Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Find Our Books at the Chennai Book Fair

Isn't January a fantastic month? We love this month because of the several book fairs that happen across the country. We are currently at the New Delhi World Book Fair and you can also find our books at the Chennai Book Fair! The 41st Chennai Book Fair will be held between January 10 and 22, 2018. 

Look our for our popular books as well as our new books at :
Date : 10th - 22nd January, 2018
Time : 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on holidays and from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays.
Stall : The Eureka Books Stall (Stall no.305/306)
Venue : St. George's Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School (Opp Pachaiyappa's College), Aminjikarai, Chennai.

See you at there!

Nurturing Empathy Through Stories

Growing up can be tricky business. Children have to contend with peer pressure, inflated competition in schools, articulating their emotions, and building confidence. The academic and social challenges can be unrelenting, and often lead to feelings of isolation, inadequacy and low self-esteem. For long, parents and teachers assumed that dealing with these feelings depended on temperament and personality, and that all children would pick these skills up eventually, as a part of growing up. However, with studies, emotional intelligence has emerged as a valuable way of working through these obstacles in a healthy manner.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognise and react to one’s own feelings and emotions, and also empathise with what others are going through. It’s our capacity to relate to and communicate with others using emotions. While we are all born with varying levels of emotional intelligence, the good news is that it is not a static number, and can be worked upon.

Being exposed to opportunities that allow you to express your feelings, and learning to speak in ways that ensure that everyone will hear you, works better when it is taught from an early age. “Something we now know, from doing dozens of studies, is that emotions can either enhance or hinder your ability to learn,” says Marc Brakett, a senior research scientist in psychology at Yale University. As a result, schools around the world have begun to incorporate social-emotional learning to develop children into healthier and happier adults. Not only has heightened emotional intelligence been a trait of successful and social adults, but it has also shown strong links to financial earnings, though the two were previously thought as being completely unrelated.

Teaching children to name their feelings, and creating strategies to deal with those different feelings is a good way to develop emotional intelligence in children. Asking children to identify the feelings of other people and places (“How does this place make you feel?”, “Does this place feel peaceful to you?”, etc.) is another way of helping children become more aware of their emotions, and understand how to respond to them.

At Pratham Books, we believe that books can also serve as a great way of nurturing empathy in children. Some of the books that have recently been developed at Pratham Books, keeping in mind the value of emotional intelligence are -

1. A Helping Hand by Payal Dhar and Vartika Sharma

There's a new girl in class and our teacher has asked me to be her friend and show her around. But I'm not sure I want to - she's... not like the rest of us! A fascinating tale of friendship and fitting in, which tells its story through letters. 

2. Reeti and Mithu by Anupa Lal and Soumya Menon

Reeti's holidays have begun, but she isn't happy. She doesn't like holidays because she misses being with her friends. One day she gets a pet - Mithu, the talking parrot. Does Mithu become her new best friend? Read this heartwarming story of friendship to find out!

3. Angry Akku by Vinayak Varma

Akku is having an awful day and it’s making her very, VERY angry. Read this book to find out how Akku's anger melts away, and get ideas on what to do when YOU are very, VERY angry. 

4. Kalpana’s Cycle by Sowmya Rajendran and Kabini Amin

Kalpana is learning to cycle, but it isn’t easy at all! She falls over and over again, even hurting herself. Does she finally learn to cycle? Does she give up? A heartwarming story about the importance of trying.

The titles mentioned above are available for free in multiple languages on StoryWeaver, and are also available for sale in our e-store.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Join Us at the New Delhi World Book Fair

Folks in Delhi : Start the new year by adding some new books to your book collection. Pratham Books will be at the New Delhi World Book Fair. Come along and find your favourite Pratham Books titles at :

New Delhi World Book Fair
Hall No.H7F-H, Stall No.167
6th - 14th January, 2018
11 am - 8 pm
Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

We will also be hosting two events during the book fair :

12th January : Storytelling session by Rohini Vij, between 11 am - 1 pm.

13th January : Storytelling session by Rituparna Ghosh from Your Story Bag, between 11 am - 1 pm.

The sessions will be held at Children’s Pavilion, near Hall No 7. 

Note : several different sessions by other publishers will also be happening during this time period. So, you may just catch more than a few sessions. What fun, no?

See you at the New Delhi World Book Fair!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Six of our stories in Braille, on World Braille Day

We love receiving books. Yesterday, when we received two copies of a book developed by our friends at Pratham Education Foundation, we were quite thrilled. We looked at them, and ran our hands over the pages. You see, they had come right in time for us to celebrate World Braille Day on January 4, the birthday of French educator and Braille inventor, Louis Braille.

Developed  as a library project to make accessible material for children with disability, the book carries six stories published by Pratham Books: 

Louis Braille created the Braille system because he loved to read. Thanks to him, and to the funding organization CBM, Pratham Education Foundation will be able to take our stories to over 100 libraries in Maharshtra and Madhya Pradesh.

The book is not available for sale now, but the non-Braille books are available as print books. They can be read for free in English here:  Cheep Cheep Drip Drip, Bunty and Bubbly, Goloo the Circle, Avani and the Pea Plant, Anaya's Thumb, and The Timid Train. 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Pratham Books is Hiring : Manager: Strategy & Insights

Update : This position has been filled and the posting is closed.

Pratham Books is a not-for-profit children's book publisher that was set up in 2004 to publish good quality, affordable books in many Indian languages. Our mission is to see ‘a book in every child’s hand’ and we have spread the joy of reading to millions of children in India.

In the last 3 years, we have increased our impact by investing deeply in technology based initiatives to further our mission. We are now looking to hire a Manager: Strategy & Insights to help develop innovative strategies as we scale up these initiatives.

Illustration : Thea Nicole de Klerk, CC-BY 4.0 licensed,
From the book 'Springloaded' published by Book Dash 

About the Project :

StoryWeaver is a digital platform that hosts children’s stories in multiple Indian and international languages, so that children have access to reading resources in their mother tongues to learn and practice reading. All the stories are available under open licences and not only can they be read for free, they can also be translated or versioned, using simple tools embedded on the platform. In 2 years, StoryWeaver has grown from 800 stories in 24 languages to 6500 stories in 104 languages. We have built a robust global community that uses our content as well as contributed to creating more content on the platform. 

StoryWeaver is being recognized as an emerging innovation that can transform the early literacy reader ecosystem globally. Recently, StoryWeaver was featured in the World Bank's report on 20 innovative EdTech projects from around the world, and was also the recipient of the prestigious Library of Congress Literacy Award 2017 International Prize. Our vision is for StoryWeaver to be the largest multilingual open library in the world for children by creating a collaborative publishing model that can address the scarcity of reading resources in their mother tongue languages. 

Job Description

This position will work closely with the senior leadership to understand and shape the strategic direction StoryWeaver. There will be significant opportunities for innovation, working closely with internal and external stakeholders to further develop, nurture and scale a world-class digital platform that is redefining the way reading resources can be created and distributed globally. In a 2 year time-frame, the project outcomes are expected to scale by 10x and this position will play an important role in helping the organization meet this objective. 

Key Responsibilities:
  • Work closely with the internal teams to design strategies to implement the StoryWeaver’s strategic and operational plans
  • Align processes and resource-planning with overall strategy
  • Develop plans to materialize strategy and analyze strategic partnership opportunities
  • Track and monitor user trends and usage data to develop insights that will drive future product enhancements 
  • Monitor and analyze industry trends and market changes
  • Masters in Business Administration, Marketing or a related field
  • Proven experience as a Strategic Planner or Business Consultant
  • Understanding of market research and data analysis
  • Knowledge of business operations and procedures
  • Demonstrable strategic thinking abilities
  • Analytical mind with problem-solving attitude
  • Excellent organization skills 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English 
  • Sophisticated ICT skills 
  • Willing to travel to all project locations
  • 6-8 years of experience 
Nice to have but not mandatory:
  • Experience working with non-profits
  • BTech/MSc/MCA degree in Computer Science or related disciplines will be a plus
Location: Position is based out of Bangalore and is full-time. Project is expected to complete within a 2 year time-frame.

Salary: Compensation will be commensurate with experience. 

Write to us: Email your resume with 'Manager: Strategy & Insights' in the subject line to careers@prathambooks.org

Friday, December 15, 2017

Pratham Books is Hiring : HR Generalist

Pratham Books is a not-for-profit children’s book publisher with a mission to 'a book in every child’s hands’.’ The key objective is to publish good quality, affordable storybooks in multiple Indian languages and spread the joy of reading to millions of children in India. In the last decade, Pratham Books has published over 375+ original titles in 20 Indian languages, which total up to about 2500+ books. We saw open licensing of our content as an opportunity to scale up enormously, but flexibly, in a way that would serve our mission. StoryWeaver is an initiative from Pratham Books. It is an open source, digital repository of multilingual children’s stories. The platform hosts 6000+ books in 100+ languages. All the stories are available under Creative Common license, which allows users to read, download or print and use all the stories for free.

We are looking for a full-time, HR Generalist. The position is based in Bengaluru.

Job responsibilities:

As a HR Generalist you will be responsible for the entire HR operations, including hiring process coordination, implementation of employee policies and compliance related follow ups. This position reports to the CEO.

Here is a list of some of the main responsibilities (but not limited to):
• Be the one-point contact for all HR administration related activities at PB. Help employees with queries related to HR policies and processes.
• Take ownership of the end to end hiring process for all positions and collaborate with the leadership, function heads to ensure results.
• Administer compensation, benefits and performance management process.
• Maintain required documentation for all employees and up to date employee data, employee insurance and other statutory benefits.
• Ensure organization’s compliance to local labor laws and statutory practices.
• Create positive employee experience for new as well as the exiting employees.
• Help new employees assimilate in to the organization.
• Conceptualize events that bring employees together and collaborate with admin and finance to organize events like Manthan.
• Manage internal communication related to HR issues.

Experience and Job competencies

Pratham Books is an organization driven by the mission and a strong purpose of improving the world of children, especially of those who are under provided. As a Human Resource Generalist, you will need skills and values that align to an environment that is creative, passionate, diverse and inclusive.

Here is a list of skills and knowledge required for the job:
• Communication skills for building open and trusting work environments.
• Experience of working as an ‘Individual Contributor’ without close supervision and collaborating with various teams to achieve results.
• Understanding the end to end hiring process and experience of closing positions within expected timeframe.
• Understanding of compliance and statutory requirements.
• Using, adopting and deploying technology relevant to the function.
• Using data regularly to support decisions making process related to employee policies and issues.
• Working with geographically distributed teams.
• Basic Computer knowledge.

Interested candidates are requested to send in their resume to careers@prathambooks.org with 'HR Generalist'  in the subject line of the email.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Pratham Books is Hiring : Editorial Assistant

Pratham Books is looking for an Editorial Assistant to join the StoryWeaver team!

As the stories on StoryWeaver (https://storyweaver.org.in/) are travelling further, we need more hands on board!

StoryWeaver is a digital repository of openly-licensed, multilingual children's stories. A Pratham Books' initiative, StoryWeaver allows its users to read, create and translate stories into many, many Indian and international languages in the hope that children across the world can read quality stories in languages of their choice.

Currently, we're looking for a full-time, Editorial Assistant to join our Digital Team in Bangalore.

The editorial assistant will be required to perform administrative and editorial tasks to ensure the production process runs smoothly. The candidate will be responsible for:
  • Managing freelancers -- including handling contracts, sending out invoices and delivering complimentary copies of the books
  • Working with the editorial and design team to adapt books to the digital platform
  • Resource management of the team

Pratham Books is a not-for-profit children’s books publisher. Pratham Books’ StoryWeaver is a digital repository of openly-licensed, multilingual children’s stories.

Required skills
  • One year of administrative experience
  • Excellent command over the English Language
  • Efficient in terms of task management
  • A people’s person and a team player
  • Highly organised and ability to multitask
  • Knowledge of design software is a plus
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please send your resume to storyweaver@prathambooks.org with ‘Editorial Assistant’ in the subject line of the email.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

When Books Travel...

Over the course of the year, our books have been travelling across the country. Pratham Books' Donate-a-Book platform has enabled organizations, schools as well as individuals to raise funds for children they work with. It is always heartwarming to see the places our books land in - thanks to the efforts of passionate educators and citizens like these. And this wouldn't be possible with the generous contributions made by the people who believe in the power of books! Take a look at where our books have travelled to recently.

Sidrah started a campaign to get books for 'Lakshya Ek Behtar Samaaj'- an organization in Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) that supports children of manual scavengers.

Fulfilling to meet the very driven Ranjesh Singh who works with children of manual scavengers in Baba ka Purwa,Lucknow. So grateful to hv the opportunity to mentor him and support these talented children. pic.twitter.com/NoAL1I0ILu


A Zilla Parishad school in Bhoodan Pochampally (Telangana) now has several English books thanks to the campaign run by Shirisha (an educator at the school).

Reading hour in Anantpur, Andhra Pradesh - courtesy the campaign run by Rayalaseema Development Trust

Books at a brand new library in Ladakh. The books are now part of the Himalayan Reading program that Sharmila (the campaigner) wanted to start.


If you find yourself at Oblapuram village in Andhra Pradesh, do keep an eye out for our books. The campaign by Adarsh Seva Samithi was partially funded and were the first story books to reach the kids they work with.


The campaign started by The Gerry Martin Project sought to source books for two rural schools. This picture is from a Bookmaking workshop at a school in Rathnapuri, Karnataka.


By making a small donation to a campaign on Donate-a-Book, not only do our books travel, but kids also travel to new worlds and spaces through these books. 

Can you Donate-a-Book today?