Thursday, September 10, 2015

Weave-a-Story Campaign

Update : This campaign started off with the intention of sharing 4 new stories on StoryWeaver. But we had such a blast last month that we've decided to continue the celebrations with 4 more stories for the month of October. 8 stories, 100 translations - let's make that happen!

On International Literacy Day this year (September 8th), Pratham Books launched StoryWeaver, an open source platform of multilingual children’s stories. We launched with our 'Weave-a-Story' campaign that is bringing together 4 amazing authors and illustrators to weave 4 amazing new stories for StoryWeaver's community. The first story in this series is 'It's All the Cat's Fault!' - a wonderful and whimsical new story written by well-regarded writer Anushka Ravishankar and illustrated by the very talented Priya Kuriyan.

While Anushka's and Priya's story was published on the very day StoryWeaver was born, the next three will be released on every Tuesday for the rest of this month. So there, your next few Tuesdays are going to have a new surprise.

The idea of 'Weave-a-Story' is to encourage community participation and this is where we would love for you – our generous and vibrant community - to step in and take charge. We're looking for as many translations of these 4 stories as possible because after all, language diversity is so integral to making reading a more inclusive experience for children across the world. We're thrilled that in just 2 days, 'It's All the Cat's Fault!' was translated into Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Sanskrit and Odia. And, Punjabi and Dutch are almost done too! Think about it, that's nearly 10 translations done on StoryWeaver in just half a week. And that's the power of collaboration, right? Imagine how far and wide all these stories can travel, and how much joy it can bring into the lives of our children. And for this to happen, all we need to do is work together! We're now hoping to create 100 new versions of these 8 stories.

Love a language deeply? Well, here's your chance to promote it in the most wonderful way, by creating more stories in more languages so that children around the world can read stories in languages of their choice. Happy Weaving, and let's help these stories fly far and wide!

1. Read Anushka and Priya's story and lets start translating!
2. Read 'Ammu's puppy' by Sowmya Rajendran and Soumya Menon.
3. Read 'दीदी का रंग बिरंगा खज़ाना / Didi and the Colourful Treasure' by Rukmini Banerji and Kaveri Gopalakrishnan.
4. Read  துப்பறியும் துரை / Kaushik, the Kind Detective by N. Chokkan and illustrated by Megha Vishwanath.
5. Read  'The Story of Stories' by Roopa Pai and illustrated by Prashant Miranda.
6. Read  'The Day it Rained Fish' written by Ramendra Kumar and illustrated by Delwyn Remedios.
7. Read 'Mangoes for Moidootty' written by Sreedevi Gopakumar and illustrated by GreyStroke.
8. Read चुन्नु-मुन्नु का नहाना, written by Rohini Nilekani and illustrated by Sonal Goyal and Sumit Sakhuja.

Don't know how to translate a story on StoryWeaver? Watch this tutorial :

Do stay glued to for more stories from the 'Weave-a-Story campaign'.

P.S - If you want to see if the story has already been translated into your language, click on the link to the original story and then look for the 'view other versions' button.

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