Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sunday Storytelling at Cubbon Park

An early morning visit to Cubbon Park on a Sunday. Listening to stories sitting under canopies amidst chirping birds. Sounds like a perfect morning, no? :)

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 Shruthi Rao tells us about Avani's pea plant, illustrator Bhavana Vyas Vipparthi will spill the beans on how a cloud of trash was hanging over Cheekoo’s head. An activity session follows! 

A wildly entertaining morning for children of all ages!

Venue: Reading Zone (near KSLTA Stadium), Cubbon Park
Date: June 25th, 2017 (Sunday)
Time: 08:00*- 09:00 AM
* Be present at the venue by 7.45 AM.

RSVP on our Facebook page.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Big Little Book Award

The Big Little Book Award is back and nominations for the 2017 awards are now open.

(Click on the image for a larger view)

Over the last two decades, a handful of authors, illustrators and publishers have attempted to give voice to Indian children’s literature with stories that talk to young readers about who they are, and help them navigate a multicultural and multilingual environment. These authors and illustrators have attempted to balance the traditional with the contemporary to reflect the Indian reality in content, visuals and production. They have given us stories that are not didactic but layered and sensitive, illustrations that fight gender and caste stereotypes, are inclusive, bring humour and fun into books, and books that make for great reading. The Big Little Book Award is a first of its kind award instituted by the Parag initiative of Tata Trusts and ‘Literature Live!’ to recognize and honour significant contribution of such authors and illustrators to children’s literature in Indian language (s). The first awards were announced at Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest in 2016. The award is given under two categories – one for author and another for illustrator/artist.

Read more details here

Publishers, librarians, academics and experts are invited to nominate names for the awards. The nomination process is open till 15th July, 2017.

Monday, June 5, 2017

This World Environment Day, #DonateAPhoto, Empower a Story.

Pratham Books has always believed in the role books play in connecting children to the world around them. From the Chipko movement to flamingoes, from seasonal eating to conservation heroes, over the years Pratham Books has published numerous books that bring the wonders of the natural world into the lives of young readers. 

Today is World Environment Day and this year’s theme is ‘Connecting People to nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator’. Words and images can play a powerful role in helping forge this connection between children and their surroundings.

This World Environment Day, Pratham Books' StoryWeaver is joining hands with the good folks at NatureinFocus to bring you #DonateAPhoto, Empower a Story: a campaign to crowdsource 100 environment-related photographs. These photographs will be uploaded to StoryWeaver, and join over 6,000 other openly licensed illustrations on the platform. Through the #DonateAPhoto campaign, we hope to add to the diversity of our image bank, and offer our community of users, stunning photographs with which they can create multilingual stories, flashcards and more.

How to enter
  • Select an environment related photograph YOU have taken. It could be flora, fauna… anything.
  • If you have a StoryWeaver account already, click here, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on 'Upload your own illustration/image' to upload your image.
  • If you don’t have a StoryWeaver account, click here to create one. It won’t take more than a minute.
  • Fill out the form and upload your images. Remember to read the note on CCBY 4.0 if you're unfamiliar with the license.
  • Add tags to describe your image, so that people can find it easily on the repository. For. eg if you’re sharing an image of a barn owl use tags like ‘owl’, ‘barn owl’, ‘birds’. Don’t forget to add the tag DonateAPhoto too!
  • Sit back and feel super happy that you’ve contributed to our image bank. Go back to step 1 to repeat, or tag your friends on social media to join in too!
Campaign Guidelines
  • Campaign runs from June 5 - 12, 2017
  • All images uploaded must be taken by you.
  • Photographs uploaded must should be a minimum of 300 dpi and the file size should not be exceeded 2 MB.
  • By uploading an image you agree to the terms and conditions of CC-BY4.0
Click away, shutter bugs!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Food Fest Contest

We love books and we love food! Mix them up and what do you get? A food fest contest!

How to participate :
1. Choose an ingredient from any of the books (Pratham Books) listed below
2. Create a dish inspired by the ingredient
3. Take a picture of your dish against the book cover or the story on your screen (The book and the dish need to be in the same photo)
4. Submit your yummylicious creation to by 10th June, 2017
5. If you are sharing your creation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, please use the hashtag #PBNomNom and tag us.

Winning entries will get a book hamper from us!

P.S - Prizes can be sent to an Indian address only.


The Pratham Books team couldn't resist cooking up something for the contest, so here are some examples of how we interpreted this contest :

Mala's chilli cutlets
Ingredient : Chilli, Book : Around the World with a Chilli
Bijal's chocolate cake
Ingredient : Cacao/chocolate, Book : Let's Go Seed Collecting 

Payoshni's Oatmeal, date and raisin cookies
Ingredient : Date, Book : Colours on the Street
Recipe from Marias Menu
Maya's coffee cake
Ingredient : Coffee, Book : Let's go seed Collecting
Recipe from Saffron Trail

Menaka's Bisi Bele Bath
Ingredient : Rice, Book : Dum Dum-a-Dum Biryani!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Develop Your Child's Reading "Muscles"

Shradha has just started reading. But she doesn't have many books to read (and hardly any in her own language). With the summer holidays here, she may forget what she painstakingly learnt this year. But if the local resource centre had books she could borrow, stories she could listen to... would that help her enjoy her holidays as well as retain what she learnt? 

The example above is a reality faced by children across the world. How can a child overcome this problem?

Patty Foster shares a simple (and obvious) solution in the Times-Republican :
While the notion of a summer slide might conjure up images of brightly colored playgrounds with curvy tubed slides, this “summer slide” actually refers to the loss of academic gains made during the previous school year. Sadly, the most im
pacted students tend to be those from low income families; those that are already at a disadvantage when it comes to achieving their full potential.

According to education expert Richard Allington, summer slide accounts for as much as 85 percent of the reading achievement gap between lower income students and their middle to upper income peers. Additionally, teachers may spend more time at the beginning of the school year re-teaching previously covered material and strategies that were forgotten or under used over the summer.

While it may seem like a complex problem, the solution to summer slide is surprisingly simple. Read! Children of all ages need to read over the summer. There is no need for special programs, workbooks, or fancy flashcards. A library card with regular trips to the colorful shelves of the public library can do the trick.

This theory makes sense. Think of the world’s great athletes or musicians. They spend countless hours practicing their sport or instrument. If they were to take a few months off, they too would fall behind their peers. The same is true for reading. Children must consistently use their reading “muscles” over the summer to keep them in shape. Additionally, spending time listening to your child read as well as talking about what they are reading has an impact on comprehension and their motivation to read. Quick book chats can make all the difference in sustaining a summer of reading.
Read the entire article.

Thursday, May 11, 2017


If there is one thing you need to watch today, let it be this story. A reflection on raising children, educating students and more. "Alike" is an animated short film directed by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez.

Synopsis : In a busy life, Copi is a father who tries to teach the right way to his son, Paste. But... what is the correct path?

We found out about this movie in the State of the Commons report.  The report states 'Openly developed and licensed, award-winning short film “Alike” is viewed on Vimeo more than 1.5 million times'. At the time of viewing this video, it has been viewed 3.4 million times. Yay for Creative Commons and the resources we get to see because of it. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Support the The Kids’ Sustainable School Challenge

In the month of March, we heard about the The Kids' Sustainable School Challenge being run by the Going to School team. The challenge is the first government-school sustainable enterprise challenge for kids. Students were asked, “How would you change your school, if you could?”, and 10,000 of them responded with their ideas of change.

“It is the first government-school kids sustainable enterprise challenge. The project gives kids in Class IX government schools in Bihar a chance to research, write, think-through, design, and finally action sustainable-enterprise ideas in their schools,” says Lisa Heydlauff, Founder and Director of Going to School.

The challenge ran directly through the 1,500 government secondary schools that Going to School works in. Every kid that wanted to be a part of the programme received an eight-step Kids B plan notebook to complete. When kids were finished with their plans, they sent them to the Going to School office in Delhi.

101 kids’ plans were selected according to whether the ideas were well-researched, sustainable, green, inclusive, used clean energy, and solved a big problem that would change their school for everyone. These  kids then pitched their business ideas at the Pitch It event held on 23rd April, 2017 in Nalanda, Bihar.

Read more about the project here.

50 out of 100 schools have received grants to action the kids' plans. Very excitingly, 50 schools also have a chance to win their own Library Kits from Pratham Books. And for this, Going to School needs your help. 
"The stories created by Pratham Books are set in environments that kids are familiar with, cover a range of genres, and are beautifully illustrated, making books all the more fun to read. If our young entrepreneurs have to keep the momentum going, it will become imperative that they read as much as possible, to expand their mind and know that they can achieve anything, take on any problem, and solve them,” says Lisa."
21 libraries have already been funded. Any amount donated helps the chools get closer to owning their own library.

Help unlock a library and set little readers on a reading journey by donating a book