Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Pratham Books and Zee JLF Outreach : Reaching a New Generation of Literature Lovers

Are you gearing up for the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival? We are going to be there and many of our new books are going to be waiting for you too!

But long before we start preparing to come for the the Jaipur Literature Festival, we start planning the JLF Outreach. In it's seventh year, the JLF- Pratham Books Outreach Programme will reach out to over 125 schools across Delhi and Jaipur. The sessions in Delhi already started on the December, 11, 2017. The Jaipur leg of the outreach programme is taking place between January 15- 29, 2018.

Young children in school learn to interact with books in many ways. As they learn language, they also get their first taste of literature in their text books, library books and books that their friends are reading. What can be more exciting for them than to meet the authors and illustrators who create these wonderful magical things called books!

The JLF Outreach takes the excitement of the world's finest literature festival right into their classrooms. Author interactions, readings, exciting discussions, and tips on writing...a truly rewarding experience for children and authors as they come face to face. This is one exchange of energy that can only have a positive outcome. The children leave the session with their head teeming with new ideas and their hearts full of the inexplicable joy of experiencing the magic of the word. The authors always come away charged with the energy that children carry- the energy of hope and finding a new generation of readers.

Talks, readings, discussions, workshops, storytelling sessions for children as young as three to young adults in college will liven up the academic lives of more than 25,000 children. 

Some of the participating schools include Bhawani CDC, Smart Native International School, Seth Anandi Lal School for Blind, Deaf and Dumb, Prayas Centre Jagatpura, Government Upper Primary School Bandari ka Nasik, Government Primary School Badi Chaupad, MGD Girls’ School, Neerja Modi International School, Maheshwari Girl’s College, Bright Future English School and several others.

In previous years, the Outreach has covered more than 20,000 young and budding readers. Outstanding talents such as Suvidha Mistry, Valentina Trivedi, Gilbert King, Cat Weatherhill, Adam Johnson, Jerry Pinto, Ruth Padel, Prashant Jha, Neel Mukherjee, Mandy Ord have transported the magic of the ZEE JLF into classrooms for some memorable sessions. S

Parag Children’s Library Unconference 2018

Via libraryeducators.in

Today, more than ever, we need to affirm and preserve our multi-lingual and multi-cultural society. Children must grow up respecting and understanding others who may look different from them and have different beliefs, customs and religions. Parag believes multicultural literature fosters positive self-esteem, has the ability to nurture respect, empathy and acceptance among all students. As such the roles of children’s literature and libraries become critical.

Date: February 8, 2018

Venue: Sanskriti Kendra, Anand Gram, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, New Delhi\

Click here for more details on the conference and to register for the Masterclass on ‘How to make your Library & Collection Diverse’.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Find Our Books at the Chennai Book Fair

Isn't January a fantastic month? We love this month because of the several book fairs that happen across the country. We are currently at the New Delhi World Book Fair and you can also find our books at the Chennai Book Fair! The 41st Chennai Book Fair will be held between January 10 and 22, 2018. 

Look our for our popular books as well as our new books at :
Date : 10th - 22nd January, 2018
Time : 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on holidays and from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays.
Stall : The Eureka Books Stall (Stall no.305/306)
Venue : St. George's Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School (Opp Pachaiyappa's College), Aminjikarai, Chennai.

See you at there!

Nurturing Empathy Through Stories

Growing up can be tricky business. Children have to contend with peer pressure, inflated competition in schools, articulating their emotions, and building confidence. The academic and social challenges can be unrelenting, and often lead to feelings of isolation, inadequacy and low self-esteem. For long, parents and teachers assumed that dealing with these feelings depended on temperament and personality, and that all children would pick these skills up eventually, as a part of growing up. However, with studies, emotional intelligence has emerged as a valuable way of working through these obstacles in a healthy manner.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognise and react to one’s own feelings and emotions, and also empathise with what others are going through. It’s our capacity to relate to and communicate with others using emotions. While we are all born with varying levels of emotional intelligence, the good news is that it is not a static number, and can be worked upon.

Being exposed to opportunities that allow you to express your feelings, and learning to speak in ways that ensure that everyone will hear you, works better when it is taught from an early age. “Something we now know, from doing dozens of studies, is that emotions can either enhance or hinder your ability to learn,” says Marc Brakett, a senior research scientist in psychology at Yale University. As a result, schools around the world have begun to incorporate social-emotional learning to develop children into healthier and happier adults. Not only has heightened emotional intelligence been a trait of successful and social adults, but it has also shown strong links to financial earnings, though the two were previously thought as being completely unrelated.

Teaching children to name their feelings, and creating strategies to deal with those different feelings is a good way to develop emotional intelligence in children. Asking children to identify the feelings of other people and places (“How does this place make you feel?”, “Does this place feel peaceful to you?”, etc.) is another way of helping children become more aware of their emotions, and understand how to respond to them.

At Pratham Books, we believe that books can also serve as a great way of nurturing empathy in children. Some of the books that have recently been developed at Pratham Books, keeping in mind the value of emotional intelligence are -

1. A Helping Hand by Payal Dhar and Vartika Sharma

There's a new girl in class and our teacher has asked me to be her friend and show her around. But I'm not sure I want to - she's... not like the rest of us! A fascinating tale of friendship and fitting in, which tells its story through letters. 

2. Reeti and Mithu by Anupa Lal and Soumya Menon

Reeti's holidays have begun, but she isn't happy. She doesn't like holidays because she misses being with her friends. One day she gets a pet - Mithu, the talking parrot. Does Mithu become her new best friend? Read this heartwarming story of friendship to find out!

3. Angry Akku by Vinayak Varma

Akku is having an awful day and it’s making her very, VERY angry. Read this book to find out how Akku's anger melts away, and get ideas on what to do when YOU are very, VERY angry. 

4. Kalpana’s Cycle by Sowmya Rajendran and Kabini Amin

Kalpana is learning to cycle, but it isn’t easy at all! She falls over and over again, even hurting herself. Does she finally learn to cycle? Does she give up? A heartwarming story about the importance of trying.

The titles mentioned above are available for free in multiple languages on StoryWeaver, and are also available for sale in our e-store.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Join Us at the New Delhi World Book Fair

Folks in Delhi : Start the new year by adding some new books to your book collection. Pratham Books will be at the New Delhi World Book Fair. Come along and find your favourite Pratham Books titles at :

New Delhi World Book Fair
Hall No.H7F-H, Stall No.167
6th - 14th January, 2018
11 am - 8 pm
Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

We will also be hosting two events during the book fair :

12th January : Storytelling session by Rohini Vij, between 11 am - 1 pm.

13th January : Storytelling session by Rituparna Ghosh from Your Story Bag, between 11 am - 1 pm.

The sessions will be held at Children’s Pavilion, near Hall No 7. 

Note : several different sessions by other publishers will also be happening during this time period. So, you may just catch more than a few sessions. What fun, no?

See you at the New Delhi World Book Fair!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Six of our stories in Braille, on World Braille Day

We love receiving books. Yesterday, when we received two copies of a book developed by our friends at Pratham Education Foundation, we were quite thrilled. We looked at them, and ran our hands over the pages. You see, they had come right in time for us to celebrate World Braille Day on January 4, the birthday of French educator and Braille inventor, Louis Braille.

Developed  as a library project to make accessible material for children with disability, the book carries six stories published by Pratham Books: 

Louis Braille created the Braille system because he loved to read. Thanks to him, and to the funding organization CBM, Pratham Education Foundation will be able to take our stories to over 100 libraries in Maharshtra and Madhya Pradesh.

The book is not available for sale now, but the non-Braille books are available as print books. They can be read for free in English here:  Cheep Cheep Drip Drip, Bunty and Bubbly, Goloo the Circle, Avani and the Pea Plant, Anaya's Thumb, and The Timid Train.