Monday, August 24, 2015

Animated Dutch, French and Gujarati Versions of Our Books

We absolutely enjoy seeing the animated versions that Bookbox creates with our books. We found three more versions of our books - in Dutch, French and Gujarati!

Other videos that you can watch from the Little BookBoxers' series : 
The Moon and the Cap (English), Bunty and Bubbly (English), Vayu, the Wind (English), Vayu, the Wind(French), Too Much Noise (English), The Moon and the Cap (Dutch), The Moon and the Cap (Marathi), Bunty and Bubbly (Spanish), Too Many Bananas (English)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Under the Aaladamaraa : International Storytelling Festival

Kathai Kalatta in association with the Bangalore Storytelling Society present the Bangalore Chapter of the Storytelling Festival titled, "Under The Aaladamaraa". The Bangalore edition takes place from 28th-30th August, 2015. 
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This year our international tellers are all set to entertain and train both children and adults from different walks of life with stories, puppetry, ventriloquism and a couple of catchy tunes. There are exciting workshops in store for teachers, parents and the corporate community. 

Head to the website for more details on the storytellers. You can also follow all the action on their Facebook page and don't forget to book your tickets before they are sold out!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Books for Delhi Metro Riders

More good news for those who use the Delhi Metro.

Via Business Standard

With an aim to promote Indian literature among the masses, the Sahitya Akademi today threw open its second Delhi Metro outlet at the Vishwavidyalaya station, close to Delhi University's North Campus. 

Another such bookstall, as part of a joint initiative by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and Sahitya Akademy, is already functional at the Kashmere Gate station.

"The idea of this initiative is to promote Indian literature by providing quality books in Indian languages published by the Akademy and also to cultivate reading habits among Metro commuters and employees," a DMRC statement said.

Image Credit : Stefano Corso/ pensiero

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Leading Reading Schools of India Award

Young India Books has announced their nationwide search for the 5 Leading Reading Schools of India for the year 2016. 3 of our books are also on the recommended reading list (The Scarecrows on Parade, Veeru Goes to the Circus, Wildlife in a City Pond).

Via Young India Books
What is the LRSI Award?

The Leading Reading School Award is an annual award programme initiated by Young India Books to applaud and recognise the five leading schools of India for their exemplary work in instilling a love for reading in their students. 
What do the schools have to do?Participating schools will have to register ONLINE Without school registration students will not be able to participate.
A staff member, preferably the librarian, has to be appointed to be in charge of the event. 
Who can participate in this competition?
  • LRSIA is open to children of all schools, libraries and book clubs.
  • There is a participation fee of Rs.100/- per child.
  • The Competition is open in three categories: Primary (Grades I to 3), Middle (Grades 4 to 6), Secondary (Grades 7 to 10)
What are the awards to be won?
The 5 Leading Reading Schools of India Award
  • A Trophy
  • A Citation
  • A Hamper of Books 
The most outstanding review
  • A Kindle 
3 Student Awards in each category
  • A certificate from YIB
  • A Crossword store gift voucher
  • An opportunity to become a reviewer for Young India Books
Children’s Choice Award for the book most preferred by the students. 
What is the Children’s Choice Award?
Children’s Choice Award is a biennial award that has been initiated by Young India Books in which children get to select the book for the award. 
Head here for more details about registrations, procedures, etc.

As Books Made Their Way to Deepalaya Community Library in Sheikh Sarai...

Deepalaya Community Library's campaign for fundraising for books on Donate-a-Book was a roaring success. They had received 100% funding just half-way through their campaign period and we couldn't be happier! Pronto multiple boxes of English and Hindi books were delivered to them (of their choice of course). They recently wrote back about their experience on Donate-a-Book and what happened when the books reached them. :-)

Read on ...

Deepalaya Community Library serves the residents of the Sheikh Sarai and surrounding neighbourhoods with a collection of 3000 plus books and a volunteer and member run Reading Project, which is an effort to read aloud to children.

Plan for the books received:
It is not enough for us to make sure the members of our community have access to books; we want people in communities everywhere to have access to books. Some time ago the children who serve on our Library’s Student Council decided with the help of adult volunteers to gather books and plan for a second library in a community with little access to books. The second Deepalaya library is currently under construction in the Sanjay Colony Deepalaya School. Some of the Pratham books from the donate a book fund drive are for the new library in Sanjay Colony.

Arrival of Books:

The books arrived in the Deepalaya Library in Sheikh Sarai a couple weeks ago. It was very exciting for Student Council members to see the visible result of the online fundraising campaign. Children exclaimed over the sheer number of boxes that when stacked up on the library floor formed a pillar of sorts. Later on we opened the boxes and spent a Saturday sorting through the books and reboxing the ones for Sanjay Colony. 

On Tuesday, August 4, seven library members - Sumit, Sahil, Ritika, Amrita, Nunihar, Shivani and Simpy - delivered the boxes of books meant for the children of Sanjay Colony to their new library space. There was a small ceremony to mark the reception of the books. Each child from the Sheikh Sarai library handed a book to the Principal of Deepalaya Sanjay Colony, Ms Shikha Pal, and spoke about their experience of growing to love reading. They urged their peers in Sanjay Colony to read and enjoy books. They concluded by asking the children of Sanjay Colony to in their turn build a library for children elsewhere.

We really enjoyed being a part of the campaign. we found the team that managed the campaign was very responsive to our questions and concerns.

-Team Deepalaya Community Library and Reading Project

A student council member shares his love for reading with the audience present.
Donate-a-Book is a unique crowdfunding platform for children's books. Support other campaigns like Deepalaya Community Library get more books in multiple Indian languages here.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Freedom is... Being Able to Choose a Storybook in My Language!

Freedom means many things to many people. Our freedom fighters brought us freedom from foreign rule and every day good Samaritans across the world are fighting for all the little freedoms that matter to people. Malala Yousafzai is an excellent example of this struggle for freedom, for children of the world to have a right and a chance at education.

Pratham Books started as a multilingual publisher to give a choice to Indian children to pick a book in languages they understand and are most comfortable in. Year on year, we publish books in about 16 languages so that a child in Odisha has the same choice of stories as a child in Punjab or Karnataka.

Every child deserves a good book to read, and deserves to read in a language she loves and understands. We call this - #FreedomtoRead.

So this year, we decided to celebrate the #FreedomtoRead in our own way. We have set up seven language-focused campaigns on our crowd-funding website, Donate-a-Book. Seven non-profit organizations/free schools from different parts of the country have been chosen as beneficiaries for this campaign. With the funds raised, books will be donated to these beneficiary organisations as library packs or as gift sets to children. The idea is to add more books to existing libraries as well as giving children the joy of book ownership, a book they call their own and keep going back to :-)
All the books up for funding are in Indian languages to encourage children to read in their mother tongues.

We can democratize the joy of reading storybooks in one’s language with YOUR support!

Help books in Marathi, Bengali, Odia, Kannada, Gujarati, Telugu and Urdu reach these small schools and libraries and the children who are waiting to read more. Choose a language YOU love and lend it your support.

You can pick up campaigns from here:
  • Books in BENGALI are reaching the library of CESR Education centers in Purulia, West Bengal.
  • Books in ODIA are going all the way to Bhubneshwar to the hands of children via our NGO partner, Shikshasadan.
  • URDU Books are landing in the laps of little children from the learning centers of Azad India Foundation in Kishanganj, Bihar.
  • MARATHI Books will be a part of the library in the Late Malti Bai Joshi School in the coastal town of Ratnagiri, Maharashtra.

  • Children from Brighton Gujarati School in Ahmedabad will experience the joy of owning GUJARATI Books.

  • Books in KANNADA will undertake a journey to the town of Harabole in Karantaka to be owned by children from R C Educational Institute.
  • A Govt school library in Vishakhapatnam will get new TELUGU Books via our NGO partner, Srujanavani.

Let’s make #FreedomtoRead a reality together!

Coimbatore Book Festival

Something for our friends in Coimbatore to look forward to.

Via Business Standard

Over one lakh books covering almost all subjects will be showcased at Coimbatore Book Festival 2015, beginning here from August 14.

The 10-day Festival will have the participation of more than 100 Publishing Houses from all over Tamil Nadu and also from New Delhi and Bengaluru, who will put up 150 stalls, K S Pugalendi, secretary, Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India-BAPASI-, the organisors, told reprorters here today.

E Ponnusamy, President, Coimbatore District Small Industries Association (CODISSIA), the joint organisors, said that the main purpose of the festival was to revive the good old habit of book reading among the masses and more especially among the younger generation, considering the marked decline in book reading habit with the advent of electronic gadgets.

Read the entire article.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Calling Kannada and Telugu Copy Editors

Pratham Books is looking for sharp Kannada and Telugu copy editors. The work includes reading and reviewing of new manuscripts in these languages, translation from English, reviewing translations, proofing copy at the layout and print stage, and writing copy for press notes, catalogues and promotional material. 

While the vacancy if for full-time positions in our Bengaluru office, part-time option can be considered for the right candidates.

Preferred Requirements:
  • Excellent Communication skills in written Kannada, or Telugu.
  • Decent knowledge of written English 
  • Understanding of children's literature and use of appropriate child-friendly language
  • Understanding of translation as a literary enterprise 
  • Sharp eye to check copy
  • Proof checking skills 
  • Ability to write copy for promotional material
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to work as a team member and observe deadlines 

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please send your resume and sample of work to with 'Language Editor – and your name' in the subject line of the email.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Libraries That Are Bringing Kids Back to Reading

Sayoni Basu shares a list of 7 libraries that are 'quietly bringing children back to reading'. Happy to spot so many familiar names - people we work with, #PBChamps and more...

There are some chain libraries that have been doing stellar work in bringing books to kids and adults, like the Eloor Libraries and Just Books. Alongside these, there also some small libraries that have been trying to bring to children that experience of wonder and joy of being surrounded by books – and of being able to find a new book to read.
Reading Caterpillar, Delhi
The Reading Caterpillar started in 2009. Founder Rabani Garg had felt a lack of children’s reading spaces in Delhi and she met other parents, teachers and writers who talked about the need for such a space. “We started a small community of parents and would meet with our children and read to them. Reading Caterpillar was born out of a need for a library for young children. And a belief that it had to be an interactive space that would bring children, parents, book lovers and people who work in this field together. Authors, illustrators, parents, artists are all an integral part of Reading Caterpillar.” 
“We like to call it a library, book haven and studio! We pretty much squeeze in all book-related activities. It is a book-lending library, a reading space – drop ins are welcome – a book club for different age groups, a book hospital, an artist space. We love book launches, workshops and readings with authors and artists.” 
The Reading Room, BangaloreMy Little Chatterbox started in 2012 to help parents raise readers. The Reading Room, which is the library arm of this venture, started in June 2015.  
Falak Randerian, the founder, wanted to “build a space where kids can come and fall in love with books.” With physical bookstores disappearing and very few libraries, many kids do not have the experience of being physically surrounded by lots of books. “We wanted to do whatever little we could to bring that experience back.” 
The book club, My Little Chatterbox, continues in this new avatar. There is also a book hospital, where members are invited to take care of books which need their help. “We are also looking at hosting author read-alouds and book launches.”
Read about the other libraries and the awesome work they are doing.