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.

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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!