in Delhi say, that America and other developed countries had to commit to deep emissions cuts in the next decade – not by 2050 – if they wanted to see India and China take serious action to contain the rise in their future emissions, as their surging economies expand. (Read more on Guardian)

Earlier, Kidsfreesouls mentioned of Earth Hour. You can still put yourself on the Vote Earth map and upload your photos, pictures and weblinks to show the world future you want to see. Teachers can help Kids to Make Lanterns and cast their vote and send to Copenhagen.

Click to find Gujarat's Initiatives for Environment concerns as it is first in Asia and fourth in the World to set up 'Climate Change Department.'

Surf Kidsfreesouls Environment pages and every week, we are placing two questions related to Environment in association to Earth Talk EMagazine inEnglish and Spanish.

Well, you can find the latest and most popular climate change actions online at If you are a blogger and concerned, Unite Bloggers and blog post on topics related to Climate Change. If you are a teacher and would like to spread awareness, click to Kidsfreesouls Resources for links to Environment sites for kids and let this be a 'Joy of Learning' class.

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for Kids
Author of Guardian of Angels

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Wolf Hall wins - Countdown ends!

History classes can now add Supplementary reading in classrooms with Man Booker Prize Announced. WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel is the winner of this year's 'Man Booker Prize 2009' in England. Wolf Hall is the retelling of Thomas Cromwell's life - the blacksmith boy who became Henry VIII's right-hand man. Cromwell has been a genius and historians have admitted that he is the best administrator who changed medieval to modern nation state.

Here is a brief Product Description of Amazon:

'Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning,' says Thomas More, 'and when you come back that night he'll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks' tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money.' England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion and suffering and courage.

You can find Wendy Smith's review of the book here on Washington Post and Christopher Tayler's review on Guardian, as I have not read nor got a copy of the book.

Well, the book I understand, calls for a broad readership. It reached the libraries and the book shops even before it got into the long list of Man Booker Prize. It is expected that classrooms might add this book for reading.

History as a Fiction and I don't like the idea to even add this to Supplementary reading in classroom! Yesterday, a 11th class child informed me that he has five books for Supplementary reading this year apart from other assignments and comprehensions. This month, he has 'Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh' and I really pity students when they have to read such books especially during Diwali time when it's time to enjoy festive season.

Train to Pakistan is the story of this isolated village that is plunged into the abyss of religious hate. It is also the story of a Sikh boy and a Muslim girl whose love endured and transcends the ravages of war. A timeless narrative by Khushwant Singh. A documentary of Punjab, its people and culture.

Well, aren't our children overburdened with too much of knowing History?

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for kids
Author of Guardian of Angels

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Man Booker Prize - Countdown begins..

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2009 was short listed and announced earlier in September. Six books were again short listed for the Final Prize winner.

These Fiction books are selected by the Judges as they are found to be narrative, great inventiveness, poetry and sharp human insight in abundance.

The winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be revealed on Tuesday 6 October 2009 (today) at a dinner at London's Guildhall and will be broadcast on BBC News across television, radio and online.

The winning author will receive £50,000 and can look forward to greatly increased sales and worldwide recognition. Each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, receives £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their own book.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2008 winner was 'The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga' who won the 2008 prize. You can read the full news story here.

I feel, writing do not come so easy for children as writing fiction is an exercise of power of narration with plots and a good storyline. Children Fiction writing comes with dedication and children's book market can be difficult to crack for first time authors. It needs brainstorming sessions to plot the story line with rhyme and reason. Humor to combine and polish writing and editing skills. Writers also need to write great winning proposals, attend publishing conferences and we also need Agents! This is one important part and next is marketing. Yes, for all this - You need $$$ and depends on how far reach you can go to achieve success.

Well, writing a Children's book is one thing on my mind after my book 'Guardian of Angels: A practical guide to Joyful Parenting' hit list. As I explore on different plains writing for my Government, thoughts scale on a different note. Sometimes, we aim to rise high doing too many things at a time but we do have to understand our priorities and duty.

Well, If you are planning to write a book, first decide. If you wish to go for a profession, probably you got to know the tricks of the trade. You can peep into my Amazon Book Book Page on Kidsfreesouls and look forward to read on 'How to become an Author and publish your own book' - Enjoy.

Btw, here is A S Byatt's Interview on 'The impact of writing on Families' and you may look for the Winner Announcement soon on this site. Countdown begins.

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for kids

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Banned Books: Read, Speak, Be Aware

Benjamin Franklin said: "Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech."

September 26 to October 3, 2009 is Banned Books week. It is observed since 1982 and this Banned Books week celebrate the mark of freedom to read.Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Many bookstores, libraries and schools join in. I guess the British Library in my town did organize Book Read session last week to support Banned Books week. Kidsfreesouls, every year support the Banned Books and You can find Videos on Banned Book Week in Kidsfreesouls You Tube. Find the books Top 10 books banned in 2007 and Top 100 Books banned from 1990-2000. Find ideas on How to Celebrate Banned Books week and promote the Read, speak, know banned books mostly Sex, profanity and racism, frequently challenged to protect children. However, this remains more hazardous far greater than exposure to the evil but sometimes, reading is freedom and the challenged book may be reflecting the real true picture.

Watch as Chad, Rustle, and Mooch misinterpret the meaning of Banned Books Wekk and Herb comes to the resue in a video on Kidsfreesouls You Tub

More than the book, the Banned Book Day is now challenged. ALA marked the 25th anniversary earlier of Banned Books Day and every year, it's storehouse of information on it's website. Its your ticket to freedom. Freedom to read the books that you missed out.

Find some of the banned books here of 2008 and it will surprise you to find Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and Harry Potter in the list as it continues to be under banned books for 2009 too.

For the 2009 Banned Books, here is A-Z Books List for download 2009 Banned Books list.

This year, 'And Tango Makes Three' by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell is banned and becomes an Bestseller. The challenged book has a positive effect as it ranks top in demand. It is a children's picture book based on the true story of a zookeeper at a New York zoo, who spotted two of his male penguins attempting to hatch a stone, and "realises that it may be time for Roy and Silo to become parents for real". A story of lovable penguins with homosexual storyline according to ALA.

Lee Harper's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is objected by a reader as it speaks on how blacks are treated by members of a racist white community in an Alabama town during depression. He feared the black children would be upset reading the book. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Folleth and from Oprah's Book Club is banned from High school English class due to rape scenes and explicit sex.

Interesting is a challenged book 'A Girl's Life Online' by Katherine Tarbox. A school in Baldwinsville in NY challenged this book because of graphics language. The cautionary tale about Internet safety is one of the five books students could select for the contemporary Literature class unit on teenage struggles.

is one of the five books students could select for the contemporary Literature class unit on teenage struggles.

Well, Get-set-ready to read Books - Encourage Reading and celebrate Freedom. Make the Banned Books Project and dive into the ocean of knowledge. Enjoy!

- ilaxi patel
Newspaper for kids
Author of Guardian of Angels