While there's plenty of great fiction being published for children in India today, there is still a dearth of simple, compelling non-fiction for young readers. Pratham Books' StoryWeaver has created several non-fiction, digital first books over the course of a year. These books are now in print and we would like to raise funds to donate 50 STEM book packs (STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Math ) to schools and organizations which need them.
Pratham Books is a not-for-profit organization that publishes books in multiple Indian languages to promote reading among children.In the last decade, Pratham Books has published over 300 original titles in 18 Indian languages, which total up to about 2000 books. Our vision is to reach 200 million children in India, and we hope to someday put 'a book in every child's hand'.
At Pratham Books, we believe that every child has the right to enjoy good books. And we believe they should have stories set in surroundings familiar to them and in a language close to their culture. We believe that to make books accessible to every child, the price points have to be very low. Pratham Books is a brand of story books as Indian as the children who read them. As a not-for-profit publisher, our dream is to see a country where every child wants to read, is able to read, and has something good to read. From publishing good quality and highly contextualized stories to be read and enjoyed by children, we consistently reach out to children through our various partner organizations. In the last year, we distributed over 1.2 million books to our young readers with the help of various organizations across the country. Our aim is to have something good for every child, in every part of the country, and in the process spread the joy of reading far and wide.
Pratham Books will identify not-for-profit organisations and low-income/Government schools across India. After a proper screening of the work they do, Pratham Books will give away a STEM book set to the organization (or multiple - depending on the size of the organization). Each set contains 20 books and 1 set costs Rs.810. While the aim of each book is to inform and educate, the idea is also to nurture the innate sense of wonder in children and in turn, encourage them to explore further. Through these information books, we attempt to inspire curiosity in children about a range of non-fiction themes and help them engage with it in fun and memorable ways. Photo courtesy : Communities Rising