Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sleepless, And Full of Stories

A candid telephonic interview with Yasaswini Sampathkumar, author of 'Kottavi Raja and his Sleepy Kingdom' (published by Pratham Books), reveals the woman behind the story that is spreading its wings across the country today. The story was chosen for this year's 'One Day, One Story' campaign and will be read by 5700+ #PBChamps across India and the world. Chetana Divya Vasudev shares more...

A couple of years ago, Yasaswini Sampathkumar was coping with sleeplessness -- her six-month-old refused to sleep through the night.

Suggestions poured in from all quarters. Feed him a certain concoction, rock him to sleep at a particular angle. You, a storyteller, are having trouble? Tsk, tsk, try soft music. Or a walk?


She hasn't found a sure-shot solution yet. But a year ago she gave in to wishful thinking, and the nocturnal protagonist of her Kottavi Raja and His Sleepy Kingdom, inspired by her son, found relief in the end. (Oops, belated spoiler alert!)

"I'm still waiting for that day," says the former molecular biologist.

The book has been chosen for our annual storytelling campaign -- Season Six of One Day, One Story. On September 9, volunteers, or #PBChamps as we call them, will bring Kottavi Raja alive for children across the country and overseas. Through storytelling, read-aloud sessions or other activities and games.


This campaign strives to make children fall in love with reading. Yasaswini participated in this initiative in 2015, when she took Umesh P N's The Boy and the Drum to children in and around IIT Guwahati, where she lives.

She has loved writing for as long as she can remember. Once her son was born, she had less time to call her own. But, unexpectedly, she made time to write more.

"Earlier, when inspiration struck, I'd put off writing. But once he was around, taking up nearly all my time, if I thought of something while rocking him to sleep, I knew I'd have to write when he was napping," she recounts. "If I didn't, it would never happen."

But she missed telling stories; she used to teach English to children from neighbouring areas and stories were a big part of her classes. But with the baby, she didn't get to go out much.

So when she heard of the #PBChamps programme, she was in two minds. ‘What if my son needs me,’ was her first thought.

She signed up anyway. "I told myself those two hours of storytelling, whatever happens, would be mine," she recalls.

She found it was very rewarding. “I told the story in English, after which a parent took the Marathi translation home to read to her children.”

How does it feel, now that her book has been chosen for this year's campaign? Truly unreal, she says. Yasaswini is ecstatic, almost incredulous, about how many people have signed up to be champs. "I'm really, really, really thrilled that a story I wrote in a moment of frustration with my son's sleeping habits has been translated into so many regional languages," she adds.


"When I sent out my manuscript (Kottavi Raja...), there was some initial interest. Then I thought it had died down. For so long, I thought my book wouldn’t see the light of day," she reflects.

Hearing that she'd see it in print was a dream come true, and that it has been chosen for the campaign has only made her happier. September 9 is special to her on two counts: the fact that her story will be told and retold across the country and beyond its borders, and because her son turns three. Her family is planning to celebrate the occasion with children in IIT Guwahati, where she lives, with stories -- including Kottavi Raja... -- in several languages.

"It's so great to even talk about children's books, I rarely get to do that," she confides. "It's such a wonderful world."

David Shannon's No David and Rani's First Day of School by Cheryl Rao feature among her favourites.

She wishes more adults would read children’s books because "they cut the crap and are very clever in a way books for adults are not". And read them to remember what it's like to be a child. Her stories try to do that.

"A lot of my ideas come from children, including the the one on the weight of air (a Pratham Books title in the works). That came from a class discussion where the children wanted to know why a balloon full of air doesn't fall faster to the ground than a balloon that hasn't been blown."

This is a STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) book. How do such books work in class?

"I don't think the stories and the lessons (that follow) have to be strongly connected," she offers.

When you begin a class with a story, no matter how unrelated, you have the children's attention, Yasaswini believes. "It's like telling them even though you're an adult, you can be fun."

While the children clearly enjoy most stories -- they even tell her some in return ('You know, ma'am, there's a chudail here...even though her feet touch the ground she's a chudail and she comes during the day too, so please let us go home early') -- most settings are rather alien to them.

Ask her if she thinks Kottavi Raja would have been different had a kid written it, and the line goes quiet. After a few seconds, she says, "I think he'd have been a lot more persistent." Like her son.

When she tells him it's time for bed, he responds with, 'But why Amma?', a question that has become an integral part of their lives.

"It usually goes like this: 'Come on, it's time for bed.'

'But why should I go to bed, Amma?'

'Because you've been running around all day and you must be tired.'

'But why am I tired, Amma?

'Because you've been up since six in the morning.'

'But why did I wake up that early, Amma?'"

"Sometimes, he asks about what he was before he was born!" And she’s struck dumb.

Yasaswini’s examples are endless and insightful in a way that only an empathetic observer's can be. Perhaps, each of these might become a book in it's own right. You never know.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Celebrating International Literacy Day with 5700+ Storytellers and 6300+ Sessions

Happy International Literacy Day!

This day is always very special for us. 6 years ago, we started the 'One Day, One Story'campaign. From 250+ volunteers, we have grown to a tribe of 5700+ volunteers!

Last month, when we sent out the registration form, it started filling up in no time. From an organization that asked us to send them a poster to invite more educators to the program to an organization that conducted a storytelling workshop for their teachers, from a new storyteller to one who was mobilizing a team of storytellers across Delhi, from government schools to international schools - the diversity of this year's program is exciting to see!

Champions have been preparing to share the story of  'Kottavi Raja and his Sleepy Kingdom' to children across the country. "How many champions?", you ask.


In the 6th edition, the 'One Day-One Story' campaign will see :

Sessions in 26 Languages
5700+ Champions
6300+ Storytelling Sessions
Thousands of children listening to stories

This year's chosen book is Kottavi Raja and his Sleepy Kingdom (written by Yasaswini Sampathkumar and illustrated by Henu). Kottavi Raja had trouble sleeping. Only at night. During the day, when his ministers discussed complex problems, he’d find himself nodding of f. He asked everyone for remedies. Nothing seemed to work. Until... Travel to Kottavi Raja’s land through this book and see what happened next.

Yasaswini Sampathkumar, the author, is ecstatic, almost incredulous, about how many people have signed up to be volunteers. "I'm really, really, really thrilled that a story I wrote in a moment of frustration with my son's sleeping habits has been translated into so many regional languages," she adds. September 9 is special to her on two counts: the fact that her story will be told and retold across the country and beyond its borders, and because her son turns three. Her family is planning to celebrate the occasion with children in IIT Guwahati, where she lives, with stories -- including Kottavi Raja... -- in several languages.

The story will also be narrated in 13 other countries. While the story is available in 5 languages, our sparkling community has translated the story in 13 new languages on StoryWeaver and the story is being told in around 26 languages. These translations include Indian languages like Surjapuri, Sanskrit, Konkani, Kumaoni, Urdu and international ones like Bahasa Indonesia and French.

A majority of this year's sessions are slotted to take place on 9th September (so that more people and children can participate). If you've just found out about our International Day celebrations, fret not! To conduct your own storytelling session, please register, download the book and share it with a child/children.

HOW TO BE A #PBCHAMP
  • Download the book in :English, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada and Odia. You can also access translations done by volunteer translators in  Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati, Sanskrit, Kumaoni, Surjapuri, Punjabi, Konkani, Bahasa Indonesia, French, Sinhala, Urdu.
  • If you are reading to younger children, you can use the re-levelled version in English and Marathi.. There is also an image-only version for those who may want to project the story.
  • Our friends at Radio Mirchi have recorded the books in English, Hindi, Kannada and Marathi. Click on the links to listen/download the stories. You can play the story out for an audience of children too.
  • Choose the place and time you want to conduct the session. Identify places where you can conduct this event in your city - A government school, an NGO, a library, a bookstore, a park, a train, your building...any place with regular kids footfalls. Approach the organization and explain the concept to them. Most of them will be happy to host you.
  • Prepare for your session. Read the book a few times. If you are reading to a younger age-group, see how you can tell the story without actually reading the book (to retain their attention).
  • You could also add an activity to your session. Take a look at the activity ideas we've shared this year.
  • After the session, send us a short write-up or send us some photos from the event and we will feature it on the champions blog. Mail us at champions(at)prathambooks(dot)org.
If you want to attend a session, we as well as some of our champions are conducting events that are open to the public. Check the full list here.

If you are sharing pictures/news about your event, please use the hashtag #PBChamps on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so that we and other champions can also follow your updates. You can:

Tweet us at @prathambooks
Find us on Facebook at : www.facebook.com/prathambooks
Say hi on Instagram at : @pratham.books (note : there is a dot between the two words)
Join Pratham Books and 5700+ storytellers in sharing the joy of stories.

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About the campaign :
At Pratham Books we have a dream, to see “A book in every child's hand”. We understand that to reach the 200 million + children in India is going to take a while. In the meantime, we decided to take 'One Day, One Story' campaign to as many children possible on a single day throughout the country.

This initiative is part of the Pratham Books' Champions program where we encourage our community of volunteers to conduct reading sessions. These sessions are conducted free of cost and mostly with children from under-served communities. The Pratham Books' Champions program is a one-of its kind volunteer program that has scaled to a national level with more and more volunteers wanting to join us in this movement.

A day of celebrations: StoryWeaver turns two this International Literacy Day



September is a special month for us at Pratham Books, especially September 8th! International Literacy Day, not only marks our annual storytelling event One Day, One Story, but it is also the day StoryWeaver was launched.

When we launched StoryWeaver, our goal was to create a participatory framework where content creators and users could collaborate with each other to create joyful reading material in multiple languages. We believed this would have a multiplier effect to address the scarcity of multilingual reading resources that exists in India.

The last two years have been an amazing journey. When StoryWeaver was launched, we offered 800 stories in 24 languages. Today, the platform is a buzzing hub of over 4700 in 87 languages. What makes StoryWeaver a truly special place though is our community. The authors, illustrators, translators, editors, art directors, teachers, librarians, literacy organisations and parents who are helping Pratham Books strive towards our mission of 'a book in every child's hand.'

It's the stories, videos and photographs from these passionate and committed folks that keep us going. Non-profits like Suchana and the Azad India Foundation, translating stories to tribal languages and dialects for the children they work with. Organisations like Pragat Shikshan Sanstha, Tamarind Tree and Akanksha curating reading lists and creating digital libraries for teachers and students. Edtech companies like mGuru who gamify our content for mobile learning apps, and Bookshare who are creating audio and braille books for print impared students. These are just a few examples of the amazing things openly licensing content can achieve. And how can we not mention the many individuals who are creating magic on the platform every day with the stories they create and translate?

To each of you who are a part of our community, a big, big, big THANK YOU!

Here's to more stories, in more languages, reaching more children!





Thursday, September 7, 2017

One Day, One Story : Public Events You Can Attend

For the 6th edition of ‘One Day-One Story’,thousands of #PBChamps will be conducting storytelling sessions across India and the world. The story chosen for this year is ‘Kottavi Raja and his Sleepy Kingdom’, written by Yasaswini Sampathkumar and illustrated by Henu Mehtani. This is the story of a king who has trouble sleeping at night, but is sleepy throughout the day.

We invite you to attend one of the public storytelling sessions and help Kottavi Raja have a good night's sleep!

The sessions are free!

Our flagship events are spread across 14 venues in 10 cities this year.

Details of flagship events by Pratham Books :

HYDERABAD
Champion : Shadab Ahmad
Venue : Focus School
Date and time : 7th September, 2.30 pm

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DELHI
Champion : Shefali Malhotra
Venue : Oxford BookStore, N-81, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Date and time : 8th September, 11 am - 12.30 pm

KOLKATA
Champion : Priyanka Chatterjee from Wild Strawberry
Venue : Starmark, Quest Mall, 33 Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Upper Basement, Kolkata
Date and time : 8th September, 4pm-5pm

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BENGALURU
Champion : Aparna Athreya
Venue : Atta Galatta, 134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru
Date and time : 9th September, 11 am - 12.30 pm

BHUBANESWAR
Champion : Sweta Mishra
Venue : Walking BookFairs, HIG-34, First Floor, Phase -1, Housing Board colony, Khandagiri, Near AMRI Hospital, Bhubaneswar. Phone: 8598013877
Date and time : 9th September, 5 pm onwards

Champion : Mahua Maharana
Venue :  Bakul Library16, Satyanagar, Bhubaneswar. Phone : 9238404040
Date and time : 9th September, 5 pm onwards

Champion : Aparajita Mohanty
Venue :  Bakul Library, Punjab Bhawan, 151, Prachi Encave, District Centre, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubanewar. Phone : 905180800
Date and time : 9th September, 5 pm onwards

CHENNAI
Champion : Pratham Education Foundation, Tamil Nadu
Venue : Kasi koil Kuppam Community Hall, Ennore High Road, Chennai. Landmark opp Sai Baba temple
Date and time : 9th September, 4 pm - 5 pm

COIMBATORE
Champion : Archana Dange
Venue : BookMark Library and Activity Centre, Old no.49, New No.20, KRK 2nd street layout, Krishnaswamynagar, Ramanathapuram, Coimbatore
Date and time : 9th September, 11.30 am - 12.30 pm

CUTTACK
Champion : Sonia Ratho
Venue : Ratha Enclave, near Biju Patnaik Square, Cuttack. Phone : 7008372418
Date and time : 9th September, 4 pm onwards

HYDERABAD
Champion : Story Arts India
Venue : Saptaparni, Plot No 21, Road No 8, Next to Kalpa School, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad
Date and time : 9th September, 11.30 am - 12.30 pm

MUMBAI (2 events)
Champion : Talking Turtles- Shreedevi and Deepa
Venue : Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, 91 A, Rani Baug, Veer Mata Jijbai Bhonsle Udyan, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marg, Byculla East,  Mumbai
Date and time : 9th September, 10.30 am - 11.30 am

Champion : Sitara Susheelan & Sarita Shetty
Venue : Kahaani Tree, Vakils, Feffer & Simons Pvt Ltd.,Industry Manor, Second Floor, Above J. K. Banquet Hall, A. Marathe Marg, Prabhadevi, Mumbai
Date and Time : 9th September, 4 pm - 5 pm

PUNE
Champion : Rupali Bhave
Venue : Aksharadhara Book Gallery, 1320,Sanas Plaza, Near Atre Hall Bajirao Road, Pune
Date and time : 9th September, 6 pm - 7 pm

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Our champions are also conducting several storytelling sessions (which are open to the public) happening over the next few days. Please check the list of all the public events you can attend. Click on the links below to get more details about the event.

(This list is being updated as and when we hear of new events. Please check back to see if there are any events happening in your city)

CHENNAI
Champion name: iloveread, event link
Venue: iloveread.in, No. 9, 4th Street, Venkateswara Nagar, Adyar, Chennai
Date and Time: 8 September, 5 pm - 6 pm

Champion name : Hands on Paper/ Roopika, event link
Venue : 23/2, Sreyas Apartments, Gilchrist Avenue, Chetpet, Chennai
Date and Time : 9th September, 10 am - 11 am

Champion : H.Banumathy , Fables N Tales
Venue : Ashok Nagar Circle Libray, No.16, 11th Avenue, Ashok Nagar, Chennai - 600 083
Date and Time : 10th September, 10.30 am

Champion : Jhoola Activity Centre, event link (registration required)
Venue : Jhoola Activity Centre, Nanganallur, Chennai
Date and Time : 9th September, 4 pm - 5 pm

BENGALURU
Champion :  Tal├ęscope, event link
Venue : Hippocampus Koramangala, 16th Main Road, Koramangala 3 Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru
Date : 9th September, 10.30 am - 11.30 am

Champion :  Tal├ęscope, event link
Venue :Unnati Library & Activity Centre, Near Yamare Bus Stop, Bengaluru
Date : 9th September, 3 pm - 4 pm

Champion : Snehadhara Foundation, event link
Venue :  Puttenahalli Lake, Near MLR Convention Hall, J P Nagar, 7th Phase, Bengaluru
Date : 9th September, 4.30 pm - 6 pm

Champion name : The Rabbit Hole, event link (registration required)
Venue : #2242, 23rd Cross, KR Road, BSK II Stage, Bangalore
Date and Time : 9th September, 6 pm - 7 pm

Champion name : Story Room/ Vitika Rastogi, event link
Venue : Renewal Bible College, BDA Layout, Lingarajapuram, BDA Layout, Lingarajapuram, Bengaluru
Date and Time : 10th September, 10.30 am

Champion name : Mud Pie Pre-School, event link
Venue : # 113, 2nd Cross, Chikka Abbaiah Reddy Layout, Balaji Road, Near St. Vincent Palloti Church, Banaswadi, Bengaluru
Date and Time : 26th September, 10.30 am - 11.30 am

DELHI
Champion name: Swechha India,  event link (you can also join as a volunteer)
Venue: R-84, Khidki Extention, Malviya Nagar, Delhi
Date and Time: 9 September, 9:30 am

GOA
Champion : Leonard Fernandes /Dogears (3 sessions)
Venue : The Dogears Bookshop, Near the Asian Paints Store (Close to Menezes Nursing Home), Margao, Goa. Phone : 9850398530
Date and time : 9th September, 10 am - 11 am, 11.15 am - 12.15 pm, 5 pm - 6 pm
Additional details : Ages 7+ years

GURGAON
Champion name : iloveread.in, event link (registration required)
Venue : Chalk Tree Preschool Sector 57, Gurgaon
Date and Time: 9th September, 11 am - 12 pm

Champion name: Bhavna Bhat and Richa Ingle Deo (you can also join as a volunteer)
Venue: Nai Kiran Universal School, 002/A, Ardee City Gate number 2, Near Residency, Sector 52, Gurgaon
Date and Time: 9 September, 11 am

Champion : Rakhi Iyer, Aniruddha, Khyati, Meher, Aashna and Dhatri
Venue : Soch, 483, Sector 27, Gurgaon. Phone : 9818112646
Date and Time:  13th September, 4.30 pm

NOIDA
Champion : Your Story Bag, event link (registration required)
Venue : Auditorium, Rayz International Preschool, B-452A, Sector-19, Noida
Date : 9th September, 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm

PUNE
Champion name: Anita Nagarajan,  event link
Venue: Waari Book Cafe, Next to Choice Swimming Pool, Near McDonalds, Karve Road, Near Karishma Chowk, Kothrud, Pune
Date and Time: 9 September , 11 am - 12 pm



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Pratham Books' StoryWeaver Receives the Prestigious Library of Congress Literacy Award 2017 International Prize



We are incredibly proud to share that Pratham Books has been awarded the prestigious Library of Congress Literacy Award 2017 International Prize for StoryWeaver. The International prize is awarded to an organization based outside the United States that has made a significant and measurable contribution towards increasing literacy levels.


The award was presented to Pratham Books Chairperson Suzanne Singh and R. Sriram by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein on September 1, 2017 at the Library of Congress National Book Festival gala.

Originated by Mr. Rubenstein in 2013, the Literacy Awards honor organizations working to promote literacy and reading in the United States and worldwide. The awards recognize groups doing exemplary, innovative and replicable work, and they spotlight the need for the global community to unite in striving for universal literacy.


Suzanne Singh and R. Sriram receive the award

Through StoryWeaver, Pratham Books has scaled up the creation of multilingual content for children, so that children have access to joyful reading material in a language they are fluent in. The platform has over 4500 stories in 84 languages, all available for free. By openly licensing all the content on StoryWeaver, and with the support of a passionate and invested community of authors, illustrators, translators, educators, librarians, non profits and parents we believe that StoryWeaver can be a driving force in realising our mission of ‘a book in every child’s hand’. 

Watch this short film on the Pratham Books journey.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Pratham Books is hiring a Project Assistant

At Pratham Books, we believe in the power of stories – good stories. For well over a decade we have strived hard to reach children across India with a variety of award-winning stories across 18 Indian languages. With our digital crowd-sourcing platform – StoryWeaver we now share the power of stories with a global community of educators, parents, authors, illustrators and translators.

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

We are looking to scale up content on StoryWeaver and add about 20,000 new stories by December 2019. In order to achieve this target we have several projects starting up and so we are currently, we're looking for a full-time, Project Assistant to join our Digital Team in Bangalore to help keep these projects on track.

As an Project Assistant at StoryWeaver, this is what will keep you busy:

  • Coordinate with and oversee external vendors to ensure timelines and quality.
  • Maintain databases and project file systems 
  • Coordinate with in house team and external vendors on tasks as per objectives
  • Co-ordinating with the administrative team for documentation, records and payments (contracts, work orders, etc)
  • Identifying open repositories/opportunities to bring more stories onto StoryWeaver
  • Support campaigns aimed at improving content and reach of StoryWeaver

Preferred Requirements

  • Degree in Literature/Journalism/Mass Communication/Media /Language 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills
  • 1-2 years of work experience; freshers may also apply
  • Ability to multi-task and coordinate between different stakeholders
  • Sharp eye for detail and the ability to work well under pressure
  • Tech-savvy 
  • Love for books and languages
  • Be a good team player 
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please send your resume to storyweaver@prathambooks.org with 'Project Assistant for StoryWeaver' in the subject line of the email.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Pratham Books is hiring: Junior Editorial Assistant

At Pratham Books, we believe in the power of stories – good stories. For well over a decade we have strived hard to reach children across India with a variety of award-winning stories across 18 Indian languages. With our digital crowd-sourcing platform – StoryWeaver we now share the power of stories with a global community of educators, parents, authors, illustrators and translators.

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

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

As a Junior Editorial Assistant at StoryWeaver, this is what will keep you busy:

  • Working with graphic designer to help design and adapt books and other content for StoryWeaver
  • Uploading books on StoryWeaver which involves tagging stories and images in a way that makes it accessible to users
  • Co-ordinating with the administrative team for documentation, records and payments (contracts, work orders, etc)
  • Identifying open repositories/opportunities to bring more stories onto StoryWeaver

Preferred Requirements
  • Degree in Literature/Journalism/Mass Communication/Media /Language 
  • Good communication skills in English 
  • 1-2 years of work experience; freshers may also apply
  • Ability to multi-task and coordinate between different stakeholders
  • Capable of working within a team and tight deadlines
  • Tech-savvy 
  • Sharp eye for copy 
  • Love for languages
  • Be a good team player 

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please send your resume to storyweaver@prathambooks.org with 'Junior Editorial Assistant for StoryWeaver' in the subject line of the email.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sunday Storytelling at Cubbon Park


Wondering what to do on the long weekend? We have an exciting Sunday planned for you at Cubbon Park this weekend! 

Pratham Books, in collaboration with The Hindu, brings to you a Sunday morning worth remembering. Come be a part of the Reading Zone inside Cubbon Park which has been set up as a part of the celebrations for the Cycle Day. 

While author Sudeshna Shome Ghosh narrates how Bey-asura’s cacophonic singing caused the earthquake, Janhavi Lakshminarayanan tells us about how Fatima befriended a dormouse and what happens when one man’s sneezing troubles the entire village! Three exciting stories to keep your little ones hooked for sure.

A story filled interesting morning for children of all ages!

Venue: Reading Zone (by The Hindu), Cubbon Park
Date: August 27, 2017 (Sunday)
Time: 08:00*-09:00 AM


* Be present at the venue by 7.45 AM.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Who is Ameena? Enter Our Illustration Contest Now!


Here’s your chance to illustrate a book for Pratham Books' StoryWeaver and get paid for it!

Some of us look at the word “tree” and doodle this:



And others conjure up something like this:





(Illustration by Archana Sreenivasan from 'Let's Go Seed Collecting')

or this:



(Illustration by Vinayak Varma from 'Jadav and the Tree Place')

If you belong to the second category, then this contest is right up your alley!

Who is Ameena?

We have got a fabulous story coming up - 'What is Ameena Upto?', written by Roopa Banerjee. It is a charming story about a girl called Ameena and the antics she gets up to when her family isn't looking. We know Ameena is a mischievous little girl with a big imagination. But what does she look like? What does her family and her home look like? All of that is up to you! This is your chance to illustrate a children’s book for Pratham Books StoryWeaver!

Here is an extract from the story ‘What is Ameena Upto?’

Everyone’s wondering what Ameena is up to on a sleepy Sunday afternoon. After all, where did the coconut shell, the paint, the buttons, and newspaper go?



What you have to do

We want you to draw Ameena! Upload your illustration on StoryWeaver by clicking on the button at the bottom of the page. Then send us a brief note at storyweaver@prathambooks.org telling us your vision and how you would illustrate this story. (You must send the vision note, otherwise your entry will not be considered valid.)

The contest will be judged by award-winning illustrator, art director, writer, editor and overall publishing rockstar, Vinayak Varma. If we like your Ameena and vision the most, you will be chosen to sign a contract with us. You will get two months to illustrate the whole book, which will be published by Pratham Books on StoryWeaver. And yes, it’s a paid contract.

This is a Level 1 story, which is for children who are eager to begin reading. This is how pages of level 1 books look:



(From 'What If?', written and illustrated by Hari Kumar Nair)

Contest Guidelines

  • The contest will run from August 9-23, 2017.
  • Please send your illustration notes to storyweaver@prathambooks.org.
  • Participants must be over the age of 17 to participate.
  • By submitting your original art work to 'Who is Ameena?' you are agreeing to a CC-BY license being applied to it (This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation). To know more about CC-BY, click here.
Format

  • Size of illustration: 11.17 inches (width) x 5.35 inches (height). This is the recommended size as it fits neatly into one of the templates on StoryWeaver. 
  • The illustrations should be high-res (150-300 dpi).
  • Format: JPEG
  • File size for each illustration: Between 2 to 4 MB; above 4 MB will slow down the upload process


For any queries, write to us at storyweaver@prathambooks.org!

Pratham Books is Hiring : Programme Manager

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. As a publisher serving every child in India, Pratham Books has always pushed the boundaries when it comes to exploring innovative ways in which to create access to joyful stories and have been fortunate in finding partners to collaborate with who share this vision.


The Role 
Pratham Books currently has multiple projects which are supported by various donors, for content development and dissemination. The role would involve project co-ordination, anchoring content dissemination, and support reporting and documentation. 

Programme Co ordination 
  • Co-ordination among teams for various projects 
  • Ensuring adherence of project modules to timelines
  • Ensuring project requirements for external resources such as interns or researchers are met in a timely manner 

Anchor content dissemination 
  • Anchor dissemination of content in print and digital formats for grant based commitments
  • For print books, streamline processes to identify beneficiaries of classroom libraries, aligned with the requirements of the donors. 
  • Co-ordinate with warehouse and CRM teams to ensure timely dispatch of the libraries. 
  • For digital books, ensure books are published on the online StoryWeaver platform within the timelines committed
Support documentation and reporting 
  • Streamline reporting processes and ensure deadlines are communicated to project team
  • Co-ordinating with teams to ensure timely submission of individual components of project reports
Market Research 
  • Oversee lead generation for the CSR and sales teams 
  • Work with CSR, sales and CRM teams to expand and update information related to analysis and research done 
This is a full-time position based in Bangalore, and would report to the CEO. 

Who should apply?
Candidates who:
  • Have at least 3-5 years experience
  • Can ideally start from 1st September,2017 onwards
  • Are committed and meet deadlines consistently 
  • Are self-starters, enthusiastic and have good people skills
  • Have basic computer skills – Word, XL, PPT 
  • Have a good working knowledge of English and Hindi. Knowledge of Kannada would be a bonus. 
Interested?
Please send your resume to careers@prathambooks.org with 'Programme Manager’ in the subject line of the email.

Illustration credit :  Thea Nicole de Klerk, from the book 'Springloaded' published by Book Dash on StoryWeaver.

Sign Up for StoryWeaver's Chennai Workshop

Pratham Books is conducting a special workshop on StoryWeaver - an open source, digital repository of multilingual children’s stories.


The workshop will be held in Chennai on 30th August, 2017. 

The workshop will cover the following
1. A detailed Demo of StoryWeaver – how to navigate and use the platform
2.Examples of how educators are using StoryWeaver effectively in their classrooms
3. Dedicated work time for participants to try their hands on StoryWeaver
4. An opportunity to meet people from similar field and make interesting conversations

So if you are:
a librarian or resource lead looking for curating stories
an educator in search of interesting ways to introduce concepts to your students
a storyteller or a reading champion
someone passionate about children's storybooks in Indian languages ...

Please note that​ the seats are limited and only confirmed participants will get a separate email confirming their participation, date of attendance and other logistical details. The workshop will be held between 11 a.m to 4 p.m. There is no charge to attend the workshop.

We look forward to seeing you! If there are any queries, please email them at khyati(at)prathambooks(dot)org