Starting with the Parkour Flip Book which speaks of oodles of creativity and patience. Watch it just because it is so awesome!
BOOKS/ PUBLISHING/ READING
Anagram Bookshop has a brilliant series of 'Words Create Worlds' posters. Take a look at the list of literary events taking place across the world in the month of January. The PaperTigers blog has launched their Reading the World Challenge 2010.
Found a link to a really nice two storey library building for Safe Haven orphanage in Ban Tha Song Yan village, in Thailand. Talking about libraries, Narendra Modi was also tweeting about home libraries and reading (read the tweets here, here and here). Gyan-Key is taking libraries to villages in India.
Find out which books to look out for this year. @weheartbooks linked us to the first part of the best children's book covers of 2009. The Hindu picks out the five best Kannada Books of 2009. We were also revisiting our blog archives : 'Cartooning and Democratization' and Brian Dettmer's Book Autopsies.
BibliOdyssey has some marvellous and rare illustrations drawn by Beatrix Potter. @roundmyskull tweeted about a 1942 kids' book from Brazilian artist Candido Portinari
January 1st was public domain day. Here is a list of authors whose works entered the public domain in 2010. A short while after the previous tweet was sent, @abhaga suggested that we could all try and build an India specific list with authors whose works have entered the public domain this year. If you do know of any authors, please help build the list. You can leave a comment at the end of this post or if you are on Twitter, use the hashtag #IndiaPD2010. Click here to see the names which are on the list.
@brainpicker : A lovely public library in the small town of Surathani, Thailand
@inclusiveplanet: This holiday season gift a friend who suffers from a visual impairment an invite to an Inclusive Planet!
@dhimant: My book now on Inclusive Planet, where visually impaired readers can access it. Brief context here.
@nishaONnisaa: Contacts with authors and publishers to join the XRCVC-Right to Read Campaign for the Print Disabled (Links: 1, 2)
@tarabooks:When Anushka Ravishankar, award-winning children's author, is asked what she writes, she replies, in complete honesty, “Nonsense.” Read her recent interview with the Indian national daily "The Hindu" and you'll totally agree that children's books needn't make any sense!
@GuyKawasaki : Modern Library's 100 best books of all time
@gkjohn : 2010 book preview
@aravindadiga : The Hindi version of "The White Tiger" will be launched by editor V. Karthika of HarperCollins India on February 1.
@sandeepvarma : Chennai's most famous second hand bookstore
Pothi has a new feature called BookSmith which turns blogs into print and e-books. @pothidotcom sent out a tweet to answer the questions people may have about this feature: Why BookSmith when my browser has a print option?" and "Why a print book is not a printed e-book?"Read 'Dialects, Language and Writing'
@Storybird: Read Like A Child
@thinkchangeind: IGNOU offers education for free
@vijaysappani: On girl's stand against early marriage
NON- PROFITS/ VOLUNTEERING
@adropofwisdom : Ready to kick off Twestival Global 2010? Next Monday registration opens for new cities and volunteer roles on the global team!
@deepam_: 1st Class for Olcott School (Chennai) in 2010 will be held this Saturday on 9th January. To volunteer and teach children, mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENTS/ WORKSHOPS/ CONFERENCES
One great reason to be in Chennai: Manu Chitrakar, a Patua Artist from West Bengal is in Chennai from the 6th-8th January 2010 for a graphic novel workshop with Tara Books. Drop by their office on Kalakshetra Road anytime between 10 am - 5pm if you're interested in seeing his artwork or the workshop in progress.
Geniekids is conducting a training in pre-school education. This program is focused with giving you required insights into early childhood and pre -primary education and empowering you with skills of designing and working with them - be it a group of children or just your child. The first batch starts on 9th January, 2010.
@karaditales - Join Jaaved Jaaferi and team Karadi on 9th January at Landmark, Infiniti Mall, Mumbai for the audiobook launch of Super Hathaman
@sunil_abraham : Registration open for WikiWars - Jan 12,13 by @cis_india @FriendsOfBooks is holding a Book Swap and Meet on 17th Jan, 12-4pm, in Delhi.
@AnorakMagazine : Snowflake fellow by Simon Peplow.
Our editor Mala Kumar shares a lesson for the new year. @brainpicker tweeted about a calendar in dark chocolate which everyone at the Pratham Books office would love (It is another thing that the chocolate calendar would never last in our office for an entire year :)).
What is the most complex language in the world? http://bit.ly/7t8uv4
Ty Wilkins's animal illustrations are lovely. Spot them here, here and here.
We leave you with this beautiful storytelling space we saw on PSFK's Twiter stream. Gorgeous, isn't it?
Image Source: Jo*