Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rewind. Recap.

We've extended the dealine of the 'Retell, Remix and Rejoice with Chuskit contest' to 10th May, 2010. And to ensure you participate we have upped the prize! Besides the book hamper, the winner will also get a personal copy of the book. Yes, you heard it right, one printed copy just for you and with your name as the author!!!

Our friends at Inclusive Planet have also helped us make the contest more accessible for the print-impaired community.

We are happy to announce that our social publishing strategy won the IndiaSocial Case Challenge in the long term initiatives category and it is all because of YOU!

The summer holidays are here and if you are wondering what books to buy for your little bookworms, read some of the recent book reviews written by a few bloggers.

Nikita Tandon is our newest intern and she kickstarts her blogging experience with a post on how the connection between Pratham Books and her began much before her internship started.

The Indian government has proposed certain amendments to the Indian Copyright Act, which will have a far reaching and severely negative impact on the lives of millions of Indians who are visually impaired, dyslexic, have cerebral palsy, etc. You could help bring about a transformational change to the lives of about 70 million people in India and enable people to exercise their Right to Education and Right to Read.

Guest blogger Shweta Ganesh Kumar reminisces about the Enid Blyton books she read as a child and predicts that the grown-ups of tomorrow will be bonding over the joy of children's books too. The Open Library blog has an excellent article on how a library was set up in Uttarakhand. From categorizing the books to labelling them, from teaching children how to look after the books to generating an interest in reading - read about it all! William Kamkwamba's story about how reading about windmills in a book changed his and his community's life demonstrates the power of books. The Hyderabad Graphic Novel project hopes to produce a narrative incorporating lived, fictitious, and historical stories about and from the city of Hyderabad.

The Page Chaser is a flexible bookmark that automatically marks the page as you turn them. These story dice make for an fun and easy storytelling activity. Loving this illustration that captures the different worlds books introduce us to. Graphic designer Leigh-Anne Mullock's has created a great set of needlepoint Jane Austen book covers.

Meet 12-year-old Bharti Kumari who runs a school in her village. Vipul Thaker is another hero who has gone on from educating one child to educating many more and managing to rope in other schools to offer scholarship schemes for the children he was working with. You can read his story of educating the Rabari community here. Chintan Girish Modi writes a beautiful post about his visit to Tilonia's Barefoot College. I-Support Fellowship is an initiative designed to connect NGOs with professionals. It aims to use professional expertise to solve some long standing issues of NGOs.

We also submitted our photographs for Tulika's third blogathon which invited people to share pictures on the topic of cricket. Since we are on the topic of cricket, take a look to see which cricketer was reading one of our books recently.

Sangam House Writer's Residency Program invites approximately twenty writers to live and work on the Adishakti property outside Pondicherry. The deadline for submission of applications is 30th June, 2010.
Penguin Books India is conducting 'The Ash & Tara and the Emerald Dagger Online Treasure Hunt' for children below 18 years. Send in your stories for the 'Chicken Soup for the Indian Golden Soul' and 'Chicken Soup for the Indian Father's Soul' by 30th May, 2010.

Bangaloreans, mark your calendars because a sock puppet workshop is being held on 22nd and 23rd May, 2010. A Children's Film Festival is being held in Mumbai. View the schedule here. The students of CSIM, Bangalore, are organizing “Learn your way”, an awareness campaign for encouraging Open Schooling in Bangalore. The event will take place on 5th May, 2010.

We've got two videos lined up for you : The amazing 'Alice in Wonderland' application makes the book come alive for iPad users and the creative flipbook video created for the Singapore Book Exchange 2010 advertisement.

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