Saturday 7 September 2013

Pratham Books Champion : Mala Ashok

This International Literacy Day, Pratham Books has taken a 1000 steps towards a 'Reading India'

What started as a small step by Pratham Books to spread the joy of reading has become a movement. Last year Pratham Books initiated the One Day-One Story initiative on the occasion of International Literacy Day and we conducted over 250 storytelling sessions. This year we are delighted that over a 1000 sessions are happening across the length and breadth of the country.We will be sharing the stories of all our champions through our blog.

Mala Ashok sent us the following note and pictures from her storytelling session in Vancouver, Canada. Mala Is a freelance writer, whose book, "Ramya's Star" has been published by Pratham Books. She loves reading and is actively involved in Fitness and Yoga. In her spare time she volunteers at the Chuck Bailey Seniors' Centre in Surrey, Canada and at CNIB (the Canadian Institute for the blind.)

2 storytelling sessions in Vancouver. Language : English. Children impacted : 26

I narrated the story - slightly anglicized to suit our children in Canada - today. It's the 6th of September here but by now it must be the 7th in India:-)

Mala Ashok narrating the story

The children loved it since I made it as interactive as possible. We had some questions as to which was their favourite part. A winner hands down was "The giant being naked!!" They also loved singing the magic words and making the WHooosh noise!

I read the story at two branches of A to Z childcare and preschool centre. Since the children loved the story I presented a couple of other stories too.

Thank you Mala for spreading the joy of reading!

View more pictures from the International Literacy Day Celebrations.

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 any of 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 web(at)prathambooks(dot)org.

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