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

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