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

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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).


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

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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.



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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.


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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.



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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?


Friday, November 24, 2017

Join Us at Bookaroo!

Bookaroo, India’s first children’s literature festival, will be celebrating its 10th birthday on the 25th and 26thNovember from 10.30am to 5.30pm at Children’s Park (near India Gate).

Pratham Books is thrilled to join in the celebrations with two special storytelling sessions lined up for you and your little ones. 

Storyteller Swagata Sen Pillai brings all the masti and mazaa to :

Kitni Badi Maachis
For children between 4 and 6 years’ old
11 am, 25 November, 2017 
Kahani Tree Zone, Children's Park, India Gate. See you there!



Jadav and the Tree Place
For children between 6 and 8 years’ old
1.30 pm, 25 November 2017
Kahani Tree Zone, Children's Park, India Gate. 

Entry is free and open to all. There is no pre-registration.

See you there!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Making Math Fun

An exciting section of StoryWeaver – the digital platform that Pratham Books publishes stories on, is the collection of books that revolve around different Math concepts. These stories bring together a string of endearing characters, in familiar settings, trying oh-so-hard to navigate through a problem or question that can be answered with the help of a little Math.

Math can sometimes earn the unfair title of being that tough subject, that inspires dread and confusion in little minds. Our new selection of stories are here to help win the battle against this title. These stories and illustrations have been created in such a way that they lead to an organic understanding of a certain idea or concept in Math, and light a spark of curiosity in the minds of kids, pushing them to want to know more. We have tried to use incidents common to our daily lives to make the knowledge bit of the story more relatable and fun. 

It’s incredibly important to us that kids aren’t intimidated by numbers, but rather are intrigued by the beauty and simplicity that Math can offer, and the opportunities for self-awareness it can hold. And so, our collection has stories talking about how patterns aren’t just restricted to numbers and tricky questions in textbooks, but are also a tool of nature itself seen in flower petals and seashells. We want readers to learn not just more about fractions and Venn diagrams, but also more about themselves when they are reading these stories. And that is why we’ve attempted to bring in characters that will push readers to think about their interests and strengths, and also about the different values and qualities they would like to see in themselves and those around them.
                                    
                                      An illustration by Hari Kumar Nair from 'Fascinating Fibonaccis'


Our set of Math books have been edited by Roopa Pai, popular author of several fantasy adventure novels for younger readers. Six of the books have been art-directed by Kaveri Gopalakrishnan.

Some of our new titles include – 

How Old is Muttajji by Roopa Pai and Kaveri Gopalkrishnan
Putta and Putti know that Muttajji is really, really old. But exactly HOW old is she? Join the twin detectives on an exciting mathematical journey through Muttajji's memories and India's history in their quest to crack the big question.

Dum Dum-a-Dum Biryani by Gayathri Tirthapura and Kabini Amin
Basha and Sainabi are in a panic. Ammi is ill, and Saira aunty has just announced that she is arriving for lunch - with 23 other people! Budding chef Basha thinks he can cook Ammi's Dum Biryani, but her recipe only makes enough for 4 people. Math wiz Sainabi jumps in to help, declaring that she knows how to turn a 4-person recipe to a 24-person recipe. Do the siblings succeed in serving up a truly Dum Dum-a-Dum biryani? Read this book to find out!

                                         An illustration by Kabini Amin from 'Dum Dum-a-Dum Biriyani'

How Far is Far by Sukanya Sinha and Vishnu M Nair 
If you thought your friend's house on the other side of town was far away, you have clearly not read this book. Climb the Magic Math Ladder to get from where you are to the top of Mount Everest, to Kashmir, to the moon, the Sun, and ultimately, to the edge of the Universe, which is very, very, VERY far away indeed. Ready, steady, go!

The Fascinating Fibonaccis by Shonali Chinniah and Hari Kumar Nair 
Almost a thousand years ago, an Indian scholar called Hemachandra discovered a fascinating number sequence. A century later, the same sequence caught the attention of Italian mathematician Fibonacci, who wrote about it. The Fibonacci sequence, as it began to be called, was straightforward enough - what made it fascinating was that this particular set of numbers was repeated many, many times in nature - in flowers, seashells, eggs, seeds, stars... Find out more inside this book!

I Spy! by Samvida Venkatesh and Sandhya Prabhat
A simple game of 'I Spy' at Sania's birthday party turns into a hilarious misadventure when bees and cats and dogs decide to join in. Does Sania find ALL her hidden friends in the end? COUNT DOWN with the birthday girl to find out!


                                                  An illustration by Sandhya Prabhat from 'I Spy'

More or Less? Need to Guess! by Gayathri Tirthapura and Sahitya Rani 
So many mithai boxes to count, so little time! Can Ranjita and Vikram do it? Yes, using a cool math trick called 'Approximately More-or-Less'! Read this fun wedding story to learn the trick yourself!

One by Two by Maya Bisineer and Shreya Sen 
How do you share something fairly with a friend? How do you take one thing and divide it into two equal parts? Join Rani and Jiya at the fair where they use a simple trick called One-by-Two to share a delicious meal.

Same-same or Different? by Roopa Pai and Rohit Kelkar 
Can you only be friends with people who are exactly like you? Is it wrong to be best friends with someone who is different? SORT OUT the answers to these questions with Snake and Sparrow in this heartwarming story about friendship.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pratham Books is Hiring : Graphic Designer (Digital)

Pratham Books is looking for two Graphic Designers to join our digital team. This is a full-time position based in Bangalore. 

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 13 years, we have published over 3,000 books and distributed over 14 million copies of our storybooks and 16 million story cards. In 2015, Pratham Books' increased its footprint by going digital. As an industry leader, we were one of the first publishers in the country to open license our content. All this content is now available on StoryWeaver, our digital platform that hosts stories in 60 languages. The stories can be read, translated, versioned or downloaded for free.
Illustration by Vinayak Varma
The candidate will be responsible for:
  • Designing picture books for print.
  • Adapting original design files (in print), and converting it into sizes and designs that are suitable for StoryWeaver - Pratham Books’ digital story platform.
  • Working closely with our Content Team to create and adapt content for digital and print mediums.
  • Working closely with the production team for the first print run of the books.

Required skills:

  • Expertise in InDesign Creative Suite, Photoshop, Illustrator, CorelDraw
  • Basic graphic design skills and an interest in book layouts
  • Basic understanding of the printing process (digital and offset)
  • Minimum one to three years of relevant experience
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately on design files
  • Be a team player, quick learner
  • Good communication skills
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please send your resume to storyweaver@prathambooks.org with ‘Graphic Designer - Digital' in the subject line of the email.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Apply For The Early Readers Library Grant

“I don't believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
― J.K. Rowling

At Pratham Books, we believe in the magic of books and are presenting organizations with an opportunity to receive not one book...but a library of books! Why libraries? Because according to the ASER Survey 2014 - "School enrolments are at an all-time high of 96.7%, but 52% of children in Standard 5 in government schools cannot read Standard. 2 level text". As a child starts facing difficulties of reading, she starts slipping behind in her grades. Thus, providing joyful reading material for first generation learners in a language of their choice is what we are trying to do.


If you are an organization that works with children we invite you to apply for an Early Readers’ Library Grant*. 

100 classroom libraries will be donated to organizations/schools working with children from low-income communities

Each classroom library comes in a modular storage unit and contains 100+ books in Hindi, English, Kannada, Tamil, or Marathi.

For details and eligibility requirements, click below.

Guidelines : Early Readers Library Grant 2017

  • If you are applying for this grant, please ensure you have read through and understood the Guidelines mentioned below. Organisations who fulfill the criteria will only be eligible for the grant.
  • The Applicant should be a Non Profit Organization registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 or Section 25 of Companies Act of 1956 or any other legal entity under regulations of Government of India OR a Government or Low budget Private School.
  • The Applicant should be working with children from low income communities.
  • The Applicant should have a functioning reading program/ active library for children with fixed reading hours outside curriculum. This reading program must give children access and opportunities to read book, which are not a part of the set curriculum and are read for the pleasure of reading. 
  • The Applicant should be working with children from Grades 1 to 6.
  • The reading program that the Applicant runs should impact at least 50-100 children of the community.
Last day of application: 11th November, 2017

Points to be noted
  • A duly filled form is imperative for us to consider your application, so please don’t miss any columns while filling in your application.
  • Only applications received via THIS Google Form link will be considered. Applications sent via email or post will not be eligible for the grant.
  • Decision of Pratham Books will be final while selecting the final list of beneficiaries for the grant. 
  • Pratham Books is not obliged to disclose the cause of acceptance or rejection of any application.
As the applications start pouring in, we promise to read and consider every application we receive. We are also looking for new partners in this journey, so organisations who have not yet benefited from any grant from Pratham Books before will get first preference. 

Please write to us at bookgrants@prathambooks.org if you have any further questions or comments.


*This grant has been supported by the P.A.N.I. Foundation.

Friday, October 6, 2017

#DaanUtsav : 6 Library Campaigns You Can Donate To

Daan Utsav is India’s festival of giving that brings people from various sectors together, to celebrate and spread the joy of sharing. Held annually in the first week of October (2nd-8th), the festival has empowered millions of Indians to give back to society. 

Through DaanUtsav people can choose how they want to give back to society - through time, material, money or love. If you believe in the work we do and want to support it, please consider making a donation towards any of these library campaigns that are currently running on our Donate-a-Book platform. 

A donation as small as Rs.250 can make a big difference to a school that has no/less access to books!


  • Support the campaign that seeks to set up ten libraries in schools and learning centres in rural Tamil Nadu.
  • Add more books to Sanjeevani Hospital Foundation's library in Maharashtra.

Missed Call Do, Kahaani Suno is Back!

This Daan Utsav, we are opening up the lines to our Missed Call Do, Kahaani Suno project. Last year, we successfully ran this public campaign for two days. This time around, the campaign is on for ten days!


From 6th-16th October, 2017 use your phone as a storyteller for your little one! That's right, free audio stories to delight your tiny tot! Bring alive Bheema, Sringeri Srinivas, Veeru and many other delightful characters and stories from Pratham Books. The stories are available in Hindi and English.

So don't wait, grab your phone, aur ek missed call do on 080-33094244

3 easy steps to listen to a story for FREE
Step 1: Give a missed call to  080-33094244 
Step 2: We'll call you back and you can listen to stories in English and Hindi
Step 3: To listen to more stories, simply give a missed call again. 

Additionally, you will also receive a link to the story through an SMS and you can then read the story too.

Also, help us spread the word so that more kids get to hear a story today! Example : write down the number and share it with someone whose child may not have access to stories OR download the image above and share it through Whatsapp OR send an SMS with the number to someone you know.

We would like to thank Vodafone Foundation for powering this project, Radio Mirchi's CSR initiative -Mirchi Cares that helped bring these stories alive and Ozonetel for helping us deliver these audio stories to you.

Give a missed call on 080-33094244 and get a story in return!

P.S - As there are a limited number of calls, call the number when your child is next to you. That way, more kids get to hear stories.