Monday, August 4, 2014

Celebrate International Literacy Day with Takloo

Season 3 of One Day One Story is back. And we want you back in action! Last year, 600+ Pratham Books Champions conducted 1000+ sessions in 21 languages. This year, we want to reach many more thousands of kids. For which we need you, our zealous champions, of course!

The idea behind the campaignThe 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.

We continue to celebrate the joy of reading around International Literacy Day. The book chosen for this year is Takloo - The Little Salt Seller (written by Radhika Bapat, illustrated  by Poonam Athalye).  A delightful story about a clever boy who has got entrepreneurship in his genes, it seems! A story that is sure to engage children of all ages. This year's event is scheduled for 6th September, 2014.

We want you to take this story and use it in creative ways with kids -read it, narrate it and enact it.

Sounds interesting? Available on 6th September, 2014? Join thousands of others and do your part to make reading contagious!

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.

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 champions(at)prathambooks(dot)org BEFORE filling in the form.

You can read 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. You 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).

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