"Grandfather was not one for riddles...but he was one for stories..."

—Grandfather Gandhi

Connecting 4 Literacy

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In January 2015, Bethany Hegedus will be sharing Grandfather Gandhi and participating in the Connect 4 Literacy grant between several AISD schools and the Austin Public Library. This is a grant funded through the Central Texas Library System to promote literacy and partnerships between schools and public libraries to increase literacy levels of students.

These programs are not open to the public but rather are an intimate gathering with students to promote a love of learning and reading with their school community. Exact dates of the author visits appear under the Appearances page on this website.

Bethany, Arun Gandhi, and Evan Turk are truly honored that the Austin Public Library has chosen their picture book Grandfather Gandhi.

Shine on and Live as Light!

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Lessons on Peace In Round Rock

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in School Visits | 0 comments


“The purpose of the book was to take the message of peace to people around the world,” Gandhi said. “The world is filled with strife, and if I don’t do something, the world could be totally decimated. This is a small attempt to make a change.”

Rad more about Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus’ school visit in Round Rock here.

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Sommer Elementary Welcomes Grandfather Gandhi

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in School Visits | 0 comments

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“We welcomed Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and Bethany Hegedus, local Austin, Texas author, to our campus to present their joint effort, Grandfather Gandhi.  They were able to share their book with all of our students in three sessions today.  Students, parents, and staff were treated to readings and discussion of this wonderful picture book, which was just announced as a 2015-2016 Bluebonnet Award Nominee this past weekend at the Texas Book Festival.  Mr. Gandhi shared stories of his time with Mahatma Gandhi and his experiences growing up in South Africa and India, relating them to the work he does today to eradicate poverty and injustice.  The students were encouraged to be peacemakers and bring positive change to the world in their lifetimes.” —Sommer Elementary School

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Arun Gandhi Visits Austin Gandhi Mosaic

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Mahatma Gandhi | 0 comments

Mosaic Artist Stefanie Distefano and Arun Gandhi

Mosaic Artist Stefanie Distefano and Arun Gandhi

While visiting Austin, Texas for the Texas Books Festival, Arun Gandhi and his co-author Bethany Hegedus met mosaic artist Stefanie Distefano and visited her mosaic of Mahatma Gandhi.  The authors were honored that the piece had the final line of Grandfather Gandhi worked into the stunning design!

Here is a documentary on the Payphone Revival Project that the piece was created for…

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Gandhi Brings Book’s Message to Ferguson

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Schools to Celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

GG LLL BadgeOctober 2, 2014 marks the 145th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. Schools over the United States will be reading the Grandfather Gandhi “Live Your Life as Light” Pledge over morning announcements to celebrate his contributions to the world.

Schools may print a copy for each student (Color PDF) to sign below and/or visit this page to tell the world that their classroom has taken the pledge as a whole.

I pledge to listen to my anger, to see what it has to teach me.
I pledge to not bully or cause harm, with words or with weapons.
I pledge to look for the light, to see it in every situation.
I pledge to find my own unique tools and talents.
I pledge to forgive myself and others. I pledge to live my life as light.


Other schools will be celebrating using the other classroom and library tools created for the book Grandfather Gandhi.

Introduce the book with this short video produced by the book’s illustrator, Evan Turk and featuring the voices of authors Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus.
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The Grandfather Gandhi Readers Theater Script (Word Doc) covers the entirety of the book and is divided into six roles plus a chorus.
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Explore the Educator’s Guide for Grandfather Gandhi (created by Simon & Schuster) including:

  • Background information on Mahatma Gandhi
  • Discussion questions including a Decision Tree
  • Vocabulary
  • Nonfiction text features
  • How illustration informs the text
  • Writing exercises
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Watch an interview with authors Arun Gandhi, Bethany Hegedus, and illustrator Evan Turk.  (A video from Bethany Hegedus and Arun Gandhi about the book and the AISD program will be available by January 1, 2015.)
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With the Grandfather Gandhi Spinning Wheel Activity (B&W PDF) students can experience a hands-on activity that mimics the working of Gandhi’s spinning wheel.  The soothing humming of the spinning wheel allows students time to consider the choice of lightning or lamp. 
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