Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pratham Books is Hiring : Graphic Designer (Digital)

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

Pratham Books is looking for two Graphic Designers to join our digital team. This is a full-time position based in Bangalore. 

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.

Illustration by Vinayak Varma
The candidate will be responsible for:
  • Designing picture books for print.
  • Adapting original design files (in print), and converting it into sizes and designs that are suitable for StoryWeaver - Pratham Books’ digital story platform.
  • Working closely with our Content Team to create and adapt content for digital and print mediums.
  • Working closely with the production team for the first print run of the books.

Required skills:

  • Expertise in InDesign Creative Suite, Photoshop, Illustrator, CorelDraw
  • Basic graphic design skills and an interest in book layouts
  • Basic understanding of the printing process (digital and offset)
  • Minimum one to three years of relevant experience
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately on design files
  • Be a team player, quick learner
  • Good communication skills
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please send your resume to with ‘Graphic Designer - Digital' in the subject line of the email.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Apply For The Early Readers Library Grant

“I don't believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
― J.K. Rowling

At Pratham Books, we believe in the magic of books and are presenting organizations with an opportunity to receive not one book...but a library of books! Why libraries? Because according to the ASER Survey 2014 - "School enrolments are at an all-time high of 96.7%, but 52% of children in Standard 5 in government schools cannot read Standard. 2 level text". As a child starts facing difficulties of reading, she starts slipping behind in her grades. Thus, providing joyful reading material for first generation learners in a language of their choice is what we are trying to do.

If you are an organization that works with children we invite you to apply for an Early Readers’ Library Grant*. 

100 classroom libraries will be donated to organizations/schools working with children from low-income communities

Each classroom library comes in a modular storage unit and contains 100+ books in Hindi, English, Kannada, Tamil, or Marathi.

For details and eligibility requirements, click below.

Guidelines : Early Readers Library Grant 2017

  • If you are applying for this grant, please ensure you have read through and understood the Guidelines mentioned below. Organisations who fulfill the criteria will only be eligible for the grant.
  • The Applicant should be a Non Profit Organization registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 or Section 25 of Companies Act of 1956 or any other legal entity under regulations of Government of India OR a Government or Low budget Private School.
  • The Applicant should be working with children from low income communities.
  • The Applicant should have a functioning reading program/ active library for children with fixed reading hours outside curriculum. This reading program must give children access and opportunities to read book, which are not a part of the set curriculum and are read for the pleasure of reading. 
  • The Applicant should be working with children from Grades 1 to 6.
  • The reading program that the Applicant runs should impact at least 50-100 children of the community.
Last day of application: 11th November, 2017

Points to be noted
  • A duly filled form is imperative for us to consider your application, so please don’t miss any columns while filling in your application.
  • Only applications received via THIS Google Form link will be considered. Applications sent via email or post will not be eligible for the grant.
  • Decision of Pratham Books will be final while selecting the final list of beneficiaries for the grant. 
  • Pratham Books is not obliged to disclose the cause of acceptance or rejection of any application.
As the applications start pouring in, we promise to read and consider every application we receive. We are also looking for new partners in this journey, so organisations who have not yet benefited from any grant from Pratham Books before will get first preference. 

Please write to us at if you have any further questions or comments.

*This grant has been supported by the P.A.N.I. Foundation.

Friday, October 6, 2017

#DaanUtsav : 6 Library Campaigns You Can Donate To

Daan Utsav is India’s festival of giving that brings people from various sectors together, to celebrate and spread the joy of sharing. Held annually in the first week of October (2nd-8th), the festival has empowered millions of Indians to give back to society. 

Through DaanUtsav people can choose how they want to give back to society - through time, material, money or love. If you believe in the work we do and want to support it, please consider making a donation towards any of these library campaigns that are currently running on our Donate-a-Book platform. 

A donation as small as Rs.250 can make a big difference to a school that has no/less access to books!

  • Support the campaign that seeks to set up ten libraries in schools and learning centres in rural Tamil Nadu.
  • Add more books to Sanjeevani Hospital Foundation's library in Maharashtra.

Missed Call Do, Kahaani Suno is Back!

This Daan Utsav, we are opening up the lines to our Missed Call Do, Kahaani Suno project. Last year, we successfully ran this public campaign for two days. This time around, the campaign is on for ten days!

From 6th-16th October, 2017 use your phone as a storyteller for your little one! That's right, free audio stories to delight your tiny tot! Bring alive Bheema, Sringeri Srinivas, Veeru and many other delightful characters and stories from Pratham Books. The stories are available in Hindi and English.

So don't wait, grab your phone, aur ek missed call do on 080-33094244

3 easy steps to listen to a story for FREE
Step 1: Give a missed call to  080-33094244 
Step 2: We'll call you back and you can listen to stories in English and Hindi
Step 3: To listen to more stories, simply give a missed call again. 

Additionally, you will also receive a link to the story through an SMS and you can then read the story too.

Also, help us spread the word so that more kids get to hear a story today! Example : write down the number and share it with someone whose child may not have access to stories OR download the image above and share it through Whatsapp OR send an SMS with the number to someone you know.

We would like to thank Vodafone Foundation for powering this project, Radio Mirchi's CSR initiative -Mirchi Cares that helped bring these stories alive and Ozonetel for helping us deliver these audio stories to you.

Give a missed call on 080-33094244 and get a story in return!

P.S - As there are a limited number of calls, call the number when your child is next to you. That way, more kids get to hear stories.