Monday 15 December 2014

Pratham Books Champion : Arthi Anand-Navaneeth

This year's flagship event for the champions event was conducted by Arthi Anand-Navaneeth. Arthi Anand is the first champion to complete ten sessions of the TENTASTIC campaign. Arthi's tenth session also happened to be on the occasion of the 'One Day - One Story' campaign. Arthi conducted 4 storytelling sessions to celebrate International Literacy Day. Read about the 1st event here.

A lover of stories, a Tulika author, a weekend story teller (Art's Tales) , a Saffrontree reviewer, this mom of two ensures she gets her fill of stories and shares the joy they bring. She also blogs at http://artstales.blogspot.in and http://abouttimenow.blogspot.in.

Date: 6th September
Number of sessions: 1
Number of children: 40
Languages used: English

The venue for this year's flagship event at Bangalore was Hippocampus, Koramangla. Arthi even decided to match her outfit to the location mentioned in the book by wearing a Maharashtrian saree blouse. Once Arthi kicked off the session, hands flew up as she encouraged kids to imagine where the story was located, what the story was about and what was going to happen. And so began the storytelling session!

Giggles and laughter ensued as Takloo's story progressed and soon Arthi had all the kids draw their own version of Takloo's hats. The kids went to town with all the colours they could get their hands on and drew fancy hats for dear Takloo. Some of the kids didn't stop drawing and went on to give Takloo new clothes too (maybe because they were remembering Paplu from last year? :)). A quick quiz followed and after that we had to eat some yummy food of course. But, since Takloo's story had something to do with salt, the kids also got some lime juice - and got to sprinkle salt on their drinks - Takloo style!

You can view all the images from Arthi's event here


Thank you Arthi for spreading the joy of reading !

In its third edition of the 'One Day - One Story' campaign, Pratham Books was joined by 1300+ storytellers who conducted 1500+ storytelling sessions. More than 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. 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 2014.

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.

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