Neha Kalra sent us the following story. Neha is a management graduate with an MA in English literature. She writes on her own blog and also writes book reviews as a guest writer on another. She also writes short stories and poems, a few of which have been published online.
It was an extremely fulfilling experience to be a Pratham Books Champion. I thank and applaud you all for this fabulous effort.
I conducted a session on 7th September at my home with 12 children, some from the locality and some friends’ kids. We had a rocking interactive session where I used the PDF download on my laptop to make Paplu come alive and even speak out some of the words. Using gestures, voice modulations and questions, I made the children interact.
After the story ended the children were divided into groups and given a sketch of Paplu to colour his Kurta and Pyjama and complete the “Operation Paplu Dress” all by themselves.
The little kids got so engrossed in the activity that they preferred to eat chips and drink coke only after finishing the colouring. All the four groups were rewarded with the Pratham Books and some more colouring and story books.
A joyous experience which is unforgettable and something which I would like to do every year, just to see the amazing experience on the children’s faces.
Thanks again for helping me to introduce at least some kids to the wonderful world of reading.
**********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.
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.