Saturday, August 31, 2013

Awards For Excellence In Book Publishing - 2013

The Federation of Indian Publishers is the representative body of publishers in English, Hindi and other regional languages with its membership from all over India, representing more than 80 per cent of the publishing industry. 

Year after year Pratham Books has been winning awards and this year also we made it to the podium with our following titles - 

  • The Talaabs of Darbhanga (Hindi) - 1st Prize (Click here to buy now)
       Category - Books translated into English, Hindi and regional languages.

  • Paison Ka Safar (Urdu) - 2nd Prize (Click here to buy now)
       Category - Children’s Books

  • Paise Ke Prabandhak  (Hindi) - 2nd Prize (Click here to buy now)
       Category - Books translated into English, Hindi and regional languages.

  • Paise Ki Yatra (Hindu) - Certificate of Merit (Click here to buy now)
       Category – Children Books 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

PubliCon 2013

(Please click on the image for a larger view)

This year's PublicCon 2013 will be held on September 10-11, 2013 at FICCI, New Delhi.

From the official website

India is at the cusp of tremendous socio-economic and technological developments. Amidst a stream of innovation and new business opportunities, publishing is one area which is going to grow exponentially in the coming decade. Indian publishing has re-positioned itself in global markets, not only in terms of sale of territorial rights, but also of direct sale of Indian books and content. Africa and South Asia are markets where Indian publishers have shown great interest. 

PubliCon 2013 will focus on “Export Markets” for books and content, with Africa and South Asia in the spotlight. The sessions will focus on the potential for export of books and educational content from India to other emerging economies. 

The programme will bring together eminent publishers and key stakeholders from India and abroad to discuss and debate the scope of book markets in emerging economies and the role India can play in the dissemination of knowledge. Delegates will be able to connect with speakers during networking sessions, and will get a chance to engage with industry experts on different areas of publishing.

Major Highlights
  • Keynote Addresses:
  • Creating India as an Export Hub for Publishing
  • Africa: The Emerging Market for Indian Publishers
  • Session on Piracy, Counterfeit and its Impact on Book Exports
  • Monetising Content through Exports to Emerging Markets
  • Indian STM content for Africa and South Asia
  • Indian K-12 content: Potential Markets in Africa
  • Selling Content Across Cultural Boundaries

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Marketing to a Young Audience - Getting Children and Adolescents to Read

Stumbled across this video from last year's edition of the Publishing Next Conference in Goa. Our Managing Trustee, Suzanne Singh was a panelist on the panel discussion called 'Marketing to a Young Audience - Getting children and adolescents to read'. 

The video is about 1 and a half hours long and touches upon the growth as well as the challenges faced by children's book publishers in India. 

You can watch Suzanne's talk from the 19:00 - 31:40 mark.

This year's Publishing Next conference is scheduled for 20th and 21st September, 2013. Please visit the official website for more details.

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Champions Programme : Back with a Bigger Bang! Join the Celebrations!!

We are back with the Champions programme! And it is going to be BIGGER and BETTER!

The idea behind the campaign
The idea is to encourage children to fall in love with reading. This initiative is part of the Pratham Books' Champions program where we encourage our community of volunteers to use one book to conduct reading sessions. These sessions are conducted free of cost and mostly with children from under-served communities.

The quality of these sessions have been outstanding and last year 250+ champions shared one story with thousands of children across India. We continue to celebrate the joy of reading around International Literacy Day. This year's event is scheduled for 7th September, 2013

This year, we want:
1. More champions to participate
2. More regions reached
3. Storytelling sessions in all 22 official languages listed in the Constitution of India. 

We hope that these storytelling sessions will also brings to light the issues of joyful reading, access and multilingual publishing.

The book we've chosen for this year's campaign is 'Paplu, the Giant'. (Author : Ramendra Kumar, Illustrator : Zainab Tambawalla).

So, how does this work? 
Fill in the form. A copy of the chosen book and a banner will be sent by the Pratham Books team. You are free to choose the place and time you want to conduct the session. You can also conduct other activities that you think may go with the theme of the book.
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

FILL IN THE FORM and be a Pratham Books Champion! (Update : we aren't shipping out books anymore, but you can download the PDF after filling this form)

Note : For logisitical reasons, we can't ship books to international destinations, but we will be able to share the PDF of the book with any international volunteers.

If you have any queries, please mail web(at)prathambooks(dot)org BEFORE filling in the form.

You can read last year's champion stories at :

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will the book be sent for free or does the champion pay for it?
Answer : The book is sent to you for free.

2. Does the champion have to find the venue?
Answer : Yes. 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.

3. This is the first time I am conducting an event. How should I prepare for it?
Answer : 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). Think of activities that you can do after the storytelling to engage the children (example : can the story take on a skit form, can the story be a way to talk about an important issue, etc).

4. Can i conduct multiple events?
Answer : Definitely!!! The aim is to reach as many kids as possible. We've had champions who've conducted 2-3 sessions on the main day and then gone on to conduct sessions on other days too.

5. Should I document the event?
Answer : We expect all our Champions to send us some documentation about the event conducted by them. They can send us mini videos, pictures or a write-up on the event which will tell us [and the whole wide world] on the “real impact” made. (P.S- all the images in this post are of actual storytelling sessions conducted by our awesome champions).

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Results of the 'Library-in-a-classroom' Grant Application

In the month of May, we put out a call for applications - asking organizations to apply if they wanted a library for their organization/school. And we received a tremendous response! More than 200+ organizations sent in their forms and choosing which organization should receive the kits was an extremely tough process. Every organization who applied is doing great work in the field they work in and we really wish we had more kits to donate.

Based on internal guidelines and a series of evaluations, the following organizations have been selected to receive this grant :

  1. REAP - Reach Education Action Programme
  2. Zilla Parishad High School (application submitted by : H. Shirisha)
  3. FAME India
  4. Nirmaan Organisation-Goa Chapter
  5. headstreams
  6. Abhivyakti Foundation (application submitted by : Shailendra Singh)
  8. Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All (IDEA)
  9. SHARE - Society to Heal Aid Restore Educate/ Swades Foundation
  10. Samiksha Foundation (Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology)
  11. Agastya International Foundation (application submitted by Shrishail Dhanawade )
  13. Indian Development Foundation
  14. Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya
  15. Azad India Foundation
  16. Youth Development Foundation
  17. Quarry Workers And Rural Integrated Development Society
  19. Mitra Foundation
  20. The Promise Foundation
  21. Unnayan Learning Hub
  22. Vanguards
  23. Nai Disha Educational and Cultural Society
  24. Books for all
  25. Eklavya Foundation
  26. Prayatna School of Excellence
  27. SETU Foundation
  28. Centre for Development and Research (CDR)
  29. Bookworm Goa
  30. Karm Marg Charitable Society
  31. Jayaprakash Narayan Memorial Trust – Project Vidya & Child
  32. Jagori Rural Charitable Trust (JRCT)
  33. JET Public School
  34. Janhitha
  35. Aviratha trust (on behalf of government schools)
  36. Society for Promotion of Tribal Welfare and Development
  38. Varthana (on behalf of affordable private schools)
  39. ALIG educational and welfare society
  40. Maharogi Sewa Samiti
  41. Shantaba Vidyalaya
  42. Bakul Foundation
  43. SEDA

Congratulations! We will reach out to each of the selected organizations personally.

A big thank you to Payoshni Saraf for helping us design the application form and procedures.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Registrations Open for 'What is your Bhasha? What is your Language?'

As part of this year's JUMPSTART conference, Pratham Books will also be hosting a panel discussion : 'What is your Bhasha? What is your Language?' on 30th August.

Time : 9:30 am- 2pm
Location : Multipurpose Hall, India International Centre, Delhi

How many Indians can read and write fluently in the languages that they speak? How many of them read newspapers or books? Did many of them study in one language and struggle to learn English as a subject? And is it the same the other way round? Is the high premium on knowing English in cities whittling away at the base of our mother tongues? Is a whole generation growing up without a deep knowledge of either English or their own mother tongue? How do we deepen our understanding of learning of languages among children and what role does literature play in that?

The panel comprising of experts in varied fields aims to discuss and share experiences about the teaching and learning of different languages and its impact on learning as a whole. Questions such as
why Authors choose to write in particular languages, their linguistic experiments and the hurdles that they face along the way will also be discussed.

These are important questions and issues for educationists, teachers of language and publishers. They are just as important for us as a society. After all, bhasha defines us in indefinable ways.

The panelists :

Shobha SatynathAssociate Professor; Department of Linguistics, Arts Faculty, University of Delhi

Subir ShuklaPrincipal Coordinator; IGNUS-erg; Works on improving the quality of education systems

Amit KaushikEducational Administrator

Sharada JainResearcher & Trainer, Director, Sandhan, Jaipur (Moderator)

Entry is free on a first come first serve basis *. To register contact:

* 2 teachers per school