Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sunday Storytelling at Cubbon Park


An early morning visit to Cubbon Park on a Sunday. Listening to stories sitting under canopies amidst chirping birds. Sounds like a perfect morning, no? :)

Pratham Books, in collaboration with The Hindu, brings to you a Sunday morning worth remembering. Come be a part of the Reading Zone inside Cubbon Park which has been set up as a part of the celebrations for the Cycle Day. 

While author Shruthi Rao tells us about Avani's pea plant, illustrator Bhavana Vyas Vipparthi will spill the beans on how a cloud of trash was hanging over Cheekoo’s head. An activity session follows! 

A wildly entertaining morning for children of all ages!

Venue: Reading Zone (near KSLTA Stadium), Cubbon Park
Date: June 25th, 2017 (Sunday)
Time: 08:00*- 09:00 AM
* Be present at the venue by 7.45 AM.

RSVP on our Facebook page.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Big Little Book Award

The Big Little Book Award is back and nominations for the 2017 awards are now open.

(Click on the image for a larger view)

Over the last two decades, a handful of authors, illustrators and publishers have attempted to give voice to Indian children’s literature with stories that talk to young readers about who they are, and help them navigate a multicultural and multilingual environment. These authors and illustrators have attempted to balance the traditional with the contemporary to reflect the Indian reality in content, visuals and production. They have given us stories that are not didactic but layered and sensitive, illustrations that fight gender and caste stereotypes, are inclusive, bring humour and fun into books, and books that make for great reading. The Big Little Book Award is a first of its kind award instituted by the Parag initiative of Tata Trusts and ‘Literature Live!’ to recognize and honour significant contribution of such authors and illustrators to children’s literature in Indian language (s). The first awards were announced at Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest in 2016. The award is given under two categories – one for author and another for illustrator/artist.

Read more details here

Publishers, librarians, academics and experts are invited to nominate names for the awards. The nomination process is open till 15th July, 2017.

Monday, June 5, 2017

This World Environment Day, #DonateAPhoto, Empower a Story.

Pratham Books has always believed in the role books play in connecting children to the world around them. From the Chipko movement to flamingoes, from seasonal eating to conservation heroes, over the years Pratham Books has published numerous books that bring the wonders of the natural world into the lives of young readers. 

Today is World Environment Day and this year’s theme is ‘Connecting People to nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator’. Words and images can play a powerful role in helping forge this connection between children and their surroundings.


This World Environment Day, Pratham Books' StoryWeaver is joining hands with the good folks at NatureinFocus to bring you #DonateAPhoto, Empower a Story: a campaign to crowdsource 100 environment-related photographs. These photographs will be uploaded to StoryWeaver, and join over 6,000 other openly licensed illustrations on the platform. Through the #DonateAPhoto campaign, we hope to add to the diversity of our image bank, and offer our community of users, stunning photographs with which they can create multilingual stories, flashcards and more.

How to enter
  • Select an environment related photograph YOU have taken. It could be flora, fauna… anything.
  • If you have a StoryWeaver account already, click here, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on 'Upload your own illustration/image' to upload your image.
  • If you don’t have a StoryWeaver account, click here to create one. It won’t take more than a minute.
  • Fill out the form and upload your images. Remember to read the note on CCBY 4.0 if you're unfamiliar with the license.
  • Add tags to describe your image, so that people can find it easily on the repository. For. eg if you’re sharing an image of a barn owl use tags like ‘owl’, ‘barn owl’, ‘birds’. Don’t forget to add the tag DonateAPhoto too!
  • Sit back and feel super happy that you’ve contributed to our image bank. Go back to step 1 to repeat, or tag your friends on social media to join in too!
Campaign Guidelines
  • Campaign runs from June 5 - 12, 2017
  • All images uploaded must be taken by you.
  • Photographs uploaded must should be a minimum of 300 dpi and the file size should not be exceeded 2 MB.
  • By uploading an image you agree to the terms and conditions of CC-BY4.0
Click away, shutter bugs!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Food Fest Contest


We love books and we love food! Mix them up and what do you get? A food fest contest!

How to participate :
1. Choose an ingredient from any of the books (Pratham Books) listed below
2. Create a dish inspired by the ingredient
3. Take a picture of your dish against the book cover or the story on your screen (The book and the dish need to be in the same photo)
4. Submit your yummylicious creation to web@prathambooks.org by 10th June, 2017
5. If you are sharing your creation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, please use the hashtag #PBNomNom and tag us.

Winning entries will get a book hamper from us!

P.S - Prizes can be sent to an Indian address only.

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The Pratham Books team couldn't resist cooking up something for the contest, so here are some examples of how we interpreted this contest :

Mala's chilli cutlets
Ingredient : Chilli, Book : Around the World with a Chilli
Recipe
Bijal's chocolate cake
Ingredient : Cacao/chocolate, Book : Let's Go Seed Collecting 


Payoshni's Oatmeal, date and raisin cookies
Ingredient : Date, Book : Colours on the Street
Recipe from Marias Menu
Maya's coffee cake
Ingredient : Coffee, Book : Let's go seed Collecting
Recipe from Saffron Trail

Menaka's Bisi Bele Bath
Ingredient : Rice, Book : Dum Dum-a-Dum Biryani!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Develop Your Child's Reading "Muscles"

Shradha has just started reading. But she doesn't have many books to read (and hardly any in her own language). With the summer holidays here, she may forget what she painstakingly learnt this year. But if the local resource centre had books she could borrow, stories she could listen to... would that help her enjoy her holidays as well as retain what she learnt? 

The example above is a reality faced by children across the world. How can a child overcome this problem?

Patty Foster shares a simple (and obvious) solution in the Times-Republican :
While the notion of a summer slide might conjure up images of brightly colored playgrounds with curvy tubed slides, this “summer slide” actually refers to the loss of academic gains made during the previous school year. Sadly, the most im
pacted students tend to be those from low income families; those that are already at a disadvantage when it comes to achieving their full potential.

According to education expert Richard Allington, summer slide accounts for as much as 85 percent of the reading achievement gap between lower income students and their middle to upper income peers. Additionally, teachers may spend more time at the beginning of the school year re-teaching previously covered material and strategies that were forgotten or under used over the summer.

 
While it may seem like a complex problem, the solution to summer slide is surprisingly simple. Read! Children of all ages need to read over the summer. There is no need for special programs, workbooks, or fancy flashcards. A library card with regular trips to the colorful shelves of the public library can do the trick.

This theory makes sense. Think of the world’s great athletes or musicians. They spend countless hours practicing their sport or instrument. If they were to take a few months off, they too would fall behind their peers. The same is true for reading. Children must consistently use their reading “muscles” over the summer to keep them in shape. Additionally, spending time listening to your child read as well as talking about what they are reading has an impact on comprehension and their motivation to read. Quick book chats can make all the difference in sustaining a summer of reading.
Read the entire article.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Alike

If there is one thing you need to watch today, let it be this story. A reflection on raising children, educating students and more. "Alike" is an animated short film directed by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez.

Synopsis : In a busy life, Copi is a father who tries to teach the right way to his son, Paste. But... what is the correct path?


We found out about this movie in the State of the Commons report.  The report states 'Openly developed and licensed, award-winning short film “Alike” is viewed on Vimeo more than 1.5 million times'. At the time of viewing this video, it has been viewed 3.4 million times. Yay for Creative Commons and the resources we get to see because of it. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Support the The Kids’ Sustainable School Challenge

In the month of March, we heard about the The Kids' Sustainable School Challenge being run by the Going to School team. The challenge is the first government-school sustainable enterprise challenge for kids. Students were asked, “How would you change your school, if you could?”, and 10,000 of them responded with their ideas of change.


“It is the first government-school kids sustainable enterprise challenge. The project gives kids in Class IX government schools in Bihar a chance to research, write, think-through, design, and finally action sustainable-enterprise ideas in their schools,” says Lisa Heydlauff, Founder and Director of Going to School.

The challenge ran directly through the 1,500 government secondary schools that Going to School works in. Every kid that wanted to be a part of the programme received an eight-step Kids B plan notebook to complete. When kids were finished with their plans, they sent them to the Going to School office in Delhi.

101 kids’ plans were selected according to whether the ideas were well-researched, sustainable, green, inclusive, used clean energy, and solved a big problem that would change their school for everyone. These  kids then pitched their business ideas at the Pitch It event held on 23rd April, 2017 in Nalanda, Bihar.

Read more about the project here.


50 out of 100 schools have received grants to action the kids' plans. Very excitingly, 50 schools also have a chance to win their own Library Kits from Pratham Books. And for this, Going to School needs your help. 
"The stories created by Pratham Books are set in environments that kids are familiar with, cover a range of genres, and are beautifully illustrated, making books all the more fun to read. If our young entrepreneurs have to keep the momentum going, it will become imperative that they read as much as possible, to expand their mind and know that they can achieve anything, take on any problem, and solve them,” says Lisa."
21 libraries have already been funded. Any amount donated helps the chools get closer to owning their own library.


Help unlock a library and set little readers on a reading journey by donating a book

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Event : Book Exhibition at Indus Early Learning Centre

Folks in Bengaluru - mark your calendar and head to the StoryTelling Festival happening at Indus Early Learning Centre this weekend. Choose from a variety of books and find your perfect picks for the summer vacation!

Illustration : Pratyush Gupta
Date : 13th May, 2017
Time : 10 am - 14:30 pm
Venue :  Indus Early Learning Centre, RMV, No. 36, Kalpana Chawla Road, RMV 2nd Stage, Bengaluru

For registrations, call 9739200007, 9739300007

Click here for more details about the event.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Remembering Justice Leila Seth

The Pratham Books team is saddened to hear about Justice Leila Seth's demise. Our editor, Mala Kumar, shares a few memories of how we got to work with this inspiring woman.
In 2010, when Puffin Books launched Justice Leila Seth's book 'We, the Children: The Preamble to Our Constitution', I had the good fortune to meet her for the first time. When she heard that I was with Pratham Books, she mentioned that we were doing a good job by publishing books in many Indian languages. "I wish this book could reach every child of India. Would Pratham Books want to publish it in other languages?". Thanks to the efforts of her Penguin editor Sudeshna Shome Ghosh, Pratham Books was able to get the book translated into many languages. My colleague Manisha Chaudhry spent many hours with Justice Leila Seth, who was very eager to see at least the Hindi translation.  
In 2014, when the people at Bangalore Literature Festival had invited Justice Leila Seth to be a guest at the fest, she promptly called us to say she would love to make use of her visit to Bangalore to interact with children. At the venue, Justice Leila Seth was absolutely delightful. "Do you know how old I am?" she asked the children. She spoke to the children in an even tone, answering all their questions patiently and clearly.  
"I think I like the role of a grandmother quite a lot," she said when I asked her which of her roles she liked, "it made me want to write for children." 
For that, and for her advice to the children of India, we are grateful to Justice Leila Seth.

Watch :  Understanding the Constitution with Justice Leila Seth
Read about Justice Leila's session on the constitution.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Call for Applications : Publishing Next Industry Awards

The applications for the Publishing Next Industry Awards is now open.


Via Publishing Next

The Publishing Next Industry Awards were instituted in 2014 to reward the talent, initiative, entrepreneurial zeal and untiring efforts of publishers – big, small, independent – that create books. Established under the aegis of the neutral platform of the Publishing Next Conference, the awards seek to recognize innovation and leadership of publishing professionals and others in the book trade.

The Publishing Next Industry Awards 2017 will be presented in the following categories:
Printed Children’s Book of the Year (English)
Printed Children’s Book of the Year (Indian Language)
Printed Book of the Year (English)
Printed Book of the Year (Indian Language)
Printed Illustrated Book of the Year (Coffee Table Books)
Book Cover of the Year
Library of the Year
Bookstore of the Year
Editor of the Year
Rights Professional of the Year
Publisher of the Year (English, General)
Publisher of the Year (Academic)
Publisher of the Year (Children’s Literature)
Publisher of the Year (Indian Languages)

An applicant can apply for more than one category. The final selection of shortlisted applicants will be based solely on information furnished by the applicant. Applicants are requested to be as clear, concise and straight-to-the-point as possible.

Key Dates to remember:
Open for submission of entries: 17th April 2017
Entry deadline: 30th June 2017

Click for more details about the award.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Impact Story : Books in Vizianagram

How many people does it take to build a library? In the case of this rural government school, it needed just one person - Satish Kumar Moida. Satish's father is a government school teacher and Satish decided to fundraise for books for his father's school by using the Donate-a-Book platform.

The month long campaign run by Satish resulted in the school receiving 375 books. Satish shares more details about the books they received :




How the books are being used :
We had these books in a classroom and asked the students to read. After reading, they would explain what they understood after reading the book.  Teachers have also allocated 1 period for reading every day and are also conducting a reading competition. We have observed a change in the children and their interest towards reading and writing. They are asked to come on stage and explain the story. By this they are improving their body language and narrating skillls


The kids are feeling very happy and are very excited to tell the story and competition between them and asking doubts has also increased.


Experience on Donate-a-Book:

I feel it is very useful for rural villages schools and for increasing literacy rate .

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But Satish isn't stopping by setting up just one library. He is on his way to starting another rural library. Support this dream by donating a book



Donate-a-Book is an initiative by Pratham Books to help bridge the gap between those who want to help children read and those who need books for children. Together we will build a Reading India by making storybooks accessible to thousands of children and spread the joy of reading.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Pratham Books is Hiring : Editor (Kannada)

Pratham Books is looking for a dynamic Kannada Language editor, having full command over written, spoken and grammatically correct Kannada language and expertise in the translation process. The person needs to have a live connect with Kannada language and literature. The person will be responsible for anchoring the process of book development from translation of the script in Kannada language to all the steps which are needed to get the print ready PDF. The person will lead a team of translators, reviewers and proof readers, will work with the language and design team and will be responsible for the timely execution of all the processes involved.

This is a job that requires excellent English- Kannada translation ability, language skills, attention to detail. It also requires an interest in children’s literature and a creative understanding of child-friendly language. Clear communication and multitasking skills are a must.


Key Responsibilities
  • Send out the original English scripts for Kannada translations. Give inputs to the translator, see if the review is needed and get the copy proof read. Sign off the final ready to print Kannada PDF.
  • Build a system to put the translation and correction processes in place.
  • Track the workflow, observe the timelines, identify the bottleneck and communicate.
  • Build a strong team of English- Kannada translators, reviewers and proof readers.
  • Ensure the quality of translated work
  • Keep in touch with the new trends and challenges in translation.
  • Identify language experts in Kannada and send some of the translations for quality check.
Qualifications
  • Preferably a degree, in Literature/Journalism/Mass Communication/Media /Language (Kannada)
  • Experience of working in an editorial position in a publishing house and should have hands-on experience in translation, review, proofreading and production related processes.
  • Excellent communication skills in Kannada and English.
  • Sharp eyes to check copy
  • Ability to multi-task and be a team player
  • Good technology skills
  • Passion for children’s literature
Nice to have but not mandatory: Experience in working with nonprofits.

Location: Position is based out of Bengaluru.

Salary: Will commensurate with experience. We are looking for a passionate individual who wants to be part of a team that is creating a new model in multilingual publishing to address the scarcity of books for children in need

Write to us: Email your resume with Language editor, Kannada in the subject line to careers@prathambooks.org.

P.S - If you are shortlisted, you will hear back from us within 15 days of applying.

Pratham Books is Hiring : Print Production Manager

 (Update : This position has been filled and the posting is closed.)

Pratham Books is a not-for-profit children's book publisher that was set up in 2004 to publish good quality, affordable books in many Indian languages. Our mission is to see ‘a book in every child’s hand’ and we have spread the joy of reading to millions of children in India.

In the last 13 years we have published over 3000 books and printed over 14 million copies and 16 million storycards. In 2015, Pratham Books' increased its footprint by going digital. As an industry leader we were one of the first publishers in the country to open license our content. All this content in now available onStoryWeaver, our digital platform that hosts stories in 59 languages. The stories can be read, translated, versioned or downloaded for free. With both the print and digital initiatives being scaled, Pratham Books is looking for a Print Production Manager to take the lead of its print, production and digitization processes.


Job Description:

As a Print Production Manager you will be driving the management of a busy studio that can change from a quiet environment to one full of freelancers and multiple projects all running at the same time. Your job will be to manage the studio and production schedules as well as the day to day administrative responsibilities of running the studio of a reputed publishing house.

This is a job that requires attention to detail, organisation and time management. Clear communication and multitasking skills are a must.

We require an individual who is motivated, knows how to manage the requirements of book production that can require multiple cycles of reviews and adaptations for different platforms. Ability to prioritize workload to manage the studio schedule within the budgetary requirements.

You will work closely with the Editorial team to ensure timely delivery of all aspects of production for print and digital books - from layouts to pagination, optimizing image quality and proofreading to readying artworks, uploading digital books and QC (quality checking).

Key Responsibilities
  • Coordinate with editorial groups to create the final files for production of both print and digital formats of our books
  • Upload the digital books on StoryWeaver
  • Prioritize and manage timely output
  • Supervise the design and production team
  • Develop work procedures, establish quality standards and be responsible for releasing the final files
  • Schedule daily studio workload, coordinate approvals from different teams, manage version control etc
  • Train and monitor studio staff in all relevant skill areas.
  • Liaison with cross functional teams
  • Maintain an efficient archiving system
  • Maintain accurate records of work in progress for billing 
Must have:
  • 7-8 years experience of working within a creative agency / publishing house
  • A working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience in leading a mid-size team consisting of layout artists, DTP, Photoshop and artwork people
  • References to previous work

Pay: Subject to level of previous experience

Location : Delhi

Interested candidates are requested to send in their resume to careers(at)prathambooks(dot)org

P.S - If you are shortlisted, you will hear back from us within 15 days of applying.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tips for Pratham Books' Retell, Remix and Rejoice Contest 2017

The Retell, Remix and Rejoice Contest from Pratham Books is on! This year we changed things around a bit, and gave our community themes to weave some story magic around. You can read more about this here

We thought the story weavers who are taking part this year might like some advice from our seasoned editors at Pratham Books on what to keep in mind when writing books for our very youngest readers! 

Manisha Chaudhry, Head of Content, Pratham Books
  • When you're writing a Pratham Books Level 1 book, stick to one idea.
  • Avoid sub-plots.
  • Try to stick to one line per page
  • Be descriptive! Use words that have sensory pleasure in them - soft, hard, thin, cold, hot, shiny etc. 
  • Use words that are fun to say-gobble gobble, drip drop, pins and needles etc
  • Use the child's eye view , if possible

Rajesh Khar, Senior Editor, Pratham Books
  • Writing with some learning objective or a moral is a big No for any children's fiction.
  • A story can be woven around an idea but the learning has to be embedded in the story itself in a subtle manner just like an subconscious outcome, not open and blunt.
  • The story must not have any biases and prejudices and should also steer clear of the stereotyped characters, settings and nuances.
Rajesh also shared some of his favourite Level 1 and 2 books (click on the name to read them on StoryWeaver!)
Sandhya Taksale, Senior Editor, Pratham Books

Madhuri Purandare's 'Aunt Jui's Baby' perfectly embodies what my colleague Rajesh is saying. The learning is embedded in the story in a subtle manner and the narration is also from the child's point of view.

Here is Sandhya's pick of level 1 and 2 books!

Yamini Vijayan, Commissioning Editor, Pratham Books
  • Repetition and patterns work very well with early readers. "Will you be my friend?" "Are you my mother?" are examples.
  • It's important for writers to expose themselves to as many picture books as possible. Reading is important!

Bijal Vachharajani, Editorial Consultant, Pratham Books
  • Write and rewrite. Reflect.
  • Share your words with other readers and writers
  • Read your story out loud for rhythm and pace.
  • Ask for feedback. Listen to feedback.
  • Edit ruthlessly. And then edit some more. 
  • Read many books, and then read some more. Read what you like, read what you don't.
  • Become a fierce critic of yourself. 
  • Remember when you are writing for children, you need to pull up your socks and give it your best. They will never settle for less.

Pratham Books is Hiring : Art Director

(Update : This position has been filled and the posting is closed.)

Pratham Books is a not-for-profit children's book publisher that was set up in 2004 to publish good quality, affordable books in many Indian languages. Our mission is to see ‘a book in every child’s hand’ and we have spread the joy of reading to millions of children in India.

In 13 years, we have published over 3,000 books and distributed over 14 million copies of our storybooks and 16 million story cards. In 2015, Pratham Books' increased its footprint by going digital. As an industry leader, we were one of the first publishers in the country to open license our content. All this content is now available on StoryWeaver, our digital platform that hosts stories in 60 languages. The stories can be read, translated, versioned or downloaded for free.


Job Description

Today, Pratham Books creates books suited to both print and digital mediums in multiple languages. We are looking for an Art Director to help us create visually appealing picture books with a strong understanding of how each of these mediums work.

As an Art Director, you will be responsible for the design and production of books created for both print and digital. As most of our titles are migrated to StoryWeaver, we are looking for someone who is tech-savvy and eager to find ways of minimising loss between print and digital book design. This will require you to work closely with our editorial team and external content creators we collaborate with (illustrators, consultant artdirectors). The candidate needs to have excellent graphic design skills and experience in print production.



Key Responsibilities
  • Manage a team of graphic designers to ensure that the book design is completed within agreed timelines
  • Work with freelance illustrators and consultant art directors to create visually-appealing books keeping in mind print and digital requirements
  • Find innovative ways of reducing losses when a book is adapted from print to digital, or vice versa
  • Ensure highest quality of print books
  • Work closely with the editorial team to create stories with rich, diverse and nuanced visual narratives
  • Bring in expertise of typography, keeping in mind multilingual content
Required skills
  • 6-8 years of experience in Graphic Design
  • Strong understanding of print production
  • Strong communication skills
  • Expertise in Photoshop, InDesign
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Be a team player
Nice to have but not mandatory:

  • An interest in illustration and book publishing
  • Knowledge of children’s books
Location: Position is based out of Bangalore

Salary: Will commensurate with experience. We are looking for a passionate individual who wants to be part of a team that is creating a new model in multilingual publishing to address the scarcity of books for children in need.

Write to us: Email your resume with Art Director in the subject line to careers(at)prathambooks(dot)org

P.S - If you are shortlisted, you will hear back from us within 15 days of applying.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Have You Seen All Our Latest Green Books?

Over the last couple of years, we have been creating a range of digital-first books for StoryWeaver — Pratham Books' digital platform of openly-licensed multilingual stories. For these books, our focus has mainly been on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) topics. 

Oh no, please don’t run away already! We hope we didn’t scare you with the mention of STEM. In fact, the whole idea of creating these books has been to make these themes more accessible and appealing for children. We are certain that the stories that have been created as part of this set will help children make better sense of these concepts, and also make it more fun and memorable for them. In this post, we are sticking to our set of ‘Nature & Environment’ books. 

 Nature and environment have been recurring themes in the work we do at Pratham Books. We feel strongly that it’s important to engage children in conversations about nature at an early age. Through these narratives, we’re attempting to show them all the incredible and strange wonders of nature, nurture their curiosity and hopefully, inspire them to be young eco-warriors.

An illustration by Aindri Chakraborty from 'Apu's Giant Earthquake'
Our new set of Environment-themed stories have been commissioned and edited by Bijal Vachharajani, who writes extensively on the environment for a number of publications. These books have been art-directed by writer and illustrator Vinayak Varma, giving them the distinctive look and nuance that is needed for green books.

A Cloud of Trash by Karanjeet Kaur & Bhavana Vyas Vipparthi
A cloud of trash is hanging over Cheekoo’s head, making her the unhappiest girl in the world. Read this wonderful story to find out how Cheekoo gets rid of this horrible trash cloud.

Apu’s Giant Earthquake by Sudeshna Shome Ghosh & Aindri Chakraborty
Did Apu’s singing cause the earth to tremble and shake? Or was it an earthquake? Find out more in this humorous and fascinating story about earthquakes.

A Butterfly Smile by Mathangi Subramanian & Lavanya Naidu
Kavya’s family has just moved from her village to Bengaluru and she is the newest girl in her class. Go along with Kavya as she visits a butterfly park where she discovers a special connection with butterflies and also makes a new friend.

What’s Neema Eating Today? by Bijal Vachharajani & Priya Kuriyan
Meet Neema who LOVES to eat. Slippery lychees, squishy jamuns, sour tamarinds, shiny spinach – she loves it all! Join Neema as she chews and chomps her way through the year.

An illustration by Lavanya Naidu from 'A Butterfly Smile'
In case you haven’t seen the Environment books that were created last year, you can read them here. 

Jadav and the Tree-Place by Vinayak Varma
Jadav has the best job in the world: he makes forests! How does he do it? Read this book to find out!This book won the 'Digital Book of the Year' award at the Publishing Next Conference in 2016.
Buy the book

Up World, Down World by Padmaparna Ghosh & Sunaina Coelho
In a canopy forest in India, the Up World and Down World have always been suspicious of each other. But it all changes when Gopa the dormouse drops her book by accident on Fatima’s head. A story about the biodiversity of the canopy forests and friendship. This book has been art-directed by illustrator and animator Kaveri Gopalakrishnan.
Buy the book

Let's Go Seed Collecting! by Neha Sumitran & Archana Sreenivasan
Join Tooka, Poi, and their best friend Inji the dog, as they go around collecting seeds. The adventure begins when the three friends meet Pacha the tamarind tree. 
At Least I'm Okay! by Alison Byrnes
Una, a mountain goat, lives on top of a mountain in beautiful Sakuland. The animals love their home but one day, the climate begins to change and the animals are forced to leave Sakuland. A story about climate change and how it affects animals and the natural world.

An illustration by Vinayak Varma from 'Jadav and the Tree-Place'
All these stories can be read and downloaded for free in multiple languages on storyweaver.org.in

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pratham Books is looking for a Digital Content Intern

At Pratham Books, we believe in the power of stories – good stories. For well over a decade we have strived hard to reach children across India with a variety of award-winning stories across 18 Indian languages. With our digital crowd-sourcing platform – StoryWeaver we now share the power of stories with a global community of educators, parents, authors, illustrators and translators. 

StoryWeaver is a digital repository of openly-licensed, multilingual children's stories. It allows its users to read, create and translate stories into Indian and international languages in the hope that children across the world can read quality stories in a languages of their choice.

StoryWeaver is looking for an intern for our Digital Content
Project Details
  • Migration of Pratham Books stories in multiple languages in digital formats onto StoryWeaver
  • Working on our language content for StoryWeaver
  • Publishing our stories on digital platform by ensuring a visually appealing layout 
  • Working with external agencies and proofreaders. 
  • Uploading books on StoryWeaver which involves tagging stories and images in a way that makes it accessible to users
Are you the intern we're looking for?This is the perfect project if you're a college student or a graduate looking to add some work experience to your resume.

The ideal candidate will
  • Have good understanding of English and any one (or more) of the following languages: Kannada, Tamil and Telugu.
  • Have an eye for editing and love for languages and children’s stories 
  • Works well with a team
  • The intern can opt for an internship period that will range from 1 month to 3 months. The intern will receive an honorarium. The role requires her/him to be based in Bangalore and work from our office. 
Please send your resume to storyweaver@prathambooks.org with 'Intern - Digital Content for StoryWeaver' in the subject line of the email.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pratham Books is Hiring : Assistant - Projects

 (Update : This position has been filled and the posting is closed.)

At Pratham Books, we believe in the power of stories – good stories. For well over a decade we have strived hard to reach children across India with a variety of award-winning stories across 18 Indian languages. With our digital crowd-sourcing platform – StoryWeaver we now share the power of stories with a global community of educators, parents, authors, illustrators and translators. 

StoryWeaver is a digital repository of openly-licensed, multilingual children's stories. It allows its users to read, create and translate stories into Indian and international languages in the hope that children across the world can read quality stories in a languages of their choice. 

Currently, we're looking for a full-time, Assistant - Projects to join our Digital Team in Bengaluru.

As an Assistant - Projects at StoryWeaver, this is what will keep you busy:

  • Working with a designer to adapt our legacy content (Pratham Books' print books) for StoryWeaver
  • Co-ordinating with reviewers and proofreaders
  • Support campaigns aimed at improving content on StoryWeaver
  • Finding creative ways for stories on StoryWeaver to travel wide and far
  • Uploading books on StoryWeaver which involves tagging stories and images in a way that makes it accessible to users
  • Identifying and forging partnerships with other open repositories to bring their stories onto StoryWeaver
Preferred Requirements
  • Degree in Literature/Journalism/Mass Communication/Media /Language 
  • Good communication skills in English, and ability to read and write well in one South Indian language (preferably Kannada, Telugu or Tamil)
  • 1-2 years of work experience; freshers may also apply
  • Ability to multi-task and coordinate between different stakeholders
  • Capable of working within a team and tight deadlines
  • Tech-savvy 
  • Sharp eyes to check copy
  • Love for languages
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please send your resume to storyweaver@prathambooks.org with 'Assistant - Projects for StoryWeaver' in the subject line of the email.

We look forward to hearing from you!

P.S - If you are shortlisted, you will hear back from us within 15 days of applying.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Storyweaver Poised for its Next Phase of Growth : More Stories. More Access. More Children Reading!

We, at Pratham Books, have had an amazing journey over the past 18 months since the launch of StoryWeaver, when we created a gateway to thousands of open access stories in mother tongue languages for children. The interactive nature of the platform has allowed users not just to read the stories but also translate, version, and download and print the stories for use.

We are now poised to take the next leap, thanks to Google.org, whose grant makes it possible for us to scale up StoryWeaver to provide more stories in more languages to children all over the world. Access to learning and information is part of Google’s core values and the organization has announced a $8.4M commitment to help scale four groundbreaking education nonprofits working in India to make a quality education a reality.


StoryWeaver has enabled access to a staggering 3000 stories in 67 languages in the past 18 months. These stories ae being reimagined and translated for the enjoyment of children of all ages, and their digital format allows them to reach the remotest of areas, and the least-served children. We have been overwhelmed by the response of our wonderful community that has contributed their time and talent to create, translate and version the stories and take them to more children. Imagine our delight when we discovered that it also spoke for unrepresented languages that are the mother tongue languages of some of the most disadvantaged children. From minority languages like Tibetan and Konkani, to tribal languages like Kora and Santali and endangered languages like Kurdish, StoryWeaver is a rich source of children’s storybooks, which, as we know, are an essential pathway to literacy.

Suchana, based in Birbhum, West Bengal, has been working to improve the lives of the large Adivasi tribal community in that region by implementing education and health programmes. One of the challenges faced by them was that while children spoke Kora and Santali at home, learning materials were only available in Bangla, which is the dominant language of that region. Even though, the indigenous Adivasi languages of Kora and Santali are the first languages of the people of the region, there was a dearth of original learning material. This changed dramatically when Suchana began to use the StoryWeaver platform for translation. In a year and a half, almost 70 new stories in Kora and Santali have been translated and published on the platform. Even as you read this, 10,000 copies of books in these languages are being printed for use in their school programmes.

The grant from Google.org will provide a big boost to our work with StoryWeaver, propelling it to the next level of reach and influence. It will encourage the generation of thousands of new, engaging stories to be distributed even more widely, and read and enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of children across the globe.

With this, we will take a big step forward in fulfilling our mission of ‘a book in every child’s hand’.


Read more about the grant here : 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Pratham Books is Hiring : Junior Digital Marketing Executive

Pratham Books is a not-for-profit children's book publisher that was set up in 2004 to publish good quality, affordable books in many Indian languages. Our mission is to see ‘a book in every child’s hand’ and we have spread the joy of reading to millions of children in India.

In the last 13 years we have published over 3000 books and printed over 14 million copies and 16 million storycards. In 2015, Pratham Books' increased its footprint by going digital. As an industry leader we were one of the first publishers in the country to open licence our content. All this content in now available in digital formats on StoryWeaver, our digital platform that hosts stories in 59 languages. The stories can be read, translated, versioned or downloaded for free.

At Pratham Books, we are shaping a new, innovative approach to multilingual publishing because we believe that every child needs good books to read in a language of their choice.

Pratham Books is looking for a junior digital marketing executive to promote its current suite of digital platforms. Through digital and online techniques and analysis, the digital marketing executive will work closely with all the organisation’s verticals setting and achieving specific goals in metricsm communication, brand building and conversion. 

The ideal candidate will. self-starter, natural organiser and excellent team player.

Responsibilities
  • Creating & implementing online and offline campaigns alongside our annual editorial/event calendar.
  • Support in execution of marketing projects and campaigns, including ideation, creation of collaterals, distribution of collaterals in various media.
  • Measurement and analysis of impact of online and offline marketing campaigns.
  • Create and share content on Social Media channels with our online community in new and exciting formats
  • Internal and external communication in the form of digital newsletters
  • Drive user engagement on StoryWeaver using social media tools, online partnerships and digital marketing.
  • Help develop and champion an SEO Strategy for the platform.
Skills
  • Experience with Google Analytics/AdWords and SEO
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong skills in online marketing, branding, social media marketing and copywriting.
Experience
  • At least 1-2 years’ experience within digital marketing ideally within publishing/media/edtech/events.
Qualifications : Bachelor’s degree. Any additional certification in digital marketing will be a bonus.

Salary: Will be commensurate with experience. We are looking for a passionate individual who wants to be part of a team that is creating a new model in multilingual publishing to address the scarcity of books for children in need.

Interested candidates can send their resume to careers@prathambooks.org

P.S - If you are shortlisted, you will hear back from us within 15 days of applying.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Pratham Books' Retell, Remix and Rejoice Contest 2017 is here!


Our annual Retell, Remix and Rejoice contest is back… with a small twist! This year :
  • You can choose from the whole universe of illustrations on the StoryWeaver platform 
  • You have to create an engaging story for young readers (A level 1 or 2 book. More details below)
A recent report ‘Mapping Children’s Literature in India’ by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust and Parag revealed a huge shortage of quality stories for our youngest readers (0-6 years), especially in Indian languages. We want your help in creating joyful stories for the next generation of bookworms to read, giggle and wonder at in English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi or Tamil. We asked Pratham Books’ editors to share the themes they felt engaging stories were most needed in. This is what they would like you to weave stories about:
  • My body: Parts of the body, sensations, growing up. Take a look at Rohini Nilekani’s ‘Listen to my Body’.
  • My friends: Games we play, sharing, fighting, making up, being fair. Have you read ‘मेरा घर’ by Rukmini Banerjee.
  • Animals around us: My pets, domestic and wild animals, birds and insects. ‘Ammu's Puppy’ by Sowmya Rajendran was one of the big hits of 2016 on StoryWeaver
  • Travel: Using modes of transport in stories, visiting new places and culture, etc. Check out 'My Car' by Phidi Pulu.
  • People around us: My teachers, shopkeepers, drivers, fruit-sellers, ice-cream wala, the gardener, mechanic, etc. Here's 'Phani's Slippers' by Sridala Swamy. 
  • The world around me: Weather, nature, seasons, trees and flowers, every day science Have you read 'The Red Raincoat' by Kiran Kasturia.

About our Reading Levels

At Pratham Books we link levels to the child’s reading development, since we know 10-year-olds who are comfortable with a Level 1 story, as well as 6-year-olds who can read Level 3 stories effortlessly. This happens across languages too as kids have different fluencies in different languages.

This year we’re asking you to be as creative as you can and convey as much as you can - using as few words as possible. Use our reading level guidelines as you create them.

Level 1 Books
  • Easy words, word repetition
  • Short sentences, less than 5 on a page
  • Text and pictures should support each other
  • Big fonts
  • Rhyme and rhythm
  • Word range: 0 to 250

Level 2 Books
  • Simple concepts (especially in non-fiction)
  • Stories with linear, engaging plots
  • Word range: 250 to 600



Guidelines for Submission

Timelines:
Contest ends on April 30, 2017.

Copyright and other guidelines

  • All stories submitted must be your original work.
  • Participants must be over the age of 17 to participate (we’re organising an exciting contest for children later in the year)
  • By submitting your work to Retell, Remix and Rejoice 2017, you are agreeing to a CC-BY license being applied to it (This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation). To know more about CC-BY, click here.

For queries, write to us at storyweaver@prathambooks.org

While we encourage participation from all countries, prizes shall be couriered only within India.

How to enter
You can submit your story for Retell, Remix and Rejoice 2017
using illustrations from our image bank
  • by uploading your own illustrations
  • or as text only
Here’s a quick video tutorial on how to create stories on StoryWeaver.

However you choose to create your entry, it MUST be via the Retell, Remix and Rejoice contest page, by clicking on the button below :


Oh and before you go… here’s a quick reminder of the prize this year

The three best manuscripts will receive detailed feedback from our Senior Editors at Pratham Books. One of the finalist entries will be chosen for re-illustration by a children’s book illustrator.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Pratham Books is Hiring : Junior Graphic Designer

 (Update : This position has been filled and the posting is closed.)

Pratham Books is a not-for-profit children's book publisher that was set up in 2004 to publish good quality, affordable books in many Indian languages. Our mission is to see ‘a book in every child’s hand’ and we have spread the joy of reading to millions of children in India.

In the last 13 years we have published over 3000 books and printed over 14 million copies and 16 million storycards. In 2015, Pratham Books' increased its footprint by going digital. As an industry leader we were one of the first publishers in the country to open licence our content. All this content in now available in digital formats on StoryWeaver, our digital platform that hosts stories in 59 languages. The stories can be read, translated, versioned or downloaded for free. With both the print and digital initiatives being scaled, Pratham Books is looking for a Junior Graphic Designer. The job involves book design, page layout, and preparing illustrations for page layout, creating promotional posters, catalogues and other creative products, in English and many other languages.

Key Responsibilities
  • Working closely with the design and editorial teams to design and layout new children’s books for print and digital formats. ( The illustrations for the books will be provided)
  • Adapting the original print design files, and adapting it into sizes and templates that are suitable for StoryWeaver - Pratham Books’ digital story platform. Strong Photoshop skills are required for this 
  • Pagination, Artwork, Archiving and Documentation
Required skills:
  • Designer with an eye towards details and a strong sense of visualization.
  • Graphic design skills and an interest in book layouts
  • Expertise in Adobe creative suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) and CorelDraw. Proficient in MS Office and Windows
  • Basic understanding of the printing process 
  • Minimum of three years of relevant experience
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately on design files
  • Be a team player, Quick learner
  • Good communication skills 
  • Capable of working within a team and tight deadlines
  • Knowledge of fonts and Unicode fonts will be a plus
Pay: Subject to level of previous experience

Location : Bengaluru

Interested candidates are requested to send in their resume to storyweaver@prathambooks.org

Thursday, March 16, 2017

ऑक्सफ़ोर्ड बुकस्टोर हिन्दी साहित्य उत्सव

१९ मार्च को दिल्ली के ऑक्सफ़ोर्ड बुक स्टोर में एक दिवसीय हिंदी साहित्य उत्सव आयोजित किया जा रहा है। इसमें कविता पाठ से ले कर अनेक साहित्यिक व समसामयिक विषयों पर चर्चा होगी. पियूष मिश्र , मैत्रेयि पुष्पा , उर्वशी बुटालिया, सईदा हमीद व मृणाल पाण्डे जैसे वक्ताओं को सुनने का मौका दिल्लीवालों को मिलेगा। अनुवाद जैसे महत्वपूर्ण विषय पर भी बातचीत होगी। 

मनीषा चौधरी ( प्रधान सम्पादक, प्रथम बुक्स ) १९ मार्च ३.४५ -४.३० को ऑक्सफ़ोर्ड बुक स्टोर के हिंदी साहित्य उत्सव में "अनुवाद : भाषाओँ के आर पार" नामक पैनल चर्चा में एक वक्ता के रूप में शरीक होंगी 

दिन : रविवार, 19 मार्च, 2017
समय : सुबह 11:00 से शाम 08:00 बजे तक
स्‍थान : ऑक्सफ़ोर्ड बुकस्टोर, N - 81, कनॉटप्लेस, नई दिल्ली - 110001

Manisha Chaudhry (head of content team, Pratham Books) will also be speaking at the panel discussion "Anuvaad Bhashaon ke Aar Paar" at 3.45 pm.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pratham Books is Hiring : Editor (Tamil)

 (Update : This position has been filled and the posting is closed.)

Pratham Books is looking for a dynamic Tamil Language editor, having full command over written, spoken and grammatically correct Tamil language and expertise in the translation process. The person needs to have a live connect with Tamil language and literature. The person will be responsible for anchoring the process of book development from translation of the manuscript in Tamil language to all the steps, which are needed to get the final books. The person will lead an outsourced team of translators, reviewers and proof readers, will work with the language and design team and will be responsible for the timely execution of all the processes involved.

This is a job that requires excellent English- Tamil translation ability, language skills, attention to detail. It also requires an interest in children’s literature and a creative understanding of child-friendly language. Clear communication and multitasking skills are a must.

Key Responsibilities

  • Send out the original English scripts for Tamil translations. Give inputs to the translator, see if the review is needed and get the copy proof read. Sign off the final ready to print Tamil PDF.
  • Build a system to put the translation and correction processes in place.
  • Track the workflow, observe the timelines, identify the bottleneck and communicate.
  • Build a strong team of English- Tamil translators, reviewers and proof readers.
  • Ensure the quality of translated work
  • Keep in touch with the new trends and challenges in translation.
  • Identify language experts in Tamil and send some of the translations for quality check.

Qualifications
  • Preferably a degree, in Literature/Journalism/Mass Communication/Media /Language (Tamil)
  • Experience of working in an editorial position in a publishing house and should have hands-on experience in translation, review, proofreading and production related processes.
  • Excellent communication skills in Tamil and English.
  • Sharp eyes to check copy
  • Ability to multi-task and be a team player
  • Good technology skills
  • Passion for children’s literature

Nice to have but not mandatory: Experience in working with children’s literature

Location: Position is based out of Bengaluru

Salary: Will commensurate with experience. We are looking for a passionate individual who wants to be part of a team that is creating a new model in multilingual publishing to address the scarcity of books for children in need

Write to us: Email your resume with 'Language editor, Tamil' in the subject line to careers@prathambooks.org.