Monday, December 19, 2016

A Wail of a Time with Greystoke at BLF 2016

Our author-illustrator Greystroke (a.k.a. Shyam Madhavan Sarada) made sure that everyone had a wail of a time at Bangalore Literature Festival 2016. His narration of the Chinese folktale 'Wailers Three' left everyone crying....mock howls and tears, of course! Doing a great impression of an old Chinese woman, and other characters, Greystroke demonstrated the timeless quality of folktales. 

In this, the fifth edition of Bangalore Literature Festival, children stayed on to make a character from the book, a donkey. Greystroke took them through the paces, and while many a 'donkey' had only one ear or none, and more sticking tape than tail, it was a happy occasion for kids and their parents to mess with paper and go hee haw hee haw. 

Thank you, Greystroke! And thanks to all who came to cheer us at BLF! 

PS: Greystroke is the illustrator of The Magic Powder, Three for Free and our very popular 'Sister, Sister..' science series. Do also read stories he has created on Pratham Books' Storyweaver. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Have A Wail Of A Time With Greystroke at the Bangalore Literature Festival

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Want to have A Wail of a Time at the Bangalore Literature Festival? Join our author-illustrator-storyteller Greystroke as he takes you to China to listen to the wailers three and go ha ha hee hee! Then get arty-crafty as you cut and stick stuff to make an animal that will make you go hee haw hee haw!

Date : 18th December, 2016
Venue : Royal Orchid Hotel, Indiranagar
Time : 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Register here for free entry to the festival. Also, loads of other fun activities and sessions will be happening especially for children. Check the entire schedule here.

Friday, December 9, 2016

When A New Library Opens...

The phone buzzed. Four new whatsapp messages received! And what do we see? Pictures of the brand new library at this government school in Chandrapur. 

Months ago, a teacher from the school (Shailesh) attended a StoryWeaver workshop on how to use the platform in his school. He also heard about the Donate-a-Book platform and started a campaign to get books into his school. Though his campaign didn't get fully funded, it was still a start. 206 books were lovingly packed and sent off to their destination - into the hands of the little readers! We shall let the pictures do the talking :) 

A huge thank you to all the donors who made this possible. 

You can help start a child's reading journey by making a small donation.
Will you donate a book today?

Announcing results: STEM Library Kits Grant Applications

A couple of months back we invited organisations and schools to apply for a free library with books that aim to spark curiosity and discovery in children. We had 100 libraries to give away, a treasure trove of books exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects and emotional intelligence through engaging narratives and eye catching illustrations.

We got over 120 unique application from 22 states in the country – each application notifying us of the exemplar work these schools and organisations were doing with children in the field of literacy. We really wish we could fulfill all the applications!

However, based on our guidelines, relevance of work and a rigorous evaluation, we have selected 29 beneficiaries for the grant.

  1. MANTRA Social Services
  2. Communities Rising
  3. Pratham Education Foundation, New Delhi
  4. Pratham Education Foundation, Rajasthan
  5. Selco Foundation
  6. 17000 ft Foundation
  7. Gyanoday Foundation
  8. Sewa International
  9. Isha Education
  10. Shiksharth
  11. Vidyarambam Trust
  12. Shree Raj Educational Centre
  13. Swatantra Talim Foundation
  14. Yuva Jagruthi Foundation
  15. Team Everest
  17. Kevalya Education Foundation,Surat (Submitted by Swati Mehrotra)
  18. Diksha Foundation
  20. SRF Foundation
  22. Sun Shine Public School, Bangalore
  23. Shriram Matriculation School, Chennai
  24. Teach For India, Pune (Submitted by Jai Mishra)
  25. Balkrishna Deosthan Human Welfare Trust
  26. Pratham Education Foundation, Assam
  27. Zilla Parishad High School, Gundlapochampally, Telangana
  29. Piramal foundation for education leadership, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Congratulations! We will stay in touch with you on next steps.
Thank you to everyone who applied. We will keep you posted on other upcoming grants.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Are You Going to the Kahaani Festival in Jaipur?

The year is almost ending but the fun is definitely not stopping. Head to the Kahaani Festival happening in Jaipur on 5th and 6th December.

The Kahaani festival is a children's festival, which explores and reimagines the art of storytelling through oral traditions, music, theatre, dance and puppetry along with various other art forms.Taking learning beyond the classroom, the Kahaani festival-through workshops, performances and storytelling sessions- creates an atmosphere for children to freely explore the realm of their imagination and creativity Produced by Teamwork Arts, the Kahaani festival travels across India with stories and storytellers from all around the world. Beyond the conventional forms of storytelling, the festival also features artists with unique styles providing them with a platform to showcase their art.

Entry to the event is free but do register for the event.

Visit the festival website for more details about the event.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Heading to Dragon Land This December

Whaaat? Is it already the last month of this year? Time sure has flown by! This month is going to be busy for us as we get busy preparing for new projects, new books and sending out new libraries. But we also get to take time to head out to dragon land ... the one created by Vinayak Varma for this month's calendar page. This illustration was created by Vinayak for the #6FrameStoryChallenge.

Here's wishing you an illuminating month ahead!

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