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Thursday, 24 March 2016

Pratham Books Champion : Arthi Anand Navaneet

Arthi Anand Navaneet  shared these pictures of the storytelling session she conducted as part of StoryWeaver's Wonder Why Week.  Arthi is the voice of Art's Tales, a weekend story telling initiative.

Arthi used the stories 'Dum, Dum-a-Dum Biryani' and 'How Does the Toothpaste Get into the Tube?' along with 'The King's Bed' (a clever story on standards measurements) for her storytelling session. "Interspersed with some fun experiments by the children- a delightful experience indeed," says Arthi.












See all the images from Arthi's session here.

Thank you Arthi for spreading the joy of reading!

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Wonder Why Week was a week-long (28th February- 6th March, 2016) celebration of picture books that introduce children to topics from robotics and measurement, to genes and forest canopies. These new titles were created under a grant from the Oracle Giving Initiative and touch upon Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. You can see some of these titleshere.

Note : If you want to be a Pratham Books Champion and join us on our journey of getting 'a book in every child's hand', write to us at champions(at)prathambooks(dot)org.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Pratham Books Champion : Sindhu Karanth

Sindhu Karanth sent us this story about the storytelling session she conducted as part of StoryWeaver's Wonder Why Week. Sindhu wrote in to say :

I conducted two storytelling sessions of the story "Lets Go Seed collecting" with the school kids I work with.

First session was with around 35 kids of govt school, Gandhi bazar, Bangalore. I dislpayed the PDF version of the book on laptop as I wanted them to see the colorful illustrations. It was a first time experience for all of them and no need to say how much did they enjoy :) {they closed the windows to get a theater like effect ;)}

The story was read aloud to them in English, and we discussed about it in Kannada and they were all happy to share about all the things that they get to pick on the roads.

Second session had around 25 kids of class 1,2 & 3 of the other school. Here, it was a story telling session in Kannada. Initially, nobody was ready to say that they too pick things on the road. After listening to the story, almost everybody proudly said that they too are like Tooka and Poi. Only thing missing is Inji ;)

It was also very interesting to know from them what are the things that they do on their way back to home from school. Two girls said that, everyday they fill their water bottles from school n water the random plants and trees on the road. So much to learn from them :)




Thank you Sindhu for spreading the joy of reading!

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Wonder Why Week was a week-long (28th February- 6th March, 2016) celebration of picture books that introduce children to topics from robotics and measurement, to genes and forest canopies. These new titles were created under a grant from the Oracle Giving Initiative and touch upon Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. You can see some of these titles here.

Note : If you want to be a Pratham Books Champion and join us on our journey of getting 'a book in every child's hand', write to us at champions(at)prathambooks(dot)org.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Pratham Books Champion : Dora Vandana.J and Avanti Badhe

Dora Vandana.J sends us this story of a session she conducted with Avanti Badhe.

Number of sessions : 1
Language the session was conducted in : Hindi

We conducted one day one story event in Sharon's school , Pondicherry. It is a school exclusive for special kids run by Mr.Mohan, an auto driver.

We used props to narrate the story. We gave each kid a prop and made them exchange it as the story went on. 

Post this event we played a game called "Sharing". We split the kids into team of four and gave each of them just any one from the below :
New pencil ( unsharped)
Eraser
Sharpener 
Paper

We asked them to draw anything they like. So unless they share the items they will not be able to do the activity. We made them tell thank you to each other after sharing!



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In its fourth edition of the 'One Day - One Story' campaign, Pratham Books was joined by 2500+ storytellers who conducted 2300+ storytelling sessions. Many, many steps towards a 'Reading India'! 

What started as a small step by Pratham Books to spread the joy of reading has become a movement. In 2012, Pratham Books initiated the One Day-One Story initiative on the occasion of International Literacy Day . We will be sharing the stories of all our volunteer storytellers (Pratham Books Champions) through our blog. 

View more pictures from the International Literacy Day Celebrations held in 2015. This blog contains stories sent in by all our champions. Browse through the blog for more stories. 

You can also go through the tags on the right side of the blog to find stories happening in your own city.

Note : If you want to be a Pratham Books Champion and join us on our journey of getting 'a book in every child's hand', write to us at champions(at)prathambooks(dot)org.

Pratham Books Champion : Sri.Ayyappan Educational Institutions

A.G.Prakash sent us the following report and pictures about the storytelling session conducted at Sri.Ayyappan Educational Institutions.

Session conducted on : 8th September
Number of kids : 515
Number of sessions : 1
Number of champions : 22
Language the session was conducted in : English

Story -Telling session was held at Sri.Ayyappan Educational Institutions, Jayamahal, Bangalore, Karnataka on 8th September 2015. Children enacted the play. More than 515 students , 25 teachers and some parents witnessed play and enjoyed the play. It was directed by Mrs .Salma and Ms. Mohana bai. Costumes and make up by Mrs .Rizwana.



















Thank you Sri.Ayyappan Educational Institutions for spreading the joy of reading!

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In its fourth edition of the 'One Day - One Story' campaign, Pratham Books was joined by 2500+ storytellers who conducted 2300+ storytelling sessions. Many, many steps towards a 'Reading India'! What started as a small step by Pratham Books to spread the joy of reading has become a movement. 

In 2012, Pratham Books initiated the One Day-One Story initiative on the occasion of International Literacy Day . We will be sharing the stories of all our volunteer storytellers (Pratham Books Champions) through our blog. 

View more pictures from the International Literacy Day Celebrations held in 2015.

This blog contains stories sent in by all our champions. Browse through the blog for more stories. You can also go through the tags on the right side of the blog to find stories happening in your own city. 

Note : If you want to be a Pratham Books Champion and join us on our journey of getting 'a book in every child's hand', write to us at champions(at)prathambooks(dot)org.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Pratham Books Champions : The Travelling Nautanki

When we chose 'The Boy and the Drum' as the chosen book for this year's event, we were hoping that we would get to see kids enacting the play. One of the first pictures we saw of kids preparing for the grand show were the ones that Tanu Shree Singh started sharing with us. Tanu Shree tell us more about how the play took shape with The Travelling Nautanki...

Session conducted on : 5th September
Number of kids : 30 + 40 = 70
Number of sessions : 2
Language the session was conducted in : Hindi

'You up for acting in a play?'

Two heads nodded.

That is how it started. I enrolled for #PBChamps this year and sure enough the book came within a few days. When I read it, and realised that it was a play, I figured I had two choices - adapt it to a story, or get people to actually act in it. The first option was enticing. But then I went and asked my boys aged 12 and 14. They nodded and hence started the madness. Ishaan Singh (14 years) and Vivaan Singh (12 year) roped their friends in and soon The Travelling Nautanki was born! Ishita Kalra (14 years), Roza Majumdar (14 years), Prisha MainRai (12 years) and Nidhipa Dev Mainrai (9 years) joined us and roles were assigned. All hell broke loose as we struggled to take the play ahead. I had never acted in a play (unless being a tree counts) and neither had I directed one. The children had mostly participated in group events at school. 

The next three weeks were spent practicing relentlessly - dialogues were learnt, minor changes made, props prepared and more practice done. The minor change in question being that we changed it to Ladli from Ladla. We hope that we will be forgiven for that. We even made a mobile horse (stuck on a toddler scooter)! Then came the big day! Morning saw us packing the Travelling Nautanki up and leaving for Savera. This is a school for the economically disadvantaged children. There were around 30 children here who thoroughly enjoyed the play. Everything went off smoothly barring one incident of the horse toppling over! Well our horsie is like that - he drops off to sleep without a warning. The play was followed by an art session where everyone made scratch-art cards for others using oil pastels.



The second half of the day was spent at Karm Marg. The play went well (horsie too decided to be a good chap). Loud applause greeted the kids! And the art session saw around 40 participants. 

I have never had so much fun during story telling sessions that I hold alone. It was lovely watching the six participants come out of their shells, innovate and give their best. The joy increased exponentially, when, after the play, they helped the children with art. On our way back incessant conversation and requests filled the car:

'So when can we do this again?'
'We'll do a different story this time!'
'Yes! Can we? Please?'

I smiled and drove on. A tiny bunch of kids have been unleashed for good. And they are now looking for their next set of victims whom they can infect with love for stories.



You can view all the pictures from the events here and here. And don't miss the video of their performance 


Thank you Tanu Shree for helping coordinate this event and to the Travelling Nautanki for giving life to this story!
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In its fourth edition of the 'One Day - One Story' campaign, Pratham Books was joined by 2500+ storytellers who conducted 2300+ storytelling sessions. Many, many steps towards a 'Reading India'! 

What started as a small step by Pratham Books to spread the joy of reading has become a movement. In 2012, Pratham Books initiated the One Day-One Story initiative on the occasion of International Literacy Day . We will be sharing the stories of all our volunteer storytellers (Pratham Books Champions) through our blog. 

View more pictures from the International Literacy Day Celebrations held in 2015. This blog contains stories sent in by all our champions. Browse through the blog for more stories. 

You can also go through the tags on the right side of the blog to find stories happening in your own city.

Note : If you want to be a Pratham Books Champion and join us on our journey of getting 'a book in every child's hand', write to us at champions(at)prathambooks(dot)org.

Pratham Books Champions : Toral Mehta

Toral Mehta conducted 3 storytelling sessions in Hyderabad and sent us the following videos and images of her sessions. 
Date : 6th September
Location : Hyderabad
No. of champions : 1

On 6th September, Toral conducted 2 back to back sessions at the same venue. A skit with a groom, little drummer, ghoda and more! 









The scene where the little boy meets the sad groom...

video

Love the drum circle instructions to go with the story 'The Boy and the Drum'.

video

Thank you Toral for helping coordinate these sessions and a big shout out to all the Oracle employees who took part to spread the joy of reading.

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In its fourth edition of the 'One Day - One Story' campaign, Pratham Books was joined by 2500+ storytellers who conducted 2300+ storytelling sessions. Many, many steps towards a 'Reading India'! 

What started as a small step by Pratham Books to spread the joy of reading has become a movement. In 2012, Pratham Books initiated the One Day-One Story initiative on the occasion of International Literacy Day . We will be sharing the stories of all our volunteer storytellers (Pratham Books Champions) through our blog. 

View more pictures from the International Literacy Day Celebrations held in 2015. This blog contains stories sent in by all our champions. Browse through the blog for more stories. 

You can also go through the tags on the right side of the blog to find stories happening in your own city.

Note : If you want to be a Pratham Books Champion and join us on our journey of getting 'a book in every child's hand', write to us at champions(at)prathambooks(dot)org.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Pratham Books Champions : Oracle

Nupur Vimal from Oracle sent us the following notes and images of sessions conducted by employees of Oracle India. Multiple storytelling sessions were conducted across Delhi and the NCR region.

Date : 11th September
Location : Vidya & Child (NGO), Noida
No. of students: 280
No. of Oracle volunteers: 10

From the Prioritize Humanity page :
In association with Pratham Books, this was a learning experience for all and an innovative method of storytelling through role play and acting. We spoke about key takeaways: importance of being happy, sharing and caring, helping others, being obedient children, goal setting, dream building and virtue of patience in life.The kids, volunteers and teachers all had a great time.











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Date : 18th September
Location : MCD school in East of Kailash, Delhi
Number of children : 40
Number of volunteers : 15

We had another storytelling session today at an MCD school in East of Kailash, Delhi. We addressed nearly 40 children, with special needs and different learning capabilities. They loved the session. This time we used props as well. Thank you for this amazing concept. Our volunteers love this activity and are enthusiastic about inculcating it in our upcoming projects as well.

From the Prioritize Humanity page :  After initial introductions, we conducted a storytelling session on the book: ‘The Boy and the Drum’, through a role play. We followed it up with an extensive storytelling session through mimicry, art & craft, drawing, sketching and other innovative ways, to impart key messages. We also distributed a lot of useful stationery items to them. The children, teachers as well as the volunteers loved the session.

You can view more pictures from the session here.












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The 3rd session was conducted by an Oracle volunteer with her husband, in Gurgaon, where they enacted the story to around 10 kids.

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Thank you Nupur for helping coordinate these sessions and a big shout out to all the Oracle employees who took part to spread the joy of reading.

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In its fourth edition of the 'One Day - One Story' campaign, Pratham Books was joined by 2500+ storytellers who conducted 2300+ storytelling sessions. Many, many steps towards a 'Reading India'! 

What started as a small step by Pratham Books to spread the joy of reading has become a movement. In 2012, Pratham Books initiated the One Day-One Story initiative on the occasion of International Literacy Day . We will be sharing the stories of all our volunteer storytellers (Pratham Books Champions) through our blog. 

View more pictures from the International Literacy Day Celebrations held in 2015. This blog contains stories sent in by all our champions. Browse through the blog for more stories. 

You can also go through the tags on the right side of the blog to find stories happening in your own city.

Note : If you want to be a Pratham Books Champion and join us on our journey of getting 'a book in every child's hand', write to us at champions(at)prathambooks(dot)org.